Wink Hub 2
The Wink Hub 2 is impressed by its versatility and price that is affordable. The new version of the hub offers more memory, Sleeker design, and better network support than its predecessor. Also includes Bluetooth support, enhanced security, and a simplified guided setup and pairing procedure. It supports more wireless protocols than any other hub that has been tested. This increases its compatibility. But it lacks 5GHz Wi-Fi and buggy pairing process with new devices.
The design of the hub has a matte white finish. It measures 7.25(height) x 1.25(width) x 7.25(depth) inches, and stands upright. A thin LED strip on the top front edge lets you know what’s going on. Blue blinks while pairing, white while rebooting, and solid blue when all the connections are perfect.
In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy wireless networking, it supports Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde wireless protocols. This hub can be connected wirelessly. It has a power jack and Ethernet port.
This hub can be used to control devices easily. The devices include thermostats, security cameras, door locks, lighting systems, sensors, ceiling fans, garage door openers, window blinds, doorbells, and more. For controlling these devices, it can be used in combination with an Amazon Echo or Wink app. The free Android and iOS Wink app is well organized. It offers detailed instructions to help you pair components. It will then monitor the connected devices. Its use of large icons makes it a bit more user-friendly than the SmartThings app.
The home screen displays icons for product categories like Thermostats, Sensors, Cameras, and Lights and Power. Tapping any category icon takes you to a screen with icons for each installed device in that category. Tap any device to check its status and access its settings, or in the case of a camera, launch a live video stream. The Sensors screen has icons for temperature, humidity, motion, and door window sensors and their current status. At the bottom of the home screen are icons for Products, Shortcuts, Robots, and Activity.
Talking about the performance of the Wink hub 2, the door window sensors were very responsive. Same was the response of the motion sensor and smart plug. Every installed device reacted instantly to my commands using the Wink app. The Robot automation worked like a charm. The Lights Out Robot, which had the Cree light bulb turn off, worked without a hitch. So did the Camera Robot that had the Nest Cam turned on when a door sensor was triggered.
There is no problem to set and turn on the Ecobee3 thermostat using the Wink app. This allows receiving accurate temperature and humidity readings in real-time. Live video from the Nest Cam was sharp, with none of the lag seen with the SmartThings hub. Alexa voice commands were also executed instantly, as was my IFTTT recipe to have the smart plug turn on.
Finally, the Wink hub 2 supports most older smart home devices. It is highly compatible compared to the other hubs and also the previous version. The installation of the hub can be wireless, but Wink suggests using a wired connection. Once installed, it can be relocated to anywhere in your home.
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