Assa August Smartlock Pro Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 07, 2017

Failures and set backs in the smartlock business have been commonplace (e.g., Lockitron Admits Failure and issues from our 2017 Kevo test).

But $20 billion publicly traded company Assa Abloy just acquired smartlock maker August, so the biggest access control maker sees some future for this space.

Did Assa make a good purchase? How well does August's product work?

We bought the newest August Smartlock Pro, including a keypad and WiFi Connect Hub to see just how different it performs compared to competitors.

In this report, we reveal key test findings:

  • How Well The Lock Works
  • The Basic Device Operation 
  • If Bad Doors Cause Lock Malfunction
  • Overview of App Controls and Alerts
  • Examine Operation Of Lock Keypad
  • A Key Atypical Advantage
  • Compare August To Kwikset Kevo

Read the full findings and more inside.

******** *** *** ***** in *** ********* ******** have **** *********** (*.*., ********* ****** ******* ********* **** *** **** Kevo ****).

*** $** ******* ******** ****** company**** ***** **** ******** smartlock ***** ******, ** *** ******* access ******* ***** **** some ****** *** **** space.

*** **** **** * good ********? *** **** does ******'* ******* ****?

** ****** *** ****** August ********* ***, ********* a ****** *** **** Connect *** ** *** just *** ********* ** performs ******** ** ***********.

** **** ******, ** reveal *** **** ********:

  • *** **** *** **** Works
  • *** ***** ****** ********* 
  • ** *** ***** ***** Lock ***********
  • ******** ** *** ******** and ******
  • ******* ********* ** **** Keypad
  • * *** ******** *********
  • ******* ****** ** ******* Kevo

**** *** **** ******** and **** ******.

[***************]

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

****** ********* ** * rare ******** *** ******* that **** ********** ** claims ** **, *** works **** ** ***** them. ***** *** *** advantages:

  • ********, ******** ******:*** ******** ****** ** the ****** ** ****** enough ** ***** ** retract *** ***** **** when ***** *** ******** worn ** ******.
  • ** *** ****: *** ********/*** **** of ****** ***** **** too, **** ** ************, crashes, ** ****** ******* even **** *** *** was ********* ********.
  • ******** ****** ********: *** ******** ******** keypad *** ******** *** operated *** **** *** registered ****** ****** ** the ***, ******** *** both ******* *** ********* without **** ** **********.
  • **** **** ******** ******: ****** **** *********** smartlocks **** *** ******** or ***** ***** **** position, ****** **** * physical ******* ****** **** increases ******** ** *** app *** ****** *** a **** **** **** alarm, * ***** ******* usually ******** *** ********** access *******.

*******, ****** **** **** some ******:

  • ******** ******** ** ******: **** *** ******* hub *** *** *********, the **** ****** **** remote (*** *-****) ******* and *** ********** ***** within *** **** *****.  Users **** ****** **** the ********** ***** ** have **** ******* ** the **** **** **** 35' **** **** *** device.
  • ****** **** ******: *** ******** **** sensor ***** ***** **** installed ****** *.*" ** the *****. **** ******** may ** ************* **********, and *** ****** ******** takes * *** *** if ******* **** *.*" away.
  • ****** ******* ********: *** *** ***** alerts **** ******** *********, and ***** ******** **** happened ****** ** ***** doubt *** ************** ****** regular ***.
  • ********** ********: *******, *** ******** device ****** ** ******** knocked ***** *** *** door, *** ** ******* smack ** ********* *** device ** *******, ******* or ******* *** ****** would *** ** *********. The ****** ***** ******** errors, *** *** ****** is ***** ********** *** cannot ** ******** ** protected ** *** ****.

******* ****, ****** ** a ********** **** *** of *** ******* ********* products ** **** ******, it ******** **** *** top ** **** **********.

Product ********

*** ** *** ********* features ** ****** ** that ** ***** **** existing keys, *****, *** *******, unlike ***** ******** **** Kevo **** ******* *** those **********. *******, ****** replaces ******** ***** ***** and ** ******* ******* on *** ******* ** inside **** ** *** opening.  **** *** *******, there ** ** ******* indication ** ****** ** fitted, *** ** ********** rekeying ** ******* *** matching **** ** ****** for ***.

*******, *** **** ** the **** ** **** larger *** ******* **** the ***** **** ** replaces, *** ***** *** device **** *** ** most ******** *****, ** may *** ** ************* pleasing ** ***. ****, while *** **** **** the ******** ** **** locks, ** * **** uses * ***** *** latch ********* ******* * traditional ***** ****, ******* to * ******* ***, the **** ** *** compatible.

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

*** ** *** ********* Pro's *********** ******** ** the ********** ****** ** the ********* *****-**** ****. The ****** ******* ******* rotates ** ******* *** latch, ********* *********** ****** to *** *****. *** animation ***** ******* *** action:

*** ******* ****** ** the ****** ** ******** enough ** **** ******* slight ***** ** *** latch ** **** ******* in *** ****, * common ***** **** ***** and ******* *********** ***** doors.  **** ** * big ********* *** ******, because *** ******** *********** of *** ******* ********* is ******* ** ******** doors, *** ********* ******** often **** ** ***** malfunction **** ***** ********** like *********.

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

** ***** ** *** controls, ****** ** ***** good. **** ***** **** understand *** ******** **** no ********, *** *********** most ******** *** *** large '******'.  ********** ******* like **** ** **** status *** ***** ** the **** ****** *** appear ** ******* **** no ************* ******.

*** ***** ***** ***** the **** *** **** in *** **** ****** states; ********/****** *** ****/******, with *** ***** ****** image ******** ** ******* it.  '*****' ****** ********, 'Yellow' ****** ****, *** 'Red' ***** ****** *** closed:

****** ************* ** **** via *** ***, *** the **** ****** ** web ****** *** ****** or *******. *** ****** (non *-**** ** ***** WiFi) *********, *** ******* hub **** ** ****.  Users ***** *** **** 'Remote *******' ****** ** the *** ***** ** the *** ******, *** then *** **** ** connect ** * ***** lock *** **** ** internet.  ***** ** ** service *** *** *** Connect ***, *** ** a ***-**** $** *** purchase.

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

** *******, ******'* ************* of **** ******** ******** popped **, *** *** messages **** ********* **** not ****** *******.

*** *******, *** ******* below ***** ****** ***** immediately ******* *** ****, even ** ** ****** event *** *** ******* it:

** *** **** ** ~500 ****** ******, ** counted ~*% (***** **) errant ** ********** ********. The ****** ******* ***** rate *** **** ****** that ***** *** ** forced ** ******** ***** the *** *** **** status ** ******* ***** are ****** ****** *** closed.

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

*** ******** *** ********* external ****** ****** ** allows ***** ******* * phone ** **** ** unlock *** **** ** entering ** * * digit ****, ********** *** user.

*** **** ******** ***** the ****** *******, ******* a ***** ****, ** lengths ** *', **', and **'.  ***** ********** worked ***% ** ** attempts ** *', *********** quickly ******* *** ** 45% ** **' *** only **% (* ** 10 *****) ** **' distance.  ***** ********** *** keypad ****** ****** ** mount ** ******* ******** to ** ** *** outside **** ***** ** close ** ********.

 

*** ******** *** ********* normal **** ****/****** ****** using ****** ********, *** report *** ********** ****'* code ***** ****, ** sharing ***** ***** *********** can ** ******* **** if ***** *******.

*******,*** ****** ** * pricey ********* ** $**, ******* ******* ** much ** ** *** house **** ** * retail***** *******. ****** ***** ************ want *** *********** ** a ******, ** ****** will *** ** ** option **** ********.

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

*** ** *** **** valuable ******** ** ****** is *** ******** '*********' sensor **** *********** ***** as**** ******** ******. ****** ***** *********** smartlocks **** **** **** *** *** ****'* smartphone ******** ** ******** whether ** *** ** unlocked **** ** ******, August's ******** ****** ** fixed *** *********.

*** ********** ** ****** allows ****** ** *********** accurate **** ******** ******** and '**** **** ******' in *** *******, * traditional ******* ** **** residential **********. 

******, ****** ** *** that ******** **** ****** as * *********** ********* of ******** ***** ****** comparisons ** ********** ****** control ******* ****** **** residential ***** *** ******** a **** ******* ** how ****** * **** really ***** **.

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

** ****** *** *** version ** *** ****, which ***** **** $** Connect **** ***, *** Z-Wave ******* *******, *** integrates ** ***** ****/****, Amazon *****, *** ****** Home. *** *** ********** lock ******* *** **** lock ******, *** ******* the *********** ***********, **** not ******* *** ******* hub, *** ** $** less.

* ***** ******, *** 'SmartLock' **** '***', ** altogether * ********* ****** and **** *** ******* the **** ******* *** or *-****, *********** ******** it ** *****, **-******* control ****, *** *** $130 **** **** *** 'Pro' ******.

** ****** ****** *********** via *** **** ***-** module, ******* ******* ***** rules, *** ****** ** up **** *****, *** found *** ***** ****/****** and ****** ******** **** supported.  ****** ************** ** adding *** ******* **** be **** *** *** August ***.

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

***** *** ********* ********* market ** *******, *******/******'* Kevo **** ** *** of *** **** ****** options. *** **** *** multiple ********** ****** **** Kevo **** ** *** not ********** **** ******, including ***** **** ************ and ******* **************.

*** ******* ********* **** has **** ****** ** price, **** * **** replacement **** ***, ******** with **** ********, *********, keys, *** ********* **** ~$230 ****** $*** *** the ****** '***' ******* that **** *** ******* any ********** **** ******** or **** *****.  *** box *** *** **** is ***** *********** *** includes **** ********** ***** to ***** *** **** on *** ****:

****** *** *********** ***** only **** *** ****** and ** ********* ** a *********** ***** **** on *** ******** ****.  Kevo ******** ******** *********** of *** **** ** install *** ************.

** ***** ** ***** however, ****** *** ***** with * ****** ******* hub, ***** **** ******** an ********** ~$*** '****' hub *** ****** ******, bringing *** ******* ***** cost ***** *** ****** for ***** ******* ****** function.

******* ******* *** ****** is **** ** *** be ********* ******* ******** existing ***** ** ****, while **** ******** **, potentially ******* ***** ************* if ***** **** ** rekey *** ***** ******** doors *****.  ***** **** is ***** ***** * user-rekeyable '********' ****, ** order ** *** *** same *** ********* ** a ****, *** ***** need ** ** ****** to ***** *** *** the**** *** ******, ***** **** ***** do ***.

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

** ** ******* ** our ****** **** ***** ******** ****** ****, ****** ** ** longer ** ******* *** lock *******, *** * division ** * **** multinational ************ **** ***** multiple ***** ** **** commercial *** *********** **** hardware. We ******** **** ***** paid * *** ******* million *** ******, ********* in ** ****** *** strong******* ******* ****** ** the $******** ********** *********** **************.

****** ** *** ****'* only '*********' *****, ** it **** ********, *** ******* ***** over *** ******* ***** *** in **********-**** ***** ******** a **** ** *-**** connected ********* [**** ** longer *********] **** ****** much ** *** ********* market ***** ** ******.

******* ** *** **** will **** ****** **** the **** ***** ** yet *******, *** *** test ******* ********** **** August ***** *********** ** a *** *** *** light ********** ****** ****** as **** ** *** residential ******, ******* ** to ****'* *********** '********** wireless *****' ** *** vast ************ (** ********** access) ******** *** *******, closets, *** ***** ******** openings.

Comments (2)

***** ****** *** **** article!  * *** ****** to ****** *** ***** locks ** ******. 

****** ***** ** ***** primarily *** *********** **** Amazon **** ******* *** based ** *** ******** of *** **** ****.  The ********* *** ** incredibly **** ** ******** in *****.  *** ***** one **** ** * 30 ******* ** **, but * *** *** ****** in ***** ****** **-** minutes ****.  *** ********* Pro ***** ****** ****.  There *** **** ***** gripes:

*. *** ********** **** the ******* ** ********.  No ****** ***** * position ** ***** ** a ******** ***** ** the ********* ****** ***** ** interfere.

*.  ****-****** **** ***** for *** **** *** household.  ****-**** ***** ** all *****.

*.  ** ** * fairly ***** ****.  *** entirely ********* *** *** greater ** **** ***** it ** **** ** preschooler *** ******** ****** doors ** *** *** dogs ***.

******* *** "***" ******* this ** ********** ** replacement *** **** ****** control.  *** **** *** it **** *** ******.

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