A Little History
August Home started in 2013 as a smart home security company out of San Francisco and quickly gained a foothold in the residential lock market with their line of smart locks. In 2017, August was acquired by Yale’s parent company, Assa Abloy. This has helped both Yale and August improve their position in the residential door lock market.
One would think that being bought by a large international corporation such as Assa Abloy, quality and reputation would suffer but the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect consistently gets good reviews and continues to have a good reputation.
What’s in the Box?
Upon opening the box you will find the Smart Lock Pro with 4 AA batteries pre-installed, Connect WiFi Bridge, DoorSense sensor, adhesive strips, three adapters and one mounting plate. The adhesive strips are for holding the exterior of the deadbolt in place when the back is removed. And because this smart lock retrofits to the back of your existing deadbolt you will need to find the adapter that fits your model.
Ease of Installation
This lock is very easy to install, the hardest part is probably figuring out which adapter to use. The August Smart Lock does not come with any mounting screws, it uses the screws of your existing deadbolt. Be careful when removing the interior of your deadbolt, do not damage or lose the screws. Once the mounting plate is on, attach the smart lock to the mounting plate with clamps on either side of the lock.
Choices of Connection
The August Smart Lock works with Bluetooth, WiFi, Z-wave Plus and HomeKit. With the August Home app, which is available for iOS, Android and Apple Watch, you monitor and grant access from anywhere. It will also respond to voice commands from Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant.
The app can be setup to send you notifications whenever the door is used. It can also be set to automatically lock after a user defined period of time. It will allow you to set up temporary access for service workers, dog walkers and guests. The August Home app makes it simple to monitor all comings and goings because, in addition to everyone having their own access “key”, it will also keep track of any manual locking or unlocking.
DoorSense and “GeoFencing”
DoorSense is August’s sensor that can either be installed on the door frame near the lock or can be mortised flush into the door frame. This sensor will let the lock and you, through the app, know if the door is shut and if not, will send you a notification. Geofencing creates an imaginary boundary around the house that, once crossed with your smartphone key, will unlock the door.
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August also makes a Doorbell Cam Pro that integrates perfectly with this lock. As the name implies it is a doorbell with a security camera that has motion detection. The security camera also adds a few seconds to recorded video before motion was detected. And because they’re made by the same company you are able to see video from the doorbell and control the lock from the same app.
Technically, this is not an actual deadbolt lock but it operates the deadbolt. For this reason, if you’re looking for the convenience of a smart lock but also want to upgrade to a more secure deadbolt, see my post about Best Deadbolt Locks for Home Use for which deadbolt to use.