Second-Generation August Apple HomeKit Enabled Smart Lock Review
By now, you have heard of the August Smart Lock, which became a very big hit soon after its release. With so much success behind it, August decides that it is time for an upgrade. The company revealed their plans to develop a second-generation August Smart Lock at the end of 2015. Well, now it has been released and every consumer has the opportunity to invest in this highly innovative device.
The first-generation and second-generation August Smart Lock has many similarities, especially the design. When you get your first glimpse at the second-generation lock, you will immediately notice the similarities. In fact, you can hardly tell the two apart. Most of the features remain the same, as well, but do not let this fool you, because there are a few major alterations that this Smart Lock has undergone.
New Access Feature
The traditional August Smart Lock offers various ways to access your home. From the e-key to the auto unlock access and now the voice automated access option is available. Thanks to the integrated Apple HomeKit Technology, you can command Siri to lock and unlock the door for you. You will also have the option of monitoring the lock 24/7, using your app enabled device.
Unlike the first-generation, which was a little difficult install on your door, the second-generation can be installed within minutes. This is a wireless lock, so you do not need to splice or connect any wires. Just install the 4 AA batteries, pair the device with your existing wireless router, complete the setup, and begin enjoying the comforts of a Smart Lock.
The great benefit that the August offers is its compatibility abilities. Instead of needing to replace your existing deadbolt, remove the interior side of your existing deadbolt and replace it with the August Smart Lock. You will receive 3 additional lock adapters with your purchase, so there should be no issues with the installation process. The August app is available for most iOS devices, plus it is absolutely free to upload to your source device.
There are two main concerns that homeowners have, when it comes to investing in a Smart Lock, Internet failure and dead batteries. Of course, the lock will not function, if the batteries are dead, but with the August, you still have alternative access, the mechanical key. Since, you do not need to remove the existing keyway you will still be able to utilize the same mechanical key, as before. This is definitely a great option for those forgetful homeowners. When the batteries reach a low level, you will be notified that it is time to replace them, via your app enabled device.
- Compatible with Amazon Echo, Ecobee3, and other third party devices
- Easy installation process
- Multiple access options (voice automated, mechanical key, e-key)
- Integrated with Bluetooth Technology
- Battery operated (low battery notification alert)
- Includes 3 additional lock adapters
- Installation hardware included in package
- Activity log makes it easy to track who enters/exits your home
- Available in dark gray and silver finish
The second-generation August Smart Lock is definitely a wonderful addition to the collection. The Apple HomeKit integration is a plus, because it offers a hands-free access option like no other.