The Wink Hub is a versatile Smarthome hub that lets you connect to lights, locks, security devices, and more. An often overlooked but useful smart home device is the ceiling fan
Why a smart fan?
If you have ever tried to install an intelligent light switch or a smart fan switch in an older home, you probably have a clear limitation that has stopped you in your tracks. Most smart switches require a neutral wire, but many older homes do not have one available. Having an electrician who makes his house a code can be expensive quickly.
Even if you have the necessary wiring, you might end up in a situation where only one switch controls both the fan and the light in a room. In that case, you will find it difficult to find a smart switch that can handle both. Installing a smart fan avoids these problems.
ZigBee-based smart fans are available in two variants:
- A pre-engineered fan kit (pictured at the top of the article) that already has a ZigBee radio.
- An add-on that adds a ZigBee radio to activate the Smarthome functionality on your existing ceiling fan.
Once you've installed both, you can pair the device with a wink hub and control the fans and lights from your smartphone or the included remote. If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home, you can also control the light with your voice.
With the Wink Hub, you can then set up robots to automate the light and fan so you can wake up in the morning or at night. Stopping or slowing down the fan overnight.
Setting up a Smart Fan with the Wink Hub
Setting up the Fan with Wink works like any other Wink-compatible device.
Open the Wink app and tap the Hamburger menu in the upper left corner
Tap the "Add to Wink" button
Tap on the "Utilities & Climate" option
Then select your fan's brand.
Tap Next to begin fan setup.
First you will turn off your fan at the light switch and then tap "Next".
Make sure your Wink Hub is turned on and turned on the fan area, and then tap Next again.
First, turn off your fan and tap "Next"
Next, tap the "Connect Now" button. Your hub should start flashing blue.
Now turn on your fan and wait for the hub and fan to mate.
When the wink recognizes and connects to the fan, the light will flash five times. If this does not happen, your fan is probably not in pairing mode. Turn off the light for one second and then for three seconds. Repeat this sequence six times until the fan light flashes three times. Repeat the above steps with the Wink app.
Once your fan is paired with the Wink Hub, your app will find an entry for the light and an entry for the fan, which you can rename as needed. If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home, you may find that devices are detected to enable the fan's voice control.
If you have more than one smart fan, repeat the process for each fan. Make sure you give each fan and light a meaningful name so you can set a schedule for each one.