Mesh networking

How to Fix Z-Wave Connection Issues with the Wink Hub

Overall, the Wink hub works extremely well…but sometimes the devices you have connected to it can act a little wonky. Here are some things you can do in order to fix any connection issues with all of those Z-Wave sensors and devices connected to the hub.

Refresh the Z-Wave Connection Map

The great thing about Z-Wave is that it uses mesh networking to connect all of your devices and sensors together. In other words, each individual sensor doesn’t just connect straight to the hub, but rather they can connect to one another before connecting to the hub. This not only allows for each device to transmit a better signal, but the wireless range can be much wider than regular Wi-Fi.

However, when you add on new Z-Wave sensors over time, they sometimes don’t search out for the best possible route to the hub. So it’s possible that some of your devices and sensors aren’t connecting optimally to nearby devices in order to establish the best connection.

To fix this, the Wink hub has a setting available in the Wink app that you can use to refresh the Z-Wave connection map. This essentially resets the connection of all the devices and sensors connected to the hub that use Z-Wave and has them reconnect, automatically figuring out the best possible route to take in order to have the strongest signal.

To do this, open up the Wink app and tap on the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen.

Next, tap on “Hubs”.

Tap on the settings gear icon in the top-right corner.

Select your Wink hub.

Scroll down and tap on “Z-Wave”.

Tap on “Z-Wave Network Rediscovery”.

It will take a few seconds for it to do…

Google published, and then pulled, an I/O action for Google Home

Google appears to have launched a voice app to talk to you about its annual I/O developer conference, set to take place May 17-19 at the Shoreline Ampitheatre in Mountain View, California. Unfortunately, the conversation action made by Google for its assistant on the Google Home smart speaker didn’t work.

Repeated attempts by VentureBeat to speak with the Google I/O 17 action about the I/O keynote speech, the date, and location — questions the action tells you to ask it on Google Home app — were met with silence.

Around 2 p.m. PT Monday the action was pulled from the Google Home app and could no longer be called upon when speaking with the Google Assistant on Google Home.

Based on news and activity in recent months, a broad range of potential announcements could be made at Google I/O as it relates to the Assistant and the Google Home smart speaker, both of which made their debut at I/O last year.

Perhaps Google could release its own smart speaker with computer vision to compete with Alexa’s new Echo Look.

Or, instead of going for fashion and computer vision, the next-gen Google Home could go for utility and quality. Last month The Information…