Let the battle of smart hubs begin! With all the smart devices that can be bought for our homes, we need a reliable, but inexpensive tool to help us to control multiple smart home devices. By connecting all the smart home devices we have at home, it will be simpler and easier to make the most out of our smart home devices.
Smart devices can work with each other through the help of a hub. This hub is a device which can connect to various brands and kinds of smart devices. In this way, we can create a system for all our smart devices so that they can be easily controlled and automated. The most popular and well-loved hubs include the Wink and SmartThings hubs.
Smart home hubs
Before we decide on which is the better hub, let us first get to know what a hub is and why we need it for our smart home. There are several reasons as to why you are better off with a smart hub in your home. First of all, it enables your smart home devices to communicate with each other through the app so that they can automaticallywork together.
Without a hub, you have to control each smart device individually. This can be done through the use of your mobile phone or a tablet that you specifically designate for this purpose. Although this can work, it will take too much work and time for you to open up each app.
Automation is simple and easy if you have a hub to help you. Through the app that comes with the hub, control is easier and can be done with just a single app. Various devices can even be programmed to work together with a given circumstance or schedule.
A hub can also connect with other controllers such as Google Home andAmazon Echo. These controllers do not help with the automation, but they give you better control of your devices by using voice-activated prompts. Hubs such as Wink2 and SmartThings also enable some smart devices that may not be compatible with controllers.
The leading hubs on the market today are the Wink2 and the SmartThings hubs. These both do well in connecting to various smart devices and both are also easy to use. Let us take a closer look at what they are capable of, and how they compare.
Setting up hubs
If you are a beginner, it can be overwhelming to understand the various kinds of devices to make your home more user friendly. With hubs like Wink and SmartThings, you won’t have to be afraid of using them, even if it is your first time using a hub. They are easy to setup, and in no time, you’ll be able to set preferences and customize automation for your smart devices.
The first thing you must do is to plug the hub into a power source and the router.SmartThings has an added feature of a back-up battery that works during power outages. Both the Wink 2 and SmartThings hubs can connect to your network through a Wi-Fi signal or through a wired Ethernet connection. The wired connection is preferred for more stability of the connection.
The apps they come with should be downloaded to your mobile devices. These help you scan and connect thesmart devices you have at home to the hub of your choice. Wink provides a simpler and more guided direction as compared to SmartThings. Some of Wink’s instructions even have pictures, making it very user friendly, especially for beginners.
Wink devices take the lead when it comes to connecting with Z-Wave smart devices. It can automatically disconnect the smart home devices from previous networks before it connects to the Wink 2;this makes it easier to setup Z-Wave devices that are usually problematic when they are already connected to previous hubs or networks.
The Wink 2 app also has a barcode scanner that enables you to check smart home devices if they are compatible with the hub before you purchase them. It can also be used as the first step to add different devices to your hub; it is a very useful tool especially when you are still adding smart devices to your home.
Both hubs are compatible with many different devices. Somethat are SmartThings compatible may not be compatible with Wink, and vice versa. If you already have devices at home, it is best to check if they are compatible with Wink or SmartThings before deciding on which to purchase.
If you are still getting smart devices for your home, Wink has a feature that lets you check if they are Wink compatible devices or not. By simply scanning their barcode, the app can tell whether they are compatible or not. This helps save you money on smart devices that you can’t use in the end because they are not compatible with your hub.
Both hubs are compatible with Z-Wave or ZigBee certified devices. In case there are devices in your home that are not compatible, there are things that can be done in order to work around it; there are third-party apps that can be used to have control over them, this is especially true for SmartThings.
The great thing about SmartThings is the developer community. When a device is not natively compatible with the SmartThings hub, there is a great chance that there is a smart app created for it so that it will be compatible. The hubs are also continuously changing and are already becoming compatible with more devices.
Wink enables automation through the use of robots. Robots act similarly to the IFTTT but offer more than just your simple IFTTT. IFTTT means “If This Then That,” and it is a free web-based service that you can use for automation purposes. With Wink, you can set different triggers or even schedule actions of the devices for certain times. The app makes it very simple and intuitive to control, although you can only do limited things with it.
SmartThings, on the other hand, provides a much more customizable option for users. Routine actions can be set, and these can further be fine-tuned to your liking. In addition to its own app, there are additional smart apps developed by Samsung and others in the community that provide a lot of scenario setups meant for different devices. These can easily be used to further customize your settings.
Both hubs are beginner friendly, but if you just want a hub that can simplify things for you, Wink is a great choice. For those who are looking into more customization, and are willing to spend more time learning about the full capabilities of the hub and the app, then the SmartThings hub is a better choice.
Winner: It’s a tie
Physically, the SmartThings is smaller than Wink2; this helps make it easier to hide near your router. In addition to the compact size, SmartThings has a battery backup. This helps make sure that even during power outages, the hub can still perform some commands, even when there is no Wi-Fi connection. The Wink hub may also be active even if the Wi-Fi disconnects, but it cannot function during power outages.
SmartThings also has additional memory with the 4GB flash. This may be the reason why the response rate of the some of the devices connected to it are much faster than the Wink hub. It is capable of locallydoing various actions to lessen the delay.
Selecting a hub to use for your home may seem to be a bit confusing, especially if you don’t know much about hubs available on the market today. If you want the best, then get either of the two hubs in this review. Each of these hubs has their own strengths and weaknesses. They are also compatible with different kinds of users.
Wink is a great choice for those who already have existing systems because connecting Z-Wave devices that were previously connected in an older system can easily be done with it. It is also compatible with many different smart home devices. You can also easily check the compatibility by scanning the barcode through the app. It also features great and intuitive user interface that makes it perfect for beginners who just want to organize their smart systems in the simplest possibleway.
On the other hand, the SmartThings hub is the best choice if you are still building or designing your smart home system. You can buy this hub before you buy various smart devices that you can easily customize and automate through the app or third-party apps created by the community. It may need some time to figure out the app, but once you do, the in depth customization will delight you.