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Pro Can send reports about energy usage
You can get on demand reports of energy usage as well as set up Insight to email daily, weekly or monthly reports of energy usage.
Pro App has a simple button widget
Pro Scheduling allows switch to operate automatically
Scheduling can be done on either a weekly basis (same schedule for the whole week) or you can configure each day individually (e.g., the weekend can have a different schedule than the weekdays).
Pro Integrates with Alexa
Through Amazon's virtual assistant Alexa (found on the Amazon Echo ling of products) you can control the switch via voice.
Pro Very configurable thanks to IFTTT
IFTTT (if this then that) allows you to set up conditional automations. So you can turn on or off devices attached to the switch based on conditions like time of day, your location or any trigger from 300+ services.
Pro Good companion app
The WeMo app is simple to use, and provides quite a bit of information at a glance as well. There's a large power button to open/close the switch, as well as a timer which indicates how long the switch has been on for. It also shows data such as average on time each day, average cost and more.
Pro Get notified when the switch is activated
You can set up the Insight to send you app notifications when the switch is turned on or off based on set rules. So you can, for example, get notified only between 9am and 5pm while you are at work, and turn off notifications while you are at home.
Pro Third party hardware integration
WeMo is one of the leading Internet of Things ecosystems, and can integrate with a wide variety of other products that also support the WeMo standard.
Pro Support for rules
Rules determine when your lights are on and off (think of it like scheduling for events instead of times).
Pro Easy installation
The installation instructions are fairly basic - just connect to the switch's Wi-Fi, go into the WeMo app, make the connection, and then swap over to your regular Wi-Fi (if it works the first time).
Con Poor Android app
The in-app performance is poor - it lags and studders. Performing any actions takes a couple seconds to register, and the overall experience is bad. This could be due to the Wi-Fi connection, or it could just be a poorly optimized app.
Con Buggy setup
The setup process sounds simple enough - connect to the switch's Wi-Fi network to pair, and then swap back to your regular Wi-Fi. In practice, the connection is spontaneous. It takes a number of tries to set up the connection successfully.
Con Power button can be distracting
When the switch is on it illuminates the power button which can be distracting. Especially at night or when watching a movie. And there's no way to turn off the power button without turning off the switch.
Con Blocks other plugs
This switch is compact as far as smart switches go, however it is still large enough to block the other outlet on a typical 2 slot wall outlet.
Con Works only with devices that use more than 2 watts of power
Con No yet compatible with SmartThings hub
SmartThings is Samsung's smart home ecosystem. The WeMo Insight isn't compatible with Samsung's software.