Setting Up Your Smart Home



So you have made the decision to automate your home. Now it is a long and tedious process of sifting through all the available information and products to make your smart home setup exactly what you want. We hope to give you some information that will help with that process. Wink is a very affordable, functional option that we believe will only continue to grow. There is a wide variety of product that are compatible with the Wink App and it is not going away soon. To have control of your lights, locks, thermostat, garage door and even sprinklers from anywhere in the world gives you more freedom from worrying if you forgot to do something before you left. The Wink App also allows you to set multiple functions that happen at once instead of going through a routine every time you leave or every night before bed. It is an amazing thing and once you have your smart home set up, you'll wonder how you managed without it.


Let's Get Started

The Wink smart home system is very easy to install, but one thing to keep in mind is that your smart home will only be as good as your wifi signal strength so choose a place in your home that has good wifi. You can enable wifi on your smart phone and use it to test signal strength in different locations to find the best one. Make sure to keep the hub more than ten feet from your router so signals will not compete with each other. Download the Wink app on your phone and follow the in app instructions to setup your hub. It is very simple but this Wink instructional video will help if you get stuck.


Controlling Your Smart Home

There are a few ways to control your smart home once you have products in place. The Wink App on your smart phone, the wall mounted Wink Relay and for voice activation, the Amazon Echo.

The wink Relay is a wall mounted central control unit that allows anyone in the home to control your smart products through a touch screen. The relay requires a single or double gang box with no connection to an outlet, so professional installation is recommended for this product.

For setup of the Amazon Echo and to setup communication between the Wink Hub and the Echo see step by step instructions here.


Lighting And Lighting Controls

After your hub is set up through the Wink App on your smart phone it is time to add some function to your smart home system. These installation videos will guide you as you add new products, or would just like to see some other features of your existing products.

Replacement Smart Bulbs

The wink compatible light bulbs install just like standard bulbs. They connect easily through the Wink app on your smart phone where you can set up an entire room to control all at once or use them individually. Here is some interesting information about GE's bulbs.


Accent Lighting

Bloom and Iris from Philips can accent any piece of furniture, collection display or wall you choose. Bloom gives you 16 million colors to choose from and is a softer lighting feature with a static 120 lumens. Iris also has 16 million colors to choose from but is dimmable and ranges from 0 to 210 lumens. Setup includes plugging in the lighting where you choose and then finishes through the Wink App.

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Quirky TAPT

TAPT allows you to control standard lighting as well as smart lighting and other smart products. You can program a series of actions or set a schedule to automate your home. This is a great option to gain control of standard bulbs but also have the manual control of a switch too. Here is the installation video. If you need to find a professional in your area, look here.


Lutron Caseta In Wall Wireless Dimmer Switch

Lutron makes a wall dimmer with a remote control which can double as the second switch of a 3-way circuit. It is also convenient if you don't want to pass around your smart phone so others can adjust the lighting. Here is the installation video for the three way circuit. For a standard installation or to use the remote control with a 3-way circuit see the TAPT installation video.


Lutron Caseta Wireless Plug In Dimmer

The Caseta dimmer is used for controlling lamps and is compatible with the Wink App. It is great for including lamps when grouping the lighting in an entire room. Here are the pairing instructions and how to adjust light flicker problems that sometimes occur when dimming cfl bulbs.


Leviton DZC

Leviton's DZC Plug-In Appliance Module is a simple on/ off plug in controller. This would be a great application for a table lamp, small appliance or Christmas tree lighting. Simply plug in what you want to control and then plug the DZC in to the wall. Finish setting up in the Wink App on your smart phone.



Nest Learning Thermostat

The nest learning thermostat learns your routine and adjust itself accordingly. Just make sure you tell it what settings you like in the first week of operation. It has a smart away setting and adjusts the temperature when it senses you are not at home.


Honeywell Wi-Fi Smart Thermostat RTH9580WF

This Honeywell thermostat features a large touchscreen display, internet connectivity alerts, filter maintenance and displays local weather. It installs almost like any other thermostat and can easily be connected to your Wink Hub. Some thermostats require batteries and some get their power from a wire connected to the heating and cooling system. Honeywell provides an installation video with instructions for special situations like not having a power wire which this thermostat requires.


Honeywell RTH6580WF Wi-Fi 7-Day Programmable Thermostat

This Honeywell thermostat features a 7-day programmable schedule and wifi connectivity. See the installation video above and follow the instructions.




Garage And Entry Door Hardware

Kwikset 910 Z-Wave SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt

This key less entry deadbolt installs very easily and can give you or anyone else you want access to your home. The instructional video below will help you get it up and running.


Schlage Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm

Schlage offers electronic deadbolts to secure your smart home and can be controlled from anywhere in the world. Here are instructions to instal the Schlage Camelot.


Chamberlain MYQ-G0201 MyQ-Garage door opener

This product is a great addition to your smart home giving you control of your garage door wherever you are. Installation is easy as seen here.


Chamberlain WD962KEV Whisper Drive Garage Door Opener with Battery Backup

This product is a great addition to your smart home giving you control of your garage door wherever you are. Installation is easy as seen here.


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