It's been a few years since new hardware was introduced in August, but the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, launched at CES this year, is now available. This is the new flagship in the August range, replacing the August Smart Lock Pro as the company's newest and most feature-rich connected lock, offering an improved design along with built-in Wi-Fi. The existing August locks are the market leaders in simple conversion kits for existing bolts, and the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock improves this reputation in every way.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock already has a great design family tree as the company was originally co-founded by Yves Béhar. Béhar was also a pioneer in this generation's design, and the result is a look that's recognizable in August, but also has an improved look and tactile improvements. The satin nickel finish of my test hardware looked great and high quality (it is also available in black) and the textured outer edge feels great when the lock is turned for manual locking / unlocking. There is a slightly raised "pointer" that quickly indicates whether the door is now locked or unlocked.
However, the biggest design change compared to the August Smart Lock Pro is that it is slightly smaller. According to August, the volume is 45% smaller and 20% slimmer from front to back, and the size savings are definitely showing. The Smart Lock Pro's relatively large dimensions meant that it couldn't even be installed on some doors. So the change offers a practical, functional advantage, but it also looks much nicer and stands out less than the rest of your home decor.
The smaller design was made possible in spite of the partially integrated Wi-Fi function, since the switch to CR2 batteries, which are far less common than the AAs used by the Smart Lock Pro, but which you should still find quite easily in a drugstore or through Amazon .
Regardless of size, the design still offers a great, easy-to-use manual turn to physically unlock and lock your door. The installation process is still very easy even if you are not particularly practical. August even offers a color-safe tape in the box that you can use to secure the other side of your lock while you remove the thumb plate. The app contains simple instructions on how to adjust the correct adapter in the supplied size, depending on your bar manufacturer. Replacing my own thumb rotation took about five minutes.
The whole point of August technology is that you can use it to lock and unlock your door with your phone. With the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, this is much less complicated than in the past because it has built-in Wi-Fi. Earlier August castles relied exclusively on Bluetooth. You also had to purchase and own a separate Connect dongle that can be plugged into a standard electrical outlet to connect to the lock itself via Bluetooth and act as a bridge to your Wi-Fi network.
If you no longer need a connection, connect the Wi-Fi Smart Lock to your network during setup and can then be reached anywhere with the August smartphone app. You can just tap to lock and unlock the door as long as you have an active data connection, and you can do a lot more, including granting access to others.
In August, you can email friends with virtual keys (they will be asked to register for an account if they don't have one). This is a popular feature for Airbnb Hosts, because you can revoke permission if you no longer want someone to have access. It's also great for letting neighbors in, feeding your pets (of course a trip is possible again) and giving the family an easy way to check in. You can also share it with other members of your household and make them owners access and controls at the highest level.
You can also set the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock to close automatically when you close the door, either immediately or after a set time that you can customize. This works with DoorSense, which is supported by a magnetic sensor that August contains in the box and which you install in your door frame during setup.
Automatic unlocking worked for me most of the time, although on my return I received a welcome home notification from the August app a few times, but the door is not really unlocked and I have to do this by opening the app and Press the key. In general, however, it works well and is a great advantage if you return home with your arms full of groceries, for example.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock offers an updated design and integrated WLAN, but does not change much of the core functionality of the earlier August locks and seems to be comparable to them at least in terms of previous generations. With the app, I was able to lock and unlock the door both inside and outside the house.
August also offers integration with voice assistants, including Alexa and Google Home and HomeKit. I found this to be a little less reliable, with at least one attempt to unlock it via HomeKit that actually failed, but overall, it also performed mostly well, with a little more delay than direct execution via the August app. You can also unlock by voice command, although the app will force you to register an authorization code to protect yourself from tampering, e.g. For example, if someone tries to shout at Alexa through your door to unlock the device.
August also offers the ability to receive push notifications of lock and unlock events, and stores a full history of lock usage, including door open and close status, manual / automatic / remote lock and unlock events, and more. In this way, you can make peace of mind about who accesses your home, when and how.
August has a long history of building connected locks, and its reputation has earned it both awards and a takeover by leading international lock manufacturer Assa Abloy in 2017, which operates a number of brands, including Yale. This is the first lock to be launched since this acquisition and a promising indicator that the deal has not lost its importance in the development of August branded products. This is a great smart lock with quick and easy installation and ergonomic, visually appealing design and full compatibility. The automatic lock and unlock functions change the way you do everything from errands to walking the dog. It is surprising how much comfort can make even the most everyday tasks more pleasant.
The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is available for $ 249.99 through August.com and Best Buy and will expand availability to retailers starting May 17.