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WeMo Switch + Motion

The WeMo Switch + Motion [1] is retailing at Funan’s Challenger for S$109 (member’s price is S$89) while the WeMo Switch [2] is retailing for S$79 (member’s price is S$71.10).

For a member’s price difference of S$18, I can get the additional motion sensor, and hence I chose the WeMo Switch + Motion instead of just the WeMo Switch.

I bought the WeMo is because I got kinda addicted playing with the D-Link DSP-W215 WiFi Smart Plug [3]. The only downside to the D-Link’s Smart Plug is the lack of third party integration like IFTTT [4] (If First This, Then That) so you can’t really do a lot of things with the D-Link Smart Plug.

WeMo on the other hand is a much more mature product with better third-party integration.

The WeMo Switch is pretty much a no-frills switch that allows your mobile device to switch on or off the electrical device that is connected to the switch. It doesn’t have the ability to monitor the temperature or energy usage of the electrical device unlike the D-Link Smart Plug.

WeMo have another switch product called the WeMo Insights Switch [5] which does the monitoring of energy usage but it is not available in Singapore.

WeMo Switch + Motion - Box Front [6]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Box Front

WeMo Switch + Motion - Box Back [7]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Box Back

WeMo Switch + Motion - Box Contents [8]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Box Contents

WeMo Switch + Motion - Switch Front [9]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Switch Front

WeMo Switch + Motion - Switch Back [10]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Switch Back

WeMo Switch + Motion - Switch [11]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Switch

WeMo Switch + Motion - Switch Plugged In [12]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Switch Plugged In

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Front [13]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Front

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Back [14]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Back

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion [15]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion

WeMo Switch + Motion Connector [16]
WeMo Switch + Motion Connector

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Sensor [17]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Sensor

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Plugged In [18]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Plugged In

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Not Detected [19]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Not Detected

WeMo Switch + Motion - Motion Detected [20]
WeMo Switch + Motion – Motion Detected

Despite WeMo being a more mature product, the setting up of the switch and motion is really a hassle. It took me more than 15 minutes to set both up because it is so slow in detecting the devices and during setup, my phone keeps getting disconnected to the Wi-Fi hotspot of the switch/motion.

WeMo iOS App - Switch Setup [21]WeMo iOS App - Switch Setup Done [22]
WeMo iOS App – Switch Setup

WeMo iOS App - Motion Setup [23]WeMo iOS App - Motion Setup Done [24]
WeMo iOS App – Motion Setup

The WeMo App (iOS [25] | Android [26]) is also quite poorly done. Firstly, it is not iPhone 6/6 Plus optimized and whenever I navigate to the Rules tab, there is a 10 seconds wait before the page loads. When I create a new rule and upon saving it brings me back to the Rules tab, and that is another 10 seconds wait. Navigating around the app too fast makes the app unresponsive at times, it is really frustrating.

I don’t have all these problems (besides the iPhone 6/6 Plus optimized) with the mydlink Home iOS app.

I hope I do not need to use the WeMo app to do anything else besides switching on and off the light. Heck, I might even get the Amazon Echo [27] so I can just use my voice to control the WeMo switch.

WeMo iOS App - Devices [28]WeMo iOS App - Rules [29]
WeMo iOS App – Devices/Rules

WeMo iOS App - New Motion Rules [30]WeMo iOS App - New Timer Rule [31]
WeMo iOS App – New Motion/Timer Rules

WeMo iOS App - New Notification Rule [32]WeMo iOS App - Auto-off Timer [33]
WeMo iOS App – New Notification Rule/Auto-off Timer

WeMo really need to brush up their new user on-boarding experience and D-Link needs to open up their Smart Plug platform.