Skip to main content

New Wemo Bridge smart home hub is compatible with Apple HomeKit

wemo bridge for homekit press
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If you’re looking to bring your smart home onto the Apple HomeKit network, Belkin and its Internet of Things brand Wemo can now help. At CES, the smart home brand announced a new version of the Wemo Bridge smart home hub, this time enabled with Apple HomeKit. While it may be annoying to have to buy an entirely different device just to ensure Apple compatibility, this is an inconvenience that Apple requires, as most HomeKit devices must have a proprietary chip inside them.

“We have made it a top priority working with Apple to ensure an incredible experience for both Wemo and HomeKit users.”

Thanks to the new HomeKit-enabled Wemo Bridge, Wemo users can now ask Siri to control a number of smart home aspects. Whether you’re on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, simply say, “Siri, turn on Wemo,” or “Siri, dim the living room lights,” and be the master of your own domain. Plus, the new Wemo Bridge lets you to use the Apple Home app to control connected devices. Wemo products can be integrated into scenes and various rooms to work alongside with over 100 other HomeKit-compatible tools and appliances.

Prime Day Focus
Roborock Prime Day shopping guide: Lots of options, which is right for you?
Is the Bluetti AC200L the best power station for camper vans?
These Razer Blade Prime Day deals really pack a punch [in gaming power]
Tiny projector, epic 4K cinema: Watch movies anywhere with LG CineBeam Q

“We’ve had an overwhelming positive response from customers when we announced last spring that we would make the Wemo Bridge compatible with HomeKit support, said Kara Alexander, Wemo senior product manager. “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.”

With the Wemo Bridge, you no longer have to depend exclusively on the Wemo app (which is probably a good thing, given that it’s not the easiest to use). Now, folks can control their Wemo Dimmer, Mini, Light Switch, Insight, or Motion Sensor from either the Wemo or Apple Home app, or via Siri.

Moreover, you can choose to create personalized scenes like movie lighting, or schedule appliances to turn on and off during your morning routine. You can even sync lights with the sunrise or sunset, or set up a vacation mode to protect your home when you’re not away with a random flicker of the lights.

The Wemo Bridge is available online at Amazon, Apple, and Belkin for $40.

Lulu Chang
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Fascinated by the effects of technology on human interaction, Lulu believes that if her parents can use your new app…
What is Apple HomeKit?
Apple HomeKit app on smartphone.

Apple HomeKit, often called Apple Home, is a smart home platform that lets you control all your smart home gadgets in one place. Its main competitors are Amazon Alexa and Google Home -- both of which offer similar functionality and support for a wide range of products.

There’s a lot of nuance to Apple Home, and it has seen continued growth over the past few years, making it a compelling choice to power your smart home.

Read more
6 things you didn’t know Apple Homekit could do
Apple HomeKit app on smartphone.

"Hey, Siri" is a phrase we have all come to know, whether from using it in our daily lives or via a parody of voice assistants. Siri has some great features that we may not utilize daily, one of which is controlling our smart home via HomeKit.

HomeKit is Apple's version of its underlying smart home tech, similar to Google's Home and Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. While HomeKit may not have as many features or accessories as Google Home or Amazon Alexa, there are some fantastic ways to use HomeKit that you may not be using now.

Read more
Are smart lights bulbs worth it?
The Harth Sleep-Shift Light Bulb running next to a bed.

Smart light bulbs are among the most popular smart home devices of 2023. Offering heaps of functionality and clocking in at prices under $30, they’re an affordable way to bring smarts into your home.

But are they actually worth the investment? After all, they’re more expensive than traditional light bulbs -- and unless they do something really special, they may not be worth the hassle.

Read more