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Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

WeMo Insight Switch4 stars

Controlling an outlet and whatever is plugged into that outlet from your smartphone from anywhere in the world is cool. But controlling that outlet while seeing exactly how much energy the item is using is even cooler. That’s exactly what the latest addition to the WeMo line, the Insight Switch, allows you to do.

PROS

  • Easy setup
  • Control from anywhere
  • Customizable rate provides accurate cost estimates

CONS

  • Rules sometimes fail to load and/or trigger on both iOS and Android app

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Belkin took the WeMo Switch, slimmed it down, making it easier to plug more than one device into the typical wall outlet, and added some features to it. Beyond being able to turn the switch on or off from your smartphone, both at home and away, you’re now able to view the electrical cost for whatever’s plugged into the Insight Switch.

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch

Setting up the new switch is simple. You plug it into an outlet, launch the app on your iPhone or Android device and follow the prompts. You’ll need to connect to a special Wi-Fi network created by the Insight Switch, and then enter your personal Wi-Fi network’s information. Once the Insight Switch is connected to your Wi-Fi network, you’re all set up and ready to control it from your smartphone.

The app will show you when there’s power to the switch, but the item plugged into it is powered off, powered on, or if the Insight Switch itself is powered off.

By editing the settings for the Insight Switch you’re able to enter the cost per kWh charged by your electricity provider. This is used to accurately calculate the monthly cost to run whatever is plugged into the switch.

Belkin WeMo Insight Switch Screenshot

I currently have the lights on my Christmas tree plugged into the switch. I use a rule to turn the lights on and off for me, but not a rule I created through the WeMo app. Originally I had set up a rule through the app to control the lights, but it failed to trigger on more than one occasion. Instead, I connected the Insight Switch to If This Then That and created recipes for it to control the lights. Since then, I haven’t experience any issues or missed schedules with the lights.

Originally I had plugged the main TV in our house into the Insight Switch, using it to calculate how much it costs us to run the TV for a month. After a week, the switch estimated it the cost was just under $2 per month. The Christmas lights that are currently plugged in are trending to cost me just shy of $1 for the month I actually use them.

I’m a huge fan of the Belkin WeMo line, having reviewed several of the other products in the lineup for another publication. In the past, the smartphone apps have worked without issue for me. I wish I could say the same about the apps right now. I have to force close them on occasion just to get all of my WeMo devices to appear, or just to get the app to pull up any currently assigned rules.

That said, you’ll find me recommending the Belkin WeMo line to anyone looking for a convenient way to automate various aspects of the home. The Insight Switch is much smaller than the original switch, and combined with the added features, it’s now the switch to have in the WeMo line. Sure, it’s a bit more expensive than the basic Switch, but it has the potential to help you realize where your high energy costs are coming from and saving you money.

You can order the Belkin Insight Switch from Amazon.com for $59.99.

*Review sample provided by Belkin

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