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August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Review

It is the company’s smallest smart lock to date and the first with embedded Wi-Fi. Additionally, it supports Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant among other third-party platforms and devices, following in the footsteps of its predecessors.

In order to improve its smart lock, August didn’t have to do much. Installation and use were relatively simple; it worked with many other smart home devices and let you use your existing deadbolt keys. One of the best smart locks of the year, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock features improvements, including smaller size and a direct Wi-Fi connection.

August Wi-Fi Smart Lock: Price

The product can be found at several online retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and August.com. August’s Smart Lock + Connect sells for $199 on its site, though you can get both for less elsewhere.

Pros

  • Smaller size
  • A Wi-Fi connection is built-in
  • User-friendly
  • Compatible with many smart home devices

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Battery life is short

Design

It is not August’s fault that they stuck with the same design as the Smart Lock Pro. It is a simple, ridged cylinder with a rotating exterior. In comparison to the Smart Lock Pro, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is 45 percent smaller. Compared to the Wi-Fi Smart Lock, which has a diameter of about 3 inches and a depth of 1.75 inches, the Smart Lock Pro has a diameter of 3.4 inches and a depth of 2.2 inches. August Wi-Fi Smart Lock requires you to only change the part of your deadbolt inside your home, unlike other smart locks. The keys that came with your original deadbolt will still work, so you won’t have to change them. In order to use the keypad, which is built into other smart locks, you must buy that separately for $59.99.

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August’s W-Fi Smart Lock differs primarily from the August Smart Lock Pro in that it comes with a built-in Wi-Fi connection in addition to its smaller size. If you want to operate your August lock remotely, you need the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge.

August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock does not come with Z-Wave, unlike its older locks. Owners of smart homes won’t mind its absence, but power users who want their devices to work even when there isn’t an Internet connection will prefer an older model.

Compatibility

In addition to being compatible with a range of smart home systems, August’s smart locks offer another positive aspect. In addition to Alexa and Google Assistant, it also works with Nest, Logitech, etc. It’s convenient that the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock can also work with August’s video doorbells; while these aren’t the best doorbells, you may be able to use the same app both to see who’s at your door and to unlock it for them. Nevertheless, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is definitely among the best Alexa-compatible devices as well as the best Google Home devices.

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Features And Performance

All the features of the August Smart Lock Pro are also available on the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. These features include:

  • DOORSENSE: Detects if the door is closed with a small sensor that’s attached to your door frame.
  • SMART ALERTS: When someone locks or unlocks the door, or if it’s left open, smart alerts will notify you.
  • AUTO-LOCK: August can automatically lock your door after a certain number of minutes or when you close it if you use the DoorSense sensor. When you lock or unlock the door, the lock can release a chime.
  • AUTO-UNLOCK: Using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, this feature detects when you leave your home and switches the lock into Away mode. August automatically unlocks the door upon your arrival home once you are a few feet away, and switches to home mode.
  • GUEST ACCESS: Using the August app, you can give friends, family, or anyone else temporary and recurring access codes to unlock the door. You can set these keys to only work during specific hours or for a certain period of time.
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The lock can be installed, connected to my Wi-Fi network, and connected to HomeKit all within 15 minutes. The August app makes locking and unlocking the door simple; it turns red when the door is locked, and green when it is unlocked. Turning the knob or pressing the massive button is enough to lock and unlock the door.

This deadbolt worked as advertised, and I was pleasantly surprised when I forgot that I had auto-lock enabled, and it bolted itself shut. The HomeKit notification notified me that my deadbolt had been closed. The August lock automatically switches from Wi-Fi to Bluetooth depending on which connection is stronger.

Battery Life

Since the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is smaller than the August Smart Lock Pro, it uses two CR123 batteries instead of four AA batteries.  According to August, the batteries in the Wi-Fi Smart Lock will last from 3 to 6 months. A pretty clever feature of the August lock is that, by linking it to Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant can detect when the batteries are running low and order a new set for you.

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The Verdict

August’s Wi-Fi Smart Lock is a great choice if you’re looking for a smart lock. Installing it is simple, and it works with a variety of other smart home devices. The lock is on the pricey side at $249, and it doesn’t include a keypad.

You can even get a smart lock that hides completely inside your door with the Level Bolt, which works with fewer smart home platforms and requires a hub. The August Lock’s benefits far outweigh our concerns.

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