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Wink takes another stab at the smart-home hub

The Wink Hub 2 comes with a few new perks, but it also shares a lot of similarities with the original.

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The Wink Hub 2 (pictured left) will retail for $99 and the previous model (pictured right) will continue to sell for $69 while supplies last.

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International availability for the Wink Hub 2 is in the works. At the current exchange rate, $99 converts to roughly £80 and AU$130.

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The new model has a somewhat sleeker profile, but is about the same size as the original hub.

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The Wink Hub 2 adds Bluetooth integration into the mix. Here are the standards it works with:

  • Bluetooth LE
  • Kidde
  • Clear Connect
  • Z-Wave
  • ZigBee
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It also has a larger memory, supports dual-band Wi-Fi and can be connected directly to a router via an included Ethernet cable.

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Wink's next-generation hub also promises an easier setup through an "auto-discovery" feature, although I found it to be about the same as configuring the original.

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