Wemo Mini Smart Plug Review

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Review

Summary:

Wemo Mini Smart Plug Review – Are you looking to purchase or have already purchased a Wemo smart plug? This Wemo Mini Smart Plug Review post details What comes in the box/package, How to setup the Wemo mini smart plug, troubleshooting/fixing issues and integrating the Wemo smart plug with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Home Kit.

Wemo Mini Smart PlugIn this post I will share information that I found on the Internet about the Wemo mini smart plug.

It’s time add a little smart technology to my home. My requirement is to add some smart tech to my home without spending a lot of money and to avoid adding smart technology that requires a monthly subscription.

In doing so, I purchased the Wemo smart mini plug so I could remotely turn on a table lamp located in the front hallway entrance of my home.

I was looking for something that was affordable, relatively easy to use directly from my smartphone, did not require any monthly subscriptions, could work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant and would work using my home internet wifi.
Once I reviewed the product specs and features it was time to pull the trigger and purchase one of these smart plugs.

Being a fan of online shopping. I decided to, visit Amazon to see what I could find available.

What I found worth noting is that that was the price of the smart plug on Amazon was cheaper than what was listed in the Wemo manufacturer’s online shop.

Who doesn’t like getting more bang for your buck, I know I do, so I scrolled through the various product listings on Amazon.

I noticed there were some listings for refurbished Wemo mini smart plugs that were little less expensive. Should I go for a refurbished smart plug or one that was new in the package, never used? I really didn’t want to risk ordering a refurbished plug for my first smart plug purchase.

I have purchased refurbished items in the past and had great luck with them while realizing some savings. But, comparing the prices of the refurbished ones to those brand new would it be worth taking the chance?

This being the first go around with smart plug technology, and given that the savings for the refurbished amounted to only a few dollars, I decided to purchase a new in the box never used smart plug.

Before finalizing my purchase, I revisited the manufacturer’s website to review the main specifications and features of the Wemo mini smart plug. Here are some questions and answers that the manufacturer’s website detailed should you be interested:

What are the main features and benefits of the this mini smart plug?

The WeMo mini smart plug allows you to turn the switch on and off remotely from anywhere. It features a small and compact design that does not block second outlet in your wall outlet.

The smart plug allows you to set up schedules of when the plug is to come in or go off. You can even have it randomly turn lights on and off when set to “away mode.” This can give your home appearance of someone being at home even when there is no one at home.

What home smart devices does the Wemo Smart Plug work with?

The Wemo mini smart plug works with Amazon Alexa,Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit and it can be paired with Nest devices. It can also work with an App called IFTTT (If This, Then, That) for setting up the switch to operate for a wide array of functionality based on real-world events

What is the size and weight of the Wemo Mini Smart Plug WiFi switch?

The switch is pretty compact measuring just 3.8” L x 1.4” H x 2.4” and weighing a mere 3.2 ounces.

What are the requirements to use the Wemo Mini Smart Plug?

You will need a WiFi router, a mobile device with either Android 4.4 or higher or a mobile device that has iOS 10 or higher.

Should the Wemo Mini WiFi Smart plug be used outdoors?

The plug is designed for residential indoor use only.

What comes in the Wemo mini smart plug box/package?

The package includes the Wemo Mini Smart Plug along with a Quick Start Guide.

How to setup the Wemo mini smart plug?

Although my setup went pretty smooth – just followed the instructions with the box, downloaded the Wemo Smartphone App (available from the Apple App Store for iOS and on Google Play for Android devices) and I was up and running.

If you want to see a quick summary of the smart plug,  Here is a useful video that shows an unboxing of the smart plug along with the easy setup procedure.

How to troubleshoot and fix issues of the Wemo mini smart plug?

It seems that one of the main culprits is that the smart plug may have been shipped with an outdated or faulty firmware. Fortunately this issue is fixable by resetting the smart plug back to its factory settings.

While researching for this post, I found there were a few people mentioning that they ran into some difficulties trying to set up the WeMo mini smart plug.

Here is a useful video that goes through how to troubleshoot and fix this issue of the Wemo mini smart plug not connecting when setting it up with a smartphone:

 

Integrating a Wemo smart plug with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Home Kit.

Hopefully by now you have been able to get your Wemo mini smart plug up and running and you can now remotely turn it on and off through your smartphone.

Now that you have your WeMo mini Wi-Fi smart plug set up and running, you may decide that you want to integrate it with a home smart device such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple Home Kit.

Here are some resources to help you with each device ( will want to add amazon product pics and product links for each device)

1) Using a Wemo Mini Smart Plug with Amazon Alexa:

Here is a video that details how to integrate your new Wemo smart plug with Alexa.

2) How to get the Wemo Mini Smart Plug to work with Apple Home Kit:

3) How to use Google Assistant with the Wemo Mini Smart Plug:

4) Using the Wemo Smart Plug with the IFTTT app.

If you want to take your use of smart technology to the next level, this might be the time to learn more with how to use devices like the Wemo Smart Plug with the IFTTT app mentioned earlier. This app allows to integrate and deploy smart devices based on real-life events and scenarios. To learn more about IFTTT, check out these two tutorial videos. The first will give you a brief overview of IFTTT while the second goes into a bit more detail:

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