Smart locks are modern and easily manageable from smartphones and can make life easier for users. Here are the most interesting and suitable ones for the various types of doors.
UPDATE 26 NOVEMBER 2020: the NUKI COMBO 2.0 lock is discounted on Amazon for € 199.99.
Smart locks: what are they for?
The smart locks they are very useful to simplify access to your home. Think, for example, of when your hands are full and you can’t insert and turn the key in the lock or when you don’t want to carry around too many keys. Through one of these locks it is therefore possible to forget the keys, avoid losing them and optimize the times of entry and exit from the house. But that’s not all: if you have a house that you make available to travelers in a B&B style, you can easily manage access with this technology.
Smart locks: which one to choose?
Given the delicacy of this kind of accessory, the advice that we advise you to keep in mind is only one: do not look for savings as it is essential to buy and install a product that is reliable e sure. On the other hand, we are entrusting the safety of our home to a single product.
And then it is necessary to understand which lock is needed based on the type of door. Many locks work well on pre-mounted locks, others require a special cylinder. Therefore, take into account the possibility of having to call a locksmith for installation, in case it is not possible to proceed on your own. That’s why we point out two different alternatives to choose from; one of the two does not require any intervention.
Nuki Combo 2.0
The lock Nuki turns out to be the best choice for those who do not want to carry out invasive interventions on the front door and want to have a smart system that is easy to install and possibly to remove.
In fact, this solution can be applied in a few minutes on the existing lock, provided that they are compatible models, and thanks to the Bridge it works both via Bluetooth and via WiFi. The app is beautifully crafted and Nuki easily integrates with Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT. You can check if your lock is compatible directly on the official site but we already tell you that almost all the cylinders of the armored doors are fully supported; ex. Swiss round profile, oval cylinder, knob cylinder and European profile cylinder.
Installation is easy: insert the key into the door, clearly from the inside, and install the smart lock which will act as a motor to move the key in the lock and thus close and open the door. However, it is possible to buy only the lock, without the Bridge, but by doing so you will not have WiFi connectivity available.
The motorized cylinder ENTR Yale it is very valid and appreciated even if it requires a few more steps for fixing. In this case there are no keys and the lock cylinder must be inserted inside the product. For more information you can look at the specifications on official site but according to YALE, the product is ideal for doors of any type.
The smart lock only supports Bluetooth so it does not work remotely and you have to be close to the door to be able to activate it. The app is very complete and secure and supports sending access permissions to be sent to the smartphone.
We specify that to use the YALE system it is necessary to install, together with the motorized lock, also the compatible cylinder, also sold by YALE.
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