Chances are that you’ve seen smart locks installed in motels or business of some type. Recently the focus has slowly shifted to now include the home. Over the last few years, the market has seen a steady increase of companies producing different variations of the smart lock. Consumers now have several options from which to choose. A smart lock is basically an electronic device that allows keyless entry into the home.
There’s no denying that the right electronic keyless lock can make your day-to-day much more convenient. Having the freedom to come and go without worrying about getting locked out is a major relief for many families. There may be a few concerns that are keeping you from taking the plunge and embracing a keyless lifestyle.
One of the first things you’ll want to consider is how much it will cost to upgrade your traditional lock. After all, a smart lock costs a heck of a lot more than the standard-issue lock you can pick up at the local hardware store. You can find a few smart locks out there in the $160 range , but if you want a lock that you can control from anywhere, with features such as voice commands, push and email notifications, and tamper alarms, expect to pay somewhere in the $500 to $900 range.
Many smart locks offer a mobile app that allows you to lock and unlock doors with a simple icon tap. Some offer a web app that lets you control things from your desktop or laptop PC. Most apps let you add permanent and temporary users and set access schedules for specific days and times.
If the lock is Bluetooth-enabled, you’ll have to be within range (around 40 feet) to communicate with it, while locks with built-in Wi-Fi circuitry or a Wi-Fi bridge can be controlled from almost anywhere as long as they are connected to your home router. Make sure your smart lock offers activity logs so you can go back in time to see who has entered or exited your home and when the activity took place.