If you have a mixed environment of smart light bulbs, smart appliances, smart thermostats, and smart everything else in your newly smart home, you might find that coordinating them all is, well, not as smart a process as you’d like. What you need is a smart home system that can gather them all up under a single app, letting you manage everything from a single interface.
The SmartThings hub, now manufactured by Samsung, has been the easiest mainstream product to recommend for some time. These days, the Wink Hub 2 is giving the tech behemoth some badly needed competition. The Wink Hub 2 also has a new parent, Flex; part of the aftermath of tech-incubator Quirky's bankruptcy.