CNET First Look
Belkin's WeMo Dimmer gets (almost) everything rightWith a new design, new dimming features, and support for just about every major smart home platform, there's a lot to like about Belkin's latest smart switch.
[MUSIC] At 80 dollar the Wemo Dimmer is basically a fancy version of Wemo original WiFi light switch that adds a couple of new tricks. Namely, the ability to dim the light up and down as you, You see fit. The switch itself uses a capacitive touch dimmer complete with indicator lights that show you the dimming level as you use it. If you power the switch off, it will keep shining to show you what level the light will turn to when you turn it on again. There's also multicolored Color light at the bottom that shines when the light changes. The different colours tell you what's causing the light to change. Of course there are a lot of other ways to control this switch starting with the wemo app itself. Along with toggling the light on or off or dimming it up and down right from your phone You can schedule automated lighting changes. The lights coming on at sunset for instance. You can also set a custom action that will trigger whenever you long press on the dimmer for more than two seconds. So in this case, when I long press on the dimmer, it will turn on this lamp that's plugged in to a Wemo Mini Smart switch Other features in the app include the ability to set a quick timer that will gradually fade the lights out, a night time mode that will limit the maximum brightness during evening hours so you don't get blinded during a midnight run to the bathroom. And an away mode that will cycle your lights on and off to make it look like you're home when you're actually not. The dimmer works with a ton of third party smart home products and services too. You can sync it up with a Nest learning thermostat, you can automate it on IFTTT, you can also dim it up and down, using a voice command with Amazon's Alexa or the Google Assistant. Soon, you'll be able to control using Siri as well. So you'll need to add the Apple hub kit compatible Wemo Grid when it arrives later this year. Still, it's not perfect. The biggest miss, like the original Wemo Light Switch, the Wemo Dimmer won't work in three-way switch setups where you have multiple switches wired to the same A light. Competitors like Lutron, GE, and iDevices all offer smart switch solutions for three-way set-ups, but Belkin doesn't. But, still, an $80 smart dimmer that works with just about everything and doesn't need a special hub is a pretty solid pitch. It isn't perfect, but the Wemo dimmer gets most of the little things right. It's worth checking out.