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Belkin Unveils Wemo Bridge, Apple HomeKit Support to Wemo Coming Later This Month

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At CES 2018 in Las Vegas, Wemo has announced efforts to continue expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem with the introduction of the Wemo Bridge.

The Wemo Bridge enables Apple HomeKit compatibility for more than two million Wemo solutions on the market today. Wemo users will now be able to ask Siri to control their smart home devices. For instance, users will be able to say “Siri, dim the living room lights.”

In a statement, Wemo senior product manager Kara Alexander said:

“We’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response by customers when we announced last spring that we would make the Wemo Bridge compatible with for HomeKit support. We have made it a top priority working with Apple to ensure an incredible experience for both Wemo and HomeKit users.  Bringing together two of the most influential Smart Home platforms will enable millions of current and future Wemo users to experience the benefits of HomeKit, including the Apple Home app, Siri integration, and interoperability with other HomeKit devices.”

The Wemo Bridge also allows users to control their Wemo devices via Apple’s Home app on iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. The device connects to any Wi-Fi router vis an ethernet cable in order to leverage the network connection to communicate between HomeKit enabled devices and Wemo smart home products.

Wemo is currently planning to release the Wemo Bridge later this month in Apple Stores, Belkin.com, and other select retailers for a price of $49.99 CAD.

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  • Nyk0n

    Too late Belkin I have been running the wemo plugin for homebridge for about a year to use HomeKit with my switches and outlet. Yes one outlet as I sold my others for the nicer slimmer iHome ones that work right out of the box with HomeKit.

    Also a month after Belkin announced a bridge Apple changed only needing software compatibility so you didn’t need to waste r&d money on a bridge. Firmware update should have been a choice

  • xeronine992

    There’s no money to be made in a firmware update. Likely they had been “developing” this Wemo Bridge and then Apple relaxed the restrictions on HomeKit devices so they’ll want to recoup those expenses.

  • Nyk0n

    Very aware seems to be the case with most companies jumping on board with HomeKit. Chamberlain promised firmware update for over 2 years then Apple went from software to hardware chip. But since the pressure is on from Google and Alexa they changed back to software. Chamberlain same boat had to make a bridge. Luckily my thread with them went well and a bunch of us Canucks got it for free.

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