Smart Locks Guide

Picture this scenario: you just got home from the grocery store. It’s dark and your hands are full of shopping bags and you are fumbling around for your house key. It’s a difficult balancing act, just to open the door. Smart locks provide a new means of locking and unlocking doors, putting that type of scenario in the past. Smart locks serve to not only provide security protection, but to also deliver convenience and ease.

Compared to standard door locks, smart locks aren’t susceptible to the following vulnerabilities:

  • Being copied. Key copies can’t be made, so keys won’t fall into the wrong hands.
  • Getting lost. Keys can’t be lost, so there is no fear of losing a key into the home.

Depending on the type of smart lock, some recognize the homeowner and automatically unlock as they approach. They can be incorporated into smart home systems for additional convenience and customization.

There are a variety of smart lock types, which range from using access codes, to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and finger recognition. Either way you look at it, smart locks include advanced technology, which are a far cry from standard door locks that come in most homes.

If you are looking for extra security with a range of recognition technology, a smart lock is perfect for your home protection. But it’s crucial to know which type of door lock is right for you and your family.

Early Electronic Locks

These smart locks operate using keypads with number entry pin codes. This type is perhaps the earliest form of smart lock featured on the market, although they are still in use today (with some modifications). Many now have a touchscreen rather than physical buttons.

Radio Frequency Identification

For entry, these operate using a key fob. The beneficial part of RFID technology is that the key fob may remain in a pocket or purse, but the door lock can still register the device for swift, hands-free entry.

Bluetooth-Enabled Locks

Much like the RFID locks, which sense a key fob, Bluetooth locks sense a synced smartphone’s Bluetooth connection. If a phone runs out of batteries, there is an electronic entry that can be used in most Bluetooth-enabled smart locks.

Biometric Entry

This type of smart lock operates using a finger ID. All that has to be done is to sync the lock with a specific fingerprint. It will then recognize that fingerprint from there on out.

1. August Smart Lock, HomeKit Enabled

  • Connectivity Type: Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • Compatible Integration with: Alexa (Amazon), Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, Nest
  • Auto Lock/Unlock
  • 24/7 Activity log: records who enters and exits the door
  • Apps: Both mobile and the Web
  • Notifications: Both push and email
  • Access: Yes (create virtual keys)
  • Voice Activation: Yes
  • Compatible with Standard Deadbolts: Yes
  • Tamper Alarm: No
  • Touchpad: No

2. Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

3. Samsung Ezon SHS-3321 Keyless Smart Universal Deadbolt Digital Door Lock

4. Kwikset Kevo (2nd Generation)

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