A smart lock is a door lock that can be triggered, for example, by using a smartphone. There are many models with different types of installation.
A smart lock: what is it?
This small equipment, under simple exteriors, can provide many services. The smart lock can block the opening of a door or authorize it, if you have the required key or code.
It consists of several parts. The key hole is used to insert the key. When you turn it, a set of spring mechanisms located in the cylinder, specifically matching the profile of the key, will operate the deadbolt. It is the moving part that, once inserted into the strike, will lock the door.
The smart lock is equipped with a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi transmitter. This will allow the connection with a mobile phone or computer in order to trigger it remotely.
Possibilities of smart locks
Are you passionate about science fiction or technology? Have you always wanted a door lock that can be triggered remotely and controlled by a smartphone? Your patience has been rewarded! In fact, several companies offer models of smart locks that have similarities but also differences.
What all smart locks have in common: an application on a smartphone and/or a web application allows you to control and manage entry/exit at your home.
Depending on your habits and needs, you might also want to use a key, a magnetic card, or press the lock with your finger to unlock it when your arms are cluttered.
Better yet, you may want the lock to automatically recognize you when you’re nearby by detecting your phone. What about a smart lock that lets you in but no one else? An application that records every use of every lock in your house, with a specific code for each one? All this and much more is available.
How to choose and install your smart lock?
Once you have identified your needs and wishes, you will have to find the right model.
The two main types of smart locks
Some require you to replace the entire locking system, while others only require you to place a smart home device on an existing deadbolt. This difference should be checked as it requires additional work in the case of replacement, which is not always easy, especially if your door is old.
When the smart lock is superimposed on the existing device, the design aspect will count. Take your time to imagine each model in situation.
Bluetooth enabled models may suffer a small delay when you open the dedicated application. Not important if you only use the door twice a day, much more annoying if you’re going back and forth all day long.
Read the instructions carefully and identify each element with the direction of installation. Respect precisely the installation axes: a lock must never be forced, connected or not connected. You could damage it permanently or even block your door without being able to open it. A professional locksmith will then have to be called in.
Short video tutorials are available for most models. Use this feature, when available, to save a lot of time.
When setting up, you create an account and manage a “key ring” designed for several locks. You can also open an account for other users, while remaining an administrator.
For Bluetooth models, make sure that the chosen product allows code sending by SMS. It would be a shame to leave a guest at the door, while you are getting out. Bluetooth has a very limited range of action.