More and more people are taking advantage of technology by use smart locks to guarantee their home more secure when they build a house. That being said, there are a lot of security ideas and important things to consider when buying and using smart locks, as there are a lot of differences in technology and application. Here is a review guide suggested by The Icon Tech to help you decide which one suits you the most.
About half of all smart locks sold on the market today rely on the internet and Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi locks offer a lot more features than Bluetooth smart locks but require an uninterrupted connection to the internet to function.
Some of the benefits to Wi-Fi locks:
- Instant opening – Once you give the command to open a Wi-Fi lock, it opens immediately.
- Remote Unlocking – Even if you’re not home, it’s possible to connect to your smart lock software remotely and open the door. Extremely useful for when guests arrive before you do, or to let in a sitter or cleaner who needs access to your home when you’re away.
- Lock status – For people who leave their house and wonder if they’ve remembered to lock the door, Wi-Fi locks allow users to log on remotely and verify the status of all locks.
- Integration – If you have other high-tech devices in your home, such as a smart thermostat, Wi-Fi locks can work in conjunction with them to automatically secure your home when the system detects no one is home. Likewise, some smart home systems can tell the difference between when a person is leaving the house and when they’re just passing through the door, automatically locking all doors when the house is empty.
- Tracking Residents – By using different electronic keys, some smart lock systems can track who is, and who isn’t, at home. Very useful for parents or others to see if kids are home, and when they left or last entered the house.
However, you should also be aware that:
- If the internet connection goes down, you’ll be forced to rely on a mechanical key to enter your home.
- Likewise, if the power supply to your home is interrupted due to a storm or other reason, only mechanical keys will allow you access to your house.
- Some Wi-Fi locks are powered by batteries, which eventually need to be replaced.
- Wi-Fi locks are less secure and may be vulnerable to sophisticated hackers and cybercriminals.
- Installation and set-up can be complicated, incurring an additional expense after purchase.
Bluetooth locks operate by detecting a sensor on a keyfob or from a smartphone or mobile device. Because Bluetooth locks only work in close proximity to an authorized key, they are far safer than internet-connected smart locks.
Some of the benefits to Bluetooth locks:
- More Access Control – Using the smart lock software, you can easily change, add, or remove authorized smart devices that can unlock your door.
- Temporary Keys – If you’ve got houseguests, or want to grant temporary access to babysitters, it’s a cinch to authorize temporary keys to other smart devices. Keys can also be set to expire at a certain time, preventing later unauthorized access.
- Greater Security – Because there’s no connection to the internet, Bluetooth smart locks are generally immune to hacking and cyber tampering.
- Lower Cost – The most affordable smart locks on the market rely on Bluetooth technology.
- Simpler to Use – Even if you don’t have a smart device, most Bluetooth smart locks come with a number of key fobs that will allow you to unlock and lock your door.
However, you should also be aware that:
- Time lag – Most Bluetooth models have a small time lag in between when you approach the sensor and when the device unlocks the door, which some people find irritating.
- No remote unlocking – Although some manufacturers offer 24-hour service, without a connection to the internet, there’s no way to get a remote override to unlock if you lose your keyfob or authorized the smart device.
- Batteries – Almost all Bluetooth smart locks rely on batteries, which must be replaced.
Standard “dumb” locks are a tried and tested technology, used by people for hundreds of years to secure their home and property. Requiring no electricity or connectivity, they are designed to function for many years, and rarely require repairing or replacement.
Smart locks, on the other hand, are electrical gadgets, and can sometimes incur additional costs. Many units are sophisticated and will require professional installation. If something goes wrong, or you wish to make adjustments to the settings, you may have to pay for a technician to come to your home.