Everything You Need to Know About Smart Locks


The smart lock has become increasingly popular in recent times as more people seek the convenience and security it offers. Technology has practically championed the revolution leading to the emergence of smart devices, ranging from smartphones to television sets, security cameras, and even voice assistants. The security infrastructure has also been bitten by the tech bug, leading to the advent of innovations such as smart locks.

We have created this guide to answer all questions regarding smart locks, looking at the different types of products, their features, as well as the usage, installation, and maintenance of a smart lock.

What is a Smart Lock?

As the name suggests, a smart lock is designed to make it “smarter” for you to enter your home and go out while making the home more secure. Smart locks offer keyless entry and exit, using either a WiFi or Bluetooth connection to unlock your door, giving you one less thing to worry about, especially if you tend to forget your keys at home.

It gets even better with smart locks as you can grant remote access to your guests, allowing them to enter your home even in your absence. Smart locks are often integrated without an iOS or Android app for greater control and alerts of activity.

How Smart Locks Work

It is only expected to wonder how a smart lock works. Smart locks come with an electromechanical element that enables them to be interacted with through other technologies, such as a smartphone app. A smart lock is keyless and sometimes comes with the key option, requiring a WiFi or Bluetooth connection to send and receive data for monitoring activity and accepting or rejecting access requests. It either comes as an improvement or outright replacement of a traditional lock-and-key deadbolt for your door, depending on the lock model.

A smart lock offers more security to you and has been described as the security-focused version of smartphone security, with functionalities such as biometrics and PINs. Smart locks are designed to be unlocked via a mobile app on your device or other keyless methods, with wireless functionality running on batteries.

The Safety of Smart Locks

Smart locks come with sophisticated security features to ensure your home is always protected against unauthorized entry. They are designed to require users to provide two-factor authentication for verifying their identity via a ‘bank-grade’ level of security. Therefore, you can be sure that your smart lock installation is hack-proof if all instructions are adhered to, guaranteeing the protection of your home and its smart technology.

So, if a smart lock is what you are considering for your safety and security, Expert Home Solutions is your go-to place for quality smart lock installation IL.

How Are Smart Locks Installed?

The process of smart lock installation is hugely dependent on the product type. While some smart locks are designed to fit over your existing traditional door and can be self-installed within minutes, others are more sophisticated and often require some proficiency in using the screwdriver to replace the existing lock-and-key deadbolt.

There are also smart door locks that require the expertise of a professional for installation due to their complexity. Such locks can be a bit complicated and unsurprisingly so, after all, you want to ensure the all-important security part is not compromised.

What Are The Types of Smart Locks

Smart locks are broadly categorized into two – adapted smart door locks that use the existing lock and native smart door locks that require an absolutely new lock. However, smart locks can be further categorized based on their features and functionalities as detailed below:

Keypad and Combination Smart Lock

Smart locks with keypads are designed to work with a master passcode for unlocking your door. They also enable you to set up passcodes for different people and often come in varieties – keypad deadbolts, keypad deadbolts with a knob or lever, and keypad deadbolts with a handle set.

Garage Door Locks

Imagine yourself opening your garage remotely for Amazon Prime delivery. That is what a smart garage door lock offer. Smart locks for garage doors are often designed to work with a mobile app or a Z-wave hub, with notifications whenever the door opens.

WiFi Smart Locks

Some smart lock types come with WiFi connectivity that can be paired with a smart home hub, such as Amazon Echo. They are designed to work via apps, enabling you to lock or unlock the door from anywhere. WiFi smart locks also allow you to track opening and closing history and share e-keys with others.

Bluetooth Smart Locks

Smart locks that have Bluetooth options offer similar functionalities as WiFi smart locks with slower battery consumption. Such locks enable you to connect your locks directly with your mobile device while offering WiFi capabilities and a sensing feature to unlock automatically when your mobile device is within a set distance from the lock.

What is the Difference Between a Smart Lock and an Electronic Lock

A smart lock shares similarities with an electronic lock, with the major difference being the upgraded technology of the former. Smart locks enable you to unlock or lock your doors using a smart mobile device, allowing you to bypass the use of traditional keys. They also make it possible to open doors from anywhere and grant access to individuals through their smartphones, powered by a WiFi connection or Bluetooth.

Electronic locks on the other hand require you to use pin codes, making it a lot easier to enter your house even without a physical key.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Smart Locks

Having a smart lock installation comes with benefits and drawbacks as detailed below:

Advantages of A Smart Lock

Some of the popular benefits of having a smart lock installed in your home include ease of entry, convenience, peace of mind, lock-picking protection, and interconnectivity with other parts of the home.

Disadvantages of A Smart Lock

One of the major drawbacks of using a smart lock is the over-reliance on phones and networks which can leave you stranded if your device is stolen or lost. Other disadvantages are the cost of smart lock installation and the possibility of the batteries dying.

Common Smart Lock Problems

Of course, smart locks are not intelligent enough not to have problems and the common issues with smart locks include difficulty in recognizing fingerprints, failure of the door lock to respond, and a dim surface due to prolonged abandonment.

It is worth noting that while WiFi could affect the functionality of your smart lock, the lock works even when the electricity goes out as most devices are battery-powered.

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