How many times have you come home with so many bags and packages in your hands you wished you had one more hand to get the keys out of your purse or pocket to help open the door? We’ve all been there. Dropped a few items along the way, too. But now with a bunch of new smart lock technologies for your door, you don’t have to worry about carrying in the groceries at once.
They all offer different features and services and range in price from $100 to over $300, so it’s important to do your homework before investing to make sure that all the safety components and budgetary requirements are met to keep you, your family and your home safe. Lower costs typically mean fewer features, but sometimes that might just be what you are looking for.
Wifi Vs. Bluetooth
The smart locks all come with bluetooth, that’s what powers this fun and funky technology. However some also have the option of upgrading to or already come with the ability to connect to your home’s wifi. What’s the difference? Bluetooth locks offer fewer functions because they don’t connect to the internet, but the trade off is added security since it cannot be hacked. Wifi, on the other hand, means you can create virtual keys for your friends, can enter at the sight of your smartphone, and control the door with web or smartphone apps.
Probably one of the coolest features of smart locks is the ability to create and send your friends virtual or digital keys. This means that if you’re working late one night and you need your neighbour to take Fido out for a quick walk, just send them a digital key that will only allow them to enter between the specific times you program and the key is only valid for the date you program it as well. Once they’ve done their neighbourly duties, the access can be revoked or restored depending on your requirements. It’s pretty high tech as you can do this from anywhere around the world as long as you yourself have wifi access.
The other factor to keep in mind is what type of smartphone you have or will have. Some of these locks are compatible with both iOS and Android while others are only iPhone-friendly. So if you have a Windows-based phone, do your research to make sure the one you pick will work!
Replace Or Add To Your Existing Lock
While some smart locks require you to replace the entire system with your new smart technology, some are easily installed overtop your existing deadbolts. This means they likely are battery-operated or can be used by renters alike since they don’t need you to change the existing structure. But if you’re not technologically savvy, or not much of a DIY-er, you’re better off getting a simpler system.