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Top 4 things you need to know before you buy a smart lockThinking about upgrading to a smart lock? Here are some things you need to ask yourself first.
[MUSIC] Smart locks are gaining ground in the smart home space. Here are four things that you need to consider if you're thinking about upgrading to a smart lock. There are a lot of different options here. August smart lock and the Poly controlled analog fit over your existing dead bolt so you don't have to uninstall that hardware. And other models like this Schlage bluetooth deadbolt require a full on replacement of your current lock setup. Bluetooth, wi-fi, and z-wave are all available options, but they do different things. Z-wave requires a hub, bluetooth only works within a limited range, and wi-fi costs more and drains batteries. The August smart lock is a great example. This because it works with Bluetooth, but you can buy a separate Wi-Fi accessory. [SOUND] [MUSIC] Do you wanna use a touch pad, like with the Schlage lock? Do you wanna have an auto-unlock feature that works with Bluetooth? The [UNKNOWN] lock actually has a knock to unlock Which is literally knocking on your phone, and it's supposed to automatically trigger your door to unlock. And with the Kwikset key bolt you just tap it to unlock the door. [MUSIC] The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt is HomeKit enabled. So is August 2nd Gen Smart Lock. Other Schlage and Yale locks work directly with Smart Sense and Amazon's Alexa through it which gives you even more automation options. So this isn't an exhaustive list of what you should consider but it's definitely something that will get you started and Narrow down your options. You can lock down the best model for you. [SOUND] [BLANK_AUDIO]