We have come a long ways in the last 10 years for being able to control devices in the home from a computer. Unfortunately, the ability to control heating, air conditioning and lights from a computer required lots of wiring in the home to accomplish. But recently, the ability to manage some electrical items in your home can now be done in combination with an iOS device. All you will need is a small device to plug into an electrical outlet and then plug what you want to manage into that. Pretty simple and you are then involved in home automation.
And the WeMo Switch from Belkin provides you with everything that you need in order to control a single item. You will need to download the iOS app from the Apple App Store and connect to the WeMo switch and you are then able to control that single item from your iOS device. You then can operate something like a lamp from your iOS device, turning it on and off. Turn on a coffee pot from your bedroom to have that morning cup ready when you go to the kitchen. All that you need is a WiFi connection from your iOS device to the WeMo device and you are ready to go.
The iOS version that you must be running is iOS version 5 or this will not work. Controlling multiple WeMo devices is a snap using the WeMo app. There are onscreen instructions for setting up each WeMo switch that you add to your WiFi network. And the app lets you schedule things to turn on or off for you.
There is one more part to this which is the use of ifttt. What is IFTTT you ask.
It is “IFTTT is a service that lets you create powerful connections with one simple statement: If this then that
Basically, you are setting up a rule that when something happens, then something else will be done. You can get more information at IFTTT.com. The WeMo app comes with a code you can use to connect to IFTTT to simplify the setup for you.
If you have wanted to get into home automation, but not spend the thousands of dollars to make that happen, this is absolutely the best alternative for you to consider. Belkin is working on new devices, such as the Belkin WeMo Light switch which should be out by this summer. And with that, they are working to include an Android app to control their WeMo devices and rapidly expand their market. For all you Android IOS owners, you can expect to be able to your your Android devices with the Belkin WeMo products this summer.