Wink Lookout

It’s a smart security DIY starter kit with in-app service and state-of-the-art sensors to monitor your home’s activity.

Wink Lookout isn’t a single product but a collection of products bundled together. They include a standard Wink Hub 2, two door/window sensors, a motion sensor, and a siren. All these devices are designed to work together in conjunction with the standard Wink app. Once set up, you’ll find a new icon within the app, called Lookout.

Product include:

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  • Wink Hub 2
  • 2x Door / Window Sensors
  • Motion Sensor
  • Siren & Chime
  • Power Adapter
  • Ethernet Cable

Features:

  • Keep track of your home’s windows and doors and receive alerts when they open or close. Lasts up to 3 years.
  • Easily mount or place around your home for motion alerts.
  • Use it with the Wink Siren & Chime for an added layer of security.
  • Sensors detect activity, sound the siren or chime and flash the built-in light to notify the household.
  • It works with a wide variety of third-party Z-Wave, Zigbee, and Lutron Clear Connect devices.
  • You can add multiple third party devices such as lights, cameras, locks, garage door openers, thermostats, and more, and can connect the hub to your router wirelessly or via an Ethernet cable (included) and the LAN port on the back panel.
  • No Required Monthly Fees

Pros and Cons

Pros Cons
Easy to install No professional monitoring
Motion sensor is quite sensitive Cannot trigger camera recordings
Push alerts are quick to arrive No backup battery
Works with numerous third-party devices Chintzy door/window sensors
Supports multiple wireless protocols Set up process sometime quite problematic
DIY system that doesn’t require any monthly fees or contracts Minimal configuration options, and the few it has are difficult to use
Motion sensor is quite sensitive
Push alerts are quick to arrive

Installation

Steps:

  1. Download the app from IOS or Android and create a Wink account.
  2. Followed the in-app instructions for installing the hub by connecting it directly to a router, tapping the Add to Wink icon on the Dashboard, and selecting Wink Hub 2.
  3. Then hub recognize immediately and add to a Dashboard.
  4. Next, pair the sensors, which is as easy as pulling the battery tab and waiting a few seconds for the hub to recognize them.
  5. Once you select a Sensor Type (Door, Window, Patio Door, Cabinet, Drawer) named both sensors, and use the double-back tape to attach one to a front door and the other to a window.

Price:

  • Starter kit

£214.99

$199 to $234.52

Alone products price:

  • HUB 2

$145.69

  • Windows Sensors

$29.00

  • Siren Chime

$39.00

  • Motion Sensors

$39.00

Third Party Supported brands

Verdict

It came into the market as a DIY home security system a bit late and what it offers is not that remarkable. In fact, you should have the same system on Wink Hub 2 and there would be no difference. You cannot arm or disarm the system, but you can turn the alerts on or off.

It is something that you need to remember when you come home, or else, the Wink Lookout would keep on pestering you with motion alerts every time you walk around the living room, or every time you open a door or window. This also means that you always have to remember to turn the alerts back on again when you go out.

Wink missing a few features you’d expect from a home security system, such as triggered video recording, professional monitoring options, and a backup battery. It makes sense if you’re planning to use the Wink Hub to control lights, thermostats, locks, and other assorted home automation devices

Wink Lookout is being marketed as a home security, but it certainly does not act like one. There is no easy way to arm or disarm it, and you cannot automate it to even just sound the siren when the sensors are triggered. What’s more, its section on the mobile app is not easy to use.

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