How to Set Up the Belkin WeMo Switch

By Craig Lloyd on April 12th, 2016

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The Belkin WeMo Switch can turn just about any ordinary appliance into a smart appliance. Just plug it in, and control it from anywhere. Here’s how to set it up.

While you can get smart lights like Philips Hue, they can be pretty expensive, especially with the starter kit priced at $199, but if you have lamps that you wish you could turn on and off remotely, getting a smart outlet is the next best option. It’s a bit cheaper than a whole set of Wi-Fi bulbs, with the Belkin WeMo Switch priced at under $40.

If you have a Belkin WeMo Switch (or a WeMo Insight Switch), here’s how to set it up and get it running in no time.

Start by plugging your WeMo Switch into a wall outlet. The small LED light at the top will flash blue, but will begin to alternate between blue and red when it’s ready to be set up.

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Next, downloaded the WeMo app from the iTunes App Store or Google Play Store, depending on what device you have.

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Open up the app and tap on “Get Started” at the bottom (or “Let’s Get Started” on Android).

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Tap on “WeMo Switch/Insight”.

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After this, you’ll need to exit out of the app and open up the “Settings” app on your Android or iOS device.

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Tap on “Wi-Fi”.

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Connect to the WeMo Switch’s Wi-Fi network by selecting it. There won’t be a password to enter and it will connect automatically.

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After that, go back into the WeMo app and it will automatically begin setting up the WeMo Switch.

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On the next page, you can give the switch a custom name if you want, but all of the defaults are fine as is. Tap “Proceed” at the bottom.

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Now, you’ll need to connect back to your home’s Wi-Fi network, so select your home’s Wi-Fi from the list.

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Enter in the password for your Wi-Fi and then tap “Join” in the bottom-right corner of the keyboard (or the Enter key on Android).

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Your WeMo Switch will now show up in the list on the main page of the app, and you can begin to control to the switch right off the bat.

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You’ll likely get a pop-up saying that there’s a firmware update available, so go ahead and tap on “Yes” when it appears. The process can take a few minutes,  but it will return to the main screen and the switch will begin working again.

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Keep in mind that whatever you plug into the WeMo Switch will need to have a physical on/off switch, rather than just a toggle power button, or else it won’t work with the WeMo Switch. You’ll want to leave that switch on at all times, to ensure you can turn it on and off with the WeMo app whenever you want.

Craig Lloyd writes about smarthome for How-To Geek, and is an aspiring handyman who loves tinkering with anything and everything around the house. He's also a mediocre gamer, aviation geek, baseball fan, motorcyclist, and proud introvert.

  • Published 04/12/16
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