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  • I recently installed this lock on a back door leading to my patio. I wanted to retain the ability...
  • July 09, 2020
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I recently installed this lock on a back door leading to my patio. I wanted to retain the ability to use a physical key (since my door locks are all keyed-alike) and add the versatility of keyless operation. The ability to remotely lock/unlock the door and to monitor the status of the door on my iPhone were also important to me, because I carry my iPhone with me all the time. Installation of this product takes place inside, and does not change the physical appearance of the exterior hardware. 1. Installation of the physical lock was not quite as simple as the tiny pamphlet enclosed with the product would have you believe. A Phillips head screwdriver, a small drill and 5/8” drill bit were required for my application. The wi-fi based instructions were reasonably comprehensive, and nicely arranged in a step-by-step manner. Essentially, the existing inside turn knob of the deadbolt is removed and replaced with the August cylinder head (see picture). It is attached to the inside of the door and connects to the outside lockset, using one of the stem adapters that are supplied. A round “DoorSense” magnet is then inserted into a 5/8” hole drilled into the door frame just under the deadbolt strike plate on the door frame. 2. Installation of the August software to my iPhone was simple enough except for it asking me to select my product “generation” model number -- nowhere to be found on the packaging or the product, so I guessed at it, and it seems to work. Following the program instructions, the “DoorSense” feature is then “calibrated.” I found this to be a really nice feature because it notified me that the door was in an open position, when I attempted to lock the door remotely (see picture). 3. The August deadbolt is either manually operated from the inside (as a conventional doorknob) or from the outside with a physical key, OR it is motor operated via smartphone app. The motor is powered by two lithium type 123 batteries, which are easily accessed by pushing a button to release a panel on the surface of the knob. The motorized function will operate unassisted only if the bolt mechanism freely moves when the door is in a closed position. If the door must be pulled or pushed tight (as so many are) due to weatherstripping compression or a misaligned deadbolt, this assistive action must be also be performed when operating the lock. My door weatherstripping required that the door be pulled tightly closed, for the bolt to catch. In one instance, my lock status screen indicated the lock was jammed, when in fact it was locked (see picture). Call me old-fashioned, but absent visual confirmation, I would be hesitant to depend solely on remote actions to ensure a door is locked. Having someone at the site location to confirm that the door is locked is reassuring. 4. There are a bevy of automated software features, including auto-lock, auto-unlock, an activity log, and a door-ajar warning. The automated features sense the users’ proximity to the lock, to operate the lock. Since my door must be manually pulled tight to operate the lock, I did not want to utilize these automated features. Apparently, the software is also capable of identifying multiple August locks, and assigning additional users and conditions for their access. Having just a single door to monitor, I did not opt to install most of these features. However, I was pleased to see an activity log and an open-door warning, and pleasantly surprised to get emails informing me that the lock had been operated (manually or remotely). These are all nice features. 5. Two important things to remember: (1) Although its’ round smooth shape may sport the look of a deadbolt, this August lockset is in fact a passage lock. It simply substitutes for the inside turn knob of a deadbolt. Just like the turn knob it replaces, it does not operate as a deadbolt from inside the home, meaning it can be unlocked just like any ordinary doorknob without using a key. Therefore, if the lock is installed within arms’ length of a window, be aware that entry can be gained by someone breaking the window and reaching in to turn the handle. (2) If you also have a keyed passage lock installed in tandem with your deadbolt (as most homes do), and want to use the keyless feature of this August lock to gain entry to the house, that passage lock must remain unlocked (or better yet, replaced by an unkeyed passage knob). Otherwise, you will still need the physical key to that passage lock to gain entry. While some patience may be required to install the lock and the software, it is a nice product. It has a clean, modern design that will coordinate nicely with most interior door hardware. There is no need to modify existing outdoor hardware, and the existing physical key continues to operate as a back-up, so you can avoid being locked out of the house. For homeowners who carry their phones with them instead of their keys, this product is very convenient. The ability to extend home access to others using the August software is a real plus, particularly with the extensive activity notifications provided by the software. This is a great product that I would recommend to a friend.

Pros Nice Design, Stylish, many automated features, retains original outside hardware

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jayp

Boynton Beach, FL
65 or over, Male
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  • Pros: Easy to install and set up!Cons: Spendy...
  • July 22, 2020

Pros: Easy to install and set up!Cons: Spendy

AK

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By: AK
  • Excellent product. It was easy to install and it works perfectly! Definitley worth the price.
  • August 31, 2020
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

Excellent product. It was easy to install and it works perfectly! Definitley worth the price.

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  • The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Matte Black Single Cylinder Deadbolt Replacement is a great upgrade f...
  • July 25, 2020
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The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock Matte Black Single Cylinder Deadbolt Replacement is a great upgrade from the previous generation of August smart lock! We picked up this deadbolt to replace our already existing August smart lock because of the smaller size and the new version no longer requiring the extra components to connect to wifi. We couldn't be more pleased with this new and improved design! Installation is a breeze, following simple instructions in the August app. Compatible with any different existing deadbolts, this unit only replaces the thumb turn that is located inside the house. The part inside the door and the keyhole outside remain. Compatible with most single-cylider deadbolts, installation just requires a screwdriver, the Nest app, and wifi. If you choose to use the sensor in-line, you will also need a drill. If you choose to use the sensor externally, you will need a hammer. Once installed, the features of this lock are great! You have remote access via your cell phone, which allows you to virtually unlock or lock your door from anywhere. The app will also sense geofencing so your lock will automatically lock or unlock based on where you are. Another feature we love is the virtual keys, which allows you to invite family or friends to use your lock virtually if you are out of town. This really is a great lock and worth the upgrade to any home! Once installed and set up.

Pros Durable, Easy to Install, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design, Stylish

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TrippingBilly

Pennsylvania
35 to 44, Male
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By: TrippingBilly
  • Been Using From the Beginning
  • June 18, 2020
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I was asked to Beta Test this amazing licking device. From the get go, it was a great experience. Out of the box, the August Smarty lock was an ease to install. It comes with all the necessary adapters for all original lock types. The WiFi set up was a breeze and adding all the kids and wife to the control was simple as installing the app. No need for lost keys, which kids are notorious to do. They never forget their phones, so never locked out. Ensuring house is secured from bed adds to a secure sleep. There is even a device you can use to let you know if the door is ajar and not properly closed. It was my first Smart Lock and August did it right. I and many others tested all aspects of this lock, and the August people continuously improved it throughout the testing period. You will not be disappointed with this product. Well done August.

ZAPSAM

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
45 to 54, Male
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By: ZAPSAM
  • Great product!
  • June 18, 2020
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Had the opportunity to test this WiFi lock as part of the August beta tester program. This product has been reliable for the majority of the time I’ve been using it, with rarely (if any) hiccups while using.

Ontario, Canada
25 to 34
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  • Great improvement and great device
  • June 18, 2020
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

Since Gen 1 I am with August and my smart lock worked for 5 years without any issue with the august connect and the keypad. After 5 years decided for an upgrade and I can say am impressed of the improvements. Better look high end, better battery life, wireless built in, smaller and smarter Thank you August and keep up the great work

Bassel

Montreal
25 to 34, Male
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By: Bassel
  • Everything we hoped for!
  • July 03, 2020
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

We were waiting for the latest version of the August lock, and it does not disappoint! It does everything that we expected of it and we couldn't be happier that we purchased the lock. We especially like that it cannot be seen from the outside, and that we can use our key if need be (so far that hasn't been necessary). This truly is the best lock ever.

bjp4821

Jacksonville, FL
55 to 64, Female
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By: bjp4821
  • Love It! Easy, efficient, great functionality.
  • June 15, 2020
  • Verified Purchase & Recommended Product

This is the second property for which I've purchased August locks (have purchased a total of four) and the first Wi-Fi Smart Lock (as it just came out). LOVE that there's no additional hub to plug in elsewhere, and that the device itself is far smaller than the previous versions. Super easy to install, connect to Alexa/etc. I'm always recommending August. love it!

KLVE

Chicago, IL
35 to 44, Male
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By: KLVE
  • Small lock, big upgrades.
  • July 08, 2020
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The lock had the same functionality as its predecessors, but made so much better. It’s smaller, smarter and the components are made a smart way finally ( I’ve had to replace my deadbolt adapters many times with generation 2 and 3). Manually unlocking it is smoother and the built in WiFi is so much better than having the WiFi adapter. Only issue I had is that the lock does not come with new screws. The WiFi lock needs longer screws than the screws the older locks used previously. So receiving the lock, not being able to install it, then having to wait for the new screws to arrive that you bought was quite annoying. But all-in-all I’m very impressed and love the WiFi August lock.

Mkane00

Chicago, IL
25 to 34, Male
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By: Mkane00