August Smart Lock Pro: Connecting to WIFI
In this video, Michael from Alarm Grid shows users how to connect the August Smart Lock Pro to a WIFI network. This is done using an August Connect WIFI Bridge. By connecting the Smart Lock Pro to a local WIFI network, you are able to control the lock remotely through the August Home App.
The August Connect WIFI Bridge allows you to connect your August Smart Lock Pro to a local WIFI network. This device effectively serves as a middleman between the lock and the IP router. But keep in mind that the August Connect module is optional. There are other ways you can operate the August Smart Lock Pro remotely that don't involve the August Connect WIFI Bridge. The other options include using Z-Wave connectivity or using a Bluetooth connection through a HomeKit Hub for connectivity with Apple HomeKit.
Interestingly the August Smart Lock Pro cannot connect with Apple HomeKit through WIFI, even if a Connect WIFI Bridge is set up. All HomeKit connectivity for the August Smart Lock Pro is done through Bluetooth. This means that you must always have the August Smart Lock Pro within Bluetooth range of the dedicated HomeKit Hub. The HomeKit Hub can be an iPad, AppleTV Gen 4 or higher, or an Apple HomePod.
The only other option besides Apple HomeKit for controlling the August Smart Lock Pro remotely is through a Z-Wave network. The August Smart Lock Pro can connect with a Z-Wave hub with no hardware needed. You just need to have a Z-Wave hub. Many security systems like the IQ Panel 2 Plus, the 2GIG GC3 and the Resideo Lyric Controller can serve as an effective Z-Wave hub. You can then control the August Smart Lock Pro remotely an interactive service platform like Total Connect 2.0 or Alarm.com. This will require active monitoring service.
By connecting the August Smart Lock Pro with Apple HomeKit, you can use your iOS device to operate it remotely. This includes the ability to control the lock through voice commands made through SIRI. You can do this from virtually anywhere, as long as your iPhone is connected to the network.