I am still loving the WeMo Light Switch that I installed, so I also tried the WeMo Wi-Fi Smart Plugs.  Easy-peasy just plug them into the wall outlet, and plug in any device.  The setup was identical to that of the WeMo Light Switch, but while setting up I looked more closely at what the “Rules” option could do.

With the switches & plugs, you have 3 options: Schedule, Auto-Off Timer, Long-Press Rule and Away Mode:

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  • Schedule:  Allows you to set a on/off schedule for a device.  The schedule can be set to specific on/off times, or to on/off times relative to sunrise & sunset.  LOVE the fact that my outdoor lights come one just before sunset, and turn off automatically just before sunrise.
  • Auto-off Timer: Allows you to automatically turn off a device after it has been on for a set period of time.  This can be set for “All Day, Daily” or to a specific time period or days of the week.  COOL that the lamps won’t be left on forever anymore!
  • Long-Press: Allows you to program the “long-press” (2 seconds) of a switch to control some or all of your WeMo devices.  This is AWESOME for turning on lamps as I enter the house.
  • Away Mode: Allows you to set “away time” and WeMo will randomly turn off/on selected devices during this period to simulate usage (this will override other rules).  GREAT for when you are going to be away for an extended amount of time.

Peggy

My name is Peggy Flaxman, I founded Slice Tech Solutions in 2017 to provide technical support and training to indivduals, families and small businesses. I am a problem-solver by nature, and enjoy helping others understand and enjoy technology.

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