Well, it’s not Black Friday yet, but the tech companies are determined to work together (just as their products do) to share their talent and convenient skills with the world.
The bundle package (details below) – includes everything you need to set up a smart lock on your door + unlock/lock from anywhere via your wireless connection + (pretty recent feature) You can ask Alexa to lock your door.
I actually had the first generation August Smart lock and was really sad when I realized I couldn’t unlock and lock with my voice. However, just last week I broke down and bought the connect (only $64 by the way at Best Buy because I price matched).
Once I was home – the connect was easy to install. I opened up my August App, plugged the connect into the wall and waited for the green light to come on. The August App gave me step by step directions and I had everything connected within 10 minutes.
Just a couple of things to note as of now that are a bit frustrating:
- Even with it all connected in the August App, you still have to download the skill on Alexa + activate and connect your account. This made the set up process more like 30 minutes. (Alexa skills and account connections have not been the smoothest process in my opinion)
- You must say the exact name of the door. If you say front door, but your app has it listed as door, Alexa will say she is responding, but nothing will happen. Be specific and get in the habit of saying it and doing it the right way. The more you get in the habit of using your smart devices, the better they become.
- Alexa asks for a pin to be used to unlock your door when you set up the skill, but as of now, Alexa says “currently I cannot unlock the door”. So if you want to be lazy or unlock the door from another area of your house, you will likely still need to give your buddy access or just click unlock in the app.
All in all, I think the bundle deal is a great idea, because these items together do get pricey and you do need all three to make the magic happen. I would say it’s worth the money and although each product has its flaws, I have been using both Alexa and August products for over a year now and they are continuously improving.
If you want to chat more, or share your tips and tricks, please email me.
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A Perfect Combo. This Special Offer Won’t Last Long!
Get 20% off the NEW August Smart Lock Pro + Connect
when you purchase with the Amazon Echo (2nd Generation).
Limited time only.
Offer expires 11/19/2017.