Wemo Accounts - opinions?

We’ve had Wemos for a long time and don’t have any Homekit gear. I’ve been considering a Wemo hub. However, I noticed that they have started need ing an account. If account fatigue is a thing, count me in.
On Wemo’s account faq, I see the following:
“Wemo Accounts works using the Wemo Remote Cloud Server. When controlling your Wemo devices, your App will communicate with the Wemo Remote Cloud Server which relays commands from your App to your Wemo Devices. With Wemo Accounts, only users who you share your login credentials with will be able to access and control your Wemo devices.”

So now instead of working within my home network, all commands to Wemo devices will go through a Wemo cloud on the internet. I can’t believe this will result in better performance, and am concerned about my home’s Wemo devices having anything to do with an external cloud service.

Any other Wemo users out there? Please share opinions or experience with the new account.

THe minute I setup a WEMO account one of my mini outlets went haywire. Probably going to replace them all (only 3). My outlook on WEMO has dimmed (no pun intended)

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I did not create a WeMo account, but can no longer use the App until I do…

BTW: I only use the App to update firmware, because I use Homebridge to control my switches.

Can anyone who already migrated let me know whether Homebridge still works? (I’m afraid it won’t)

Customer Support does not answer my questions (in any meaningful way). I’m seriously considering throwing away these switches and buying IKEA ones (with native HomeKit support) instead.

I’ve had nothing but problems with the Wemo’s I have. In the process of getting rid of them.

The new account requirements seems to force you to have all your Wemo’s exposed to the cloud. With the existing system, you had the option to not cloud-enable, but doesn’t seem to be the case now.

I’m dumping all my Wemos because of the poor reliability, dropped connection that requires physically power cycle to reconnect to the network, but mostly security.

In the Wemo app I see other Wemo plugs that do not belong to me. Apparently this is a long-standing problem that Wemo refuses to acknowledge or fix. Probably the new account thing is their attempt finally at a solution by changing how their entire cloud system works, but I’m not waiting around.

Note: Ikea switches are garbage. They use Zigbee so you must have an Ikea bridge but worse, Ikea uses a non-standard version of Zigbee and requires a “Steering device” to setup each of their other devices.

Worst thing about their smart plugs is they have no physical switch. Can’t turn the attached device on or off with an actual switch unlike every other smart plug made. Also, they are large in size and ugly.

Disclaimer: I only use these types of smart switches for lab bench and convenience. None are reliable enough for my clients or professional installations, YMMV.

I have had good results with ConnectSense and others are reporting their are happy with Vocolink. Both are fully HomeKit certified.

If you don’t need HomeKit, the Wyze smart plugs are an incredible deal at only $7.50 each and I have found them to be the most reliable of all the Wi-Fi plugs I have tested. Shame they don’t do any HomeKit. I use them for the cable box and other things where I actually want to hide them from HomeKit so they don’t get flipped by mistake. In this case, needing a special app and login (the Wyze app) provides some safety by obscurity.

HomeKit does not have any ability to restrict access to some devices, so if you have kids or family members that also use your HomeKit setup, you need to be careful how you are deploying smart plugs.

I was aware of the bridge requirement, but I’m not sure what a “steering device” is…

I’d prefer the Philips Hue smart plugs, but Signify made the stupid decision to threat them as lights. This means that if I have an automation that does something with all lights in a room, it will affect the smart plug in that room as well… (turning on or off the outlet…)

In HomeKit or Amazon Alexa you can change a device type from lights to switch or other. Haven’t played with it in a while, but that used to solve the problem you describe.

Also, I often create a room called “family room lights” along with just “family room” and put, wait for it, only lights in that room. Then the voice command “family room lights on” is intuitive but foolproof.

With Amazon, if you put an actual Alexa device into that room, you can then just say “lights on” and it figures it out.

I think HomePod’s work the same way, but putting a $200 HomePod in every room is a little more pricey than using $30 Amazon devices :smirk:

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Unfortunately the automation I referred to is within the Hue App itself.

Creating an additional will probably work, but somehow that does not feel right…