The August Connect is a WIFI smart bridge that is designed specifically for use with the August Smart Lock Pro Deadbolt Lock. This hub allows the Smart Lock Pro to communicate across a WIFI network. This will let it be used remotely through Apple HomeKit, making it a very important add-on.
The Connect module is very easy to use. It simply plugs into a wall outlet and connects with the local WIFI network. Each bridge is capable of supporting one single August Lock device. The main benefit to using the August Connect Bridge is that it provides a faster response when the lock is operated through a smart assistant, like Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Home. These platforms will all allow the user to control the lock using convenient voice commands.
Another feature provided from the August Connect is the ability to integrate the door lock with excellent platforms and services like Nest, AirBnB and HomeAway. This can improve the flexibility and versatility of the smart lock and allow it to be used in a greater number of applications. Without Connect, the only way to operate the lock wirelessly would be through local Z-Wave or BlueTooth. And while remote operation through Z-Wave can be achieved using an interactive service (e.g. Total Connect 2.0, Alarm.com) with an alarm system, using WIFI makes the process much more streamlined.
The Connect Bridge is the best way for the August Smart Lock Pro to be used with Apple HomeKit. Once the lock has been set up with HomeKit, it becomes an excellent addition to the Honeywell Lyric Security System. But users should be aware that the system will need to be running firmware update MR7 or higher to support the lock.
Please note that you do not technically need the August Connect WIFI Bridge to use the August Smart Lock Pro with Apple HomeKit. If you have a compatible HomeKit Hub like an iPad, AppleTV or Apple HomePod within Bluetooth range of the lock, then you can connect your August Smart Lock Pro to your local HomeKit network. You will then be able to control the lock remotely using an iPhone on the same iCloud network. However, you will need to keep your HomeKit Hub within Bluetooth range (10 to 15 feet) of the lock at all times. If you plan to move the HomeKit Hub outside this distance, then you are best off purchasing the August Connect WIFI Bridge. Using the Connect Bridge will greatly increase the flexibility of your August Smart Lock Pro by being able to control it across a local WIFI network.
Note: This is just the standalone August Connect. Alarm Grid also offers a package version that includes both the lock and the Connect Hub.
Note: The Connect Bridge can only be used with 2.4GHz WIFI networks. It cannot communicate across 5GHz WIFI networks.