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Striving for the Ultimate “Smart” Home Using the Latest Tech: August WIFI Smart Locks

Updated: Dec 23, 2023

Introducing the August WIFI Smart Locks to My Home

As was the case with our previous home, I wanted to have smart locks installed. I had worked with Kwikset, and it proved to work as advertised. When purchased, it was part of the Amazon Key package. This included a locking system installed on the main door to control the deadbolt. A keypad faced out and could assign codes to specific people or family members.

Front and back pictures of the Kwikset Smart Locks
Kwikset Smart Locks

My kids were delighted as they loved punching in their code. Also, part of the package was an Amazon Cloud Camera. Being an avid Amazon Prime member, I liked the idea of giving access to my home to a stranger (not entirely!) to drop off our packages within our home. As instructed, you must position the camera to have an unobstructed view of the front door from within the house. I took advantage of this service early after the purchase, but I found the camera with a long cord cumbersome. The long line on the camera was an eyesore and always seemed to be in the way. I had even bought a shelf-like apparatus we plugged into the wall. One could wind the long cord around this apparatus, but it was still an eyesore. They may have improved it, but it looked like the picture.

A view of the Amazon cloud camera
Amazon Cloud Camera

I am not opposed to Amazon Key, but you can also deliver them to your garage and car now. If we ever use Amazon Key, I envision delivering them to my garage. The camera could be mounted and hidden within the garage, creating a less intrusive scene.

So, what was I going to bring to our new house? After reading reviews and talking to happy customers, I am delighted to say I installed the August Wifi Smart Locks on two of our doors. We bought it in black and silver as the black one is installed on the garage man door. Amazingly, it is a simple installation that works with your current setup.

Two August wifi locks in black and silver
August Wifi Locks

Right out of the box and within your phone application, it looks relatively easy. You remove the inner deadlock lever and position this device over the inner deadlock workings. The key is to find the attachment that works with your lock. Take care not to throw away any of these attachments should you decide to upgrade or change out your door locks at a later time. The top plate is magnetic and reveals the batteries when you need to replace them. This will work with Apple Homekit, Alexa, and other voice systems. We purchased the keypad for both doors to assign codes to visitors and family members just as before. The keypad is tiny and not too distracting.

August wireless keypad with a user typing in a code for unlocking
August Keypad

It lights up when the buttons are depressed and is easily set up within the August application. It’s just a little larger than a typical finger. The critical takeaway from this system is the ease of use. When you unlock or lock the door, it makes a pleasant chime, signaling the function has been performed. I have it set to work using my Apple Watch as well.

I have not “unlocked” all of the capabilities of this device. As I understand, you can unlock it automatically when you are approaching, provided your phone is on you. I will update you in a future post once I enable all of the functions of this item. Part 4

A smartphone user looking at their phone
A smartphone user looking at their phone

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