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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Google Home now supports Wink Hub

My smart home has been operating on voice commands to turn lights on and off and lock doors for a while now with our Z-Wave devices connected to Wink Hub 2 which is linked to Amazon Alexa assistant on a Amazon Echo and three Amazon Echo Dot units across the house. I was however a bit disappointed till now with our Google Home Assistant missing support for the Wink Hub.

I just happened to check Google Home's smart home capabilities just now and am excited to see a new option in the Google Home app to link our Wink Hub 2!

Google Home takes a room-based approach to classify the Wink Hub devices, which actually makes more sense than Alexa's group-based approach for those rooms that have multiple smart lights. For example, our family room has two smart lights which I labeled FRL1 and FRL2 and then created a group called "Family Room Lights" to be able to say "Alexa turn the family room lights on". On the Google Home, I just assigned FRL1 and FRL2 to the Family Room and that's that. Love it!

Thanks Wink and Google - the Google Home is evolving quietly but very fast!

Here is an iPad screenshot of Google Home's smart home setup with Wink.

Supratim Sanyal's Blog - Google Home Smart Home Control with Wink Hub 2
Google Home Smart Home Control with Wink Hub 2
If you are interested in making your own home "smart", here are a few Amazon.com links (they include my affiliate code) to some of the devices I am currently using:




2 comments:

  1. Supratim, any advise on how to block porn sites please. DNSBL does not seem to be doing so, can you help?

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    1. The simplest way is to point the DNS servers you use in your router (or pfSense) to a free service like Norton ConnectSafe (https://dns.norton.com/configureRouter.html) or OpenDNS FamilyShield (https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/228006487-FamilyShield-Router-Configuration-Instructions). The DNS server IP addresses for these two options are:
      Norton ConnectSafe Security+Pornography: 199.85.126.30, 199.85.127.30
      OpenDNS FamilyShield: 208.67.222.123, 208.67.220.123

      Personally I use a personal (free) OpenDNS account which allows me greater control over categories to block, and the ddclient script on a linux box in my LAN to keep my IP address updated at OpenDNS (as described in https://support.opendns.com/hc/en-us/articles/227987727-Linux-IP-Updater-for-Dynamic-Networks)

      Hope this helps, and good luck. I also assume you meant to post this comment in the pfSense article, not this one :)

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