With the Hub 2, Wink is able to shift some processing from its servers down to the hub itself. That means if a bunch of lights is set to activate after you open a door, they should turn on in less time, since the hub will be able to manage some “complex automation” all on its own.
Design and Features
The Wink Hub 2’s slender, tapered design is decidedly more appealing than the originals. It has a matte white finish, measures 7.25 by 1.25 by 7.25 inches (HWD), and stands upright. A thin LED strip on the top front edge lets you know what’s going on; it blinks blue while pairing, white while rebooting, and solid blue when everything is connected and working properly.
In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Low Energy wireless networking, the Wink Hub 2 supports Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde wireless protocols. Additionally, it is Thread enabled for whenever the new low-powered mesh protocol hits the mainstream.
Getting the Wink Hub 2 up and running is pretty straightforward. Plug in the power and Ethernet, download the app to your iPhone or Android device, and then follow the setup instructions in the app. In all, it took less than 5 minutes to connect the hub to the app.
Wink’s app is quite straightforward. It automatically discovers the Wink hardware, and it’s streamlined to make adding smart home gear fairly simple, with individualized setup instructions based on the peculiarities of each product you add. The app is a bit obtuse in that, like SmartThings, it divvies up all the products it supports into categories; but it offers no way to search for your product by name.
Wink Hub 2
Manage hundreds of smart products from the best brands in one simple app. Faster, more reliable and more secure, Wink Hub 2 is the next generation of the Wink Hub. Hub 2 is compatible with more smart home technologies, so you can buy the devices you like from the brands you trust and know they’ll work seamlessly with Wink.
VOICE CONTROL: Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant (devices sold separately)
CONNECT ALL YOUR SMART DEVICES: Easily connect and manage your smart home ecosystem with Wink Hub 2. Compatible with all major smart home categories, including cameras & doorbells, lighting & locks, thermostats, sensors & alarms, appliances, speakers and more.
ONE SIMPLE APP: Control all your home’s smart devices, no matter where you may be, using the Wink app on your smartphone. Set up shortcuts that let you turn off all your home’s lights with a single tap or automatically turns up the thermostat when the front door is unlocked.
ULTIMATE COMPATIBILITY: Wink Hub 2 enables you to connect and control 400+ smart home devices, including those made by Nest, Philips, Ring, Ecobee, GoControl, Schlage, Sonos, Arlo, Yale and Chamberlain.
THE LARGEST PROTOCOL SUPPORT: Wink Hub 2 supports Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Kidde, and Lutron Clear Connect. Works with more smart home protocols than any other platform.
MULTIPLE CONNECTION OPTIONS: Setup your Wink Hub 2 via 5GHz Wi-Fi or included Ethernet port.
Wink’s second smart-home hub is a nice improvement over the original. It has a sleeker design, and it’s future-proofed to work with upcoming smart-home protocols (if Google gets its act together). Wink’s app also makes it very easy for newbies to connect several smart home gadgets under one roof.