The Wink Smarthome user interface does not really focus on security like other smarthome platforms, but that has changed with a new feature added to the Wink app called Lookout. Here’s how to configure it.
True, you can somehow use your Wink Smarthome configuration as a security system and set up alerts whenever a door opens, but it’s not really meant for security . That’s the reason why Lookout is finally here, which makes controlling your home a lot easier from a security point of view.
To begin, open the Wink application and press the menu button in the upper left corner of the screen.
Then, tap on “Lookout”. You may need to scroll down to access, depending on the number of devices that you have configured in the application.
Press “Next” in the lower right corner.
Wink will talk to you a little about Lookout and what he’s doing. Press “Next” again to continue.
Then, the application will examine all your devices connected to your Wink Smarthome hub and display those that work with Lookout. Select each one you want to include, then click “Next.”
The installation part is now complete! Tap “Go to Lookout Now” to continue.
The Lookout control screen is pretty basic. Alerts will be enabled by default, but you can press the large round button on the ringer to turn them off each time (and press again to wake them up).
You can tap the gear icon settings in the upper right corner to see the activity of all your sensors and devices, as well as manage the devices included in Lookout.
Now, whenever a sensor detects a movement or a door opens, you receive an instant alert on your phone.
From here you can press the alert to open the Wink application. Then press “Act” at the bottom.
At this point you can call a friend to check your home while you are away, or you can call 911 and ask the police to do so, depending on the severity of the situation.
And that’s about it all. Wink Smarthome Lookout is easy to configure and even easier to use. Of course, it works best when you have multiple sensors installed all over your house, as well as sirens that can turn off when an intrusion is detected, but it still works well even if you just have a few sensors here and there it is better than nothing!