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.

Tap the “Add to Wink” button.

Tap the “Utilities & Climate” option.

Tap the “Fans” selection.

And then select the brand of fan you own.

Tap “Next” to get started setting up the fan.

First, you’ll turn off your fan at the light switch and then tap “Next.”

Check that your Wink Hub is turned on and within range of the fan and then tap “Next” again.

Leave your fan off for now and tap the “Next” button.

Next, tap the “Connect Now” button. Your hub should start blinking blue.

Now, power your fan on and wait for the hub and fan to pair.

When the Wink detects and connects to the fan, the light will blink five times. If this doesn’t happen, your fan probably isn’t in pairing mode. Turn the light switch off for one second then on for three seconds. Repeat this sequence six times until the fan light blinks three times. Then, repeat the above steps with the Wink app.

Once your fan is paired with the Wink hub, you will find an entry for the light and an entry for the fan in your app, and you can rename them if you want. And if you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home, you can tell it to discover devices to gain voice control of the fan.

If you have more than one smart fan, you’ll need to repeat the process for each fan. Be sure to give each fan and light a descriptive name so you can easily control and set schedules for each one.

Josh Hendrickson Josh Hendrickson
Josh Hendrickson has worked in IT for nearly a decade, including four years spent repairing and servicing computers for Microsoft. He’s also a smarthome enthusiast who built his own smart mirror with just a frame, some electronics, a Raspberry Pi, and open-source code.
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