Three of the biggest names in the smarthome hub world are SmartThings, Wink, and Insteon, all of which offer a consumer-friendly hub that allows users to connect all sorts of smarthome devices together and manage them in one place. But which one should you buy? Here are some things to know about the two hubs and which one might be best for you.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, let’s explain what the purpose of smarthome hubs are and why you might want one in the first place.
Smarthome hubs connect to your router (thus giving it access to your network and the internet) and act as a central device that your various other smarthome devices can connect to—like sensors, smart bulbs, smart outlets, and smart light switches.
Many of these smaller devices communicate using the Z-Wave and ZigBee wireless protocols, which is why a special smarthome hub is necessary in the first place—your router doesn’t support either protocol, so your phone has to communicate with something that sends out Z-Wave or ZigBee signals to all your devices.
There are many smarthome hubs on the market, but SmartThings and Wink are two of the most popular consumer-friendly options that support all kinds of Z-Wave and ZigBee devices. Insteon works similarly, though it uses its own proprietary protocol—so it only works with other Insteon devices and X10 products, if you have an old X10 system.
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