If you happen to own a Nest and some of Belkin's WeMo switches, you'll be delighted to know the two now play nicely together. Belkin has announced its line of smart home switches are now certified in the "Works with Nest" program, opening up a range of new interactions.
Now you can set up automated functions to trigger when your Nest is in Home or Away mode. Curious how you might take advantage of the two working in concert? Belkin has provided a few examples:
- Have the porch light come on after you've left home so it looks like someone is there.
- Turn on a fan when you leave so the air in your house keeps circulating even though the air conditioner isn't running, keeping your house cooler without using as much energy.
- Turn on all the lamps in your living room (or kitchen, entryway, etc.) when you get home so you don't have to.
- Turn off all the lamps in your home when you leave.
If you have a Nest and some WeMo switches, you can check out the integration by upgrading to the latest version of the WeMo app. And if you're interested in getting your hands on some WeMo Switches, you can check out Belkin's website at the link below.
The Smart Home Gets Smarter: Wemo Now Works with Nest
Playa Vista, Calif. – May 17, 2016 – Wemo®, the award-winning smart home brand from Belkin International, today announced its Works with Nest integration, enabling all Wemo switch products to connect with the Nest Learning Thermostat. With the new integration, users have the ability to easily create and maintain a more comfortable, safe and energy efficient home.
"We're thrilled to join the Works with Nest program, as it opens up a new world of convenience and comfort to Wemo users," said Peter Taylor, vice president of products for Wemo. "Going beyond remote control, smart timers and voice control, working with Nest makes life easier because your house can automatically welcome you home, or make sure everything is safely turned off when you leave."
Through the integration, any device connected to a Wemo switch can turn on or off when the Nest Thermostat is in Home or Away mode. For example, a fan can turn on automatically when Nest goes into Away mode so that air continues to circulate and keep the house cool without wasting excess energy. Or the living room lights can turn on when the Nest Thermostat is in Home mode so that the room's lighting is perfect as soon as someone walks in. Home and Away can also help ensure devices that get hot – heaters, irons, hair straighteners – turn off automatically upon leaving, making the home safer and giving users greater peace of mind.
Wemo users can also control basic functions of their Nest Thermostat directly through the Wemo app, eliminating the need to switch back and forth between apps. Basic features include checking the thermostat's status, viewing the current temperature and humidity, changing the Home or Away mode, and setting the target temperature.
Wemo products that now work with Nest include the Wemo Switch, Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker.
"The beauty of working with Nest is the ability to extend control of household devices and lighting to a more unified experience, beyond the Wemo app," continued Taylor. "This is especially handy for families as everyone may not have a smartphone or the Wemo app installed. It adds yet another layer of convenience to help manage busy lives."
Works with Nest compatibility for Wemo is enabled by the new Wemo app, version 1.15 for both iOS and Android, which will be available by 12:00pm PDT today at the App Store and Google Play Store. Products that will work with Nest include the Wemo Switch, Wemo Insight Switch, Wemo Light Switch and Wemo Maker, and all are now available for purchase at the Works with Nest store on Nest.com, in addition to Belkin.com and our existing online and retail partners nationwide.
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