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Wink Hub 2

  • Wink allows your diverse collection of smart products to speak the same wireless language so you can easily control them from the free Wink app
  • Auto-discovery and a revamped setup process make getting your smart home up and running easier than ever
  • A more powerful Wi-Fi radio and Ethernet port connect your products smoothly, while a stronger processor and more memory make your smart home faster
  • For owners of the original Wink Hub upgrading to Wink Hub 2, you can easily transfer your ecosystem of connected products using the Wink app in under a minute
  • Sleek, modern industrial design of Hub 2 makes it worthy of standing alone on your coffee table or bookshelf

Essential Getting Started Videos

Here are the essential videos you should watch to get started setting up your smart home.

1. The first thing you will need is a hub. There are many on the market today. I personally use the Wink Hub. Here is an overview of the Wink Hub from CNet.

2. Once you have your hub, you will need something to control. Here is my personal top 5 list of Smart Home devices.

3. To get your feet wet, I recommend that you start with a simple plugin module. They are the easiest to install. From there you will get plenty of ideas for what to do next. A look at two types of plugin modules can be found here.


4. And finally, here are more getting started videos:

Quirky Pivot Power 6 Outlet Flexible Surge Protector Power Strip (Black)

  • Flexible form that bends into circular, semi-circular, and zig-zag shapes.
  • Six outlet pods, which can be adjusted so that large power bricks don’t hog space.
  • ETL-certified surge protection up to 672 joules, with an easy off/reset button.
  • Adjusts so you can utilize all six outlet pods.
  • Bends to fit around furniture and in tight spaces.

Quirky PPVG-WH01 Pivot Power Genius

  • Smart technology – Turn two outlets on or off remotely from an app on your mobile device. This can be manual or scheduled automatically from anywhere at anytime
  • Surge protection – No sparks! Unwanted spikes in voltage don’t stand a chance against Pivot Power Genius’s 1080 joules of rock-solid surge protection
  • Turn two outlets on or off remotely from an app on your mobile device. This can be manual or scheduled automatically from anywhere at anytime.
  • Four pivoting outlets accommodate plugs and adapters of all shapes and sizes.

Sun Joe MJ401E Mow Joe 14-Inch 12 Amp Electric Lawn Mower

  • The Sun Joe Mow Joe uses a powerful, 12 amp, electric motor to quickly and efficiently mow your lawn
  • Easy push button start; no messy oils or gasoline
  • Three-position height adjustment up to 2-2/5 inches
  • Compact design is easy to maneuver and takes up less storage space
  • Hard-top grass catcher detaches easily for convenient disposal

Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage Door Opener

  • Monitor, open and close your garage door from anywhere with your smartphone.
  • Choose to receive alerts/notifications on your smartphone when you garage door opens and closes.
  • Works with most brands of garage door openers made after 1993 that have standard safety sensors.
  • Installs in minutes and works with your home’s Wi-Fi, via the FREE Chamberlain MyQ Garage App.
  • Included: Wi-Fi Hub, Power Cord, Mounting Bracket, Door Sensor, Instructions for FREE App download.

Smart Home Wall Switch Comparison

In today’s episode we are going to compare GE, Leviton, and Lutron smart switches, both dimming and non-dimming. When selecting a wall switch for your smart home, it is important to know what type of switch you need and what look you want.

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