Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022

THE BOTTOM LINE For Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug

The Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug is a weatherproof dual-outlet smart plug that works with many other smart devices and can be controlled with your phone or your voice.

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug PROS

Easy to install
Works with Alexa, Google, and Siri voice commands
Supports HomeKit and IFTTT

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug CONS

Pricey
Can’t control each plug independently
Lacks power usage reports

WEMO WI-FI SMART OUTDOOR PLUG SPECS

Size 3.7 by 3.6 by 1.6 inches
Amazon Alexa Yes
Apple HomeKit Yes
Apple Siri Yes
Energy Reporting No
Google Assistant Yes
IFTTT Yes

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug Review

The Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug from Belkin ($39.99) is a dual-port smart plug designed to withstand the elements. It’s easy to install, responds to Alexa, Google, and Siri voice commands, and supports Apple HomeKit and IFTTT, so it works with many other smart home devices. The plug passed the test, but it is disappointing that the two ports cannot be controlled independently of each other. So you’ll want to pick our Editors’ Choice winner, Wise Plug Outdoor. It doesn’t support HomeKit, but it works with a lot of third-party devices and will tell you how much power it has, and at $10.99, it’s the cheapest model we tested.

Lots of Third Party Support

Like most outdoor models, the Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug is black and uses an IP44 plastic enclosure to protect it from rain and dust. It measures 3.7 x 3.6 x 1.6 inches (HWD) and has an on/off button on the front and dual 3-prong ports on the bottom.

An 8-inch power cord connects with three toothed plugs that are screwed into the top of the device. When not in use, the ports are protected by rubber gaskets. The plug connects to your home network using a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi radio.

The Vimo Plug works with Apple HomeKit and Siri voice commands, as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice services. It also supports IFTTT applications that allow it to interact with other smart devices such as security cameras, door locks, thermostats, etc. However, electricity consumption is underreported.

This plug uses the same Wemo Mobile app (for Android and iOS) as other Wemo devices such as the Wemo Mini Smart Plug. It appears in its own panel on the Devices page, along with any other Wemo devices you’ve installed. There is only one button, which means you cannot control each port independently as you can with the Wyze Plug Outdoor and Kasa Smart Wi-Fi Outdoor Plug KP400.

At the bottom of the screen are buttons called Devices, Roles, and More. The Hardware button takes you back to the main screen and the Rules button takes you to a screen where you can create on/off schedules and set auto off timers. You can also set the plug to the Away position to turn it on and off at random times to show that someone is home while you are away.

Click the More button to change security settings, update firmware, connect to Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, and view tutorials for things like configuring sockets and creating rules. Here you can join the Wemo community website with useful news, announcements and tips, and you can access the Wemo support site.

Installation and Use of the Wemo Outdoor Plug

Installing Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Plug was quick and easy for testing. I already installed the Wemo app on my phone, but if this is your first Wemo product, you will need to install the app and create an account. I plugged the device into a GFCI port and clicked the plus icon in the upper right corner of the app’s hardware screen to add it. I chose the Smart Plug from the list, I chose the Outdoor Plug, and I checked that it was plugged in and the LED was blinking two colors.

I used my phone to scan the HomeKit code on the setup card and on the back of the plug, and I added the plug to my house. After a few seconds I was asked to give the socket a name and location and the installation was complete.

The Vimo Plug performed well in the test. Quickly respond to on and off commands using Alexa and Siri voice control and when using the mobile app. I added the plug to the HomeKit scene to turn it on at sunset and it worked as expected, as usual with Alexa turned on when the Ring Stickup camera detected motion. My scheduling on and off schedule also performed without issue.

Versatile But Expensive Plug

The Belkin Vimo Wi-Fi Smart Outdoor Socket lets you turn pool pumps, decorative lighting and other outdoor devices into smart devices that you can control with your phone or with your voice. It installs in minutes and works with many other smart products, and it supports Apple’s HomeKit platform as well as Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, you can’t control each outlet independently as you can with other plugs, and you don’t get power usage reports. If you can live without HomeKit support, our Editors’ Choice, Wise Plug Outdoor, offers standalone port control, Alexa, Google, and IFTTT support, and will let you know that it’s a fraction of the price. How much energy is available using it? Wemo components.

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