The Belkin WeMo Insight Switch is a great low-cost introduction to home automation and the power-tracking feature is genuinely useful. Controlling the switch through IFTTT works well and vastly expands the possibilities of the system.
Belkin introduced the WeMo smart home brand in 2013, with the launch of the WeMo Switch and Motion Sensor. With them came the promise of low-cost home automation that anyone could install themselves.
The WeMo system has been greatly-expanded since its introduction and now offers an entire ecosystem of switches, motion sensors, security cameras, LED light bulbs and the expandable WeMo Maker. In the US there are also home appliances available including a coffee machine and room heaters. All of these devices benefit from the fact that WeMo devices connect to your existing WiFi network, reducing setup time and costs.
The WeMo Insight Switch is the first revision of the original switch, and offers additional features in a more compact package retailing for Â£49.99/$59.99. Today we take a look at the Insight Switch with its promise of simple and cost effective home automation, and ask if it deliversâ€¦
Whatâ€™s In The Box?
The box for the Belkin WeMo Insight switch is well designed, with a good overview of the functionality and features. The package contains only the switch itself and a short Quick Install Guide that directs you to plug in the switch, download the WeMo app and follow the prompts.
The Belkin WeMo Insight switch is a compact and modern looking plug-in unit that sits between your standard plug socket and the plug of the device you wish to control. The Insight switch is small enough that you can use the neighbouring socket for any standard plug, although only the smallest of power adapters will be able to fit in the remaining space.
The construction is very solid, with good quality plastics used and very little flex in the device. The top of the unit features the indicator lights for the device and a capacitive touch switch to manually control the output.