The locks and keys are the things of last century. Smart door locks are gaining popularity and for good reason. A connected lock offers both security and flexibility, letting you control access to your home with your phone.
But how do you find a good one? Well, there are several features to consider. Here’s a list of a few:
#1. Choose the right wireless connection
When selecting a smart lock, you’ll need to pay attention to the type of wireless connection it has. Based on the connection, there are generally 3 types of smart locks:
Choose a Bluetooth smart lock if you don’t want to carry keys and are OK with not being able to control the lock over the Internet.
Choose Wi-Fi smart lock if you want to be able to control the lock over the Internet, from anywhere but don’t care if it integrates with the rest of your smart home system.
Choose a Z-wave smart lock if you want the benefits of a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth lock in one system which lets you connect to the rest of your home automation and home security system.
#2: Select a control mechanism
Though all smart locks let you control them without a key, they all do it a little differently.
A keypad lets you easily access your home by entering a code.
● Keyfob or smart key remote
Try a smart lock with a keyfob or a smart key remote if you don’t want to punch in a code.
● Fingerprint scanner
Smart locks also come with fingerprint scanner that will let you unlock your doors using your thumb impression.
● Smartphone apps
Almost all smart locks now come with an app to let you lock/unlock your doors from a smartphone app.
#3. Opt your style
When it comes to style, most smart locks’ style can be categorised as modern or traditional.
Modern smart locks have a sense of style. Some even support sleek touchscreens with few or no buttons.
If you want your smart lock to blend into your home rather than be a fashion statement, a traditionally designed lock may suffice. Most of the traditional smart locks come in colours such as brass, nickel or bronze and may support buttons, key holes or door handles.
Are smart locks safe?
No electronic security system really is 100% secure. But a good smart lock uses strong encryption similar to that of banks and other high security institutions to keep your home secure.