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Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Wemo Stage Scene Controller Review: Apple HomeKit remote needs refinement

Sometimes, only a button will do. The smart home and the rise of connected devices like lamps, speakers, locks, and more have brought complex automations within reach of a mainstream audience, but sometimes you don't want to have to pull up an app - or talk to a smart speaker - just to switch on the lights. For those in the Apple HomeKit ecosystem, then, the Wemo Stage Scene Controller remote could be the answer.

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Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo HomeKit remote bypasses apps and Siri for smart home control

Wemo has added a new remote control to its smart home line-up, with the Wemo Stage Scene Controller designed to make controlling HomeKit devices easier when you don't want to pull out your phone or talk to Siri. The three button remote can trigger up to six different Apple HomeKit scenes.

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Belkin GaN charger and WiFi Outdoor plugs make your power smarter

Belkin GaN charger and WiFi Outdoor plugs make your power smarter

Belkin today announced that it's adding a couple of new power accessories to its lineup. The first is the Boost Charge Pro 60W, a new gallium nitride wall charger that seems targeted at laptop owners. It's joined by a Wemo-branded WiFi Outdoor Smart Plug that allows users to control the attached devices wirelessly.

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Wemo and Phyn offer even more smarts for your home

Wemo and Phyn offer even more smarts for your home

Everything around us is getting smarter, from the phones in our pockets to even the plugs we put on our walls. They can be a bit overwhelming at times and yet also miss out on opportunities to make more efficient use of limited natural resources inside the house. That's where new products from Wemo and Phyn, both members of the larger Belkin International, come in to make smart homes and people even smarter.

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Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer adds Apple HomeKit support

Wemo's WiFi Smart Dimmer light switch is gaining Apple HomeKit support, with a new update bypassing the need for a hub to integrate with Apple's smart home system. Launched back in 2017, the WiFi Smart Dimmer is intended to replace a traditional light switch in the wall, and thus enable remote-control access to the light that it operates.

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Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple HomeKit’s big software upgrade just got its first IoT gadget

Apple's software protocols allowing HomeKit compatibility without demanding IoT gadgets have a physical chip inside have finally made it into the wild. A new firmware version Belkin's Wemo line-up of connected smart switches make them the first to gain support, which is widely expected to light a fire under Apple HomeKit adoption.

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Foxconn is buying Belkin and Linksys

Foxconn is buying Belkin and Linksys

The Trump administration may have blocked the purchase of Qualcomm by Broadcom, but another transaction seems to have flown under its radar. Taiwan-based Foxconn is probably best known for assembling iPhones but it has recently been expanding its reach to become a force to reckon with in the hardware business. Now it has just announced that it will be acquiring Belkin International, which means that it might soon own Belkin, Linksys, and Wemo to create a “global consumer electronics leader”.

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Get started on smart home and automation with these 5 devices

Get started on smart home and automation with these 5 devices

The Internet of Things has brought technology into our homes in a more integrated and invasive way. From smart bulbs to smart speakers to even smart refrigerators, technology is slowly but surely becoming a staple in modern homes. But why put off for tomorrow what you can start today? If you’ve ever dreamed of living inside the home of the future, you can already do so as long as you have a home Wi-Fi network. You don’t even have set it all up in one go. You can even get started with a simple bulb. Here are some of the essentials to get you started on upgrading your house, piece by piece.

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Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo Bridge adds HomeKit to smart plugs and switches

Wemo is adding Apple HomeKit support, with the new Wemo Bridge joining the gap between the iOS smart home system and its remotely-controlled plugs and light switches. Announced last year, Wemo has confirmed today at CES 2018 that the Wemo Bridge is now on sale. It promises easy setup by plugging via ethernet cable into your existing router.

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Belkin Wemo Bridge adds Apple HomeKit to smart plugs, switches

Belkin Wemo Bridge adds Apple HomeKit to smart plugs, switches

Smart home products these days speak different languages, which sometimes defeats the purpose of having an automated home. But rather than trying to force existing and future products to speak a single language, device and platform makers are solving the language barrier like we do in the real world: with translators. The Belkin Wemo Bridge is one such translator and it is quite adept at one language. This tiny square that you connect to your Wi-Fi router allows Wemo's switches and plugs to speak Apple's HomeKit language.

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Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer Light Switch now available

Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer Light Switch now available

Belkin has announced that it is now shipping its new Wemo WiFi Smart Dimmer Light Switch to customers, giving consumers yet another connected accessory with which to make their home a bit smarter. This Dimmer model builds upon the previously launched Smart Light Switch, bringing with it additional features requested by users such as a new Night Mode and more. The Dimmer switch made an appearance back during CES 2017, and it is now available to buy from retailers like Best Buy and Amazon.

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Google Assistant now speaks WeMo’s, Honeywell’s language

Google Assistant now speaks WeMo’s, Honeywell’s language

A smart assistant isn’t going to be very smart if it keeps to itself, especially when said assistant should be helping you around the house. That’s why in order for products like Google Home to be a viable smart home hub, it needs to be able to communicate with as many smart appliances and services as it can. Initially launching with only a few integrations, Google is now announcing its expansion with two more members of its growing roster. Now Google Home and Google Pixel owners can easily control their thermostat or even any appliance thanks to Honeywell an Belkin’s WeMo switches.

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