Assa August Smartlock Pro Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published Nov 07, 2017, 09:02am EST (Research)

******** *** *** ***** ** *** smartlock ******** **** **** *********** (*.*., ********* ****** ******* ********* **** *** **** **** ****).

*** $** ******* ******** ****** *********** ***** **** ******** ********* ***** August, ** *** ******* ****** ******* maker **** **** ****** *** **** space.

*** **** **** * **** ********? How **** **** ******'* ******* ****?

** ****** *** ****** ****** ********* Pro, ********* * ****** *** **** Connect *** ** *** **** *** different ** ******** ******** ** ***********.

** **** ******, ** ****** *** test ********:

  • *** **** *** **** *****
  • *** ***** ****** ********* 
  • ** *** ***** ***** **** ***********
  • ******** ** *** ******** *** ******
  • ******* ********* ** **** ******
  • * *** ******** *********
  • ******* ****** ** ******* ****

**** *** **** ******** *** **** inside.

Key ********: ****** ********* ** *****

****** ********* ** * **** ******** IoT ******* **** **** ********** ** claims ** **, *** ***** **** in ***** ****. ***** *** *** advantages:

  • ********, ******** ******:*** ******** ****** ** *** ****** is ****** ****** ** ***** ** retract *** ***** **** **** ***** are ******** **** ** ******.
  • ** *** ****: *** ********/*** **** ** ****** works **** ***, **** ** ************, crashes, ** ****** ******* **** **** the *** *** ********* ********.
  • ******** ****** ********: *** ******** ******** ****** *** reliable *** ******** *** **** *** registered ****** ****** ** *** ***, allowing *** **** ******* *** ********* without **** ** **********.
  • **** **** ******** ******: ****** **** *********** ********** **** use ******** ** ***** ***** **** position, ****** **** * ******** ******* switch **** ********* ******** ** *** app *** ****** *** * **** held **** *****, * ***** ******* usually ******** *** ********** ****** *******.

*******, ****** **** **** **** ******:

  • ******** ******** ** ******: **** *** ******* *** *** not *********, *** **** ****** **** remote (*** *-****) ******* *** *** diminished ***** ****** *** **** *****.  Users **** ****** **** *** ********** range ** **** **** ******* ** the **** **** **** **' **** from *** ******.
  • ****** **** ******: *** ******** **** ****** ***** great **** ********* ****** *.*" ** the *****. **** ******** *** ** aesthetically **********, *** *** ****** ******** takes * *** *** ** ******* even *.*" ****.
  • ****** ******* ********: *** *** ***** ****** **** accurate *********, *** ***** ******** **** happened ****** ** ***** ***** *** doublechecking ****** ******* ***.
  • ********** ********: *******, *** ******** ****** ****** be ******** ******* ***** *** *** door, *** ** ******* ***** ** manhandle *** ****** ** *******, ******* or ******* *** ****** ***** *** be *********. *** ****** ***** ******** errors, *** *** ****** ** ***** vulnerable *** ****** ** ******** ** protected ** *** ****.

******* ****, ****** ** * ********** lock *** ** *** ******* ********* products ** **** ******, ** ******** near *** *** ** **** **********.

Product ********

*** ** *** ********* ******** ** August ** **** ** ***** **** existing keys, *****, *** *******, ****** ***** products **** **** **** ******* *** those **********. *******, ****** ******** ******** thumb ***** *** ** ******* ******* on *** ******* ** ****** **** of *** *******.  **** *** *******, there ** ** ******* ********** ** August ** ******, *** ** ********** rekeying ** ******* *** ******** **** is ****** *** ***.

*******, *** **** ** *** **** is **** ****** *** ******* **** the ***** **** ** ********, *** while *** ****** **** *** ** most ******** *****, ** *** *** be ************* ******** ** ***. ****, while *** **** **** *** ******** of **** *****, ** * **** uses * ***** *** ***** ********* without * *********** ***** ****, ******* to * ******* ***, *** **** is *** **********.

Strong ********* ******

*** ** *** ********* ***'* *********** features ** *** ********** ****** ** the ********* *****-**** ****. *** ****** outside ******* ******* ** ******* *** latch, ********* *********** ****** ** *** latch. *** ********* ***** ******* *** action:

*** ******* ****** ** *** ****** is ******** ****** ** **** ******* slight ***** ** *** ***** ** even ******* ** *** ****, * common ***** **** ***** *** ******* residential ***** *****.  **** ** * big ********* *** ******, ******* *** retrofit *********** ** *** ******* ********* is ******* ** ******** *****, *** alignment ******** ***** **** ** ***** malfunction **** ***** ********** **** *********.

Good ****** *** ********

** ***** ** *** ********, ****** is ***** ****. **** ***** **** understand *** ******** **** ** ********, and *********** **** ******** *** *** large '******'.  ********** ******* **** **** or **** ****** *** ***** ** the **** ****** *** ****** ** default **** ** ************* ******.

*** ***** ***** ***** *** **** and **** ** *** **** ****** states; ********/****** *** ****/******, **** *** large ****** ***** ******** ** ******* it.  '*****' ****** ********, '******' ****** open, *** '***' ***** ****** *** closed:

****** ************* ** **** *** *** app, *** *** **** ****** ** web ****** *** ****** ** *******. For ****** (*** *-**** ** ***** WiFi) *********, *** ******* *** **** be ****.  ***** ***** *** **** 'Remote *******' ****** ** *** *** right ** *** *** ******, *** then *** **** ** ******* ** a ***** **** *** **** ** internet.  ***** ** ** ******* *** for *** ******* ***, *** ** a ***-**** $** *** ********.

Not-So-Reliable *** ** ******

** *******, ******'* ************* ** **** activity ******** ****** **, *** *** messages **** ********* **** *** ****** correct.

*** *******, *** ******* ***** ***** appear ***** *********** ******* *** ****, even ** ** ****** ***** *** not ******* **:

** *** **** ** ~*** ****** events, ** ******* ~*% (***** **) errant ** ********** ********. *** ****** message ***** **** *** **** ****** that ***** *** ** ****** ** manually ***** *** *** *** **** status ** ******* ***** *** ****** locked *** ******.

Battery ******** ********* ******

*** ******** *** ********* ******** ****** claims ** ****** ***** ******* * phone ** **** ** ****** *** door ** ******** ** * * digit ****, ********** *** ****.

*** **** ******** ***** *** ****** outside, ******* * ***** ****, ** lengths ** *', **', *** **'.  While ********** ****** ***% ** ** attempts ** *', *********** ******* ******* off ** **% ** **' *** only **% (* ** ** *****) at **' ********.  ***** ********** *** keypad ****** ****** ** ***** ** closely ******** ** ** ** *** outside **** ***** ** ***** ** possible.

 

*** ******** *** ********* ****** **** lock/unlock ****** ***** ****** ********, *** report *** ********** ****'* **** ***** used, ** ******* ***** ***** *********** can ** ******* **** ** ***** misused.

*******,*** ****** ** * ****** ********* at $**, ******* ******* ** **** ** 50 *** ***** **** ** * retail***** *******. ****** ***** ************ **** *** flexibility ** * ******, ** ****** will *** ** ** ****** **** consider.

Included **** ******** ******

*** ** *** **** ******** ******** of ****** ** *** ******** '*********' sensor **** *********** ***** ** * **** ******** ******. ****** ***** *********** ********** **** **** **** *** *** ****'* ********** ******** to ******** ******* ** *** ** unlocked **** ** ******, ******'* ******** sensor ** ***** *** *********.

*** ********** ** ****** ****** ****** to *********** ******** **** ******** ******** and '**** **** ******' ** *** product, * *********** ******* ** **** residential **********. 

******, ****** ** *** **** ******** door ****** ** * *********** ********* of ******** ***** ****** *********** ** commercial ****** ******* ******* ****** **** residential ***** *** ******** * **** insight ** *** ****** * **** really ***** **.

Pro ******* ** ****** ********** & ********** ****

** ****** *** *** ******* ** the ****, ***** ***** **** $** Connect **** ***, *** *-**** ******* onboard, *** ********** ** ***** ****/****, Amazon *****, *** ****** ****. *** 2nd ********** **** ******* *** **** lock ******, *** ******* *** *********** connections, **** *** ******* *** ******* hub, *** ** $** ****.

* ***** ******, *** '*********' **** 'Pro', ** ********** * ********* ****** and **** *** ******* *** **** Connect *** ** *-****, *********** ******** it ** *****, **-******* ******* ****, but *** $*** **** **** *** 'Pro' ******.

** ****** ****** *********** *** *** Wink ***-** ******, ******* ******* ***** rules, *** ****** ** ** **** Alexa, *** ***** *** ***** ****/****** and ****** ******** **** *********.  ****** configurations ** ****** *** ******* **** be **** *** *** ****** ***.

Versus ******* ****

***** *** ********* ********* ****** ** crowded, *******/******'* **** **** ** *** of *** **** ****** *******. *** test *** ******** ********** ****** **** Kevo **** ** *** *** ********** with ******, ********* ***** **** ************ and ******* **************.

*** ******* ********* **** *** **** August ** *****, **** * **** replacement **** ***, ******** **** **** cylinder, *********, ****, *** ********* **** ~$230 ****** $*** *** *** ****** 'Pro' ******* **** **** *** ******* any ********** **** ******** ** **** parts.  *** *** *** *** **** is ***** *********** *** ******** **** mechanical ***** ** ***** *** **** on *** ****:

****** *** *********** ***** **** **** one ****** *** ** ********* ** a *********** ***** **** ** *** existing ****.  **** ******** ******** *********** of *** **** ** ******* *** instructions.

** ***** ** ***** *******, ****** Pro ***** **** * ****** ******* hub, ***** **** ******** ** ********** ~$100 '****' *** *** ****** ******, bringing *** ******* ***** **** ***** for ****** *** ***** ******* ****** function.

******* ******* *** ****** ** **** it *** ** ********* ******* ******** existing ***** ** ****, ***** **** requires **, *********** ******* ***** ************* if ***** **** ** ***** *** their ******** ***** *****.  ***** **** is ***** ***** * ****-********* '********' lock, ** ***** ** *** *** same *** ********* ** * ****, all ***** **** ** ** ****** to ***** *** *** ******* *** ******, ***** **** ***** ** ***.

August ********* ** ****

** ** ******* ** *** ****** **** ***** ******** ****** ****, ****** ** ** ****** ** upstart *** **** *******, *** * division ** * **** ************* ************ that ***** ******** ***** ** **** commercial *** *********** **** ********. ** ******** Assa ***** **** * *** ******* million *** ******, ********* ** ** appeal *** ************* ******* ****** ** *** $******** ********** *********** **************.

****** ** *** ****'* **** '*********' brand, ** ** **** ********, *** ******* ***** **** *** ******* years *** ** **********-**** ***** ******** a **** ** *-**** ********* ********* [link ** ****** *********] **** ****** much ** *** ********* ****** ***** as ******.

******* ** *** **** **** **** August **** *** **** ***** ** yet *******, *** *** **** ******* illustrate **** ****** ***** *********** ** a *** *** *** ***** ********** access ****** ** **** ** *** residential ******, ******* ** ** ****'* overarching '********** ******** *****' ** *** vast ************ (** ********** ******) ******** for *******, *******, *** ***** ******** openings.

Comments (2)

Great timing for this article!  I was trying to figure out which locks to choose. 

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Bought three of these primarily for integration with Amazon Echo devices and based on the strength of the IPVM test.  The Smartlock Pro is incredibly easy to retrofit in place.  The first one took me a 30 minutes or so, but I had the others in place within 10-15 minutes each.  The Smartlock Pro works really well.  There are some minor gripes:

1. The coverplate over the battery is magnetic.  No matter where I position it there is a grinding noise as the smartlock action seems to interfere.

2.  Auto-unlock only works for one door per household.  Auto-lock works on all doors.

3.  It is a fairly large unit.  Not entirely unsightly and the greater OD size makes it so that my preschooler can actually unlock doors to let our dogs out.

Despite the "Pro" moniker this is definitely no replacement for true access control.  For home use it fits the budget.

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