Technology offers plenty of ways and methods to smartify your house. In recent years most of WeMo brand of smart home switches have been affordable but with a basic design. In 2017, Belkin decided it was time for changes and freshen things up with their line giving consumers an interesting choice and much-needed change.
Smart Home Integration is the future, who still wants to get stuck in the past? Nobody! Wemo Mini Smart Plug gives you the ability to turn any electronic device or light into a smart home device by simply plugging the cord into your appliance. Nothing can top that honestly
The main attraction pitch of the Wemo mini is its unbelievable presale price of $35, just like most original WeMo switches it still performs the same basic functions. The mini-series is smaller in size compared to its predecessors ensuring it won’t block off nearby switches lie the old switches did.
With technology comes simplicity and no better plug demonstrates this as WeMo does, no hub or subscription is required to plug your WeMo mini into an electrical outlet, connect your appliance to Smart plug and control everything wirelessly just by using your phone or tablet.
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Benefits of Wemo Mini Smart Plug
Simple home automation
Doing simple chores around the house whether it’s making coffee or doing the dishes can be a pain in the ass, nobody likes it. But with the WeMo mini, you can kiss those problems bye bye! With the WeMo app, you can perform various functions with just a touch of a button.
With its away mode feature, the plug will turn your lights on and off randomly making it seem like you’re at home warding off potential intruders. Providing all-round security when away with the family.
The plug has a sleek and white glossy finishing with a three-prong outlet. Measuring 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches its thin allowing you to fit two of them together into a two-socket outlet, on its face, it has a circular and large on and off button that is visible even at night.
It also has a tiny LED status light that blinks white and amber when setting up and emits a steady stream of white glow when in operation. Connect your smart plug to a local Wi-Fi network which allows you to control all of your smart home systems with your voice commands.
Through the Smart Plug’s Wemo App The plug is compatible with IOS, android and windows devices. On the home screen app, it will display all the devices that are connected, giving you the option to turn them on or off by simply touching the power icon.
At the top right corner of the app page, there is a pencil icon which allows resetting of all devices, pictures for easier identification and editing of names. There are more buttons for rules, devices and more at the bottom of the page.
In the rules tab, this is where all the magic happens; it allows you to set scheduling times for the plug to turn on/off, a configuration of time periods you want the plug turned on/off and activated away mode. Away mode will randomly turn your plug on/off at specified times.
You can also schedule the plug, or you can configure it to turn off when the sun rises and off when it sets. Also on the app page, there is a more button with a setting that permits you to disable or enable remote access.
Using the app, you can also connect with voice assistants whenever you want to perform an operation.
Installation and Performance
The plug can be connected directly to your Wi-Fi network without the need for a home automation hub. During installation, you will be first required to download the app from play store, plug the mini into your wall socket then proceed to your mobile’s Wi-Fi settings and connect it.
After opening the app, you will be asked to enter your name and if you would like the app to remember your login credentials. The WeMo Is truly an efficient and effective plug as control of all devices can be done through your phone, gone are the days of constantly worrying whether you left your lights, iron or television on when leaving the house.
Smart Home Connectivity
The Mini allows you to control all your appliances by just using your tablet or phone, by tapping into your local Wi-Fi network providing you with wireless control to all your electronic devices. By simply plugging your WeMo into an electrical outlet, plug your appliance and control its operation using the app. You can be sipping margaritas on a beach somewhere while at the same time controlling your lights and appliances at home.
The mini-series is compatible with Nest offering you a wide range of automatic control options. After pairing your plug with Nest’s Thermostat its home and away mode can be easily synced with the WeMo, syncing these two components will enable automatic control by allowing NEST to signal your plug whenever you are way turning off lights, and other devices saving energy and also turn them on when you get back.
The new Mini has additional features such as IFTTT which allows you to control your household based on real-time events while at the same time sending you to push notifications about your electronic device activity and performance.
The WeMo mini is one of the most affordable smart switches, sold for only about $30. For that cost it’s an absolute steal and will represent great value for your money, with all the new features purchasing one is a wise investment decision.
- Power Input- 120V~/15A/60Hz/1800W
- Design- Plugin
- Operating temperature- 0-40 degrees
- Wi-Fi- 2.4GHz 801.11n
- Weight- 3.2 ounces
- Dimensions- 3.8 x 2.4 x 1.4 inches
- Color- white
- Compatible with a wide range of home systems
- It comes with a physical on and off switch
- Has a slim design that does not obstruct other outlets?
- It’s affordable
- Easy and faster installation process
- No hub required
- It does not have energy monitoring capabilities
- The plug does not have a dimming feature
- Some have complained it’s a bit large than other mini-plugs
- It only Wi-Fi enabled
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Wemo® Mini Smart Plug
Belkin’s Wemo is an automation device which enables you to control any electronic appliance from anywhere. By connecting the plug with your Wi-Fi network, you can also control your appliances from your phone via WeMo app
What Makes WeMo Outlets Unique?
One feature that makes this plug stand out is that it does not require home automation hub, a lot of manufacturers produce connection switches require an additional purchase of smart automation hub’s in order to access extra features.
Through the official WeMo app, you can easily control all your devices from a single central point; the Mini is also compatible with all voice commands allowing you to control the plug with your voice.
How Does the WeMo Mini Smart Plug Compare to Similar Products?
This plug is one of the best in the crowded home automation market; there are very few brands that can rival WeMo plug with its price range. It has a solid and compact design that does not hinder other outlets.
Does the WeMo Mini require an internet connection to work?
Yes, the plug requires a Wi-Fi connection during the installation process and normal day-to-day use. However, if you are using remotes access, you will not require an internet connection.
Does WeMo mini come with a warranty?
Yes, at the time of purchase the WeMo comes with a limited 3-year warranty which will cover your plugin case of damage.
Can WeMo App control devices in different homes remotely?
No, it’s not possible unless you only use a different mobile device to set up WeMo device in your local network.
WeMo Mini Smart Plug provides you with the easiest way of converting your home appliances into a smart system that can be easily controlled with your mobile phone or tablet. The fact that it does not require a hub automation hub it’s truly impressive.
With this plug, you can customize settings that control how your appliances function according to your taste and preference. Setting up is simple and easy, and with its small size, it will not hinder you from using the electrical plug.
The WeMo mini is compatible with all voice assistants such as Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT recipes that responds to your voice commands. For those who love keeping track of their cost reports and daily or monthly usage for an extra cost of $15, you can buy WeMo Insight Switch which will help you monitor your expenses and energy usage.