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Take a closer look at Wink's new hub (pictures)

The $80 Wink Hub works with multiple protocols and brands, bringing accessibility and versatility to your connected home.

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It works in tandem with the Wink app, available on Google Play and the iTunes Store.

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The hub can translate Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Z-Wave, ZigBee, Lutron Clear Connect, and Kidde protocols.

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It works with Quirky products and a growing number of third-party brands.

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A power cord connects to the back and plugs into a standard 120-volt outlet.

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The built-in stand keeps the hub upright.

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Put it somewhere with a solid Wi-Fi connection.

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Download the Wink app and connect your hub to the local Wi-Fi.

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A color-changing LED alerts you to the hub's status.

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Select from a list of Wink-compatible products to add a new device to the app.

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The app will walk you through the step-by-step pairing process.

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Some of the products are easier to pair than others, making setup unpredictable.

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Once paired, though, you can control many different products from a variety of connected companies -- all for a comparatively lower price than Wink's competition.

Read CNET's full review of the Wink Hub.

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