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Smart Locks

Automate the lock on your front door

Automate your garage and front door to heighten your home security system. Receive alerts on your phone if the doors are unlocked. No more physical keys! Give your friends and family virtual keys.

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How do smart locks work?

Smart locks bring an extra layer of security and convenience to your home. The smart locks that are available in the market come with two key components - motor and actuator. Smart locks depend on authorized devices, such as your smartphone, to send codes to release the lock. In other words, you’ll have to download an app on your smartphone that connects to the front door lock via your home WiFi network. In addition, the app will keep track of every time the door is locked or unlocked. In terms of security, it gives you a peace of mind. For convenience, the apps let you create temporary virtual keys to distribute to friends and family. If you have a voice assistant, you can give it voice commands to open the door. Smart locks are easy to install on your own with step-by-step guidance available in the box or on the app.

Types of smart home locks

Smart locks can be categorized under two main types based on their purpose in your home.

Smart Door Locks

A smart door lock is suitable for the front door of your home. A traditional lock opens when the proper key applies the right amount of pressure on the pins inside the lock. The smart door lock uses motors and actuators. So when you use you click on command on your phone, it sends an electric impulse to the smart lock which locks/unlocks the door.

Smart Garage/Gate Openers

Even when you’re not at home, you can open or close the garage door via the app. If you forget to close the door before work you can send a command through your smartphone to close it. The same applies to when you have a package delivery. Instruct the delivery person to leave the package in the garage and open the door for him to do so. The garage door smart lock system comes with a WiFi controller and a waterproof tilt sensor. Some of these smart garage door locks come with the capacity to control up to three garage doors or gates. Some smart garage door lock kits also include smart security cameras to monitor your garage or driveway.

Smart lock features to look out for

Now that you have an idea of where you want to install a smart lock, the next step is to think about the smart features that are important to you.

  • Schedule virtual keys for friends and family - Set up multiple virtual keys for your guests or renters. Codes can be issued for permanent or temporary use. You don't have to worry about unauthorized access if you forget to delete the code. Routines allow for access during certain times, on certain days.
  • Custom ringtone for each family member or others - Some companies let you set up a unique ringtone for all the users in the system. So when your daughter is driving in and she opens the garage door from her smartphone, not only will you receive a notification, but a unique ringtone will also be played.
  • Auto unlock with Bluetooth - Setup the smart door lock to unlock when you and your smartphone are nearby, such as when you're walking up the driveway. With this feature, you don't need to rummage through your bag to find the keys, nor do you have to open the app on your smartphone.
  • “Hey Google, unlock the front door” - Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit smart assistant devices, can connect to compatible smart door locks and smart garage openers. You can configure it to open the doors on voice command and notify you when people with codes have unlocked the door. Almost all smart locks connect to all three voice assistants. However, be sure to double-check that the lock of your choice can integrate with your existing voice assistant.
  • Activity log of users - Needless to say, like any other smart product, smart locks keep an activity log of the date and time for each user and when they lock/unlock the garage or front door. This is helpful for when you want to check if your kids got home on time, or if the dogwalker already made their visit.
  • Control from a smartphone - Controlling these locks from your smartphone means you can have it lock your doors every time you forget. Or you can simply open the app and check whether all the doors were locked before you left. The app will let you know if it's unlocked and you can lock the doors. Add your family in as multiple users so they have virtual keys to your home.

How do I install a smart lock?

Smart door locks can either be installed over your existing front door lock or replace it entirely. If you select a model that installs over the existing lock, you can still use your old key along with all the new and smart features.

The smart garage opener is essentially a hub that you place indoors, preferably near the garage door motor in order to connect the wires. Before connecting to the motor, configure the hub with the WiFi and the app on your smartphone. The hub connects to the tilt sensor that is attached to the top of the garage door. This setup takes around 20 minutes.

Are smart home locks safe?

Smart locks that are integrated with your automated home system generally use high-grade AES encrypted Z-wave technology. Smart locks that use WiFi technology have the same SSL encryption as banks. So in terms of hacking these systems, you are safe as long as you use complicated passcodes which are not similar to your bank PINs or social media passwords.