August Smart Lock Review | Mr. Locksmith Video

August Smart Lock Review | Mr. Locksmith Video.

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I was not impressed with the August Smart Lock. They did fix an earlier critical vulnerability security flaw that potentially allowed an intruder to use a mobile app to find an August lock, based on an identification number that Bluetooth devices often broadcast wirelessly and then open the lock.

Most if not all Electronic Deadbolts sold in Hardware Stores and now Electronic stores have minor to major security flaws. I have been testing some upgrades but unless you need the Home Automation feature of remote or keyless entry stay away. However, talk to your local locksmith and hopefully they can guide to a good lock.

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Andres Flores says:

Definitely this review is wrong!!! It woks fine, its secure and its awesome. I will recommend it to anyone and no doubt will get another one for my other doors.

Arthur Vires says:

What is wrong with this guy??????

Brunkvic says:

rip off

Dj One Ill says:

hi i dont have a deadbolt lock on my door is there any other lock other than a deadbeat that the august smart lock will work with

Alex Papanicolaou says:

This is a terrible review. You’re reviewing it based on if someone doesn’t close the door? Rate locks instead of smart accessories. Don’t waste our time

Nick Steele says:

thanks a lot for this awesome review

Jerry says:

You only show the half side of the door. Even the lock run a half way, in fact you cannot use your finger push it back. You did not show the lock’s auto-lock function which is very important feature. I have used one for 3 months. Mine works very well than your lock sample. You are a good locksmith, but not a good lock installer according your video as you said you do not like august. August connect is very important part which let you know your lock’s state any time. If I did not watch your video at the beginning, I would have it 3 months earlier. I only worry its plastic parts life. There is no safety lock in the world for us because the weak doors, windows and walls. It is enough what happens in time.

Mitchell Lawler says:

Just another old timer being condescending about technology because he doesn’t know it well enough or understand its benefits.

Mostafa Fawzi says:

Hello Mr. Locksmith, can you review the 2nd generation August lock as well?

AmazingSase says:

I don’t have deadbolt with my door, it is just regular lock with handle, does August Smart Lock still work?

Charlotte Algarin says:

You have so many videos, but I have decided against August. Pros & Cons of both product. Have you review … I’m leaning towards this one. This is the official site. loops back to Indiegogo.

Mary Dobias says:

How do you delete all the locks and unlocks from your phone??

CJay B says:

You shouldn’t recommend Z-Wave products. Its proprietary and not thoroughly tested. It has already been hacked by devices already on the market. Its great for other non security smart home devices, but not smart locks. August is on the right path when it comes to smart locks by allowing you to use your existing dead bolt. As far as Bluetooth, you may want to do some additional research when it comes to security and wireless signals.

ecotts says:

I subbed, I like your honesty man..

KandI Megahan says:

Airbnb seems to disagree with your assessment. They recommend the product. Most companies don’t put there lives on the line over a useless product.

You never addressed the issue of how this IS useful to folks who cannot be home to lock/ unlock their doors. This one is what you would NOT recommend. Fine. WHat would you recommend for someone who has to provide remote access (tv guy, repairman, postal delivery; kids; pet sitter, whatever)?

I’d sure’d like to hear your take.

ferrari888889 says:

Very helpful

Jorge Cordova says:

Can u review GATE SmartLock?

devilshaircut9 says:

Looks like a great idea for a Landlord – has any landlord had any experience?

Mr. Locksmith says:

From fitim faci
“you are full sh****t it work perfect lol omgggg so shiiit video”

Daniel Treadwell says:

Product works fine. You were messing with it. Leave the technology alone and let it do its job.

Juan Chami says:

shitty review. I bought one and it works great…. need to move forward.. if not it would be the same as if we were still listening to 45rpm records.

James Murphy says:

Nice review,

Murray Brown says:

Poor review by an obviously un-savvy computer person…you’re review is unreliable not the lock. Reviewer doesn’t seem to understand that this is all about convenience… not having to fumble for keys. Obviously it doesn’t improve the current deadbolt/security of your existing lock… DUH!Opens the lock using apple watch or iphone when you walk up to the door an then locks it as you walk away. This unit must have dead batteries. Mine works perfectly. Review might be intimidated with any new technology that might reduce the use of ‘keys’ and hence be bad for his business. The majority of users and other reviewers do a pretty good job of reviewing the unit.

Mitch T says:

although i think the august lock is shit.. i think this review is even worse. what fucking planet do you live on where a deadbolt lock is 75% of the way out but its not locked??? iut only needs to travel about 5mm into the door to be considered “locked”

Charbel Kuri says:

would you recommend it on a single sided deadbolt? assuming it did close properly…

Taron Young says:

Is he reviewing or pushing a product?

Karel Jo says:

is the august door lock weather proof (under sun and rain)? I’m planning to put it on my front gate which is outdoor.

Brian Grothouse says:

I really think you’re missing the point and you really are not providing a fair review of this product. You say you would install it on a primus but not on a defiant but to the general public those locks are essentially the same.

Truth be told though, you wouldn’t install a defiant on a door period. Because we know you can blow on a defiant and unlock the door faster than you can with the factory key! But most people dont know that or kinda sorta know that theres this thing called bumping but its like something only magicians use.

The audience this is geared for and marketed toward are not looking for increasing their security. August’s own commercial for this product has it on the front door of a San Francisco home on a steep incline. – the front door – has a full pane of clear glass. with the deadbolt right on the little sliver of wood. No not a fair review and not worth $300 but I can see a lot of people who would enjoy this product esp. when the majority of america uses a big box deadbolt their whole life and they’ve never lost a night of sleep and I think their for the most part their fine with that.

I think I’ll stick with my Medeco for now….which has its own slew of problems but I’ll gladly take medeco problems over any of the other problems that schlage or even Kwiktheft have

smate333 says:

smart lock review by a smart a$$

Henrique Lucchese says:

can you review the lockitron ?

Costa Apostolou says:

staged/user error/defective unit. No problem like this with my friend version…

Mr. Locksmith says:

I was told I do not understand the purpose of the August Lock and they will “stick with tech reviews since this is a tech product and not a security product.”

This “tech product” has to protect you and your property! I am a locksmith and I fix, repair, replace and I have to open the locks when they have failed or people has lost their keys or codes.

My understanding of the purpose of this lock is from a locksmiths viewpoint. I am the guy who has to fix locks and get into them. Tech writers only understand the cool factors and specs and not how secure they are. If you view my video with a tech writer and I you will hear him say he was shocked when I opened the new “Smart Padlock” in seconds with a pop can on a product he had written a glowing report on.

You want to see great secure Electronic locks view my Videos on Schlage NDE locks! Also, the new Schlage NDE Deadbolt may be the best of all Worlds!

Maciej Swic says:

“You plug in your email” – Oh really? What kind of cable do i need for that?

Ken Povall says:

Why would anyone buy this ? – I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so stupid as this and for a whopping $300 when you could just turn the knob on your deadbolt for free. You need a smart phone just to get out of your own home. Consider you’re in bed, asleep, the smoke alarm goes off you wake up to a smoke filled room, can’t find you phone and run downstairs and find you can’t get out of the burning house – what do you do, burn to a crisp.

BugandBeanFritts says:

Someone should hire Mr. Locksmith to do the black-and-white shots in an infomercial. Talk about purposely botching things to make it appear to be difficult. There are several other installation videos where people can install this thing in half the time with no confusion. What a dunce.

Winamp says:

dumb review. lol..he is missing the point and messing with the product ..

TheNightFoxGaming says:

What will happen if I forgot my phone at home / the battery is dead?

testchamber116 says:

Trying to find a smart lock is difficult enough without unwanted variables / bias added into the reviewing equation. I think electronic locks, be they z-wave, proprietary like August or any other tech can use a good analysis by a independent person. Real value can be added if the independent person reviewing them happens to be a locksmith, that knows the tricks of the trade etc. That value goes out the window if personal bias is introduced. So here’s the bit. This product in theory makes sure that you do not forget to lock the door, like a lot of people do. In that regard, it introduces security, as your door is not left open all day when you are at work. Handing multiple physical keys to people also introduces risk of those keys falling in the wrong hands, this device somewhat mitigates that, but not entirely, digital keys can fall into wrong hands too. It mounts onto a existing lock, so if you have a apartment in a complex that lets say does not let you replace the deadbolt / key mechanism then this is what you look for.

Here’s where Mr. Locksmith could really add value. Can the improper mounting of the bracket cause unnecessary friction on the axle causing the mechanism to fail? With what force does the mechanism actuate the deadbolt? It might work great on camera outside of a frame, but you add a bit of friction with a improper cut deadbolt opening and it might seize half the time. Does the mechanism itself add rotational force, aka will i find it hard to unlock the door with a key with it on. At what temperature will this fail, because you know, i would like to get into my house in winter too and there’s not that much insulation between the locking mechanism and the device, more like open air. What happens when the battery dies? How does it connect to external systems? May want to consider getting someone else on the show that knows the vulnerabilities of wifi / Bluetooth / z-wave .. etc controlled systems. When is z-wave vulnerable to an attack? The complexity of a Schlage locking mechanism will be completely bypassed if someone stole your z-wave encryption key. How about Bluetooth? If i put this on my door, will it make my house more insecure because my neighbor can now hack it with a app?

AvantGarde Travel says:

you are full shiiittt it work perfect lol omgggg so shiiit video

Nel says:

What smart lock deadbolt would you recommend to make a smart house/ automated house?

BugandBeanFritts says:

“It’s *BLUETOOTH* or whatever” …. This is the point I should have stopped watching the video. Bluetooth has been around for years and is a common household name. You say it like its some corny idea that you are unsure of….. Not WHATEVER….. it’s bluetooth….. done.

Jose Saenz says:

What a negative review, not because of the product but because of the reviewer. This guy seems to be deliberately looking for flaws on this item. His mind was made before he even tried the lock. Not a fair review at all. The lock is not made for security but for convenience.

Nolan Smith says:

Can you do another review with the new August Smart Lock that just came out – curious if you’d not recommend or not with the improvments they say they have made. thanks

Ray Hardy says:

I think for airbnb this would be great because you can give access to certain people for a small amount of time.

R J says:

You missed the point of this product completely. It has the ability to auto lock your door, auto-unlock when you arrive at home, lets you let people in your home when you’re not home. The problem with this review is you do not have an understanding of the purpose of this device. I’ll stick with the tech reviews since this is a tech product and not a security product.

James A says:

very biased review!
I feel like not buying this item anymore lol

Richard van Pukkem says:

It would be perfect if i could hold my iPhone like 20cm away from my door without doing anything on the screen, that the door automatically unlocks. Anything else is garbage. Putting an analog key into my door takes less time than unlocking my phone and starting up any app. And the digital part has to be VERY secure. I’ll skip for now.

Gord M says:

Brinks Home Security is said to be commencing shipping of a new wifi lock (that’s wifi…*not* bluetooth) called “Array” in May. It has a keyway, a number pad and it’s proprietary battery is continuously trickle charged by way of a built-in photovoltaic panel by provided by Suncore.

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