Our new Wink Smart Switch – the Tapt
If you use Tapt for a switched outlet, it operates just like a regular switch – the top button turns on whatever is hooked up to the switch, and the bottom button turns it off. The difference is that because the buttons are smart, you can add other devices and turn them on and off as well.
We first installed the Tapt to replace a switch that turned on and off a nightstand light. It worked ok but didn’t seem to add much utility. Worse, sometimes the Tapt didn’t work and didn’t turn on or off the light at all.
Now that we have had it for a while, we better understand how it works. We now have it hooked up to turn on and off both nightstand lights and are experimenting with adding other functionality. For us, it seems to work best if we use Wink’s Robots feature instead of the Tapt control panel, because then we can have different sets of lights controlled by the on and off functions. Right now, we have the on set to turn on our bedroom lights, and the off set to turn off everything else in the house connected to Wink.
What we have found, however, is that when you connect a group of lights to the Tapt sometimes not all of the lights turn on or off. This is not so bad in one room where you can see everything, but if you are trying to to control other rooms you may never know if the lights stay on all night.
Based on our limited experience, we would probably not recommend the Tapt just yet. It is a clever idea and like all the new Wink products, it has a beautiful industrial design. But the stability has been a real issue – it feels like it works properly about half the time. We can’t recommend that you replace a working switch with one that may or may not work, especially when the the switch retails for $60.