Many smart-home hubs are squat and puck-like, designed to live near your router. The Wink Hub 2 is tall and thin and meant to sit upright. With some new features and a more expensive price tag than Wink’s original hub, it’s definitely an upgrade, but how does it stand up to the competition?
At 7.25 inches long and high, and 1.25 inches wide, the Hub 2 is a bit slimmer than its predecessor. It flares out a bit toward the middle, so it’s not perfectly rectangular. All white with an LED light at the front that changes color to alert you to issues, it’s unimposing and unremarkable. In the back, you’ll find a power jack and Ethernet port.
It’s lacking a couple things the SmartThings hub has, namely USB ports and a battery backup. But the Wink hub has a lot packed into it: 512MB of memory and support for 2.4 and 5GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Low Energy, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde wireless protocols. It’s also prepped for the Google-backed protocol, thanks to its Thread radio. That’s a pretty comprehensive list, which is why the hub is compatible with so many devices off the bat.
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