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Belkin is introducing two new smart home products at CES 2017 this week, including the WeMo Mini smart plug and WeMo Dimmer light switch.

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The WeMo Mini is a compact smart plug that is half the size of the older WeMo Switch smart plug, allowing homeowners to stack two of them in a single wall outlet. The smart plug enables homeowners to wirelessly control lamps, heaters, fans, and more over Wi-Fi using the free WeMo app for iPhone [Direct Link].

The WeMo Mini can be controlled remotely as well with an iPhone or iPad connected to a cellular network, with no hub or subscription required. The smart plug also supports Amazon Echo and Google Home for control via voice commands, and IFTTT and "home" and "away" modes on Nest thermostats.

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The WeMo Dimmer, a CES 2017 Innovations Award Honoree, is Belkin's next-generation smart dimming light switch with new features such as Night Mode, which prevents harsh lights at night, and a customized bulb calibration.
Current dimmer products have a single dimming range for all bulb types, which tends to create flickering and noise issues, but Wemo Dimmer uses the Wemo app to custom calibrate for any bulb type including incandescents (up to 400 watts), CFLs or LEDs, to eliminate those annoyances. In addition, Night Mode enables users to set a specific level of brightness during a set period of time, which is ideal for middle-of-the-night bathroom trips or checking on the kids when they are asleep.
The WeMo Dimmer, like the Mini Smart Plug, is compatible with Amazon Echo and Google Home for dimming and on/off control via voice commands, as well as the Nest thermostat's "home" and "away" modes.

WeMo Mini is available now for pre-order on Belkin's website for $34.99, and will be in stores later in January. The WeMo Dimmer will be available in the spring, but pricing has not been finalized. WeMo products do not support HomeKit, as Belkin placed plans to support the Apple platform on hold last year.

Article Link: CES 2017: Belkin Adds Mini Smart Plug and Dimmer Light Switch to WeMo Lineup
 

Relentless Power

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Essentially if you have Google Home or the Amazon Echo, it already can turn on/off lights, a dimmer seems convenient, but only for specific lights. I'm not sure what the comparability would be.
 
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rdinterman

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Clearly Belkin has chosen to ignore HomeKit, which is fine. I have just about completed replacing everything WEMO with idevices. Would love to see more competition to NEST in the thermostat market beyond Ecobee.
 
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nuckinfutz

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Clearly Belkin has chosen to ignore HomeKit, which is fine. I have just about completed replacing everything WEMO with idevices. Would love to see more competition to NEST in the thermostat market beyond Ecobee.

Wemo with no HomeKit is pretty much a non starter. Waiting to see what Elgato, iHome and others have coming. The form factor of the new mini isn't special either. iHome and TP-Link have plugs shaped the same.

Not very bullish on the future of Wemo. Zigbee and Zwave are making moves. Lutron is looking strong. Wemo seems stagnant.
 
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Jeaz

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Still waiting for a full wall-plug replacement, extra plugs outside the socket has really no interest for me at all.

The dimmer would have been interesting though, if it had HomeKit support. Using Hue, but it is a bit limiting since you have to use their bulbs and not all lamps fit.
 
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Mike Oxard

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Essentially if you have Google Home or the Amazon Echo, it already can turn on/off lights, a dimmer seems convenient, but only for specific lights. I'm not sure what the comparability would be.
The hue dimmer is quite versatile and very useful if you want to control lights in a more traditional way, especially useful for visitors.
 
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newyorkone

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Clearly Belkin has chosen to ignore HomeKit, which is fine. I have just about completed replacing everything WEMO with idevices. Would love to see more competition to NEST in the thermostat market beyond Ecobee.

Same here. Curious which Homekit compatible outlets, switches, dimmers you've replaced WEMO's with. Thanks.
 
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bluespark

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Clearly Belkin has chosen to ignore HomeKit, which is fine. I have just about completed replacing everything WEMO with idevices. Would love to see more competition to NEST in the thermostat market beyond Ecobee.

Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with Ecobee? Just bought that system and was planning to install.
 
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nuckinfutz

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Just out of curiosity, what's wrong with Ecobee? Just bought that system and was planning to install.
Ecobee is solid I've enjoyed mine. It just feels like smart thermostats have stagnated a bit with Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell taking the Lion's share of attention.
 
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I have two WeMo products, one plug for a lamp and one light switch. I would have been happy to keep investing in their products as they were decently priced and always worked well, but I want HomeKit support too.

For now I have HomeBridge running on a Mac Mini media server so I can still control them with Siri that way, but I wouldn't buy anything else from them. When I have some spare cash I will replace them both with something from a company that cares about supporting HomeKit.
 
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Q-Dog

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I have 4 Wemo devices and without the addition of homekit they will be my last.

I now have locks, lights and thermostat that can be controlled with apps or over the internet. Homekit is the thing that should tie it all together. I don't want to have to open a new app for every device I want to control.
 
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ipedro

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I'll add my voice to the chorus: Belkin is being stubborn by ignoring HomeKit. They're going to look back after their bankruptcy and realize what a tremendous lack of judgement it was to bet against Apple.

I was on the verge of buying WeMo products for my smart home when Apple announced HomeKit. I thought I'd wait and I'm glad I did. I just recently started adding Eve power outlets and door sensors. I also replaced my Nest because of its omission of HomeKit.

Any smart home manufacturer without HomeKit in their products is saying goodbye to the large iPhone market.
 
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macduke

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I've really been wanting to buy a WeMo device but there's no HomeKit. Doesn't make any sense. I don't know if Belkin started out being one of the more prominent Apple accessory companies, but that's how I found them back in the day. Shame that they do this to their customers. You'd figure the margins on Apple accessories were higher? If price is an issue just charge more!
 
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tobefirst

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Love my Wemo devices. We have, I think, 14 of them at this point. Love them. With Alexa support, I don't need them to have HomeKit support. I think the disappointment directed at Belkin is misdirected. It is clear they want to work with other companies' standards. Perhaps Apple makes it too onerous.
 
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bluespark

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Ecobee is solid I've enjoyed mine. It just feels like smart thermostats have stagnated a bit with Nest, Ecobee and Honeywell taking the Lion's share of attention.

Cool, thanks. I agree that more competition would be nice, although the Ecobee seems to offer what I'm after. We'll see, I guess.

And so this isn't a complete thread hijack, I have found WeMo to be fine, but it seems to be lagging without HomeKit compatibility. At this point, I'm not really sure what WeMo's selling point is over better-equipped competitors.
 
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mrklaw

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Essentially if you have Google Home or the Amazon Echo, it already can turn on/off lights, a dimmer seems convenient, but only for specific lights. I'm not sure what the comparability would be.

main reason is to control multiple standard lights with a single smart switch. The alternative would be something like Hue or other zigbee lights, where you need to replace all your bulbs with expensive smart bulbs. Depending on how many lights you have in your rooms, it can be much more cost effective to have the smarts at the switch rather than in each bulb
 
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