Wink Throws Hat in Ring for DIY Home Security System Supremacy

Wink is the latest smart home company to release a DIY security system, following recent launches by Nest and SmartThings.

This past August, SSI sister publication CE Pro discovered three new FCC filings for Wink devices, all incorporating Z-Wave technology: a PIR motion sensor (WMOT1), door/window sensor (WDW1) and siren (WSIR1).

We now know that those devices are part of the Wink Lookout DIY home security system.

For $199, consumers get a second-generation Wink hub, two window/door sensors, a motion sensor and a siren and chime. Additional Lookout accessories can be purchased a la carte.

Users can use Wink’s free app to monitor sensors, respond to instant alerts, call 911 and more. There is no subscription fee.

The Wink Lookout will be competing with recently announced DIY security system bundles by Nest and Ring.

In September, Nest revealed the Nest Secure starter kit priced at $499, with optional professional monitoring provided by MONI.

Shortly after, Ring launced its Protect DIY security and home automation system, undercutting the Nest kit at a price point of $199. Ring Protect also features no-contract monitoring for $10 a month.

ADT has also partnered with Samsung SmartThings for an “ADT Home Security Starter Kit.”

So where does the Wink Lookout fit in? It doesn’t appear to be dramatically different. Perhaps its biggest advantage is the fact that it comes with a Wink hub, which has the ability to control a host of other smart devices.

Security pros, what do you think of the recent proliferation of DIY home security systems? Let us know in the comments below!

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4 Responses to “Wink Throws Hat in Ring for DIY Home Security System Supremacy”

  1. David Arsenault says:

    The security industry has fallen short on quality customer service, forcing consumers to ask themselves “should I pay for professional installation?” and the DIY market is answering that question. Today’s consumers are much more tech savvy than 20 years ago and the DIY market has dumbed down the installation process of a security system to meet customer’s needs, leaving traditional security providers scrambling to figure out how to compete.

  2. Securing your router with a WPA code is completely different of securing your house. Indeed quality had fallen and people wanted to do their stuff themselves. But we should bear in mind that we are taking about security and with much more critical environment. There is a potential market for DIY but integrators and service provider should put more emphasis to deliver the most effective solutions to their client.

  3. Neil Williams says:

    Clearly the market is changing very quickly with new entrants looking to get into the space. The ADT/Samsung model incorporates a slightly different twist as it moves out of the MIY space and into professional monitoring. The impact on false alarms will be watched very closely.
    Regarding professional installation versus DIY there will continue to be opportunity for that market segment which will want a professionally designed, installed and monitored security system.
    The dynamic we see is not a reflection of poor service or even price but a convergence of technology and consumers who are more comfortable with technology. As millennials age and grow more affluent I believe they will subscribe to services that reflect that reality.

  4. Kylian Gibbs says:

    From the time I plugged wink hub 2 devices at the time, it took to add my first device was about 2 minutes. It does so much yet you never have to do anything with the device itself. It works with Amazon Echo too so now I can turn on and off devices by just telling Alexa. Just download the app after you plug it in and go from there, you won’t be disappointed!!!

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