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Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

  • Turn electronics on or off
  • Operates over Wi-Fi/mobile internet + Motion
  • Put your electronic devices on a schedule
  • Free WeMo app: Android 4.0, iOS 5 or higher
  • Modular system
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General

Brand
Belkin
Model
F5Z0340fc

Model

Type
WeMo Switch + Motion

Spec

App-Enabled
Yes
Features
Use motion to turn electronics on or off.

Operates over Wi-Fi and mobile internet, at home and away.

You've already got everything you need: WeMo works with your existing Wi-Fi router and any smart device running Android 4.0 or later and iOS 5 or higher (iPod touch, iPhone, iPad)

Put your electronic devices on a schedule.

Modular system. You can add additional WeMo Switches easily, any time.

Control as much or as little of your house as you want to.

6' power cord and 10' motion sensitivity range allow for optimal placement of WeMo Motion sensor.

Plugs into any regular 120v wall outlet.

Intuitive, easy set up. Easy to use.

Free WeMo app for Android and iOS.

Compatibility:
iPad 2
iPod touch 4th gen
iPad 3rd gen
iPhone 4/4S
Nexus Galaxy
Nexus 7
Galaxy S3
Galaxy S4
Galaxy S II - T-Mobile
Galaxy S II - AT&T
Galaxy S II - Verizon
Galaxy Tab 2 - 10.1"
Galaxy Tab 2 - 7"
Galaxy Tab 3 - 10.1"
Galaxy Tab 3 - 8.0"
Galaxy Tab 3 - 7.0"
Galaxy Note II
Galaxy Note 10.1
Galaxy Note 8.0
Galaxy Note
Kindle HD Fire 7"
Kindle HD Fire 8.9"
HTC Desire HD
HTC Desire S
HTC Evo Design 4G
HTC One
iPhone 3/3GS
iPad (Original)
iPad mini
iPod touch 3rd gen
iPod touch 5th gen
iPad 4th gen

Packaging

Package Contents
WeMo Switch
WeMo Motion
Quick Install Guide

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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4 out of 5 eggsCool, but there's room for improvement

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Easy enough for almost any end user to setup. IFTTT integration is nice, but if your internet goes down you lose that ability. They have an interesting product lineup, can't wait to see more devices.

Cons: The motion sensor is very sensitive, and there's no way to adjust it. It has a tendency of sensing motion when there is none, which depending on what you're using it for could be an issue. Also, the wall warts are HUGE, expect to completely lose your socket for one of these, or if plugged into a surge strip three outlets. Firmware upgrades to the motion sensor were buggy, as I had to unplug it both times the firmware wanted to upgrade because it never came back up. In the app, the motion sensor can trigger the outlet and turn it off instantly or after 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. It would be MUCH better if I could enter in my own duration instead of the presets. Like, 10 seconds would be perfect, as immediately turning off is too quick, and one minute is too long.

Other Thoughts: I currently have the motion sensor Velcro'd to the ceiling on my outside porch, with the wire running into the house. In my bedroom I have the switched outlet hooked up to a rotating lamp. I have a rule setup so when there's motion the lamp will illuminate for one minute so I'll know someone is at the door. This works quite well, but in the app I had to set a schedule because it was detecting motion all hours of the night and waking me up, when my cameras showed no motion at the front door.

I'd love for them to come out with a temperature sensor so I could use this to control the A/C in my computer room, so it doesn't have to run 24/7 (since the fan is always powered and only the compressor kicks on with temp) but only kick it on when needed.

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3 out of 5 eggswifi control

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Easy setup.
small light to show power to plug.
standard plug size.

Cons: Devices are on the bulky side of things.
Your router password can not have special characters.

Other Thoughts: used only with app devices. mini and iphone.
might want to check out belkin site as they have better instructions for setup and others are helping make scripts for them.

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4 out of 5 eggsnice devices

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Setup instructions were easy to follow, as long as you understood that you had to connect directly to the unit first (the WeMo network), then connect the unit to your wireless router. Good thing is once you connected to the WeMo network, the rest of the setup was automated. I connected the switch on my first try. The motion sensor, however, failed to connect to my router. It took a couple tries before it connected.

I installed the app on an Android running 4.4.3. The app is very simple to use. Detecting the switch took no time at all. Once again, I had a problem with the motion sensor, which took a few tries before it was detected. I even had to unplug it so it would reconnect to the wireless router. Once the devices were set up on the app, I received a message about a firmware update. It turned out there were two firmware updates. I installed the app on the iOS as well. I opened the app and both units were already there. No need to run the set up again. Even rules that I have created on the Android showed up.

The rules work very well. You can add as many rules as you want and name them what you want. You can set a timer to turn a light on and off, any day any time. You can even set it to turn on and off at sunrise and sunset, which would require the location feature of the device for that to work. You can set a rule to notify you when motion is detected, using a custom message, when to notify you and how often.

Cons: Design is a bit bulky. The motion sensor takes up so much space when plugged into a wall outlet that you can't plug in anything else.

I lose connection a lot on the Android. When I open the app, it doesn't always detect one of the units. I tried rebooting the Android. Updating from version 1.6 to 1.7 did not help either. On the iOS, however, no connection loss whatsoever. In fact, when I "activate" the undetected unit on the iOS, the Android suddenly detects the unit again.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I think the switch would be very useful for anything you want to remotely turn on and off. The motion sensor, however, I have yet to find a use for.

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4 out of 5 eggsWorks good.

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Farly easy to setup. Pretty much plug and play.
It might be very confusing for people who does not understand how Wi-Fi works.
Once WeMo device is plugged in as factory reset condition, it will have it's own SSID and can be connected like AP.
Power consumption of the device is about 1W at most. (Used Kill A Watt to measure)

Once it is setup, it was very stable and never had problem.

Cons: I don't know if it was just me, but both infrared sensor and remote switch was not factory reset. I had to factory reset for them to be recognized by WeMo app.

There is no WeMo app for desktop (PC or MAC). There are some 3rd party solutions, but did not see anything really good at this point.
So, there is not much integration you can do.

Only smart phone access is officially available.

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2 out of 5 eggsNifty, but you'll battle with the app

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Man, this thing is super convenient. Need to turn on the lights but don’t want to leave your warm bed? This is the type of thing for it. Have a window A/C and want to turn it on before you go home? Yep, it has you covered. Curious to see who walks by your kitchen? Sure, why not!

I actually tried all the above as uses for the WeMo Switch, and boy was it fun. My apartment is kind of old, so my living room doesn’t have a overhead light and the apartment as a whole doesn’t have central air. Needless to say, I was excited to get to this set up when it arrived.

Setup was pretty easy, both saw my network no problem. Within a couple minutes they were connected and ready to be connected to the WeMo app. With a few refreshes and reinstalls, the app saw them as well. The first turning on was incredible! It was one of those “Wow, look what technology has for me today” moments.

Basic operation was… basic! Turn on, turn off -- nothing much else to do. I decided to program up some rules to schedule my bedroom A/C to operate around sleeping hours since I don’t want to run it the entire time while I sleep, but I would like to wake up comfortably. I added a shut-off time (12:30), an intermediate period of operation (2:30 - 3:00), and a turn on time (6:50). After I got them all programmed, I went to sleep! I happened to be awake slightly past 12:30 that night, so I knew that worked. When I woke up the next morning, my room was a nice, cool temperature and the A/C was confidently running. What a nice way to start the day!

Also, the IFTTT pairing is really cool. I tried a couple of recipes, but didn’t really find any I liked. Perhaps I’ll create one!

Overall, WeMo switch has made a permanent addition to my lifestyle, and I am considering purchasing another to outfit my other air conditioner.

Cons: While I can speak specifically about the awesomeness of the Switch, the motion sensor left a lot to be desired. It was not at all accurate. After pairing it with IFTTT, I had it follow a recipe that logged all motion to a Google Drive spreadsheet. To say it was overactive would be an understatement. Every 5 to 15 minutes, this thing would pick up activity even with no one or nothing moving in the room. In fact, it was facing a wall at one point and picking up activity. I’m not exactly sure if it’s a motion sensor or a noise detector, but in either case, motion or noise didn’t ever seem to be the trigger. It was entirely random, so I didn’t think it’d be wise to pair for an IFTTT recipe such as automatic lights-on.

I hate the app a lot. Since all interaction with the device seems to be done through the app, this is a big deal. I tested both the iPhone and Android app version, and there is a remarkable different. The iOS version is much snappier, all the app pages load quickly and respond quickly. However, the Android version is unresponsive, prone to disconnection from the devices, and looks like it should be running on an Android 2.2 phone instead of a modern version.

I have cache cleared, data cleared, and completely reinstalled the Android app multiple times to get it working. Initially upgrading the firmware was a nightmare, perhaps due to both the devices and the app. It took multiple tries across multiple days to get the Switch upgraded to the current version of the firmware. Now that they’re up to date, the problems haven’t stopped. Currently, the app only will see the devices when I’m connected to my 5 GHz network. When I attempt to access the devices when connected to my 2.4 GHz network or from a mobile network, it doesn’t see them. Even when I look at the devices on my 5 GHz network, they sometimes will freeze, though this seems to happen much less now that both firmwares are upgraded.

Usually the solution is to reset both devices’ network setups and reinstall the app completely. This sucks a lot, since I seem to lose any rules I have set up. It’s very frustrating that the only way to get to these devices is through a phone app, there’s not even a web interface that is accessible (well, kind of).

Also, when checking for solutions to this app problem, I couldn’t help but notice that this device had been previously reverse engineered for access without using the app. I’m less worried about this from a security perspective, as the issue seems to have been patched. However, it’s very clear that it’s possible to control this device without needing a smartphone app, and I don’t enjoy that this feature wasn’t implemented.

Other Thoughts: This may the be the longest I’ve ever spent on reviewing a product, as there were enough complications to get past and new changes throughout the whole time period. It’s a good device, it really is; it provides me a lot of convenience and I really enjoy the potential control it gives me. Actually controlling them is a completely different beast though. If you have an iPhone, great! Enjoy the experience. If you have an Android device, well, good luck! It would be nice to hear back from their Android development team to see why on earth the Android app is so awful.

I’d say buy this at your own risk of dealing with the problems. In the meantime, I’m going to attempt to reclaim my remote access of the devices, and unplug a noisy motion sensor to keep my Google Drive from filling up.

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  • Charles C.
  • 6/25/2014 7:12:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

4 out of 5 eggsGreat entry into home automation

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: App for both Android & iOS
Software Development Kit provided
Shows other control devices
IFTTT support means endless possibilities

Cons: No security, anyone who has the app can use them
Rather large
No iPad/tablet specific app
App is somewhat buggy
Plugging a lamp in initially required a lot of force
Sensor lights up (drawing attention)
Rules only live on the device that creates them

Other Thoughts: The WeMo remote switch is a great entry into home automation by Belkin. At over $70 it’s a tad pricey, but compared to similar home automation solutions from a few years ago it’s a steal. What really makes this a great device is the app. Belkin provides a free app for both Android & Apple iOS devices which allows you to configure and control the switch. This could be considered a con because if you don’t use either of those devices, this product is useless to you! A Windows app or simple web page to configure, which is standard on most wifi home appliance type devices might have been a nice feature.


The app itself is relatively simple, although initial configuration was a bit buggy. I configured the switch using Android (4.4.2) and the motion sensor using an iPad 3 (iOS 7). I had to actually kill the app in both during configuration in the step between setting up and then actually starting the app to control the device. Once it was all set up, it works great though.


The device itself is a bit large, although it doesn’t block the plug below it, which I can’t say for some similar products. Initially plugging in a simple lamp (with larger common side prong) required quite a bit of force. Other than that the hardware seems good. The LEDs are not terribly bright but I would still cover them up. The blue lights on the sensor are fairly bright and attention getting, which would seem to defeat the purpose if using as a security device. The motion sensor seemed to have a range of about five or six feet in a radius of about 180 degrees. Easily good enough for monitoring an entrance.


Setting up rules was pretty straightforward, although I was surprised to find that rules created only live on the device that created them. If I created a rule on my Android device, it did not propagate to my iPad. The rules still worked on the device, but it means I could only edit that particular rule from my Android. I’m not sure if this is a bug or intended behaviour. I really liked that Belkin lets you rename the devices. So I could call my lamp “Living Room Lamp” and always know what it is. The IFTTT integration worked great and I see that as a huge plus. It really extends the usefulness of the device.


A major ding (and my main reason for subtracting an egg) is the lack of security. If someone gets on your network and has the free app, they have full access to all of your WeMo devices. One might say “well just secure your network!” but I think I should be able to allow friends to get on my network without necessarily letting them access all my home automation.


Overall this is a great device from Belkin and easy way for anyone to get into home automation. It’s compatible with several other Belkin WeMo devices and of course the IFTTT service which makes plenty of room for expansion later. A solid four eggs!

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3 out of 5 eggsDecent Entry into Home Automation

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Easy to download and use APP.
Configuring the device was fast and easy with excellent instructions online.

Simply, the product works. You are able to activate your electronics with motion. Control everything with your phone. It is able to work with 3G-4G and WiF.

The Sunset and Sunrise settings were great for a product so cheap in price.

Notification of motion was the most impressive and useful feature of the device, as I like to know if a kid gets home early.

Works easily with Android and Apple products.
Very clean looking with minimal wires.
Sensor seemed best at noticing objects that were 4-5 feet away. Very consistent ability to sense movement. Lag time was about 2 seconds, which is what I was expecting.

Buy this product to setup motion detection for an area, but not one light or a device. It is a good first step by Belkin, but not perfect.

Cons: TOO large!! You lose a wall socket when you plug this in.
The sensor is easy to knock over.
Was not seen on my network when I first set it up. Had to go through the instructions and processes from the website.
The APP loves to crash and did it at least twice a day. After about a week, the APP suddenly stopped crashing.
The firmware was updated four times, and still was telling me I needed to update it.

Other Thoughts: Desktop computer, Intel core. Netgear 3700 Wifi. Motor Arris Router. Apple iPhone 5. Samsung Galaxy S4.

After the product settled in and I got the sensor to a place the cat didn't hit, the product performed as advertised.

Get this product to control an area, inform you of motion in your house while you are away and to have some fun. It is the best motion detection I have seen on the market and at a good price point. Belkin just need to make the units smaller so that they don't get knocked over so easy, and so I can have two plugs on an outlet.

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5 out of 5 eggsEasy Entry into Home Automation

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: *Belkin’s WeMo Switch + Motion is a simple and relatively inexpensive vehicle into the home automation world. Its ease of use, fool-proof setup, and wide-ranging customizability proves that it’ll be a tough contender in the ever expanding market field of home automation. It definitely is now one of my favorite tech gadgets.*

- Although the unit itself is rather large, the WeMo switch will fit in the top slot of the ubiquitous home outlet setup without interfering with the bottom outlet. Since power strips come in all shapes and sizes, the WeMo may or may not take up more than one outlet. Its white color will blend into most wallpapers and is far from an eye-sore. The motion detector wall plug is about the same size; while the actual motion detecting unit—a semblance of R2-D2—is small and inconspicuous. The long cable length provided allows the detector to be placed a distance away, and the unit itself does not stand out. Even its motion indicator light is unobtrusive.
- Setting up the WeMo was rather simple. No tools required, no modification to your network, and no hard to read manual. Download the free Android, iOS WeMo app (which is the best feature), follow the instructions on your mobile device’s screen, and you’re then ready to start customizing the WeMo to your heart’s content.
- There are some issues with the WeMo app (see Cons); however, overall the app’s integration with the Switch is truly mind-blowing. I am quite excited by all home automation possibilities that the WeMo provides. It would be actually be difficult to not find a use for the WeMo. Whether controlling appliances to turn on at certain hours, a coffee maker to turn off/on with the sunrise or sunset, televisions to power down when your work hours begin, the WeMo offers you control over anything that plugs in. Even the most complex time schedules can be followed due to the app’s allowance of multiple “rules.” Even a person with limited tech knowledge could set up a time schedule. The motion detector opens up even more uses for the WeMo. Amazingly, it detects motion at about a 180 degree spectrum in front of it. Now when I walk into my office, all the lights turn on the second the motion detector reads me.
- Speaking of technical knowledge: Those with a deeper understanding of IFTTT (If this, then that) will be able to take full advantage of WeMo’s potential. By creating IFTTT recipes—which are simple cause and effects: If X occurs, Then Y occurs—you gain access to limitless possibilities for the WeMo to function. I was able to have a text message sent to me every time the motion detector turned on my office lights after detecting motion. It wasn’t too difficult to do, and there are hundreds more of combinations and actions available to you whether through YouTube, Facebook, a cell phone, etc..
- Belkin’s WeMo allows easy expandability. You can add their Light Switches, more socket Switches, and even more motion detectors.

Cons: - Although the app is intuitive and sports a comprehensive GUI, it’s slightly unresponsive. I don’t know if the lag that often occurs within the app is due to delay in communication with the WeMo itself or if it’s just the app to blame, but the latency is somewhat frustrating. Thankfully, most users will only have to use the app once or twice to set up their initial desired condition and won’t have to toy with it again until you want to assign it a different use.
- The IFTTT integration makes the WeMo much better than it already is; nonetheless, to use IFTTT in conjunction with WeMo, you will need to wade through two separate apps. You’ll need to set up the recipe using IFTTT and then switch over to the WeMo app or vice versa. If the WeMo app had a way to modify, or even create IFTTT recipes, it would provide a much better experience. We can only hope that in the future Belkin will patch support for it in.
- There are hardly any flaws with the WeMo’s motion detector, but one I was able to find (mind you, I was determined to find a down-side) was its detection range. Beyond about fifteen feet, the motion detector does not pick up movement. Though I do believe that very few situations will require a range to that extent.

Other Thoughts: - If you’re looking to turn on a lamp with your smart phone, don’t buy the WeMo. I say this because it has capabilities much beyond that simple task. It would be an utter waste to not use the WeMo to its full extent: using the motion detector to turn a device on/off with an IFTTT scenario integrated in is the way to put the WeMo to work for you. Or for that matter, to set an appliance that requires a complicated time schedule that would never be achievable before the invention of technology like this. Have something in mind when purchasing this product, but then again, either way you’ll find a way to use WeMo.

*The WeMo Switch + Motion is a terrific, flexible, intricate and easy-to-use device that will make any home owner want to and put it to use. With the other product options Belkin provides, you can achieve a foothold into the home automation experience. It is a smart device that will adapt the way you want it to, working on time schedules, motion detection, IFTTT recipes… anything your creative mind can think of. The WeMo has been my first foray into home automation, and to be honest, I’ve grown very fond of the idea and concept. The WeMo will likely do the same for you.*

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3 out of 5 eggsProgrammable Switch

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Fast and easy setup
Easy to configure rules

Cons: App crashes frequently
Requires apple or android mobile device
Firmware

Other Thoughts: These Belkin WeMo devices make a standard Edison outlet become switched over WiFi and the motion sensor can control other WeMo devices. The setup instructions are very simple but only for apple and android mobile devices. I searched around but couldn't find any official applications from Belkin to configure these devices using a desktop or laptop. I was able to setup the motion sensors in seconds but the switch did not display in my list of WiFi networks. To correct this I had to search Belkin’s website to discover how to reset the switch then I was able to complete setup.

After having both devices setup the iPhone app crashed about a third of the times when being used. I had he same issue with then app crashing on my iPhone 5 and my mother’s iPhone 4s. The app notified me that both devices needed firmware update which just requires a click in the app. I completed firmware updates 3 times and it still says firmware updates required.

Between the app crashing I was able to setup some rules in the app fairly easily. I plugged a lamp into the switch and put the motion sensor by the front door at my mothers house. The lamp now turns on nightly and turns off in the morning. It also turns on when the motion sensor is triggered and stays on for 15 minutes. However, the motion sensor did have inconsistent results, it would be triggered anywhere from 6 feet to 2 feet.

Overall the switch and motion sensor work well but I would only recommend this product if you plan on setting rules then not accessing the controls regularly as the required app has issues that make it a less than desirable user experience.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/12/2014 4:32:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
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4 out of 5 eggs

This review is from: Belkin - F5Z0340FC - Wemo Switch Plus Motion Sensor

Pros: Works as expected (iOS/iPhone). Plug-in sensor module is nice feature allowing for threading cord. Motion can control any Wemo device.

Cons: a tad pricey & you get 2 bulky units

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