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Friday, October 26, 2018

How to Set Up a ZigBee Smart Ceiling Fan with a Wink Hub

The Wink Hub is a versatile smarthome hub that lets you connect to lights, locks, security devices, and more. However, one often overlooked, but useful, smarthome gadget is the ceiling fan.

Why Use A Smart Fan?

If you have ever tried installing a smart light switch or smart fan switch in an older home, you’ve probably encountered a distinct limitation that stopped you in your tracks. Most smart switches require a neutral wire, but many older homes do not have one available. Having an electrician bring your home up to code can quickly become expensive.

Even if you do have the necessary wiring, you might run into a situation where only one switch controls both the fan and light in a room. In that case, you’ll have a hard time finding a smart switch that can handle both. Installing a smart fan bypasses these problems.

ZigBee-based Smart fans come in two varieties:

  • A ready-made fan kit (as pictured in the image at the top of the article) that already has a ZigBee radio.
  • An add-on that adds a ZigBee radio to enable smarthome functionality on your existing ceiling fan.

Once you have either installed, you can pair the device with a Wink hub and control both the fan and light through your smartphone or the included remote. If you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home, you can control the light with your voice as well.

With the Wink Hub, you can then set up robots to automate the light and fan to help wake you up in the morning or stop or slow down the fan overnight.

Setting Up a Smart Fan with the Wink Hub

Setting up the fan with Wink works just like any other Wink compatible device.

Open the Wink app and tap the hamburger menu in the top left corner.

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