UPDATE: Screenshots of the iOS app taken down upon request by Belkin. The company has hinted of additional tweaks being made to it prior to the official launch of WeMo. In addition, Belkin says it will be sending me a production version shortly - I'll update this review as necessary.\n\tBelkin's cool new WeMo device makes home automation easy, according to the company, and it lets you control a variety of home-entertainment and other functions using iOS devices, including iPhones and\u00a0iPads. Belkin\u2019s WeMo system consists of a number\u00a0of components that connect to your Wi-Fi network.\u00a0WeMo can then be\u00a0managed using the WeMo iPhone or iPad app. Unlike many similar\u00a0home automation systems, WeMo is completely modular and\u00a0you can add as many nodes as you want\u00a0to increase its usefulness.\n\t\n\tHow WeMo Works\n\tTwo WeMo devices exist at the moment: a WeMo Switch; and the\u00a0WeMo Motion. The WeMo Switch plugs into your wall outlet and effectively becomes a remote-controlled power socket that\u00a0switches connected devices on or off at your command. WeMo Motion\u00a0also plugs into a wall socket, and it has a\u00a0six-foot power cord\u00a0that attaches to\u00a0a motion sensor. That sensor has a\u00a0range of 10 feet, according to Belkin.\n\tBoth the WeMo Switch and WeMo Motion connect to your wireless network, and the WeMo iOS app automatically detects the components. You can connect a variety of home appliances to the WeMo Switch by plugging them in to the component. Then you can turn those appliances on and off\u00a0using the\u00a0app,\u00a0and you can also create\u00a0rules\u00a0so the appliances\u00a0turn off at\u00a0predefined times or\u00a0turn on when the WeMo sensor detects motion. Such rules can be specific to individual WeMo-connected devices, a clever design feature that eliminates the need for a centralized controller.\n\tEach WeMo Switch\u00a0has a power button that replaces the switch on the physical wall socket. And WeMo lets you check to see if certain household appliances, say, the iron, have been switched off, which\u00a0can help avoid trouble and stress--and eliminate the need to run home to check.\n\tWeMo Switch Setup\n\tWeMo is not yet officially available, and the two WeMo Switches Belkin sent me arrived\u00a0without\u00a0packaging, a manual or a quick start guide.\u00a0Even so, WeMo setup was a breeze. Once powered on,\u00a0the unconnected WeMo device creates a new wireless network with the name of \u201cWeMo-XXX\u201d (XXX is the device ID number). Next, you simply\u00a0connect your iPhone or iPad to this network and launch the free WeMo app.\n\tThe WeMo app then automatically detects your primary Wi-Fi network and\u00a0pulls in some of the required configuration data. The WeMo app will also ask you for your Wi-Fi password if your network is secured. WeMo then gathers any additional configuration information\u00a0it\u00a0needs and\u00a0connects to your wireless network. And you can associate a photo with each WeMo device connected to your system\u00a0for easy identification in the WeMo app.\n\tMy Experience with WeMo\n\tI deployed both WeMo Switches and tested\u00a0them by setting various rules using the WeMo app. The rules worked\u00a0as expected, and\u00a0the power states of the\u00a0associated WeMo Switches immediately changed when I tapped on the power icons within the app. The WeMo Switch\u00a0made\u00a0an audible \u201cclick\u201d sound\u00a0each time\u00a0I\u00a0switched the power on or off, a useful feedback mechanism.\n\tWeMo devices can also be accessed via a remote Internet connection and the WeMo app. Using WeMo\u00a0remotely is exactly the same as using Wi-Fi, and you don't need to modify your home router\u2019s firewall settings or muck with cumbersome IP addresses.\n\tHowever,\u00a0you need to\u00a0use a centralized server maintained by Belkin, and there may be some security implications in doing so. I don\u2019t have many specifics on this topic, and therefore, I won't speculate on the details.\u00a0But if you're worried, you don't have to use WeMo remotely, and you can also\u00a0disable remote access, though doing so would obviously reduce the usefulness of the WeMo system.\n\tWeMo performance when connected to mobile Internet was slightly finicky\u00a0in my limited experience. Toggling the WeMo Switches on and off\u00a0took between 5-7 seconds on the first day I tested them, but response time improved to a swift 2-seconds on another day. Since the service is not officially \u201clive,\u201d I expect response time to further improve before the product is launched.\n\tBelkin WeMo: Conclusion\n\tOther than its ability to remotely\u00a0turn appliances on and off, the key selling point of Belkin\u2019s WeMo system is its ease of deployment.\u00a0And you can expect additional related devices\u00a0to be released in the\u00a0future, including connected\u00a0baby monitors, garage door openers and door locks.\n\tOne downside is that WeMo requires Wi-Fi coverage to work, which could mean you'll\u00a0have\u00a0some problems reaching that power point at the corner of your garage or attic.\u00a0As far as\u00a0its physical appearance goes,\u00a0I\u2019d like to see the WeMo Switch\u00a0get smaller\u00a0and slimmer\u00a0to better accommodate non-standard sockets or sockets in\u00a0narrow spaces.\n\tOverall, I am very impressed with WeMo's easy setup and intuitive design. It is simple to deploy and works\u00a0quite well--I'm\u00a0already plotting innovative ways to deploy the system in my home.\u00a0A WeMo Switch\u00a0should cost about\u00a0$50, according to reports, and it\u00a0should be released\u00a0in the United States\u00a0in June, with releases in other countries and locales in the coming months.\n\tThe power\u00a0button on the WeMo Switch and a "Restore" button that resets the device.