Best August Smart Locks and Accessories iMore 2020
August, Inc. is a big player in the smart home market thanks to its lineup of smart locks and accessories. Based in San Francisco, California, the company was purchased by Swedish lock manufacturer Assa Abloy in 2017. Since then, it has continued to add new products to its lineup.
- Total Control: Smart Lock Pro (3rd generation)
- Economic choice: Smart Lock
- Powerful force: Doorbell Cam Pro (2nd generation)
- Must have accessory: Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
- Say cheese!: Wireless Doorbell Camera
- Great add-on: Smart Keypad
The August Smart Lock Pro allows you to lock and unlock your door from anywhere in the world when paired with the August Wi-Fi Bridge. With the free August app, you can also assign secure access. The lock works with Apple Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. Additional features include the ability to lock/unlock automatically based on your current location, two-factor authentication, two-layer encryption, and a lost phone tool.
The August Smart Lock is similar to the Pro version except that the former doesn't offer Z-Wave Plus support, nor does it work with Apple HomeKit, or any of the before mentioned voice assistants. Beyond this, the device provides the same features as the more expensive Pro model. Like with that model, you'll need to purchase a separate Wi-Fi Bridge to access your lock from anywhere in the world.
The August Doorbell Cam Pro uses HindSight technology to monitor your doorway 24/7; when it detects movement, you'll receive a motion alert on your smartphone. The HD video camera offers 24-hour video storage through a free subscription that also includes two-way communication. Premium plans are available monthly, which extend how long the videos remain in the cloud. You can download these videos to your smartphone for offline use.
Packaged with or without one of the August locks, the Connect Wi-Bridge Bridge adds remote capabilities, allowing you to lock and unlock your August Smart Lock from anywhere. The Connect bridge is also required to let friends, family, and home service in from afar. You need a Connect bridge for every lock in your home if you want remote access.
Answer your door from anywhere with August View. Wire-free, the doorbell camera using a sensor to stream video of your doorstep to your phone. With the two-way audio, you can talk to the person at the door too.
For added protection
Smart locks provide a valuable service for homeowners and renters alike. When added to smart cameras, you can see who's at the door before opening it remotely. For more flexibility, be sure to purchase an August Wi-Fi Bridge so you can control your door locks from anywhere.
For most users, we recommend the August Smart Lock Pro alongside the Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. Buy them together to save money, then use the savings on one of the Smart Keypads. Anyway, you can't go wrong when trying to protect your home.
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