It's almost intimidating.
If a smart home was a living, breathing thing, a smart hub would surely be the brain. With the right hub in place, you can control your army of smart home gadgets like a boss. And if you’re still looking for your dream hub, the Wink Hub 2 might just be your match.
The Wink Hub 2 is Wink’s second hub, and it brings with a staggering list of enabled IoT radio frequencies and compatible gadgets. It would actually be quicker to name stuff it isn’t compatible with. Here’s that list: 1. Pretty much nothing.
Equipped with ZigBee, Z-Wave, Kidde, Lutron Clear Connect and, to one-up its predecessor, Bluetooth, the Wink Hub 2 will take practically any gadget under its wing. That’s a ton more than a lot of smart hubs can handle; some struggle to even cram in Z-wave.
Of course, you’re going to be able to tie in both big and small-fry brands into your home automation system with that kind of functionality, but if you need reminding what they are, try GE, Nest, Philips, Schlage, Honeywell and Kwikset for starters. You can see a full list of brands and gadgets here.
Along with its snazzy line-up of radio frequencies, the Wink Hub 2 adds a new Ethernet port and a much more powerful WiFi radio to support 5 GHz and improve connectivity.
There’s also a new auto-discovery feature, which scopes out gadgets in range automatically, then guides you through a setup process to get Wink Hub 2 playing along with your gear. No more clunky manual setup.
Just like the previous hub, it connects to the Wink app on your phone to put your smart home kingdom just a swipe away, giving you the ability to schedule, control and monitor your smart home from your phone screen 24/7.
What’s more, if you’re limited for space, Wink Hub 2 comes nice and skinny to slot discreetly on your bookshelf.
Wink Hub 2 is coming soon, and will be priced at $99 (around £80). You can go here to track its progress.