Problems with latest Eero 6 Pro update and Wemo Mini smart plugs?
I was gone from the house for about a week and there was at least one, brief power outage. When I returned home, I see that there was also an Eero update while I was gone. After returning home all 3 of my Wemo Mini Smart Plugs were offline. When I factory reset them and try to re-add them to Wemo and HomeKit, the whole process work perfectly until the very end, but then the configured Wemo mini smart plugs will not connect to the WiFi. Temporarily halting the 5 gHz band has no effect, nor does setting it to Legacy mode.
Did the power outage fry all 3 of my smart plugs, but nothing else, or did something about the Eero update make the Eero Pro 6 incompatible with Wemo Mini Smart Plugs.
I was able to get some replacement Feit smart plugs (2.4 only) to connect and work just fine, but they do not work with HomeKit like the Wemo ones do.
The problem firmly lies with WEMO as other 2.4 GHz only devices that I have (most of my IOT) do not seem to have any problems connecting through the eero network. In fact I switched to the eero devices primarily because of problems I was having with devices constantly disappearing in more remote (from the router) locations in my house with other routers.
Plugs were switched to Eve and I added more Insteon switches (because 6 out of 11 of my switches are in 3 way circuits which Eve doesn’t support).
I have one WEMO switch still in service (inside a front hall closet controlling an outside soffit outlet). I don’t really need to control this switch on a day-to-day basis as it is programmed to come on near sunset and turn off at midnight, and getting into the closet to change it out is a pain, so I think that I’ll leave it in place, and use the spare new Insteon switch in another location that could use automation.
Has anyone considered switching over to the new Wemo plugs with thread support? on one hand, it seems that will get away from the never ending wifi issues we’ve all been struggling with. On the other hand, can we trust Belkin/wemo to get it right?
Ive tried a few other wifi plugs since finding that my wemos were unreliable on eero. But I had to return all of them because they all had issues as bad as the wemos.
So maybe moving over to thread is worth a try? If anyone gives the thread based plugs a try, please share your experience!
Same problems here. Have tried just about everything to get my wemo plugs and light switches/dimmers to work. We have at least 7-8 plugs and maybe 10 switches/dimmers in the house, and it is so annoying having half of them disappear/not respond until doing a reset and only having them work for maybe a day or two before they kick back offline and just flash orange and white continuously. Seriously sick of the headache and WeMo appears to have 0 support on the issues. I have seen a couple people mention that setting a dedicated IP might help so I will try that to see if it magically helps but I somehow doubt it. Really hoping for a reliable solution other than replacing everything with the hefty investment already made into the WeMo products. Will likely never buy another belkin product again.
I still have one WEMO switch, and of late it seems to be working OK with WEMO app. I don’t really use the app, as it is programmed to turn on 1/2 hour before dark and to go off at midnight, for my outside Christmas lights. They are unplugged after the Christmas season, so not really an issue going on/off all year round. The only reason that I checked lately was curiosity.
I switched my plugs to Eve units. They work well, if a little laggy on Bluetooth. I upgraded my Apple TV 4K to latest version and was able to use Thread, which made the Eves respond immediately. But now the Apple TV refuses to act as the border router for the thread network, and I’m back to the slower BT connection. So now I have another compatibility chase, but at least Eve and Apple seem to be helpful trying to sort out the problem. Just no luck so far.
For switches, I replaced my WEMOs with more Insteon switches, which now seems like a bad plan in light of the recent vaporization of Insteon and parent company, but fortunately as I am using HomeBridge, the devices are still working in HomeKit. Just can’t use the Insteon app. Not sure if I’ll be able to install my one last Insteon switch that is still in the box (it was intended for that last WEMO location, but I might try it in another location).
When Eve comes out with their Thread capable wall switches I may upgrade from Insteon (assuming that I can get the Apple TV Thread working).
IOT, still not ready for prime time yet.
After weeks of frustration, I found a post on a Best Buy thread and it worked. The key is disabling 5GHz BUT ALSO following the instructions to do a RESTORE on the plug before you add the accessory.
Instructions to restore: https://www.belkin.com/us/support-article?articleNum=317782
Also leave IPv6 toggled OFF
I went to Eero Settings and Troubleshooting and disabled 5G temporarily (15 minutes) and all my Wemo devices showed up in the Wemo app within 1 minute.
This is my analysis of what MAY be causing the problem.
The eero may be trying to do network connectivity optimization to switch the WEMO devices to the 5G band. Therefore the communication is lost as WEMO is only a 2.4G device. How does eero know a device is 2.4G only? Does the WEMO device need to negotiate with eero that it is a 2.4G only device during first time wifi registration?
This is my fix. I use my eero mesh network for everything but WEMO. I set up a second wifi network on my internet provider modem/wifi box. I made it a 2.4G only wifi network. My WEMO devices are connected to it. Fortunately I have enough range from that box to reach all of my WEMOs.
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