Home automation always sounds so intimidating, but that’s partly because the methods available try and “lock” the user into working only with proprietary systems that don’t allow any variance from what the company has decided works best. That’s where the WinkHub Connected Hub differs: it can speak a lot of disparate “languages” in order to integrate with a wide assortment of devices designed for home use. For example, the Hub can understand the user’s home network via WiFi and devices that use same. But it also understands Z-wave sensor and Zigbee sensor configurations so as to work with them. And that includes those products using Bluetooth too. And instead of becoming more bloated and confusing as a result, the Hub becomes a true gatherer and conveyor of the needs of the home through the integration of the devices that have been designated for use in it.
The WinkHub Connected Hub requires both physical and electronic setup: the physical first is simple enough in that it should be placed somewhere readily accessible by other products to be used (i..e, within range) and plugged in for power. That takes care of the main physical setup issues so all that’s left is to have it activated and connected. For that, the Wink app (iOS/Android and at no cost) is needed and it enables both connectivity and connections between the Hub and all that it is to monitor and control.
One example of using the Hub is the Go Control Essentials Security Kit. This series of sensors integrates with the Hub to provide basic security functions and contacts the user via the app when an intrusion occurs (read that as interruption in contact). The sensors consist of a door/window contacts (2 of them) and a motion sensor. In use, the contacts notes when a door/window is opened (breaking the contact), while the motion sensor is designed to read movement passing through its area of detection. As these all work through batteries, placement becomes a simple matter of positioning and connecting using adhesive and non-invasive means; the app aids in connecting the sensors to the Hub (with plenty of “room” for adding other sensors such as cameras etc.). Another example is the Cree Connected LED 60W Bulb. Being an LED, it’s more cost-effective to use, less likely to be broken and provides an omnidirectional beam that can be controlled and dimmed. It can be integrated and controlled through the Hub and its use customized.
As can be seen from the above, there’s a wide range of products for use in the home that will work with the WinkHub. Add to this all a lack of subscription and service fees and its value becomes more than obvious for anyone looking to automate their home — and to do it with choices based on what the person wants to be accomplished.
The WinkHub Connected Hub provides a sensible approach for creating and connecting a home remote/security/control system — thanks to a range of connectivity solutions that doesn’t depend solely on one system. Obviously the retail cost of $89 is a one-time affair as no additional charges like a monthly subscription apply. What does apply is that a simple system for home monitoring is now available that performs well and which can be approached and used by anyone interested in home automation.