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5 Best Smart Locks for Your Home

posted by on January 19, 2017 in Guides & Reviews, Health and Home, Home Safety & Security, Home Improvement, Automation Systems :: 48 comments

Kwikset Kevo

Reporting by Stewart Wolpin and Elizabeth Harper

Smart locks that supplement or replace your front door deadbolt do much more than lock and unlock your door without a key. Most smart locks (and all of the locks on our top picks list) let you receive alerts and track who's entering and leaving your abode; email limited-access digital "keys" to visitors, children, trusted service workers or guests when you're not home; and remotely lock and unlock when you're away from home.

Some smart locks are compatible with smart home ecosystems such as Nest, the Apple HomeKit and the Wink. They can be locked or unlocked as part of a group operation; for example, you could program a night mode action that locks the doors and also turns off the lights and closes the shades. A smart lock can be handy when paired with a compatible smart doorbell. If a friend, family member or service worker rings your smart doorbell while you're away, you can visually confirm who it is via the smart doorbell, then remotely unlock the door to let them in.

Smart home products, including smart locks, are still in their awkward adolescence of development. Many of these new wireless gadgets are awkwardly designed and frustratingly unresponsive. You'll probably take to carrying a traditional key as a back-up in case your smart lock doesn't lock or unlock as advertised.

Since smart locks run on batteries, coming home to a dead smart lock is a remote possibility. Most smart lock batteries last between six months to a year, and flashing lights on the lock or a smartphone alert let you know if the batteries need replacing. But the fact you even have to worry about power for your lock, on top of the will-it-or-won't-it-open anxiety, could dissuade you from buying one of these brainy bolters to begin with.

Lest you become thoroughly discouraged, some smart lock makers recognize these reliability issues and are redesigning their wares accordingly. Many second-generation smart locks and new products include belt-and-suspenders options that provide second and even third physical methods of entry in addition to the primary wireless mode.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. If the idea of a lock you can lock and unlock without a key or that you can monitor and control remotely appeals to your inner geek, here's a primer on the available features and best models.

Smart Locks 101

In most cases, you won't need a locksmith to install your smart lock. A front door deadbolt is easier to remove and replace than you think with a screwdriver and about an hour's time. Smart locks are pricier than a sturdy standard key lock, but not significantly so. Figure on spending between $200 and $250.

Not all smart locks lock and unlock the same way. Some can be operated by mimicking a key as you turn or wave your smartphone in front of the lock. Some smart locks require you to physically touch the lock to lock or unlock it, as long as your controlling smartphone is with you. Some smart locks make you tap a button within the lock's smartphone app. Some smart locks open automatically when you enter a defined zone. Some smart locks obey spoken commands. And some smart locks are smart enough to lock without asking after you've left the building.


The Best Overall Smart Lock: Kwikset Kevo

Kwikset Kevo

Kwikset's Kevo was the first smart lock on the market, and it's still one of our favorites. The Kevo's touch-to-unlock feature makes it one of the easiest smart locks to use. All you have to do is approach with your smartphone or a Kevo keyfob in your pocket. A simple tap unlocks the lock.

The lock verifies your identity via Bluetooth, connecting to your phone or keyfob (an additional $25 each) to check if you’re allowed to access the home. You can also unlock the lock using the Kevo app or a standard key. Tap-to-unlock is unique to Kevo. Most other locks require you to use a smartphone app, which isn’t much easier than unlocking the door with a key. Tapping the lock after being identified is simple and eliminates any need to fumble for your phone.

Just a few taps in the Kevo app lets you assign a digital e-key to anyone with a Kevo-compatible smartphone. It’s ideal for visiting family members or anyone who needs to come and go. One thing we don't like is the fact that additional e-keys cost $2 each through the app — or buy a Kevo Plus ($99) to get as many e-keys as you like.

The Kevo Plus is hub that connects your Kevo to the internet, giving you online access to all its features no matter where you are. Without the Plus, you need to be in Bluetooth range in order to control your lock, so this adds a lot of convenience — and gives you an unlimited number of e-keys.

You can still buy a first-generation Kevo for significantly less money ($138) than the newer model, but the second-generation Kevo is worth the upgrade. The new model is more secure, with added resistance to torque attacks and lock bumping. It's rated UL 437 and passes the most stringent lock-picking standards. It also offers easier installation. If you can use a screwdriver, you can install the Kevo.

Kwikset has another new smart lock option worth considering as well, though we don't think it offers quite the convenience of the Kevo. The Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock ($229) with Apple HomeKit integration works with Siri, a feature we know Apple users will be interested in. But instead of the simple tap activation to unlock the door, you’ll need to use the smartphone app or key in a code to unlock the Premis; we would have preferred a straight-up Kevo with HomeKit integration.

Available finishes: Satin nickel, polished brass, Venetian bronze

Replace the entire lock: Yes

How it unlocks: Touch

Alternate means of entry: Smartphone app, key

Keyfob: Yes (not included)

Auto lock when you leave: No

Smart watch compatibility: Apple Watch, Android Wear

Smart home system compatibility: Nest and Honeywell thermostats, Ring and Skybell video doorbells, IFTTT

Price: $229 on Amazon

The Kevo isn’t your only solid smart lock option. Read on to find out which other smart home locks we recommend.


A smart lock that works with your existing lock: August

August Smart Lock

Instead of replacing your entire lock, the August smart lock replaces only the inside, leaving the exterior of your home looking the same as ever. This is a great solution for anyone who prefers the look of their current door hardware or renters who can't switch out their door locks. If you’re even a little intimidated by smart home tech, you’ll be glad to know the outdoor lock works the same as ever — but now it can work with your smartphone as well.

The August can be set to unlock when it detects you (or, more accurately, your smartphone) approaching. When you walk up to the door, it unlocks without your doing anything at all. When it detects that you’re leaving, it locks itself.

If you're not quite comfortable with that level of automation, the lock can be manually controlled from the August smartphone app. Like the Kevo, the August can only be controlled via Bluetooth unless you buy an accessory — in this case, the August Connect ($58), a good buy if you expect lots of people coming and going. Another add-on is the August Smart Keypad ($80), which adds a keycode entry option, something you may find useful for guests who don't have smartphones. To make your door even smarter, add a Nest-compatible August Doorbell Cam (starting at $165) to let you see who's at the front door wherever you are.

The August's most compelling feature is Apple HomeKit integration, a must-have for anyone building a HomeKit-based smart home. This feature is unfortunately absent from our favorite smartlock, the Kevo, but the August comes in a close second overall. If you prefer Amazon's Alexa to Apple's Siri, however, the August supports Alexa, too, so you can control your lock through your Echo devices. That makes for a lot of different ways to control the August smart lock.

Available finishes: Dark gray, silver

Replace the entire lock: No

How it unlocks: When it detects you approaching

Alternate means of entry: Smartphone app, key, key code (with optional keypad), Siri

Keyfob: No

Auto lock when you leave: Yes

Smart watch compatibility: Apple Watch

Smart home system compatibility: Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, Nest thermostat, Nest Cam, August Doorbell Cam, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech Pop, IFTTT

Price: $229 on Amazon


Best all-in-one solution for Apple users: Schlage Sense

Schlage Smart Sense Deadbolt

While the Schlage Sense is as smart as any other smart lock, it presents itself with a more traditional feel. Assign virtual keys to guests' smartphones (iPhone only, for now), or use the built-in keypad to assign key codes to guests. That flexibility gives the Sense more out-of-the-box unlocking options than any other lock on this list/ You can unlock it with a smartphone app, key, key code or Siri.

Like the August, the Sense is compatible with Apple's HomeKit, so you can control it using Siri. But unlike the August, Sense was built with Apple users in mind. If you aren't already invested in Apple's ecosystem of products, you might want to pass this one by. But for Apple users, there's a lot of convenience to be had. Instead of requiring a separate hub to connect your smart lock to the internet, Sense uses your Apple TV. If you already have an Apple TV, you already have a feature that would have cost $100 to add to the Kevo.

For Apple users, the Sense is an all-in-one smart lock with lots of unlocking options and no need for additional components. But for households that aren't packed with Apple products, its limitations — like the fact that the Sense can't be controlled over the internet except through an Apple TV — are probably deal breakers.

Available finishes: Aged bronze, satin nickel, matte black

Replace the entire lock: Yes

How it unlocks: iPhone app

Alternate means of entry: Key, key code, Siri

Keyfob: No

Auto lock when you leave: No

Smart watch compatibility: Apple Watch

Smart home system compatibility: Apple HomeKit

Price: $193 on Amazon


Best for complete freedom from keys: Yale Assure

Yale

A lock without a key? That's exactly what Yale is offering with its new Assure lock. A truly keyless entry system means no lock for a potential thief to pick, giving you an all-new level of home security.

Like the rest of the locks we've listed, the Assure lets you get in and out of your home using your smartphone. Hold your phone up and make a key-like twisting gesture to unlock the door. Though it's certainly more awkward than the way the Kevo unlocks when tapped or the August unlocks when you approach, the gesture is designed to prevent accidental unlocks — and it's still easier than fumbling through your key ring.

Hand out up to five virtual keys that let friends or guests unlock the door the same way. Additional virtual keys are $2 each. It’s less than you’d pay to have a new key cut for a traditional lock, but it’s still an annoying expense.

The Assure’s built-in touchpad provides access for guests who don't have smartphones and lets you inside if you've forgotten yours. If you've forgotten your smartphone and the Assure's battery has gone dead, you can power it by holding a 9V battery to the terminals at the bottom of the keypad. Enter your PIN, and you’re in.

The Assure integrates with a wide range of smart home options, including Zigbee or Z-Wave, which work with numerous smart home products. Apple HomeKit will join the lineup in March 2017. However, like many of the other products on this list, Assure requires an extra component to add this compatibility. You'll need to purchase a $75 network module to add compatibility for your smart home system of choice.

Available finishes: Polished brass, satin nickel, oil rubbed bronze

Replace the entire lock: Yes

How it unlocks: Smartphone app

Alternate means of entry: Keypad, Siri (when HomeKit compatibility is added)

Keyfob: No

Auto lock when you leave: No

Smart watch compatibility: Samsung Gear S2, Apple Watch (when HomeKit compatibility is added)

Smart home system compatibility: Zigbee or Z-Wave (Apple HomeKit module coming in March 2017)

Price: starting at $199 for Bluetooth, $195 for Z-Wave or $247 for Zigbee on Amazon 


On the Horizon: A Smart Lock for Apartment-Dwellers

Ikilock

All these deadbolt replacements are suitable for houses, but what if you're an apartment-dweller? You could put one on your front door, but with a buzzer-controlled outer door, you lose one of a smart lock's favorite functions: letting people in when you're not home.

To solve this problem, French company called Ikilock (yes, pronounced "icky-lock") is taking preorders on the wood-tone Ikiplug box, a remote doorman that lets you remotely trigger your intercom to open the outer building door.

The system begins inside your apartment with the AC-powered Ikicenter hub, which lets control your lock from anywhere. The matching oblong Ikilock is a replacement smart lock that can operate smartly or with a key.

The "key" piece, if you will, is the Ikiplug, a matching rectangular box you stick next to your intercom. Use the smartphone app to transmit a remote opening order, and the Ikiplug will trigger the intercom to open your building's outer door. How it triggers the opening and what intercom systems it may be compatible with are unclear, and so far only a European unit has been announced. 


[Image credits: Kwikset, August, Schlage, Yale, Ikilock]

Updated on 1/19/2017 with new product picks



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Security Issues

From Rey Carr on March 04, 2015 :: 5:04 pm

You didn’t mention it in any of the reviews, but what might happen if someone gets a hold of your smartphone and then uses it to access your house? Is there a way to prevent this from happening? (I didn’t go to any of the lock websites to check the details about this security issue.)

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Yes, you can prevent a

From Suzanne Kantra on March 04, 2015 :: 5:35 pm

Yes, you can prevent a thief from using your phone to gain access to your home. Since the locks are digital, you can easily deauthorize your phone by making a call or logging into your account with another device.

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Phones are not toys

From Bill on March 19, 2016 :: 1:32 pm

Like my gun, my phone is only stolen from me by prying it from my cold dead fingers.  Only morons lose their phones.

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yup!

From Melissa Rand on March 24, 2016 :: 4:44 pm

I 2nd that!

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Yes, down with the Morons!!

From z on July 01, 2016 :: 1:49 am

Yes, down with the Morons!!  All hail the gun-toting geniuses!

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Password

From Gavin Granger on June 01, 2016 :: 4:54 pm

I can only speak about the Mul-T-Lock ENTR and you can password protect the application and if you do use your phone you can re-enroll your new smartphone and that will remove the access from the password protected application.

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nice post.

From tripti on March 05, 2015 :: 10:00 am

Unlike the other locks listed, Haven is anchored to the base of your front door, its strongest point.

Thanks for sharing this informative post, I thought these would be available India also. smile

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weather

From Jim on March 06, 2015 :: 10:18 am

Are these locks guaranteed to work in -40C?

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Geez, if it's -40c just

From Josh Kirschner on March 06, 2015 :: 11:42 am

Geez, if it’s -40c just leave your door unlocked. Who’s going to be breaking in in that weather? grin

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Goji Smart Lock is my

From James Beveridge on April 03, 2015 :: 2:47 am

Goji Smart Lock is my favorite, not just in the list – but probably it’s the finest smart lock I have used. Interestingly, the Goji’s built-in camera lets me see on my smartphone as to who is trying to open it.

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Hey, Goji sales dude...

From Jeff Perkins on April 16, 2015 :: 3:32 pm

DO you mean the Goji that is not available yet?

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Prove it.

From David Burman on July 18, 2015 :: 8:10 pm

James,
It’s not that I don’t trust you, but I don’t trust you.  Goji is not shipping product yet, so I am very interested in how you have this amazing lock that is your favorite????
Why don’t you post a picture of your lock on your door and a recent newspaper.  I would bet that you work for or with Goji

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Goji guy is a liar

From Tina on February 06, 2016 :: 12:36 am

I pre-ordered 3 locks since summer of 2014 and I never heard from them about shipping. The latest email I got after sending over 20 emails to get my over $800 refund back was that, the company has gone bankrupt. I need my money. Guys never pre-order

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Such a liar.

From Me on June 02, 2016 :: 8:00 am

There NO GOJI. Goji never produced any lock for customers. I prepaid $900 and still they did not refund my money back to me. Guys don’t listen to this guy talking about goji had his favorite Goji are fraud. They took money from people and never send them locks.

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goji

From goji on April 19, 2015 :: 1:43 pm

How can you put goji in this article. There isn’t one lock that has even been shipped. They have the worst customer service and its a company scamming people. The only reason they can scam si easily is because of people like you pushing products that don’t exist. They have been taking peoples money and been delaying for over 2 years and don’t give refunds. They say they do but they don’t process the refund so when you purchase a goji lock you don’t get a product and have to hope your credit card company will refund you. This is white collar crime and something needs to be done about it.

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You should not be advertising Goji Lock - it is a SCAM

From Adam Benkovic on June 23, 2015 :: 9:02 pm

Goji lock is a complete scam.  They state that they are delivering from ‘now till August’ for the past month and yet still not one single person has recieved their lock.

Additionally they are unable to post a photo of a final product, obviously because they simply do not have a final product.

I think it is very wrong of you to advertise this sham of a company when they are clearly stealing from anyone who doesn’t do their homework first and pre-orders from their site.

This type of behaviour should not be allowed little own advertised!

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GOJI LOCK

From Beverley Fulton on September 26, 2015 :: 11:11 pm

I, like many others fell for this SCAM. Unlike others I did receive a refund, however it took 2 years. This is a SCAM. Please do not order a lock from this so called company.

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How did you receive a

From Tina on February 06, 2016 :: 12:42 am

How did you receive a refund? I need them to refund me it been 2014 and need my money.

-I pre-ordered 3 locks since summer of 2014 and I never heard from them about shipping. The latest email I got after sending over 20 emails to get my over $800 refund back was that, the company has gone bankrupt. I need my money. Guys never pre-order-

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Smart Goji

From Randy North on October 16, 2015 :: 8:19 am

Ohhh just superb, Goji really you have written and explaining ideas are awesome. Enjoying and love your blog writing, videos, thinking…

Thank you so much for sharing

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Kevo Crapo

From Bob on October 25, 2015 :: 1:21 pm

You forgot to mention the Kevo only works with a small number of Android phones.  Not even the reference Nexus 5!  Plus they charge you every time you “make” a key for a friend.  Garbage!

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Goji

From Tony Mokbel on November 01, 2015 :: 10:59 am

Hey there, I have heard a lot of complaints against the Goji and would not recommend it! Just check the BBB, you will see tons of them! Stay away. Remember that these devices are new and will take some time, before they’re perfect or even close to it. However, staying away from the Goji is recommended!

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Remote Control Deadbolts

From Anna Kilbourne on November 02, 2015 :: 9:26 pm

Anything connected to the IoT can be hacked.
Even with Bluetooth LE connectivity, you have to stand within five feet from your door and wait up to ten seconds while your Bluetooth app syncs with the lock. Hardly convenient. These smart locks are supposed to be about convenience. I enjoy pulling into my driveway and unlocking my garage and front door’s deadbolt with a push of a button from 80 feet away. My key fob is attached to my visor, so I don’t misplace it. Has anyone misplaced their smart phone with a dead battery? Good luck. .

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Goji

From Jack on December 21, 2015 :: 11:28 pm

Wasn’t there something about Goji being a scam?

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We've updated our story to

From Suzanne Kantra on December 22, 2015 :: 11:43 am

We’ve updated our story to indicate that we do not recommend Goji. Since we wrote the ariticle two ship dates have passed without Goji fulfilling orders and early backers have had trouble getting a refund.

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More Styles of Smart Locks

From lee Wen on January 01, 2016 :: 2:12 am

Recommend some more smart locks.Pls check:

http://www.aliexpress.com/store/1026183

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Goji Lock Scam

From Beverley Fulton on January 01, 2016 :: 3:33 am

Goji have declared bankruptcy but were still taking orders the day they declared.

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What about Mul-t-lock ENTR?

From Bruno on January 01, 2016 :: 4:56 pm

I’m really interested on Mul-t-lock’s ENTR. Seems very good, although expensive.

Has anyone have anything to share about ENTR?

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Refund for Goji Locks

From Beverley Fulton on February 06, 2016 :: 1:38 am

Hi, I managed to get my refund for 3 locks before they declared Bankruptcy. I contacted my Credit Card Provider. The first 2 people I spoke to said they couldn’t do anything the 3rd person I spoke to said maybe. I then insisted that they put a claim in. I did produce the email and Facebook post from Goji that said they would refund. Good luck to everyone. It isn’t fair that these Mongrels may get away with stealing your hard earned dollars.

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Omg

From Me on March 24, 2016 :: 4:57 pm

Thank you for writing this. I paid with my amex and will have them follow up on this too. If I knew, I would have done this long ago.

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Remote door lock

From Keith Elcomb on March 14, 2016 :: 12:19 pm

Our company - Arbel Electronics Ltd - manufactures and sells remote door locking and unlocking systems. Usable via internet or smartphone.
These have been in production for 24months and are used by Local Authorities.
They also monitor temperatures and footfall plus lots of other customisable features.
Drop me an email - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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I 2nd that!!!!

From Melissa Rand on March 24, 2016 :: 4:43 pm

I 2nd that!!!!

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SmartCode Deadbolt

From Flint Dempsey on July 13, 2016 :: 2:35 am

I’d say that Kwikset is the perfect choice for a smart door system. We’ve a different model installed at our home, the SmartCode deadbolt. And while it might not have fancy looks of other SmartKey models, both the functionality and performance is up to the mark.

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Kwikset Kevo can be opened in 10 seconds with a screwdriver

From Randy on August 05, 2016 :: 6:30 pm

Did you not check to see if any of your smart locks stood up to basic lock attacking techniques?  This video has been out for over two years. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H1mmjVvMsGs

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Screwdriver attack

From Jeffrey Rosen on January 19, 2017 :: 11:25 am

Though Kwikset is now in their THIRD incarnation of SmartKey, this self-rekeying lock is prone to spontaneous failure to work with a CORRECT key. Also, if spending for automation, why settle for the guts of a 12.00 lock ? Kwikset as a company is stellar in how they run a business. How they engineer a product is sub-par, all on engineering points. The August Lock, combined with a Schlage B660 and with FIXED SIZED deadbolt ( available only from locksmiths in this form ) is a nice beefy, attractive and RELIABLE lock.

The ENTR from MultiLock. MEDECO or Assa will basically be a Grade 1 HIGH SECURITY deadbolt, with the ENTR interior, which is sort of like August Lock. In the future, ENTR may be packaged to work with a variety of EXISTING deadbolts. We are looking at this product.

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Always keep your phone locked

From Stephen Powers on August 11, 2016 :: 8:49 am

A good security measure with or without a smartlock is to keep your phone password protected. This prevents unauthorized access to your data as well as unlocking your smarthome. In addition most smartphones these days now come with fingerprint sensors ensuring you are the only one who can open your phone or the door.

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Duh...

From Kay Drayton on October 07, 2016 :: 1:21 am

Or you could & should have a password on your smart phone in the first place!

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Love kevo

From Tara Settembre Ocampo on November 17, 2016 :: 4:21 pm

We have had the Kevo for two years now, love it!

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How can a product be reviewed, based on a commercial ?

From Jeff Rosen Polytechnikey, LLC dba City Lock on November 30, 2016 :: 1:03 pm

I do not understand crowdfunding, unless one cosiders it a straight up DONATION. There is no fiduciary responsibility to the “investor/donor”, and the funding sites have full immunity.

Reviews products without any technical authority or practical experience in the product space, is questionable.

Kevo has decent interface, but it is all wrapped up in a Kwikset lock mechanism. This is the same tired deadbolt and drive tail system they have been plugging away with for 50 years. We pull out a LOT of Kwikset locks, and replace with products far more rugged for longevity and smooth operation.

I will give Kevo one credit. The revised Smartkey cylinder is bump and pick resistant. But all that is paid for by lock failures. So with KEVO, you are buying a souped up, internet-ready 9.99 deadbolt… for about 300.00!

The Schlage product has huge security flaws. I will not go into detail, but they can be overridden manually. Homeowner may never notice the exploit.

We sell quite a lot of touch-pad deadbolts, but are very selective to curate rugged, long-life products. Neither of the ones I sell have internet or Bluetooth, just touch-pads. They are:

1. Schlage BE365 with non adjustable grade 1 bolt we swap for the standard wimpy adjustable bolt factory supplies with it. ( NOT available like this online or at the orange or blue lumber-store.)

2. Emtek touchpad and touchscreen deadbolts.

One of the primary reasons these two are our only FEATURED keyless locks is they must be locked and unlocked by twisting a knob after entry of code. No motorized (WIMPY and FLOPPY bolts). Eliminating this motorized bolt drive simplifies the product for longevity, and it extends BATTERY LIFE substantially.

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How about interior?

From Jeremiah Logan on December 28, 2016 :: 12:13 pm

Any word on this kind of lock for interior doors? We have a house with troubled teens, and would like to keep some interior doors locked (pantry, laundry, basement, etc.). Unfortunately, one child is very skilled at picking locks; looking for thumbprint or similarly keyless entry, with an option to text whenever the door opens, but not finding much.

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How about interior

From Beverley Fulton on December 28, 2016 :: 4:47 pm

Have you looked into commercial locks? Good luck.

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Interior Doors

From Jeffrey Rosen on January 19, 2017 :: 11:19 am

Though intended for commercial doors, the Schlage NDE ENGAGE is an excellent product. Rather than a touchpad, it is a card or keyring fob operated lock. Unlike most previous commercial access products, this one is fully self-contained, only requiring your existing secure wifi source. All permissions and audit trail are via smartphone IOS or Android, or the cloud service back-end from your PC. If wifi goes out short term, no problem. The lock works independently of the wifi connection, which only is a scheduled upload-download. This product is excellent for small business or chain store retail for office and storerooms. The lock is COMMERCIAL, not wimpy residential with false claims. To use on a thin door, you will need to shim both sides of the door to bring the thickness up to 1 3/4” ( You can buy clear lumber ready to go at Michael s, or other hobby stores or hardware stores )

For a more residential product, the Schlage Smart-sense is a good choice, but light duty, so I would suggest only for INTERIOR doors.

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Lock I Used in New York City for Many Years

From Barbara Ann Braddock on January 02, 2017 :: 9:08 am

Dear Sir: I am trying to replace a lock with the same one I used in New York City for many years that key was serrated to prevent anyone from picking it. It was a deadbolt, too. Would you have one of these types of locks available at your location. All my best for a great Holiday Observed. BAB

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Serrated key ?

From Jeffrey Rosen on January 19, 2017 :: 11:34 am

By SERRATED, do you mean the bottom edge of key have 5 slots in it?

If so, that was a Corbin and Russwin product called EMHART Hight Security. The product was unique, and considered to be one of the most hack-resistant of the high security locks ever sold in the US Market. Because it DID use angled cuts, they got into a court battle with MEDECO, even though the locking pinciple was totally different. One was sidebar locking, the other was interlocking pins ( like a boxtail joint ).

Emhart’s income was not dependent upon this one product, so they caved and settled with Medeco. Today Corbin-Russwin and Medeco are all part of the Assa-Abloy group.

These cylinders can still be had, by special order. You might also find some on EBAY, but you might never be able to get more keys, unless you get the lock in the STOCK WL2 Keyway.

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About loosing your phone..

From LocksOnline UK on January 19, 2017 :: 9:30 am

How is this any different to loosing your keys? 

The chance of loosing your phone is not a valid argument here, keys are lost far more frequently than phones. 

Your phone can have a PIN code, a passcode, or it may even have a thumbprint reader - keys have none of this.

Digital locking solutions are going to be a giant in the future of security.  It makes perfect sense.

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NOT willing to connect the keys to my kingdom to the internet

From Rob on January 20, 2017 :: 1:14 pm

I really have no reason to let people into my home when I’m not there as I work from home.  All that aside, I see no reason to buy a smart lock.  I have everything else from smart bulbs to a doorbell camera, but I am not willing to put the keys to my front door out on the internet for someone to be able to hack.  No company has earned my trust, as even the most trusted companies have been hacked, and I’ve heard many times over that IOT devices such as smart door locks are the worst in terms of security.  Yes, I know that a thief could just pick the lock or smash a window, but that’s what the hounds are for. smile

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Electronic locks

From James Savant on January 23, 2017 :: 4:55 am

Am I the only one who is against electronic locks? Call me outdated if you want, bah, you can even call me silly. But think about it. Lately we (and by we I mean humans) have been totally dependent on technology. We can’t live without phones, computers, tablets, music players and so on. Do you really want to have everything based on technology? Do you really want to make yourself so dependable? Why not old fashioned key-lock which is possible to force only with a drill?
I am not shying away from gadgets but I want to be in control of my life.

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Is data on users and times of entry stored and accessible?

From Melissa on February 05, 2017 :: 4:24 pm

Hi everyone!

I was wondering if anyone knows of or is using a system that allows them to access the information on user code and time of entry. I’m looking for a system that will enable me to track which user code and what time the door is being unlocked.

Thanks!!

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From Bill Lintner on February 14, 2017 :: 4:45 am

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