The August Connect is a WIFI smart bridge built for use with the August Smart Lock Pro, and the original Smart Lock. This hub allows the associated Lock to communicate across a WIFI network. This opens up the possibility of remote control through the August App, Apple HomeKit and TC2.
The August 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 of using the August Connect Bridge is that it improves the flexibility and versatility of both August locks and allows them to be used in a greater number of applications. The original Smart Lock only has Bluetooth technology which provides control from a connected mobile device that's locally in close proximity with the lock. But adding the August Connect allows remote control from the August app, Apple's HomeKit app and Total Connect 2.0.
The Smart Lock Pro has Bluetooth and Z-Wave technology, so pairing it to a Z-Wave controller offers remote control, but absent that, the Connect hub would be needed for remote functionality. Also, once integrated into the August app through the August Connect hub, you can even control a Smart Lock or Smart Lock Pro through voice assistants like Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri or Google Home. 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.
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 Lyric system will need to be running firmware update MR7 or higher to support the lock. The August Smart Lock (non-pro version) is not compatible with Apple HomeKit.
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 better off purchasing the August Connect WIFI Bridge. Using the Connect Bridge will greatly increase the flexibility of your August Smart Lock or 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 August Smart Lock Pro and the Connect Hub.
Note: The Connect Bridge can only be used with 2.4GHz WIFI networks. It cannot communicate across 5GHz WIFI networks.