Belkin WeMo In­sight Switch

The cross-plat­form power op­tion

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> £35 > FROM Belkin, belkin.co.uk > FEA­TURES Wi-Fi, apps for An­droid 4.1 and iOS 8 or higher

De­sign & fea­tures

Belkin’s of­fer­ing is bulkier but com­pen­sates with rounded cor­ners and slightly ta­pered sides. The large sta­tus light on top dou­bles as a man­ual on/off switch. Like Eve En­ergy, it sticks out just over 5cm from a wall socket.

Get­ting started

As Belkin’s de­vice isn’t HomeKit-com­pat­i­ble, you have to use its WeMo app. This has the ad­van­tage of en­sur­ing you can’t miss any firmware up­date that’s avail­able. How­ever, the process is a bit fid­dlier as you must join the de­vice’s tem­po­rary Wi-Fi net­work to con­nect it to your own.

Ease of use

Use­fully, both de­vices click as you switch them on or off. The WeMo app shows to­day’s cost, a per-month es­ti­mate, and per-day av­er­ages of time turned on and en­ergy us­age. Vex­ingly, nei­ther app ad­dresses on- and off-peak rates.

Con­nec­tiv­ity

In­sight doesn’t work with HomeKit and iOS 10’s Home app, but the WeMo app con­nects it to ifttt.com and Nest’s Ther­mo­stat for au­to­ma­tion, and gives re­mote ac­cess via Belkin’s server. In­sight’s max­i­mum load is 1800W (15A).

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