Thinka For Z-Wave

Thinka For Z-Wave; Apple HomeKit certified Z-Wave controller to extend your Smart Home with Z-Wave products.

Thinka For Z-Wave is a special kind of HomeKit accessory, just like Philips Hue, it is a bridge. Thinka bridges to HomeKit. This opens up a whole new range of possibilities for Z-Wave accessory owners, who can now use their Z-Wave devices such as lights, curtains, thermostats, garage doors along with their other HomeKit devices, like Philips Hue lights, Sonos, Somfy, Netatmo, HomeKit cameras, Logitech, Danalock door lock, Gardena, Velux, Lutron and Honewell accessories, and more. All from the Home App, and create scenes and automations with all of them.

Or connect their audio/video from Arcam, Bang & Olufsen, Bose, Bowers & Wilkins, Cambridge Audio, Denon, Harman Kardon, JBL, LG, Loxone, Marantz, MOON, NAD, Naim, Onkyo, Pioneer, Revox, Sony and Yamaha.

specifications;

Hardware

  • Processor – 1.5GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A72 ARM 64-bit
  • Memory – 8GB flash memory storage | 1GB DDR4 ram
  • Connections – USB-C port for power | WAN Port 10/100 Ethernet | USB 2.0 Port 2.0 for feature upgrades

Wireless

  • Protocol – Z-Wave Plus 700 series
  • Frequency – Europe 868 MHz
  • Coverage – 400 meter (1312 foot)

Size

  • Height – 30mm (1.18 inch)
  • Width – 110mm (4.33 inch)
  • Depth – 110mm (4.33 inch)

Power

  • Input – AC 100-240VAC, 50-60Hz
  • Output – DC 5V/3A
Certifications
  • Z-Wave Plus
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Google Home
  • Amazon Alexa
  • IP50
  • CE

The Editor

Editor - Musician, graphic designer and HomeKit aficionado.

5 thoughts on “Thinka For Z-Wave

  • 8th November 2021 at 12:46 pm
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    I just bought this and can really recommend it! Open ups a new world for HomeKit users.

  • 5th December 2021 at 7:10 pm
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    I am looking at this as a replacement for my SmartThings Hub following Samsungs slow removal of services.
    I always seem to pat out a fortune for equipment for it to only become redundant a few years later.

    Hence, my interest for Thinka as i do live using the Apple HomeKit ecosystem and want a system that ensures its security and HomeKit functionality.

    I am however apprehensive due to the price and only seeing one review. I will search online and see if i can find any more information before making my purchase as it is expensive if Thinka is only supported for a short time period

    • 5th December 2021 at 8:43 pm
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      Hi Stephen, I can understand your concern about ongoing support, and of course the initial cost. If you have a lot of Z-Wave products, then I think it may make sense to get something like this hub if you equate the cost of replacing your Z-Wave devices with new HomeKit products, versus the cost of the hub itself. Personally, when Thinka contacted me about this forthcoming hub I was sceptical, and even a bit dismissive of what they claimed it could achieve, but I was soon won over after trying it out for myself and realised they would really have put their reputation on the line if the box didn’t do what it claims.

      They informed me that this project has been a long time in the making (years), so I really can’t see them abandoning something that took so much effort to create and certify, as well as putting customers at risk by dropping support. Bear in mind that the hub is really only a gateway to other manufacturers’ devices, and so there’s only the hub for them to provide support for, which is a good thing. I know some other reviewers who have been testing this out, and I’ve seen the same feedback. smartapfel.de did a review (in German), there’s an Instagram ‘influencer’ (@homewithapple) with a reasonably large following who has been testing it out and seems very happy with it, along with a fellow YouTuber (Modern Day Tech), who has yet to put his review together, but has been testing it out and has had no issues with it other than learning a bit more about the way Z-Wave does things.

      It’s your call of course, and I don’t make any money by saying one thing or another on this product, but I think it’s good, if you can absorb the price.

  • 5th December 2021 at 11:42 pm
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    What is the difference with this product than

    Zemismart Homekit Zigbee Hub, ZMHK-01 Smart Home Bridge,Smart Home control curtain, light, switch, sensor
    USD $49.56
    It’s a whole lot cheaper and can make a lot of difference. I want a stable platform that will be supported unlike SmartThings

    • 7th December 2021 at 1:46 am
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      Hi, the Thinka hub is purely for Z-Wave devices, but will work with any manufacturer. The ZemiSmart hub will only work with Zigbee devices, and even then only ZemiSmart devices or some Tuya certified Zigbee devices.

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