Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 40
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Shayedout Belkin WeMo Insight Switch
Works great once set up. I've had to call customer support to talk me through this (I also have WeMo lightbulbs) but think their products are great. Curious to see if it really saves on the electric bill (and justify spending $50 on this) since it cuts out "phantom power" drawing electricity from appliances when not in use. If nothing else, I can turn my fan on remotely to get the air moving in my apartment before I arrive home... or, turn it off remotely if I forget to before leaving the apartment.
July 19, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Disappointed Not ready for prime time.
I read reviews before trying this device and it seems that many have had decent luck with it. Not me. It "sort of" worked but was unreliable. Configuration was trial and error including multiple factory resets on the device and multiple uninstall-reinstall of the app (under iOS 9.x.x). Communication from the app to the device over cellular worked but was not reliable enough for me. I don't know where the weakness was, be it the app, cellular path, WiFi in my house, or the device itself. I doubt it was the WiFi as my testing had the device within 10 feet of the router though through a single drywall wall.
Instructions and documentation were meh. But Belkin had a lot of Web support available though you had to scrounge around and look for it. Guess it was just me but my sense was that you could find most answers if your were persistent and had the patience to scour their Web support.
The device quality seemed good but I felt it was a little pricey especially since it didn't work for me. I'm OK with pricey to be an early adopter though. I really wanted this thing to work.
I don't think this device is for those who want things to "just work". Your mileage may vary.
May 24, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobA Product works.
Very simple to setup, works well, tracking power consumption is nice to see, this product will work with an existing wifi network no additional products needed, and setting on/off rules is easy. Most likley this product will have to ordered on-line have yet to see the product on store shelves. The price is a little high especially if you are going to buy several of them could easily spend a few hundred dollars. The product can only have one on/off rule in effect at a time.
February 4, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HomeNewb Simple and effective
Surprisingly easy to set up and use. Works well with Amazon Echo. Shows power consumption and has tons of custom options.
May 3, 2016
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Jm5860 Bad product
I really wanted to like this product. I purchased 3 of them and 6 months later. I disconnected all of them after trying them to control various items and wemo failed miserably. Connection problems and items turning off for no reason. 3 wemo could not coexist at the same time. Tried all problem solving from website at no avail.
March 1, 2016
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Weatheraardvark worked for a week.
I have two of the insight switches and they worked as I wanted them to. Yesterday I disabled the rules for both of the switches and moved one to a different outlet (the picture). It won't turn on manually or via the app. It is as dead as it comes. I thought at least it would last a few more weeks. I don't want to buy it again as well as deal with your expensive customer services for this unit. I didn't find any information on what could be wrong. I tried the reset, but neither the wifi icon or anything works. I could use some guidance on this puppy.
August 22, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Amazingly simple and effective
It's a little pricey, but I'm glad I bought it. I use this WeMo switch along with an Airport Express to turn my grandfather's 40-year-old hi-fi system into a modern entertainment system. I also used a 3-outlet adapter plug to turn the WeMo plug into a power-strip-of-sorts.
I love Belkin quality. They really seem to put effort into design and QC.
The app is simple, but it's made for phones, not tablets. Looks kinda goofy sitting sideways on my iPad. Also, the app needs some functionality upgrades.
I've been using this a couple times a day for a week now and it's everything I expected.
It was nice to see that the big old McIntosh amp and preamp only draw 80 watts!
October 13, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JWG1 limited value
I bought two WeMo insight outlet/switches to try out in "mission critical" applications. The results are not promising.
I plugged one into a wine a/c unit that has to keep a room at below 60 consistently. And one on a critical sump pump that has to always be available when any significant rain occurs, to avoid a flooded finish basement.
1. Both WeMo units spontaneously turned OFF this morning at 4am. My guess is that it was related to a rain storm which included a couple of thunderclaps within some minutes of when the WeMo units reported stopping running. Although this was a modest storm and certainly none of the lightning/thunder seemed close, the fact that both units defaulted to OFF, when they were both supposed to be ON, points to some super-sensitivity of these WeMo units. Nothing else in the building was affected.
So, on this alone, I have to abandon my trial, since I cannot have something turning off these machines permanently without my knowing. Once I noticed the problem and turned the WeMo units on, the pump and a/c unit came on easily enough, but this amounts to zero reliability.
2. Notifications of the rules I had established seemed to be erratic. I would be getting notices consistently every few minutes when a device turned on or off or was on for x amount of time, but then the notices would stop for hours on end, even though the units were running many times an hour.
3. The wattages being reported as used were suspect. a) the a/c unit, which the manufacturer told me yesterday runs between 900-1000 watts consistently when each unit leaves the factory, was reported by Wemo as being about 740 watts. So, probably a 20% or so error, presumably. b) the sump pump was only running for 15 second intervals every 5-8 minutes, and even though it is a 1/3 hp pump, the daily report is saying that it is using 0.003 kilowatt hours per half hour. Which if I do the math right, means it is using .003 x 1000 = 3.0 watts / half hour or 6.0 watts per hour. Waaaa? A large pump that is turning on 10 times an hour and shooting many gallons of water up a 10 ft pipe each time, used only a few watts in the entire hour. I may have almost discovered a perpetual motion machine -- though I think not.
So, maybe I can use these devices to turn on and off a couple of lights, but not for anything I really need to depend on.
September 12, 2016