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Wink Hub or Smart Things?

vjshanky 76 10 August 28, 2015 at 10:12 PM
I ordered a wink hub from Home Depot few days back and then i read about the new smart things 2. Now i a confused which device i should own. I see that Smart Things is now supported by Samsung and Wink is going to stop production of Hubs soon (not sure sure whether this is a rumour).

Also have anyone tried pairing foscam cameras with either of these hubs?
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Foscam cameras are pretty crappy. Generally, most cameras don't really interface with home automation.

Wink vs Smart Things:
Dontknow neither?
Wink has improved, but I'm not convinced it's polished/mature enough. The wink hub does support a wider range of wireless protocols as did the staples hub (which had serious software limitations).

SmartThings is ok. Backing by samsung is a good thing. It's a fairly solid product and supports a lot of networked devices even if it supports fewer protocols.

It kind of annoys me that many home automation systems today rely heavily on subscription services like IFTT. I'd like to have adequate capability built in.

Another strong contender is the Vera Edge,
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Foscam cameras are pretty crappy. Generally, most cameras don't really interface with home automation.

Wink vs Smart Things:
neither?
Wink has improved, but I'm not convinced it's polished/mature enough. The wink hub does support a wider range of wireless protocols as did the staples hub (which had serious software limitations).

SmartThings is ok. Backing by samsung is a good thing. It's a fairly solid product and supports a lot of networked devices even if it supports fewer protocols.

It kind of annoys me that many home automation systems today rely heavily on subscription services like IFTT. I'd like to have adequate capability built in.

Another strong contender is the Vera Edge,
Does Vera Edge interface with security devices like cameras , sensors etc? and are there any monthly fees involved?
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Does Vera Edge interface with security devices like cameras , sensors etc? and are there any monthly fees involved?
VERY few cameras and home automation devices truly interface with one another. There are plenty of apps that have a camera viewer built in, but strong communication between these devices is rare.

Regarding "security sensors", there are ways to interface an exiting alarm panel with home automation systems, most involve serial. There are plenty of wireless sensors that use z-wave or other HA protocols, for HA purposes, these are usually preferable as the ones designed for security prioritize battery life over instant response to every event.

Vera also has no monthly fees. There are also a number of software packages you can run on your pc.
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I ordered a wink hub from Home Depot few days back and then i read about the new smart things 2. Now i a confused which device i should own. I see that Smart Things is now supported by Samsung and Wink is going to stop production of Hubs soon (not sure sure whether this is a rumour).

Also have anyone tried pairing foscam cameras with either of these hubs?
did you see Quirky filed for bankruptcy?
They are going to sell of Wink
Flextronics International USA has offered 15m
long live wink?
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Long term support is a definite concern for wink.

At the time of my earlier posts, most of the info about the new smartthings hub was rumor. As more definitive info about the new smart things hub trickled out, my opinion of it improved. See http://blog.smartthings.com/news/...s-is-here/

I'm still not entirely sold on cloud based home automation as we've seen it thus far.
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Quote from stufine View Post :
did you see Quirky filed for bankruptcy?
They are going to sell of Wink
Flextronics International USA has offered 15m
long live wink?
I think we all saw that coming...
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Some relevant reading material: http://gizmodo.com/why-is-my-smar...1684949715
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