Wink Hub Alexa Voice Control: How To Control Z-Wave Devices with Voice via Alexa / Echo Dot
This video guide shows you how to get Wink Hub Alexa set up and working properly. Essentially we first set up the Echo Dot (or other Alexa-enabled unit), then we set up the Wink hub to talk to the Echo Dot. Finally I show you how to add Z-Wave outlet modules to the Wink hub and control them with your voice via Alexa, bringing the whole process together:
Wink Hub Alexa
- Make sure your Echo Dot or other Amazon-voice unit is connected, online, and accepting voice commands
- Now plug the Wink hub into power and place it at least 5 feet away from your WiFi router / modem. After the light on the Wink hub is purple, proceed to the next step.
- Download and Install the free Wink app for Android
- Then Open the Wink app
- Use the Wink app to connect your Wink hub to your WiFi network. This may take a few minutes – be patient.
- After the Wink hub is connected, now it’s time to connect your Alexa Z-Wave device.
- Plug your Z-Wave device into a power outlet within solid WiFi range of your WiFi router. If needed, pair the Z-Wave device close to the WiFi router, then after it’s paired move it to its final destination in your home.
- Now plug a lamp or fan into the Z-Wave device and make sure the lamp is on (bulb is on).
- At this point, use the Wink app to add a new device.
- When the Wink app asks what kind of device to add, select “Z-Wave Switch” under the Lighting category. You can also Search for your Z-Wave device (aka “Discover”) using the Search box in the Wink app. My GE Appliance Module wouldn’t work using the actual “GE” listing in the Wink app, so I had to use the “Z-Wave Switch” option.
- If you have issues pairing the Wink hub with your Z-Wave device, try to go into the Settings area of the Wink app. Then press “Exclusion Mode“, and then press the button on your physical Z-Wave device. After that, press “Inclusion Mode” and press the Z-wave device’s button once more. Then try to add the device again. This is what I had to do to get my Z-Wave device set up on the Wink hub.
- Now use the Alexa app to discover the Wink hub and any Wink devices you have powered on
- After the Alexa app can see the device you added (for me the device’s name is “switch”), control the Z-wave smart device by saying “Alexa, turn the <Device Name> on/off“. For my Echo Dot, I say “Alexa, turn on the switch” or “Alexa, turn off the switch”. I suggest you rename the device to correspond with whatever’s plugged into it. For instance, I plan to plug my stereo into my Z-Wave switch, so I’ll rename my Z-wave switch device to “stereo” so I can just say “Alexa, turn on the stereo”.
Why Add Wink Hub Alexa functionality?
The Echo Dot works great by itself, but a whole new world of home automation and voice control is opened up when you simply just add a smart home hub to your home. This is why I added the Wink hub to my existing smart home setup, which previously just consisted of the Amazon Echo Dot (for voice control), the Philips Hue hub (to control Hue lights), and three Philips Hue white bulbs. Adding a Z-wave capable hub (such as the Wink hub) allows me to use my old Z-wave outlet control modules with my new Alexa / Echo Dot voice control unit. The Wink hub is just one of at least a few major smart home hubs that will provide Wink Hub Alexa / Z-Wave functionality. Below you’ll find a few Wink hub alternatives:
Wink Hub Alternatives
The hubs below should work as alternatives to the Wink hub – if you’re looking to add Z-Wave to Alexa.
- The Philips Hue hub is my primary recommendation for use as a primary smart hub, since it’s natively compatible with all of the Hue bulbs – which are supposedly the best and most beautiful WiFi / Smart LED bulbs in the industry.
- SmartThings is the other major smart hub competitor. Be careful – the SmartThings hub only gets roughly 3.5 stars out of 5 on Amazon, which usually indicates not-good things. It is for this reason that I chose to go with the Wink hub (also the 1st gen Wink hub was cheaper anyway).
- Alexa Echo App: How to Set Up Echo Dot with Alexa App
- Philips Hue Lights ALEXA Echo Dot (White) Starter Kit + Expansion Bulb
- How to Change Alexa Wake Word on Amazon Echo DOT
The Wink hub is one of the leading smart home hubs, so it’s worth a look. In this case, I’m using it as a secondary hub – since my primary hub is a Philips Hue hub. If you plan to use the Wink as your primary hub, consider getting the Wink 2 hub ($99) since it’s newer.
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