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Getting to know the Wemo rules

One of the major selling points of the Wemo® line of products is the ability to control them anywhere you are in the world.

With the different Wemo Rules, you can easily set the day and time your Wemo device should turn ON or OFF.  Below is the list of these rules.


Schedule
Auto-off Timer
Motion Detector
Long Press
Nest® Home and Away
Away Mode
Motion Alerts
Usage Alerts

 

What kind of rules can I make?
  • Control a Device
 
Schedule

Available on:  
  • Wemo® Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo® Smart LED Bulb, F7C033
  • Wemo® Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
 
This is the most basic Rule that you can make.  This Rule will control your Wemo device to turn ON and OFF at a time you set.  The options that you have are as follows:
 

Function:
  • On Until Time – Will turn your Wemo device ON and then off at a time you specify.
  • On – Will turn your Wemo device ON at the time you specified.
  • Off – Will turn your Wemo device OFF at the time you specified.
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
To learn how to create a Schedule Rule on the Wemo App, click here

Auto-off Timer

Available on:  
  • Wemo® Switch Smart Plug, F7C027 
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo® Maker, F7C043
  • Wemo® Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
The Auto-off Timer Rule allows you to set a duration that your Wemo will remain on before turning itself OFF after you turn it ON manually.  This is to make sure the lights in the hall turns OFF automatically a few minutes after you walk through during the night.

Function:
  • AFTER IT'S ON FOR – Choose a duration for the Wemo.
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.

To learn how to create an Auto-off Timer Rule for Wemo, click here.

Motion Detector

Available on:  
  • Wemo® Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • ​Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030
  • ​Wemo® Maker, F7C043
  • ​Wemo® Smart LED Bulb, F7C033
  • Wemo® Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer, F7C059 
Requires:  Wemo® Motion, F7C028 or Wemo® NetCam

Motion Detector Rule is designed to use your Wemo® Motion or your Wemo® Netcam to turn ON or OFF a Wemo device of your choice during a time period of your choice.

 
Function:
  • on, then…  This will turn a Wemo ON when motion is sensed and then OFF after a duration of your choice when motion is no longer sensed. 
  • off …  This will turn a Wemo OFF if motion is sensed. 
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.

To learn how to create a Motion Detector Rule on the Wemo App, click here

Long Press

Available on:
  • Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo® Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
Requires: Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030

Long Press Rule allows your Wemo Light Switch to control another Wemo or set of Wemo devices just by pressing the power button on your Light Switch for two seconds.  To let you know that you activated this Rule the light indicator of your Wemo Light Switch will blink rapidly three times.
 
A long press Rule is different from other Rules.  Like other Wemo Rules a Long Press Rule can control multiple Wemo devices at the same time.  However, a Wemo device can belong to only one Long Press Rule at a time.  This Rule is active all day.
 
Function:
  • Toggle – Toggles the state of the device you want to control.  This means if it is ON it will turn it OFF, or if it is OFF it will turn it ON.
  • On – Will turn the device ON.
  • Off – Will turn the device OFF.
  • Pretend Someone’s Home – Will enable the Away Mode Rule.

To learn how to create a Long Press rule for your Wemo, click here

Nest® Home and Away

Available on:  
  • Wemo® Switch Smart Plug, F7C027
  • Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
  • Wemo® Light Switch, F7C030
  • Wemo® Maker, F7C043
  • Wemo® Wi-Fi Smart Dimmer, F7C059
Requires:  Nest Thermostat
 
Pair your Nest Thermostat account with your Wemo network to begin using your Nest to control your Wemo devices.  Once paired your Nest can be used to turn ON or OFF your Wemo devices just by changing its mode to Home or Away.
 
IF Nest:
  • Is set to Away
  • Is set to Home
 
Function:
  • On – Will turn the device ON.
  • Off – Will turn the device OFF.

To learn how to control your Wemo® devices with your Nest Thermostat using rules, click here.​
  • Automate
 
Away Mode
 
Away mode turns devices ON and OFF to give the appearance that someone is home.  The Wemo devices you include in this Rule will turn ON and OFF at different times throughout the duration of the Rule.
 
Some highlights about this Rule:
  • Wemo devices that are controlled by this Rule will turn ON and OFF at random during the duration of this Rule.
  • Once turned ON a Wemo will stay on for at least 30 minutes.
  • When turned OFF a Wemo will stay OFF for a minimum of 1 minute.
  • The Wemo devices do not turn ON immediately when this Rule starts.  Some may stay OFF for a length of time after the Rule begins.
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
To learn how to create an Away Mode Rule, click here.  
 
  • Get Notified
 
Motion Alerts

Requires:  Wemo® Motion, F7C028 or Wemo® NetCam
 
Motion notification Rules are designed to send a notification to you when motion is sensed.  You can choose the times of day, what to say and how often you want to get the notifications.
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
 
Notify Me:
  • Message – A custom message you can type for this Rule.
  • How often – How often would you like to be notified?  Choose from every time all the way to once a day.
 
Usage Alerts

Requires:  Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, F7C029
 
A Usage Alerts Rule is a Rule specific to the Wemo Insight Smart Plug.  Besides telling you how much power the Insight is supplying to the device plugged into it, you can also have it let you know when it is turned ON or OFF or left on for a long time.
  • On – The Wemo Insight Smart Plug is turned ON.
  • Off – The Wemo Insight Smart Plug is turned OFF.
  • Power is on for – The Wemo Insight Smart Plug has been ON for a time of your choice.  You can choose from 1 minute all the way through one day.
 
Time:
  • Set time – Will trigger this Rule at a specific time of your choice.
  • Sunrise – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunrise time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunrise or a duration before or after sunrise.
  • Sunset – Will trigger this Rule based on the sunset time for your area.  This can be set to happen exactly at sunset or a duration before or after sunset.
  • Days – The Rule will trigger on the days that you specify.
 
Notify Me:
  • Message – A custom message you can type for this Rule.
  • How often – How often would you like to be notified?  Choose from every time all the way to once a day.
To learn how to set up Usage Alert rule on the Wemo® Insight Smart Plug, click here.
 

How do Rules work with my Wemo devices?
 
Using your Wemo App, you can create Rules for any of your Wemo devices.  These Rules are stored on your Wemo device and a copy is kept in your Wemo App for your reference.  Anytime you bring a new Wemo device or install a new Wemo App on your network, the Rules will be copied over to that new Wemo device or Wemo App.

 

Your Wemo knows the Rules
All Rules are ran by the Wemo device itself not the Wemo App.  This allows your Wemo device to follow Rules without the Wemo App being ON, or even if your internet connection goes down.
 

One Rule to control them all
A single Rule can be created that controls multiple Wemo devices at the same time.  This means you can have a Rule to turn ON all of your Wemo Light Switches at a certain time you will set.
 

Multiple Rules on a single device
Each Wemo device can have multiple Rules set to control it.  An example would be one Rule to turn your lights ON in the morning and OFF when you leave for work, and another Rule to turn them ON again at sunset before you get home.
 

A Rule for every day of the week
Rules can also be set to run on different days of the week allowing you to have them run as often as you like.  

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