|Item Weight||13.9 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.4 x 3.4 x 2.2 inches|
|Item model number||ASL-02|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Size||2.20 x 3.40 x 3.40 inches|
|Style||Smart Lock Homekit Edition|
|Pattern||Apple HomeKit, Android, Amazon Alexa, and Nest (Silver)|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Number Of Pieces||1|
|Battery Cell Type||Alkaline|
|Warranty Description||1 year|
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- Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately).
- Connect your August smart lock to Alexa to Lock, unlock and check lock status. Alexa can also provide notifications when your batteries are running low so you can proactively replace them, or you can set up smart reorders to make sure you always have replacement batteries when you need them.
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August Smart Lock
Your smartphone is now a smart key—and more. Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your iOS or Android smartphone.
You are the keymaster
Lock and unlock your door, create virtual keys for guests, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your smartphone.
No more fumbling for keys. August Smart Lock auto-locks behind you for peace of mind and automatically unlocks as you approach. Turn on or off whenever you want.
Know who comes and goes
A 24/7 activity log tracks who enters and exits your home. And with unique keys for each user, you’ll always know who opens your door and when.
Control your August Smart Lock, using Siri on your iPhone or iPad
Apple HomeKit provides an easy, secure way to check your lock’s status and lock/unlock your door. It’s everything you love in the August Smart Lock, now with Apple HomeKit features.
Installation is so easy
Nothing to wire or connect. When batteries need replacing, you’ll be notified by the August app.
Highly secure Low Energy Bluetooth (LEB) syncs the lock to your smartphone.
Your exterior door hardware stays the same. Replaces only the interior side of most standard deadbolts.
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No more fumbling for keys. Control access to your home with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or your smartphone. Auto-unlocks your door as you approach and automatically locks your door after you enter. No more hiding keys under the mat with virtual keys, and the 24/7 activity log lets you know who opens you door and when. Your exterior door hardware stays the same. August Smart Lock replaces only the the interior of your standard deadbolt. Install yourself in minutes.
Warranty is only effective for US and Canada customers.
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I've wanted a smart door lock for quite some time now, mainly because I'm paranoid about whether my front door is locked, and if not, to be able to remotely lock it. It really didn't help my paranoia that my girlfriend had left the house and forgot to lock the front door a couple of times. The Lockitron was universally panned, and the first gen August Smart Lock had its share of issues. Chalk it up to growing pains! So when August finally released the new 2nd gen Smart Lock HomeKit edition, I knew it was time to give it a try.
Before we dive into the details, I wanted to thank Amazon for its excellent customer service. I was actually supposed to receive my new lock last week. But alas, disaster struck. The post office's tracking showed that it was delivered to my mailbox, yet it was not there. After waiting a couple more days and starting an official investigation with USPS, I decided to check with Amazon. To my surprise, the service rep immediately ordered me a replacement without questioning my story. I'm happy to report that I received my replacement shipment today. Funny thing is, USPS finally found my package (it was put into the wrong mailbox) and delivered it to me today, which I will be sending back to Amazon. Great customer service Amazon!
Ok, back to the actual product:
It came in an attractive yet compact package, and is heavier than the small package tends to imply (see photo). Tucked inside is the lock, manuals, and mounting accessories for various door lock models. Even though most dead bolts are supported, there are some that are not. Make sure to check the compatibility list first:
The production packaging is very Apple-like, which is high compliment indeed. The unit itself feels hefty and well engineered. I like the textured grip surface for when you want to turn the dead bolt manually. The raised ridge helps to show what position the deadbolt is in at a glance from a distance.
I have one of the supported deadbolts, so I went for the install. The instructions and illustrations are easy to follow, and the installation only involves a few simple steps:
1. Remove stock deadbolt turn-knob.
2. Install the appropriate mounting plate for your lock model.
3. Slip the included plastic sleeve over the metal rod that turns the lock.
4. Slide the August Smart Lock over the whole apparatus, and then lock it in with the two levers on each side (not visible when installed).
5. Remove the plastic strip that stops the battery from draining during shipment.
6. Set up lock with the August Home app
It sounds more complicated than it is. But it's really easy to follow. What actually took longer was the mandatory firmware update during the app setup. That took about 15 minutes or so.
Once you go through the entire setup process in the app (including HomeKit setup), you are ready to go! There are 3 ways you can control your lock:
1. The August Home app.
2. One of the many HomeKit hub apps, such as Home, Ezzi Home, and Hesperus. I used Hesperus (see photo).
3. Voice control via Siri (see photo).
Q: Do you need an August Connect for remote operation?
Short answer: No, but only if you have a newer AppleTV.
Long Answer: This is a question that I had prior to purchasing the unit but couldn't find a clear answer on. First, a little background: The August Smart Lock uses Bluetooth LE, which is a short range wireless technology. So if you are far away, say at your work, then you cannot control the smart lock... unless you have a wireless bridge. A bridge is a device that can speak to the August Smart Lock via Bluetooth LE, but also has WiFi so it can connect to the internet so you can control your lock remotely. The August Connect is one such device. Prior to the 2n gen August Smart Lock, that is the only way to control your lock remotely. However, the new Smart Lock is HomeKit enabled, which means it works with Siri, including controlling it remotely. Apple actually spells out the requirements:
"Control your accessories away from home
If you have an Apple TV (3rd generation or later), you can control your accessories with Siri commands when you're away from home. Just sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iOS device and Apple TV.
If your remote access isn't working, sign out of iCloud on your Apple TV, then sign back in. To sign in, go to Settings > Accounts > iCloud."
I happen to already have a 4th generation Apple TV, which can act as a bridge. There is not much else to do as long as you've already set up your smart lock for HomeKit. Some other reviewers mentioned having to restart his/her phone or Apple TV, or signing out then back into iCloud to get remote Siri to work. I had no such issue - it just worked. But if you do encounter difficulties, do try those steps first.
This is a great reason to get an Apple TV that does a lot of cool things, instead of paying $80 for August Connect, which does only one thing.
Q: What should I use to control the lock - HomeKit app or August Home?
It's more or less a personal preference. Note that when operating remotely (at least using an Apple TV as the bridge), the August Home app takes quite a while acquire lock status - about 10-11 seconds. HomeKit apps are much faster - for example Hesperus takes about 2-3 seconds. However, the big caveat is that HomeKit apps don't seem to refresh lock status automatically. For example, in both Hesperus and Ezzi Home, after I locked or unlocked the August, the lock status in the app doesn't change until I manually refresh them (by leaving the app then coming back). I emailed the developer for Hesperus about this and this is what he told me:
"Sorry for the inconvenience. Hesperus relies on the notification sent by accessory to decide when to refresh accessory state. However, due to an early limitation of HomeKit, most of Bluetooth Low Energy HomeKit accessory won't send notification when state of accessory changes. I'll try to add the ability to manually refresh the state of accessory in future release."
The August Home app must have some kind of built in automatic status refresh, as it showed the change in lock status no problem. It's slower, but doesn't have this annoying quirk. But if you have a bunch of HomeKit devices, it would be a lot easier to control them from one app.
UPDATE (Dec 27th, 2016) - With iOS 10, there is now the official Home app, which the August Smart Lock is compatible with. See additional notes at the end of the review.
Q: What if I need to push/pull my door a little to latch the deadbolt?
I had the same worry and know a lot of doors are like that. My front door requires me to push on it slightly to latch the deadbolt. I was afraid the motor in the August Smart Lock wouldn't be strong enough to operate the deadbolt. But I was wrong. So far it has not once failed to lock the door.
UPDATE (Dec 27th, 2016) - The slight misalignment between the latch and the strike plate appear to get better or worsen depending on climate change. See my update about this at the end of the review.
I've been playing with the lock all night and I have to say I'm quite pleased. It has not once fail to lock or unlock, either in the house or remotely. HomeKit functionalities work great. I'm able to query the status and operate it with just my voice via Siri. It has done everything I want it to do. It's a bit spendy, but if you are in the market for a smart lock and have an iPhone, I wholeheartedly recommend the August Smart Lock HomeKit Edition!
UPDATE (Dec 27th, 2016)
It has now been 7 months since I first got the lock, and I still like it a lot. There have been a couple of hiccups, however both both have been resolved:
1. When iOS 10 was released on Sep 13th, 2016, it came with the official Home app for HomeKit enabled devices. However, the August Smart Lock initially did not work with the Home app - it would see the lock but says it needs a firmware update to work with Home. The frustrating thing was, August did not release the firmware update until Nov 3rd, 2016, nearly 2 months after the Home app was available. Of course, this is no longer an issue if you are buying the lock right now.
2. I had mentioned that my door requires me to push on it slightly to latch the deadbolt. Initially the August Smart Lock had no problems with operating in that condition. But at some point as the weather got colder, it started having issues overcoming the resistance and latching. August sells a tapered deadbolt to help with this issue. The tapered deadbolt is thinner on the end of the latch to give it more leeway to enter the strike plate. I ordered one for $40 in Satin Nickel (apparently that color is not available on the August's web store as of today). But by the time I got it, I realized I can't just swap out the latch inside my Kwikset deadbolt. I would have to replace the whole deadbolt. I didn't want to do that, because then I would end up with 2 sets of keys, one for my front door with the new deadbolt, and another set for my original garage and back door locks. So I ended up not installing the tapered deadbolt from August. Eventually, I found out that Kwikset also makes its own tapered latch for their deadbolts, but it's very hard to find. But I managed to track one down. To find where to buy them, search "Kwikset 80391-003 Deadbolt Latch, Tapered ~ Satin Nickel" (also available in other colors). Finally, after I got the Kwikset tapered deadbolt latch and installed it, the August Smart Lock no longer has any issues latching, regardless of the weather. The whole saga was a bit frustrating, so I'm deducting one star from my initial review (4 stars now).
UPDATE (Dec 11th, 2017)
It has been a year since my last update. The lock is still working well. In fact, battery life seems to have improved over time, possibly due to a firmware update. I've been running on the same set of Eneloop rechargeable batteries for the last 4.5 months, and the lock still has not given me the low battery warning yet. Very happy with the current state of product.
These devices do not work consistently.I loved the idea of them and so purchased two of these locks when I moved home. Plus a connect.
1. Simple to setup
2. Auto Lock works a treat.
1. Connecting to them via bluetooth at the moment only seems to work 50% of the time.
2. The Connect add on only allow control of one lock ( which is rubbish )
3. The iOS app also only seems to see the locks 50% of the time.
4. When the batteries run down the locking mechanism becomes weaker.
5. We've had to replace 4 AA batteries 3 times in 6 months.
6. 3rd party integration is inconsistent.
7. Firmware and software updates don't seem to fix anything and cant be scheduled and are sssslllllooooowwwwwwwww.
Overall owning these locks has been a frustrating experience. When they work they work well. When they don't they leave you high and dry. Especially if you forget a key to get in. If august can release firmware updates that fix the connectivity issues/reliability then these locks would be 5 star. At the moment though I can't recommend them.
I got this after reading some "reviews', and I should have known better, but NONE were verified purchases.
Super simple to install, but THE AUTO UNLOCK FEATURE DOES NOT WORK!!!!
I went back and forth with August tech support a total of FOURTEEN TIMES. In the end..... "We are bringing additional developers on to the August support staff to address your concerns"
When I asked when this would be.........."We are unable to estimate a date to have your concern completely resolved"
Awesome to know AFTER I have dumped 296 dollars into a lock and the connect module to go with it, and it doesn't work as described.
My girlfriend had better luck with her IPhone than I did with an android device, though it is advertised as being compatible with both.
If you are from the August staff, please feel free to respond HERE, should you decide to attempt to make this right.
You can also find me registered via the August app as "jeepinguy"
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Me resolvió todos mis inconvenientes que tienen las otras cerraduras electrónicas: ya no tengo que estar tecleando hasta 8 dígitos CADA VEZ que requiera usar la puerta, el cerrado automático era de muy poco tiempo y siempre se me cerraba la cerradura antes de poder ingresar de nuevo a la casa (como cuando se está bajando maletas del carro y hay que estar entrando y saliendo varias veces), y hasta mi hijo pequeño ya no se sale sólo ya que ésta no la puede abrir (las de otros estilos le quedaba a su alcance el manija, como esta es circular no le puede dar la vuelta) y no fue necesario colocar un pasador alto. Esta cerradura me resolvió todos esos inconvenientes.
Sin embargo, como comenté al principio, con apenas 1 semana con la cerradura inteligente tuve un inconveniente que en mi opinión, no debería de suceder tan pronto. El ajuste de las pilas es muy leve: con tanto abrir y cerrar la puerta se aflojó una de ellas y la cerradura quedó apagada, ocasionando que no me pudiera conectar a ella para hacer sus funciones básicas, como permitirme el acceso a mi casa. Es como si no trajera mi llave, que de hecho no traía la llave porque no había tenido ningún problema anteriormente, tuve que ir por una copia que afortunadamente ya tenía con mis padres.
Para corregir ese problema del ajuste a las pilas le puse unos rellenos de papel aluminio para que no se muevan y espero no vuelva a suceder.
August Smart Lock: replaces your deadbolt lock's thumb turn. You can use your phone to lock and unlock it, within the range (bluetooth) of the smart lock itself.
August Smart Keypad: placed outside and you can set up key codes for access for owners and guests. again, because it connects only with bluetooth, all set up has to be done within the range.
August WiFi Connect: basically it bridges the smart lock or the smart lock + keypad combo with your home wifi so that you can control your lock anywhere inside or outside your home. you can also set up key codes remotely. This is a great feature needed if you plan to install a smartlock for your airbnb home.
Make sure your deadbolt slides in and out of the door jam without any impedance. Anything making the motor work harder will wear it out faster or the lock won't engage correctly. Best to check this and have it aligned correctly before buying the smart lock as you don't change out the deadbolt itself.
We also purchased the August Connect to access the unit via wifi, and away from home. The August connect does complain during setup unless it gets a "great" signal, but works just fine with just a "good" connection. We have ours inside a closet 2 metres away from the August lock and it works fine.
Adding users is a bit annoying, as all new users need to install the app, setup an account, and have authorization from you. Not difficult, just a bit longer a process than expected. Upside is they use 2 step authentication to help with security, and no unauthorized strangers can connect to the lock once it's been paired with an owner (without a factory reset).
Auto-unlock so far has been flawless. You do need to ensure both your wifi and bluetooth are on, on your phone, and make sure you don't reboot your phone or shut down the app. If you do while away, it will assume you aren't away and auto-unlock won't work (or you have to manually set yourself away on the app). Note both my wife and I are using iPhone 6 phones.
Overall, quite happy with the unit. Now coming home with my hands full, I just open the door. No more fumbling with keys.
Customer support is non-existent. Don't even try to get help.