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Positives
  • easy to install
  • form of WeMo Link as power supply saves annoying cables
  • intuitive app
  • simple automations via app possible
  • combination with further WeMo portfolio possible
  • relatively low price
  • Negatives
  • missing “Quick Start” function in Smartphone App (Widget)
  • so far only E27 & B22 version available
  • no open API
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    For 99 $ a price challenge (compared Hue starter kit 179 $). The WeMo Link Hub scores by it’s AC adapter form and comes, contrary to the Philips Hue, without a single cable (power, network cable). The automation can be expanded with optional IFTTT. Who does not necessarily need colorful light and gets along with warm white for the Belkin WeMo LEDs, its a good alternative to the Philips Hue. Primarily through the user-friendly app and not at least because of the price.

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    The smart bulb from Belkin will be available in Germany at the end of november. We could test and draw the comparison to the popular Philips Hue now.

    As the colorful controllable via apps lights of Philips Hue have appeared, no one knew of the success which the smart lights would have. There were many manufacturer which wanted to jump on the train, but so far seem to have the Philips Hue get no real competitors. But the new Belkin WeMo LED could be an exciting alternative. We were allowed to look at before the launch.

    The WeMo portfolio of Belkin includes all home automation components. Including a motion detector, a switch socket and the insight switch – so the socket which is able to determine what the energy consumption of the connected device is. Now they added controllable lights via app. In the starter kit, which will be available for 99 euros, is an addition to the two LED lights the WeMo Link. This is the interface between wireless and the bulbs, which sparks via Zigbee. He is almost the equivalent of Philips Hue Bridge.

    Pleasant noticed the WeMo Link unlike the Philips Hue Bridge, does not need any cables. In the form of an AC adapter, it is simply plugged into the socket and connected to the home Wi-Fi. The procedure is known by many other wireless devices. The WeMo Link acts when

    delivered as an access point and shows your own WLAN, with which you connect to a smartphone. With the previously downloaded free WeMo app the configuration can start. The app checks for new equipment and finally find the WeMo Link. After all available within wireless networks are displayed. Here the WeMo Link can be connected to the own Wi-Fi by a simple click and the appropriate password. That’s it – the WeMo Link is located in the same network and automatically connects to the switched-on lights.

    Furthermore, I have no way the WeMo lights times “so” to turn, not necessarily through automation, a motion detector or the app. For the Philips Hue there is now the Hue Tab, a wall switch, available in Germany. In my last post for publication of Belkin WeMo lights Phil pointed out in a comment to the WeMo LightSwitch, which indeed it in the US – but not in Germany yet. This could, if he launches in Germany, it may form a good counterpart to the Philips Hue Tab.

    Who has made a mistake, no problem, because at the bottom of WeMo Link is a reset button. Press it and keep pressed during the plug into the wall socket for more 5 seconds. After this the WeMo Link is on delivery status again. Incidentally, the WeMo Link needs only 1.4 watts in standby (mesurement via Fibaro Wall Plug) – damn little!

    Via WeMo app you can dim the lights in their warm white (3000 Kelvin > 800 lumens). Also rules can be created in the app, which turn on or off the lights for special events such as sunrise or sinking.

    Through the existing Smart Home portfolio of WeMo family, the lamps can be combined with the WeMo Motion (motion detector) in order to turn on the light when it detects movement for example. Another scenario would be when turning off the light as soon as the switch detects WeMo Insight that exceed a voltage or below. Perhaps quite make sense in the evening when you turn on the TV, so the lights may be the same with WeMo address, or when the TV is turned off at a later hour, and goes out again automatically.

    A nice benefit of WeMo products is the ability to combine them with IFTTT. This web service makes it possible to use different events such as the weather, web services like Twitter, Facebook or simply the own email inbox as a trigger and therefore perform several actions. This could be, for example, the switching of the Belkin WeMo LED lights.

    For the user who wants to get a taste of the smart home world and not just with stand alone “appcessories”, for that is the WeMo portfolio perfectly! The devices can be set up easily, especially through the WeMo app can be set first simple automations. IFTTT expanded thereby automating possibilities massively. The new LED lights complete the WeMo portfolio perfectly.

    Yes, of course I have also something to complain about. When I test the Belkin WeMo LEDs I asked myself:

    “What has made the Philips Hue so successful?”

    I think ultimately it was not just the colorful light of Hue because I have not missed it at the WeMo LEDs so much. While this can only warm white light and a variation between warm and cold white might still have been highly desirable, yet – for my purposes perfectly adequate.

    Rather, it is the ability to integrate the colorful Hue lights in different systems. Smart home systems such as RWE SmartHome, Homewizard and last but not least, the Fibaro appeal Philips Hue lights. This communication is carried out directly with the Philips Hue Bridge with an open API. So even third-party apps that address the Philips Hue lights on the API developed.

    Belkin WeMo currently does not have a corresponding API yet. Although you can already find WeMo Open Source Control options to WeMo products to be able to control without app network. However, this is still nothing official from Belkin.

    Furthermore, I have no way the WeMo lights times “so” to turn, not necessarily through automation, a motion detector or the app. For the Philips Hue there is now the Hue Tab, a wall switch, available in Germany. In my last post for publication of Belkin WeMo lights Phil pointed out in a comment to the WeMo LightSwitch, which indeed it in the US – but not in Germany yet. This could, if he launches in Germany, it may form a good counterpart to the Philips Hue Tab.

    Until than we’ll have to turn the WeMo lights when entering the room via app on or off. This would work even if you don’t have to unlock the smartphone and launch the WeMo app first, and then be able to turn on the light. Here again dear product manager from Belkin – please copy that from Philips Hue. Since the last update of the Hue app, this can be switched from the lock screen out as a widget in notification center. An absolutely desirable feature.

    The starter kit is as already mentioned a MSRP of 99 euros, the single lamp to rebuy will cost about 30 euros. The WeMo lights will be available in Germany with E27 and B22 socket. Honestly, I had to find a E27 lamp with me in apartment first. Perhaps this factor is part of the Hue-recipe for success, as these there is next to the E27 version with GU10 socket or LED stripe. I would find a E14 and GU10 version of WeMo lights super.

    Conclusion of Belkin WeMo

    For 99 euros a clear price challenge (compared Hue starter kit 179 euros). The WeMo Link Hub scores by it’s AC adapter form and comes, contrary to the Philips Hue, without a single cable (power, network cable). The lights and the WeMo Link are high-quality workmanship – as you would expect for a 100 euros article. Installation and first, simple automations are easy to set up, so that the WeMo lights are for each “Smart Home Newbie” exactly the right ones. The automation can be expanded with optional IFTTT. Desirable is a portfolio expansion (switch, further versions) as well as an open API to the lights in systems such as HomeMatic, Fibaro and co. embed. Who does not need necessarily colorful light and gets along with warm white for the Belkin WeMo LEDs a viable alternative to the Philips Hue, primarily through the user-friendly app and not least because of the price.

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    crissxcross
    Hi, I'm crissxcross, qualified IT system electronics. Professionally, I work as a product marketing manager in the Smart Home. And private I am self a Smart Homie :-) If I do not sit in front of the monitor like I photograph and am a big fan of Apple. I am the founder of the SiiO.de blog.

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