[German]Wemo-Netcam surveillance cameras will literally be useless after May 29, 2020. The reason: provider Belkin will switch off the Wemo NetCam servers at this time. The cameras are then effectively bricked and are electronic scrap.
In an announcement (German) from April 28, 2020, Belkin says that the Wemo® NetCam platform won't be supported anymore. Here is the translated text:
Wemo® NetCam products will be phased out on May 29, 2020 as the video service platform we use to support these products will be discontinued. Until then, we will continue to support Wemo NetCam services, but after that date, the service will no longer work.
Belkin will then, after 7 years of operation, pull the plug on the video service platform that was used to support these products and will shut them down.
Cameras will be dead afterward
Although the Wemo NetCam will continue to function and connect to a configured Wi-Fi network, users without the Wemo NetCam servers will not be able to view the video feed or access Wemo NetCam security features such as motion clips and motion notifications.
Anyone using the Wemo NetCam as a motion detector for other components of the Wemo product line also looks stupid. Because the servers are switched off, this functionality is no longer available and is removed from the Wemo App as an option.
Other software cannot be used
Belkin recommends that you save all files/videos before May 29, 2020. According to Belkin, it is also not possible to use the camera with third-party software. Wemo NetCam uses the iSecurity+ video services platform for all video recording and motion detection functions. It cannot be connected to third-party software applications.
Reimbursement for iSecurity+ subscription & camera
Belkin will offer refunds to buyers of Wemo NetCams that are within the 2 year warranty period. In addition, Belkin users were able to purchase an iSecurity+ subscription for is the service platform used to operate the Wemo NetCam. This service allowed users to pay for the premium video recording service for one year in advance.
For users with an annual subscription that is still active as of May 29, 2020, Belkin will offer a refund for any unused portion of the subscription valued at $9.99* for each month remaining. Details can be found in the Belkin document here. The Register has also an article about that here.
All in all, the bottom line is that by the end of May, a lot of Wemo NetCam installations are bricked and are electronic waste. A bad move and maybe a warning for to all enthusiasts who can't hop fast enough on such systems that only work in conjunction with a server of the provider, to pay attention to something like this in the future. Any of you affected by this shutdown?
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