I’ve been on the fence about getting a “smart hub” for my house for awhile. I’ve already got about 10 TCP Connect bulbs in my house along with some Wemo switches. In my head, I have grand dreams of building out a home wide system with z-wave locks, etc. So, when I saw that I could get the Wink hub at Home Depot for $1, I bought a couple extra TCP bulbs and jumped at the chance.
I immediately understood why it was $1. I had to add and delete this damn thing FIVE TIMES before it would connect to my Wifi network. It would randomly stop showing up in the app. I also had problems adding in my TCP bulbs. Once they were added, each bulb showed up 2 or 3 times. Easy enough to fix, but a little time consuming and annoying when you have to delete 20+ items from the app.
Finally had everything set up so I decided to try out their geolocation “robot” of rules based engine. I set it up so that my living room and dining room lights would turn on when it sensed I was home. I tried this for three days and it never worked.
When I did use the Wink app to turn on the lights, it was very slow like others have mentioned. Anywhere between 3 to 10 seconds lag. Using the native TCP Wireless app results in instant control, so the delay was a bit annoying.
All of these headaches coupled with the fact that most current Z-wave based hardware won’t work with it pushed me over the edge and I purchased a ST hub today. Excited to get it set up and customized!