Buy it on Amazon – http://lon.tv/te78p (affiliate link) – The August Smart Lock Pro works with existing deadbolt door locks to make them smarter. It’s pricey compared to competing products and has some issues reliably connecting to its WiFi module. See more internet of things: http://lon.tv/iot and subscribe! http://lont.v/s
00:34 – Installation experience
01:59 – Pricing
02:14 – Connect WiFi adapter and setup frustrations
03:31 – Smartphone app
04:38 – Setting up digital keys and controling access
05:21 – Auto locking of the door
06:04 – Paid subscription for notifications?
06:50 – Using the August lock with IFTTT
10:37 – Amazon Alexa voice control
11:45 – Final thoughts
The August lock works with your existing deadbolt locks – it doesn’t replace the entire lock but replaces the portion inside your home. Once installed any iPhone or Android phone can unlock the lock with a bluetooth connection.
Virtual “keys” can be set up on the app. The keys are revocable by the lock owner any time. I also like that I’m able restrict when guests can open the door by day of the week and specific ranges of time.
The August can be set to automatically lock itself if it’s unlocked for a period of time as well.
Overall I’m pleased with its core functions but the price tag is high – especially considering that competitors sell complete lock replacements for less money.
I also found that the connections to the internet via the included Connect WiFi adapter are spotty. It takes a long time for notifications to reach IFTTT for example.
I’m also weary of their upcoming subscription service as it appears they’re going to charge for smartphone notifications of lock events. I do not like this trend of selling expensive hardware and then requiring consumers to spend more on a monthly of yearly basis to continue using the product.
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