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Great if you understand what it does!
, 19 April 2013
This review is from: Belkin Wemo Home Automation Switch with Motion Sensor Bundle for Apple iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and Android Devices (Accessory)
I've read countless reviews about the WeMo before purchase, and it appears that the majority of people didn't understand what it could do. Firstly, it doesn't get you out of bed in the morning and put your clothes on. If you think it should you are in the wrong place.
I use my system to control our living room lamp, the light is programmed to come on between certain times if motion is detected during the night, it also turns the lamp on when the sun sets using the ifttt.com weather channel. Which creates the illusion that someone is in if we are ever late back. Want to watch a film with the lights turned off without tripping over kids toys, simple just use your iPhone or Android App. The powerful rule based programming is simple to use and lets you adjust everything you could possibly want to.
I also use the motion sensor to send me an email when motion is detected yet again using ifttt.com. This is very good for knowing that the kids (or wife) have got back home safely when expected, but also from a security point of view it's like a silent alarm if someone is in the house unexpectedly.
You can control the sockets from anywhere in the world as long as you have an internet connection.
Setup was very simple if you follow the instructions properly, if you choose to ignore them and do things your own way then I can see how you could run into difficulty. Since setting mine up I've had no problems at all, the units automatically update their firmware so they always stay up to date without any messing about.
Overall I'd recommed them 100% if you understand what they can and can't do. But they have worked perfectly as advertised since purchase for me so I can't rate them highly enough.
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