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How to install a smart lock

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October 20, 2019, 6:40am EDT

When you’re setting up a new smarthome, one of the easiest gadgets you can add to your arsenal is a smart lock. It’s not much harder than changing a standard lock on your home. Here’s what to do.

The Basics

For this guide, we’re installing a Schlage Encode smart lock. Even if you have a different smart lock from another brand, most (if not all) the steps will be the same. You’ll generally find three main components in a smart lock: an exterior piece that may have a keypad, lock for a key, or both, an interior piece that holds the batteries and circuitry, and the bolt that secures your door. The tricky part is connecting them all.

As a quick tip: You may have seen advice to test your smart lock before installing it by inserting the batteries to turn it on. Then you can be sure the lock powers up before it’s in the door.

That seems like sound advice, but the first time a smart lock turns on, it tests if the door is left facing or right facing and adjusts the bolt mechanism to match. Without an actual door to test against, it may guess wrong, and your install will fail to work correctly. If you want to perform this test, you should check the instructions for a factory reset process. After running the test, factory-reset the lock.

Removing the Old Lock

Before you can install your new smart lock, you need to take the old one out. Standard locks are easy to remove, so long as you have access to the interior of your home anyway. Start with finding the two screws on the interior thumb turn piece. Then unscrew them.

How to install a smart lockJosh Hendrickson

Open the door (if you haven’t already) and go to the front side of the lock (where you insert your key). The key assembly should be loose, pull that off.

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Now on the side of your door, look for the bolt that slides out when you lock it. Unscrew the two screws and pull the bolt assembly out.

How to install a smart lock

Installing Your Smart Lock

Now find the bolt for your new lock, and look for the top mark:

How to install a smart lock

Slide the bolt into your door frame, and make sure to keep the “top” face up. Look in the door hole to see if the bolt interior centers with your door well. You’ll notice three holes in the assembly—those should be as close to the center as possible. If they aren’t, you can either lengthen or shorten the bolt (depending on the current length) to center it. Usually, you do that by twisting the bolt mechanism, but you may also have to use a screwdriver instead. Then, install the two screws to lock the bolt in place.

How to install a smart lockIt doesn’t need to be perfectly centered, but it should be close. Josh Hendrickson

Next, find the outdoor assembly piece to the lock. Pay attention to the long thin bar and the electronic wire.

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Insert the assembly to your door. As you do so, thread the thing bar through the middle hole of the bolt assembly. It should be the only hole the bar fits through. Carefully side the wiring beneath the bolt hardware. You want to make sure hardware won’t pinch the wiring.

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If your smart lock assembly seems prone to falling out of the door at this point, we’ll be securing it in later steps. This is particularly common with tall keypads. You might consider using double-sided sticky tape to hold it in place until you can fully secure the lock.

Some smart locks include a steel or plastic plate that goes against the interior of the door. Grab that, and run the wire from the front assembly through it. Then find the two long screws and run them through the two other holds the bolt assembly to the front assembly. This will lock everything in place.

With some locks, you’ll attach the interior assembly with the two long screws without the metal plate.

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Connect the wire from the outdoor piece to the interior assembly. Usually, the interior piece contains channels to run the wiring through and prevent pinching.

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Once you have the wire connected, place the interior lock on the door, and secure it with screws.

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Now all that’s left to do is insert your batteries. The first time your lock turns on, it will test which way the door faces. It’s normal for it to lock and unlock several times as part of that process. Once it finishes, you can start pairing your app and setting up PINs if you have a keypad.

This popular smart lock is a quick way to make your front door smarter.

How to install a smart lock

The updated design on the side of the lock provides a better grip.

August’s line of retrofit smart locks make it easy to bring your front door into your smart home. The newest model, the $250 August Wi-Fi Smart Lock , is the smallest yet and it’s also smarter than its predecessors. This article guides you through installing the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, but installation is similar for other August models. When you buy a model, check its online installation guides for details.

Before you begin

Before disassembling anything on your door, you should check a few things. Make sure your door closes easily and all the way. If you need to give it an extra shove or pull up or down on hinges, a smart lock will have a difficult time calibrating and operating successfully.

Get more out of your tech

With your door check-up completed, you can open up the August box and get started. The August Wi-Fi Smart Lock comes with nearly everything you need to self-install. All you need to bring is a screwdriver.

1. Download the app

Download the August Home app for iOS or Android. Create an account or log in if you’ve already made one. Select “set up a device” then “set up a smart lock” and select the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. When prompted, scan the QR code on the inside of the lock’s faceplate. You’ll be provided with installation instructions you can follow step by step.

2. Remove your thumb latch

You’ll be working on the interior side of your door, where the August lock will mount. Begin by unscrewing the screws on either side of your lock’s thumb latch. To keep the front of the deadbolt from falling once the screws are removed, add a piece of tape over the front hardware to hold it in place. Remove the thumb latch and locate the August mounting plate in your packaging.

The green adapter provided fit my Kwikset deadbolt.

3. Add mounting plate and adapter

The included mounting plate has two adjustable screw holes so you can reposition as needed to line up with your door’s deadbolt housing. Place the screws from the thumb latch into the front of the mounting plate and tighten them by hand until the mounting plate is secure.

Next, choose the correct adapter based on the tailpiece shape and orientation of your deadbolt. August’s website has a helpful chart for this, and the app will offer guidance as well. Place the adapter into the mounting plate and onto the tailpiece, raised triangle shapes pointing up.

4. Attach August Lock

It’s time to add the lock mechanism. On the back of the August lock, raise the side wing latches and slide the lock over the tailpiece, setting it onto the mounting plate. Make sure the back of the lock is flush with the door. Close both wing latches to secure the lock in place.

5. Insert batteries

To insert the two CR123 batteries, press down on the August logo and pop off the magnetic faceplate. While holding the batteries in place, remove the plastic battery tab and put the faceplate back onto the August lock with the logo at the bottom. Your lock is now installed, and you can continue setup in the August Home app. If you’re using the included DoorSense sensors, attach those now and follow directions in the app for calibrating door opening and closing distances.

My completed August Wi-FI Smart Lock install with DoorSense sensor.

6. Finish setup in the app

Now that the install is done, you’ll need to calibrate your lock and connect it to your home’s Wi-Fi. If you’ve left the app open at the installation instructions section, tap “continue” to begin the calibration. Next, connect the lock to your Wi-Fi by entering your network credentials. With these two steps completed, your lock is ready to use. The August app has further options for naming your home and lock, as well as adding users and setting up features such as auto lock and chime volume.

Smart locks are high-tech devices that allow you to keep your home secured and at the same time provide the convenience you need to get in and out of your home.

One of the popular smart lock brands is the August Smart Lock. Many homeowners have purchased it, but most are still clueless about how to install August Smart Lock.

What Is an August Smart Lock

The August Smart Lock is a home security device that lets you lock and unlock your doors remotely. These locks attach to any existing deadbolt and can be set up so that it automatically locks and unlocks as you leave and arrive. Moreover, you can still use your traditional keys and sync it with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa for voice activation.

Features

Smart locks by August have almost similar basic qualities with some models, but with upgraded features. Here are the common features of August Smart Lock:

  • Total control: With this smart lock, you can lock and unlock doors, provide keyless access, and see who comes and goes right from your dedicated August App.
  • Auto lock and unlock: The system unlocks as you approach the door and locks automatically as you leave.
  • DoorSense technology: Only the August brand of smart locks has this. It is a sensor that informs you if the door is actually locked.
  • Two-factor authentication: For added security, August smart locks use two-factor authentication methods.
  • Two-layer encryption: In addition to the two-factor authentication, the smart locks also use two-layer encryption that utilizes Bluetooth Energy for another layer of protection.
  • Lost phone: In case of phone loss, you have the option to disable the app and every single active virtual keys on added devices using a dedicated website.

How to Install August Smart Locks

This guide is for August Smart Lock models that use the universal mounting plate included in the kit. Before starting, please make sure that the existing deadbolt is compatible with your smart lock unit.

The August Smart Lock only supports standard one-cylinder deadbolts. Installation usually takes about 15 minutes and you will just need a Phillips screwdriver for this.

The kit includes one unit August Smart Lock, four AA batteries, one adhesive strip, three adapters, and one mounting plate. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to install August Smart Lock:

1. Prepare the Existing Deadbolt

Stick the included adhesive tape over the lock’s keyhole, making sure it is secured to the door’s exterior. The tape should hold it in place as you take off the thumb-latch from the door’s interior.

How to install a smart lock

For doors with certain finishes like glossy paints and varnishes, the included adhesive strips may not be sticky enough to hold the keyhole in place. If this is the case, use additional tape strips so that the keyhole won’t move. You may use packing tape or any other strong tape, but be careful in using duct tape as it may damage the finishing of your door.

2. Remove the Existing Thumb-Latch

Position the thumb-latch in a way that allows you to unscrew the existing deadbolt screws. Completely remove the screws from the deadbolt. Keep the screws as you will need them in the succeeding step.

After the screws have been removed, unlock the deadbolt before taking off the thumb-latch. If the thumb-latch comes with a back plate, remove the back plate and use it for the next step, along with the longer screws.

3. Set the Mounting Plate in Place

The mounting plate has two screw holes that can be adjusted and positioned accordingly. Unfasten the screws from the thumb-latch.

Insert the screws into the foremost part of the mounting plate, and then attach the mounting plate on the deadbolt tailpiece using the screws. Tighten them using your hand just until the mounting plate is set on the door. Be careful not to over tighten the screws or you may risk damaging the mounting plate, which may interfere with the lock’s operation.

4. Choose and Attach the Proper Adapter

Using the Compatibility Chart provided on August’s website, pick the correct adapter. Once you’ve done that, place it into the deadbolt tailpiece, making sure the small nub is pointing up. Again, be careful not to tighten the screws too much as doing so may damage the plate and interfere with the lock’s operation.

5. Affix the August Smart Lock

Insert the included adapter into the back of the smart lock unit. Position the smart lock properly, making sure the August badge is at the bottom.

Pull out both latches at the side wings. Slide the unit over the deadbolt tailpiece and secure it into the mounting plate, making sure the back of the smart lock is flush against the door.

To make sure the August Smart Lock is attached securely, clamp down the two side wing latches against the mounting plate. If you see that the latches have difficulty clamping down, do the last part of the fourth step again and make sure the screws are not too tight. You may need to re-adjust screw tightness if the wing latches are not clamping down properly.

6. Take Off the Battery Tab

Press down on the logo at the faceplate’s bottom, prompting the top of the plate to tilt outward. Remove the faceplate.

Take off the plastic isolation tab for the batteries while keeping the batteries in place. Check if the battery is in its proper compartment. Place back the faceplate onto the smart lock, making sure the August logo is at the bottom.

7. Complete the Setup Using the August Home Application

Download and install the app. From the home screen selection, tap “Get Started”. If you are already logged in, please tap “Set Up a Lock”. Follow the prompt and you are all set.

Conclusion: How to install August Smart Lock?

While traditional deadbolts have kept your home safe for years, it is not too late for an upgrade. With a lot of high-tech home security devices available, such as the August Smart Lock, keeping your home safer and more secure is not a challenge anymore. You can even get a major upgrade for your convenience.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Make sure your smart lock installation goes as smoothly as possible by following these 5 steps first.

Smart locks are the perfect way to add a little more convenience and security to your home. With a smart lock from Schlage, you can choose to enter your home with a custom code you define, a mechanical key or your phone (depending on the lock you choose).

Installing a new smart lock is a project that any skill-level can take on with just a screwdriver and a few minutes out of your day. Before you get started, it’s important to note these five things to ensure the installation goes as smoothly as possible.

How to install a smart lock

Download the app

If you are installing the Schlage Sense TM Smart Deadbolt , be sure to download the free, Schlage Sense TM app before you begin installing your lock. The app has great step-by-step instructions so you can quickly install the lock and pair your smartphone seamlessly. You can also access other valuable information and helpful resources that allow you to take advantage of all the lock’s capabilities and future updates.

Before you download, make sure your smartphone is up-to-date with the latest software version. You can check this by accessing your phone’s settings and looking under “General” or “About”.

Make sure your door is properly aligned

Because the bolt on your smart lock is extended automatically, it’s important that the door and jamb are properly aligned. You can check this by testing your current lock. You’ll want to answer yes to each of these questions:

Can you lock your door without pushing, pulling or lifting the door?

Does your door alignment stay the same no matter how hot or cold the weather may get?

When the door is closed, is there space for the deadbolt to extend 1″ into the frame when locked?

Check your door measurements

All of Schlage’s smart locks are designed to fit any standard, pre-drilled door. To double-check that your door will be compatible, you can find a quick look at standard door dimensions for deadbolt installation here . If your door is thicker than the standard 1-3/4″, you may need to purchase a thick door kit which will extend the lock’s capabilities to 2-1/4″. You can contact our customer support team at 888.805.9837 for assistance.

Wait to install the batteries

To make sure your lock is properly paired to any smart hubs or phones, it’s best to wait to install the batteries when instructed to do so. This ensures that nothing interferes with the auto-handing process of the lock and properly initiates the setup sequence that is needed after the lock is installed. If you do make a mistake or miss a step, you can simply perform a factory reset to start over.

Choose a coordinating handleset

Don’t forget to complete the look by pairing a coordinating handleset, knob or lever. You’ll need to consider which function will work best with your lifestyle. Do you want to make sure you can easily come and go without a mechanical key? Choose a Hall & Closet (Passage) function so you’re never accidentally locked out. Keep in mind that if you keep a keyed knob or lever, you’ll still have to manage mutliple mechanical keys for household members and guests. For handlesets, we offer a lower half, front entry handle that easily suites with the style of your smart lock.

Wyze sells some of the most affordable smart bulbs, plugs, sensors, and Wi-Fi cameras on the market. So, it’s no surprise the company has launched a new smart lock that’s simple to install, easy to use, and costs under $100.

When I previously wrote that Wyze is poised to rule the smart home world, I mentioned smart locks were the missing piece of the puzzle. Wyze must have read me! There’s a lot to like about the company’s just-announced smart lock: it’s affordable, easy to install and use, and you can keep your deadbolt.

Early access orders start today, with full sales set to launch in February 2020 on both Wyze.com and Amazon.

It’s Half the Price of the CompetitionHow to install a smart lock

After testing quite a few smart locks, we expect standard pricing to be around $200, give or take $50. Some smart locks, like the Schlage Encode, go as high as $250, while others, like August’s Third Generation Smart Lock and Wi-Fi hub, you can snag for as low as $180.

However, you rarely find a smart lock within the $100 to $150 range. If you do, you usually have to give up important features, like Wi-Fi connectivity.

Wyze somehow always comes in at a price far lower than its competition, and this time is no exception. At this writing, you can get the Wyze Smart Lock for $90, and that includes a Wi-Fi bridge. Wyze plans to release an optional keypad later—no word on pricing just yet.

You Keep Your Deadbolt

Most smart locks require that you completely disassemble and remove your existing deadbolt. While not incredibly difficult, this does take some effort and know-how, and it potentially raises a few issues. For example, your existing deadbolt might be more pickproof than your new smart lock, or, if you rent, you might not be allowed to change your deadbolt.

The one exception thus far has been August’s Smart Lock Pro, which you slip over your existing lock’s turnkey. With the third-generation version, the company slightly changed up the installation process. You now remove the turnkey portion of the hardware but leave the deadbolt and external hardware in place.

Wyze followed in August’s footsteps with its near-identical installation process (as shown above, the two locks also look somewhat similar). You uninstall the inner hardware turnkey for your lock, and then replace it with the Wyze lock. It takes roughly 15 minutes to install and set up, and all you need is a screwdriver and some tape. Four AA batteries power the lock for (Wyze claims) five to six months, depending on how often you use your lock.

Given the similarities, you might be considering August’s Smart Lock, but Wyze’s not only costs less, but also includes hardware—August charges more to include the bridge, and like Wyze, charges extra for things like a Smart Keypad. To get within spitting distance of Wyze’s price, you’d also have to give up August’s Wi-Fi bridge, which is included with the Wyze lock.

The Wyze lock also features a Zigbee radio, which is a first for the company. We asked if that meant the lock would work with smart hubs like SmartThings or Hubitat, but the company says that’s solely to connect with the Wyze Wi-Fi gateway—for now.

Simplicity

The Wyze Lock includes an optional keypad you can mount to your wall, but you don’t have to install it. You can use the company’s app (available for iOS and Android) to control the lock instead. When you close the door, Wyze detects that you’ve left, and the smart lock automatically locks the door for you—either immediately or within one minute.

The smart lock also detects if the door is partially open and warns you. The August Smart Lock has a similar feature, but it requires an extra sensor to accomplish this task.

When you come home, the Wyze app and lock communicate and automatically unlock the door for you. After you enter your home, the Wyze app engages the smart lock. You can share app access with other people, just like the rest of Wyze’s products.

If you don’t trust the app process, you can install the keypad. It’s handy if you need to let a cleaning service or contractor into your home because you can create single-use codes that will only work for a specified time.

The Wyze lock also works with Alexa, giving you the ability to unlock your door with your PIN, and Wyze promises the same feature for Google Assistant. This is surprising as Google doesn’t provide APIs for voice unlock, so some smart locks (like the Schlage Encode) don’t support this feature.

Unfortunately, those skills won’t be available in time for Early Access buyers, Wyze is currently going through the approval process with Amazon and Google. But the company expects the process to complete before the full launch in February.

Altogether, the Wyze lock looks fairly solid on paper. Of course, we’ll reserve full judgment until after we’ve tested the lock. For under $100, though, it’s positioned to be a solid entry in the smart lock market.

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    How to install a smart lock

    Use this video to check that your door is properly prepared for a Schlage B60/B62 deadbolt.

    How to install a smart lock

    Schlage’s B Series (B60/B62) Deadbolts add an extra layer of security to your home, and are incredibly simple to install. This video walks you through each step of installation to make the process even easier.

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    Installed your lever, but it doesn’t look quite right? The lever is probably upside down, which can be easily corrected by switching the handing. This video shows you how to make sure your levers always look perfect.

    How to install a smart lock

    On a standard pre-drilled door, you’ll be done installing your passage lock in just minutes using only a tape measure and a Phillips screwdriver. Use this video to check that your door is properly prepared.

    How to install a smart lock

    This video walks you through each step of installation for your passage lock to make the process even easier.

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    Use this video to check that your door is properly prepared for a Schlage F60/F62/F93.

    Smart locks provide a new layer to your home security system beyond the obvious benefit of not needing to find your house key when it’s almost always at the bottom of your gym bag. Security Anthropologist Schuyler Towne suggests that the bold engineering and wide accessibility of today’s smart lock home tech products make it easier than ever to secure your front door. Ditch your deadbolt from the olden days and upgrade one of the most frequently used elements of your home.

    How to install a smart lockKeyless entry door locks are rapidly becoming a standard smart home feature, and you can easily make this happen in your house for under $50 with the TurboLock YL-99-SS. With the assortment of home tech products expanding every year, wireless door locks are definitely at the top of list when it comes to the most instant gratification for your smart home investment. You will definitely enjoy the benefits of extra time from keyless entry on a daily basis! I know I have.

    We wanted to provide a quick and easy step-by-step tutorial for smart lock installation of the TurboLock YL-99-SS. There’s nothing more frustrating than getting home with your new toy to become instantly confused about how to put it together. So we put together a detailed tutorial coupled with some stress-free diagrams that you can use to follow along.

    We recommend installing your TurboLock smart lock as soon as you open it, so that there’s no fuss keeping track of the inventory of parts. Some fit easily in the palm of your hand making them easy to lose and almost instantly becoming a choking hazard for your toddler or a shiny, fancy dog treat.

    Below is a comprehensive list of the necessary parts to install your smart lock for easy, keyless entry. If you’d like, you can refer to page 13 of your user manual for a visual diagram indicating the parts and their descriptions so you have everything you need to get started.

    How to install a smart lock

    What you’ll need:

    Pencil for marking

    4 AAA batteries

    1. Mark your work. Use the provided template to mark a hole where the drilling will occur. Be sure to include the markings on both the inside and outside of the door at the required backset, or space between the edge of the door and center of the circle.

    2. Drill holes. Make a 2-inch diameter hole on the face of the door. Then, drill a 1-inch hole on the door edge that intersects with the center of the 2-inch hole on the face. This should be fairly simple if you use the template.

    3. Install the latch. Insert the latch into the 1-inch hole on the edge of the door and mark a line around the edges of the latch plate. Now remove the latch. Chisel approximately 0.1 inches deep in the rectangular shape indicated on the marking you just made so that your latch sits flush with the door edge for ease when opening and closing your door. Lastly, insert the latch back into the 1-in hole and drill (2) screws above and below to secure it in place.

    4. Install the strike:

    How to install a smart lockMark your work. Close the door and find mark the horizontal center of the latch where it meets the door frame. Mark a vertical line where the door edge meets the frame and measure the halfway point of door thickness to find it vertical center. Extend both horizontal and vertical lines until they intersect and drill a 1-inch diameter hole to 0.1 inch depth.

    Position the strike. Position the strike plate and mark around the edge. Chisel te frame to approximately 0.1 inch of depth or until the strike sits flush. Drill (2) screws into the (2) holes and fix strike to the frame.

    5. Install the outdoor knob. Feed the power cable through the provided hole in the latch and guide the spindle through until the outdoor rose plate sits flush.

    6. Install the indoor knob. Feed the power cable through the hole in the knob and guide the spindle into the handle. Screw the indoor knob to the outdoor knob using the mounting screws provided.

    7. Plug in the battery box. Insert the power cable into the battery box and position it in line with the cover screw holes.

    8. Install indoor cover plate. Position the indoor cover plate over the battery box and align with the screw holes. Fasten the screws to secure the cover plate onto the indoor knob.

    How to install a smart lock

    At $49.99, the TurboLock YL-99-SS is one of the most affordable smart locks available, but don’t be fooled by the price tag. It is equipped with everything you need to enter your home without digging for your keys. We’ve all experienced the stress of low or dead phone batteries. There is none of that with TurboLock because the 4 AAA batteries last up to a year, but in the need of extra power there is a backup pack that plugs right into the bottom of the knob.

    The smart is truly built into the lock. With automatic locking, you won’t have to wonder if your door is locked when you are comfortable in bed at the end of the night. There are 10 user-specific programmable codes for even the largest of households, and of course one master code for the head of the home who reigns supreme on choosing acceptable houseguests with anytime access.

    How to install a smart lock

    Stay tuned for the upcoming releases of the 2 newest products of our TurboLock smart home technology. Our Bluetooth-enabled smart deadbolts will hook up to an easy-to-manage app directly on your iOS or Android device for handheld access and security to your safest space. Launching July 1 st !

    Options do exist, but you will need your landlord’s permission first.

    As we have previously said on GearBrain, renters can install a wide range of smart home devices — and often without checking with their landlord first. Lights like those by Philips Hue and LIFX are easily fitted and removed, and smart plugs make a wide range of appliances smarter without any DIY requirements whatsoever.

    With smart locks, however, the situation is different. Some smart locks — those which require you to change the deadbolt or install a numerical keypad outside — are unlikely to get the go-ahead from your landlord. Unless you can convince them that a professionally-fitted lock will enhance security (perhaps after a neighbor’s lock was compromised), then they will likely say no, as too much needs changing and there’s the possibility of you locking them out of their own property.

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    However, there are some smart locks that use the door’s existing deadbolt, fit in a couple of minutes with just a screwdriver (or even no tools at all), are completely removable and reversible — and, importantly, can function exactly the same as before, so your landlord can still enter with their own key.

    So, while property owners get a better deal as there is a wide range of locks designed for them, there are still options available to renters. Here are some options worth considering:

    Friday Smart Lock – $199

    How to install a smart lockThe Smart Lock by Friday Home is claimed to be the world’s smallest Friday Home

    No longer the property of Friday Labs, the Friday Smart Lock is now produced by Friday Home. The lock fits to your existing deadbolt in just a few minutes, which means the door can still be opened from the outside with the original key.

    The Friday’s sleek design is much more pleasing to the eye than the chunky August, and its latch cover can be swapped out for a range of seven alternatives with different colors and finishes designed to match your decor. the lock is powered by a compact rechargeable battery that is unique to the lock and a main reason why it is more compact than most. However, this does mean your lock won’t work automatically for a few hours while the battery is charged. It will however always work with the key, of course.

    There is no support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT or Samsung SmartThings, however it can be controlled by Siri and Apple’s HomeKit system, or via Bluetooth with the Friday app.

    The app is nicely designed and makes it easy to know who has passed through the door, and when. You can configure the app to alert you when your children get home from school, for example, or when the repairman (who you can give temporary access to) has left.

    Fitting the Friday will require your landlord’s permission (as with all smart locks, realistically). But given they can still access the property with their key, the deadbolt remains the same as before, and the device can be removed when you leave, they might well grant you permission to install it.

    Friday Home Smart Lock Complete – Keyless Entry for Everyday Convenience – Grant or Revoke Access with Your Android or iPhone Smartphone App – Free WiFi, Stylish, Designed by BIG – Satin Nickel Finish

    How to install a smart lock

    August Smart Lock Pro – $165

    How to install a smart lock The August is a chunky lock, but is full of features and retains your original deadbolt and key August

    August is one of the bigger names in smart locks, and it just so happens that the firm’s third-generation Smart Lock Pro+ Connect can be fitted to locks without changing the deadbolt or using different keys.

    You have to remove the latch from the inside of your door with a screwdriver, then fit the August’s mounting plate and the motorized mechanism itself, but this is all completely reversible and the original keys can still be used to gain entry.

    Once installed, the lock will open when you walk up to it with your Bluetooth-connected phone in your pocket. The lock can also be connected to your Wi-Fi network via the included August Connect, which lets you control the lock from anywhere in the world.

    How to install a smart lock

    For an extra $50, the latest model of Smart Lock Pro can be bought with a sensor which you attach to the door frame; there, it can tell the lock if your door is open or closed, which you can check from the app or by asking Amazon Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant.

    Available in silver or dar gray, the lock is powered by four AA batteries —and because you can still use your original key, getting back in when the batteries have died isn’t an issue.

    You can use the August app to grant temporary access to other people, such as the cleaner, a handyman or other members of the household.

    Kwikset Kevo Connect – $149

    How to install a smart lockThe Kevo smart door lock uses your existing deadbolt Kwikset

    Kwikset sells a number or different smart locks, but we have chosen the Kevo Connect for this renter-friendly article as it works without removing your existing deadlock or any external components.

    This means you can continue using the same key, and crucially it means your landlord or letting agent can gain access to the property with their existing key.

    Although you can use the old key, the real point of the Kevo Connect is to gain entry with your smartphone. Like most other smart locks this works using digital keys within the phone app. These digital keys can be sent to other people, like family members, roommates and the cleaner or dog walker, and the app lets you monitor the comings and goings of everyone who has access.

    The lock is opened and closed with a tap of the Kevo phone app, and the system is compatible with Honeywell smart thermostats, video doorbells by Ring and Skybell, and Alexa, which you can ask to lock the door with a voice command. The optional Kevo Plus system lets you control the lock remotely when away from the home.

    Only deadbolts with a thumb latch mounted separately from the handle are compatible with this lock.

    Kwikset 99140-102 Convert Z-Wave Plus Lock with Home Connect, Satin Nickel

    UPDATE: If you want to upgrade your Visco-Lok differential to a true, on-demand locking front diff, SuperATV now offers a Pin Locker Differential Upgrade. It gives you the ability to lock your front diff at the push of a button and installs easily into your existing Visco-Lok housing.

    Can-Am unveiled their new Smart-Lok differential a few days ago. It’s meant to give you better traction control while also making the vehicle easier to control. That should mean better cornering, and better control of your vehicle in general across a variety of terrain. But what’s going on here and what makes it better than their previous differential?

    The primary difference between the Smart-Lok differential and Can-Am’s previous differential, the Visco-Lok differential, is the way in which it engages. With the Visco-Lok differential, the wheel has to slip for the differential lock to engage. The spinning axle engages a hydraulic pump in the differential which, in turn, engages the clutch pack and locks the differential. The slipping wheel must make several rotations for the differential to lock. This can take several seconds depending on your speed.

    With Can-Am’s new Smart-Lok differential, the clutch pack is engaged by an electronic actuator. That means it can engage instantly regardless of speed. It knows when to engage based on a set of sensors throughout the machine as well as the selected ride setting. It knows if you’re cornering hard when you start losing traction so it will only partially engage to keep you from losing control—cornering is a no-go with a fully locked front diff. If you have it set to ROCK mode, it should engage fully and instantaneously with only minor slips at low speed. There’s also a toggle to engage the diff lock regardless of the terrain. Basically it knows when you a little slippage is good and when it’s not.

    With these features it should give you better traction and better control. Quicker engagement and smarter engagement should make your ride a lot easier. It’s similar to what you see in modern AWD automobiles today.

    It’s interesting to see Can-Am and Polaris thinking on the same wavelength for their 2018 machines. In case you forgot, Polaris said they were done with the horsepower game and were focusing on a smarter machine with their 2018 RZR Turbo Dynamix (can we please all say “Dyna-mix” instead of “Dy-nam-ix”? “Dyna-mix” sounds way cooler). Dynamix brings a smarter shock to the table by taking hundreds of readings a second and adjusting shock stiffness on the fly.

    And now Can-Am has a true 4WD limited slip differential like Polaris. Will the extra nuance of terrain settings make it stand above the Polaris front diff? I sure hope so. The more these guys force each other to make big moves the better.

    Either way both Smart-Lok and Dynamix are really good ideas and will hopefully make riding better no matter which side of the competition you land on.

    We’ll see how these two different approaches to building a “smarter” machine pan out when we finally get behind the wheel soon. Depending on your chosen poison, you’ll just want to make sure not break a shock or crack a diff. Replacement parts are going to get even more expensive.