Belkin WEMO

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Belkin WEMO

WEMO is a series of products from Belkin International, Inc. that allows users to control home electronics from anywhere. The product suite includes the WEMO Switch, WEMO Motion Sensor, WEMO Insight Switch, WEMO Light Switch, NetCam and WEMO App. The WEMO Switch can be plugged into any home outlet, which can then be controlled from an iOS or Android smartphone running the WEMO App, via home WiFi or mobile phone network.

The WEMO Motion Sensor can be placed anywhere; as long as it is connected the same WiFi network. The WEMO Motion Sensor can turn on and off any of the WEMO devices connected to the WiFi network as people pass by. The WEMO Insight Switch provides more detailed information on power usage and cost estimating on devices plugged into the switch. The WEMO Light Switch is for use where a light is controlled by a single light switch. Multi-way switching is not supported at this time. The WEMO App controls the WEMO devices from anywhere in the world as long as the WEMO devices’ wireless network is connected to the Internet. WEMO devices can also be controlled using IFTTT technology.

Security Issue[edit]

WEMO switches are controlled via IP networks; thus, for a switch to be controllable from a remote location, it must open to receive connections from the Internet. On January 31, 2013, it was revealed that the Belkin WEMO has a security flaw in its UPnP implementation that allows an unauthorized user to take control of a switch. This could allow the user to flip the switch at a very fast rate, which could damage certain devices and even cause electrical fires.[1]

Security Issue Update[edit]

Users with the most recent firmware release are not at risk for malicious firmware attacks or remote control or monitoring of WEMO devices from unauthorized devices.[2]

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