How To Set Up the Belkin WeMo Light Switch with Amazon Echo and SmartThings
If you’ve read my previous articles, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of the Belkin WeMo line of wifi smart devices. They’re simple to set up and they work well. The Belkin WeMo Light Switch is fortunately no different. It doesn’t require a hub, so it can interact directly with Amazon’s Echo. Another nice perk to it is that it has a little light on the front when it’s on, so you know that power is flowing. This is handy for things like garage light switches, where you are turning on a light switch for a room behind a closed door. Now it’s easy to tell whether the light is on or off just by walking past.
Well, part of being a dad in a smart home is having a mom and a kid in the smart home. I need to make sure that they are comfortable using all these devices. Having an app for the WeMo switches and a separate app for the GE Z-Wave switches was too complicated for them, so I ended up migrating everything over to my Samsung SmartThings hub. This is transparent to Alexa fortunately and it allows my family to control everything from the SmartThings app.
In this article, I will walk you through that whole process. If you want to skip the SmartThings hub, feel free to reference the other Belkin WeMo article I wrote. Setup for the light switch and smart outlet is practically the same thing.
Important Note and Warning: If you are not comfortable doing electrical work, please hire a professional to wire your switch in. The $60 it’d cost to have someone knowledgeable do this is much cheaper than the hospital costs of you potentially messing up and shocking yourself, or worse, you killing yourself. I will not be telling you how to wire it together. Wiring things incorrectly can start a fire. Please don’t start a fire.
Let’s get started. Here is my switch already wired in.
All is good to go and we are ready for setup. First thing to do is put your phone in airplane mode, but turn Wifi on. Look for the WeMo wifi network and connect to it.
Mine is called WeMo.Light.D59. Please ignore my Instagram notification 🙂
Once connected, open up your WeMo app.
After a few seconds, it’ll take you to a screen where you can enter the switch’s name. I apologize, but I forgot to take a screenshot here. My other Belkin WeMo article linked above does have the proper screenshot for an outlet and they’re very similar.
You will have several different options here.
The first option is to assign a picture to your switch. This will make it easier to know which switch you are turning on and off with your phone.
The second option is naming your switch. This is important because it will tie in directly with your Amazon Echo. When you tell Alexa to turn it on and off, you will refer to it by this name.
The third option is Wifi settings.
Once that’s all setup, click Next.
After a minute or so, my switch is now visible in the WeMo app. It is the Garage Light. You can now take your phone out of Airplane mode.
Now I want to set it up in my Samsung SmartThings hub. Remember that you don’t have to do this. You can hook it up to Alexa directly. I simply chose to go through my hub so my family only has to use 1 app to turn things on and off.
First step in the SmartThings app is to scroll down and click on + Add A Thing. After you click on that, scroll down to the very bottom to SmartThings Labs.
Click on that and then go to Switches and Dimmers.
Find the Belkin WeMo Light Switch and click on that.
Next, click on Connect Now. That will take you to a screen where it will start looking for devices. On the bottom, it will show you what it has found.
At this point, start turning your switch on and off. I’m not sure if this is necessary, but my hub immediately found the smart switch once I did this.
Once you see it has found your device, click on the text box and it’ll take you to this next screen.
Make sure your device is checked and then click Done.
Now you can control your switch through the the SmartThings app. Nice job!
Next step is to hook it up to Alexa. Like anything else, we will start by opening the Alexa app and going into the Smart Home settings. I already have the Samsung SmartThings skill.
Note: if you want to use your WeMo outlets with SmartThings like I am, make sure to disable the WeMo skill in Alexa. If you don’t, you will have duplicate entries for your WeMo devices.
Now click on Discover devices.
There’s my light switch 🙂