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Hi DIYers! Today, we want to discuss some of our favorite smart locks from the likes of Kwikset, Yale and August. There are many great reasons to add a smart lock to your home, and we are sure that you will love the convenience they offer. They are great for Alarm Grid monitored customers.




Smart locks represent a great addition to nearly any home or business. These devices typically enroll with a central hub, such as a Z-Wave controller or into your Apple HomeKit network. You will then be able to control the lock through an app on the Android or iOS smartphone. This is great if you ever want to let someone inside while you are away and then make sure the door is locked after they leave.

Z-Wave locks are particularly useful because you can access them through the Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com service that you use with your security system. These services will also provide you with text and/or email alerts whenever your lock is used. And iOS users always appreciate HomeKit compatibility. They find it highly convenient to be able to control their smart locks through Siri voice commands.

Alarm Grid has been putting out some FAQs to help you get started with various Z-Wave locks. We encourage you to check out some of the FAQs listed below:

Of course, you can buy some excellent Z-Wave locks from Yale, August and Kwikset on our site. Let's take a look at some of our favorites from each of the three companies:

Yale

We actually got a first-hand look at many of the Yale Locks at ISC West 2019. Our team was highly impressed with these locks, and we think any of them would make for a great addition to your home. The Yale Assure Locks were particularly exciting for their added reliability, touchscreen control and Z-Wave Plus functionality. These include the Yale YRD226, Yale YRD246 and Yale YRD256 models. The YRD256 receives special recognition for having both a HomeKit Version and a Z-Wave Plus Version available from Alarm Grid.


Alarm Grid has been particularly impressed with the ease-of-use and overall reliability offered from the Yale Locks. They are available in a multitude of designs and styles so that you can find the lock that fits your home. Whether you choose a HomeKit model or a Z-Wave Plus model, we are sure that you will be extremely pleased with the performance and reliability when controlled remotely.

August

August and Yale are actually both manufactured by the same company, Assa Abloy. The name of the game here is the August Smart Lock Pro. This is one of the best and most versatile locks in the industry, and we cannot recommend it enough. The biggest selling point of the August Smart Lock Pro is that it can utilize Z-Wave Plus technology and connectivity with Apple HomeKit at the same time. Usually, a lock is restricted between one or the other. But that is not the case here.

The round design helps the August Smart Lock Pro stand out from other smart locks. It is sleek and smooth, and an LED light helps the user with setup. The entire process is completed through the August Home App to make setup and installation as easy as possible. Users looking for something different with some great advanced features can't go wrong here.

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If you want to use Apple HomeKit with the August Smart Lock Pro, then the August Connect WIFI Bridge must be obtained as well. Alarm Grid actually sells the August Smart Lock Pro and the August Connect Bridge in one convenient package. They can also be purchased separately. The Smart Lock Pro can also communicate with your phone wirelessly through a Bluetooth connection. This is great for automatic unlocking when you arrive home. And users will certainly appreciate the integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, AirBnB and HomeAway.

Kwikset

Not to be outdone, Kwikset offers their own smart locks that we have shown tremendous success in our personal testing. These are simple, yet effective locks that each feature their own timeless design. They use Z-Wave Plus technology for easy pairing with your wireless home security system. You can then control the lock from the panel or through a convenient app like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. You can even receive notifications from TC2 or ADC whenever the lock is used.


The two Kwikset Locks that stand out the most for us are the Kwikset SmartCode 888 (shown above) and the Kwikset Obsidian. The Kwikset SmartCode 888 is an affordable option for users who want all the great features and functions of a reliable smart lock. It offers a touch-button keypad, with backlit keys for easy operation at nighttime. Meanwhile, the Kwikset Obsidian offers a sleek and futuristic touchscreen keypad for entering codes. The device uses advanced SecureScreen technology to prevent intruders from figuring out codes based on fingerprints. It also offers 128-bit AES encryption for added security.

All of the locks mentioned above are available for purchase from Alarm Grid now. If you need help deciding on a lock, please reach out to us by sending an email to support@alarmgrid.com. We will check the email at our earliest convenience and respond as quickly as possible. We look forward to helping you find the perfect Z-Wave or HomeKit lock for your ever-growing and evolving smart home!

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Hi DIYers! We have another product highlight for you today. We're taking a look at the Obsidian Touchscreen Z-Wave Lock from Kwikset. There are many things to like about this convenient and easy to use door lock, and we can wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking to secure their home.

The first thing a user will notice about the Obsidian Lock is smooth and glossy black touchscreen. With its sleek and modern appearance, the lock will fit in with virtually any decor. Its simplistic design makes it very easy to use, and users will have no trouble operating the device on a daily basis. The lock uses no physical keys, and all tasks are completed using the touchscreen. Once the device has been enrolled, with the system, it can then be unlocked using any programmed panel codes.

A unique aspect of the Obsidian is its special SecureScreen technology to prevent unwanted entry. When the lock is activated after a long period of inactivity, two numbers will be displayed on the screen. The user must press both of these numbers in order to display the complete touchscreen. Only after the two numbers have been pressed will the complete keypad be displayed. The screen will display different numbers every time, meaning that every keypad button will be pressed after a few uses. By doing this, every button will have fingerprints on it. This means that a potential intruder won't be able to look at the glossy keypad with fingerprints on specific keys to easily determine the code.

Another feature of the Obsidian is its 128-bit AES encryption that will prevent any wireless hacking attempts that intruders may use to try and thwart the lock. The deadbolt lock itself is also extremely secure, as it meets the BHMA Grade 2 Deadbolt Operational and Security Standards. The user can also create new codes for the lock directly from its touchscreen keypad. This is done by setting up a lock master code for code management.

And the discussion of the Obsidian wouldn't be complete without mentioning that it's a Z-Wave Plus device! This means that it can use all of the technology of Z-Wave Plus when used with a certified Z-Wave Plus controller. Also referred to as the 5th generation of Z-Wave of the "500 Series", Z-Wave Plus has superior range and reliability over standard Z-Wave devices. And when another Z-Wave Plus device "hops" through the the Obsidian, the signal that is sent out will also use Z-Wave Plus connectivity. This makes the Obsidian great for expanding upon a Z-Wave Plus mesh network. Two alarm panels that serve as Z-Wave Plus controllers include the 2GIG GC3 and the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus.

The Kwikset Obsidian Lock is available from Alarm Grid now. Protect your home with this versatile and useful Z-Wave lock!

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