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August Smart Lock: Nowadays, the idea of a lock that doesn’t require a physical key is not that far-fetched and the August Smart Lock is probably the best attempt I’ve seen so far now.
What’s great about this lock is that it gives you the best of both worlds. So you can get all the smart features that you might want in a Smart Lock but at the same time, you can still use your physical key like normal.
Its installation is very simple and you don’t actually have to buy anything extra to get this to work. The way it works is by replacing the inner portion of your already existing deadbolt. Everything from the setup all the way up to actually using it is going to be done through an Apple phone. Once you have the lock installed, you are going to want to calibrate it using the app and this is just to make sure everything is working properly and after that, it’s ready to use.
There are 3 very nice features included. The first one is called Ever Lock and this ensures that the lock always locks itself after a set amount of time no matter what. With Ever Lock, you can set an amount of time from a few seconds all the way up to a few minutes and it is extremely reliable. However, it is not perfect, not because it doesn’t work but because it might not be a good solution. Say you go into your front yard and you don’t bring your phone with you.If you stay out there for long enough, you will to get locked out. There’s no real designation to let the lock know that you don’t want it to lock when you’re outside in the front yard and you’re intending to come back. There is a feature to automatically unlock the lock and this works the same way. The last feature is being able to control the lock from anywhere as long as you have Wi-Fi. For this, you are going to need a separate connector and I do wish that was built into the lock itself.
If however you don’t want to use the automatic features and you want to unlock and lock the door manually, you can do that through the app. Just open it up and click the button. It is very easy to tell when it’s locked and unlocked. Apple also gives you cool features like being able to give keys away and take them away if you want to.
In my opinion, the August Smart Lock is a neat solution as a smart door lock. The features in the app may not be perfect but the lock works really well and that is the reason why it is so popular.