Buying a Smart Lock for Front Door: Enhance Your Home Security

Amber Chen  |  Mar 12, 2024
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If you’re going to invest in your home’s security, make it a smart lock for front door. This home security device works by using wireless technology, so you can access and control the lock from anywhere with an internet connection.

But choosing the best smart lock can be overwhelming, especially if you know little about it. The following information will explain what you need to know about smart locks: what they are, their benefits, the various options available, and more.

Overview

1. Understanding smart locks

2. Benefits of buying a smart lock for front door

3. Factors to consider when buying a smart lock for front door

4. Installation and setup process

5. Smart lock for front door: secure your peace of mind today

Understanding smart locks

With smart locks, you can do away with easy-to-lose, traditional door keys. Most of these devices are equipped with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, which enables them to link with any compatible device—like your smartphone—and allow remote access. Others lock and unlock doors using fingerprint scanning, a mobile app, or voice command.

Features and working mechanism

Smart locks come in two types: a deadbolt replacement model and a deadbolt adapter model. Both types are convenient and secure. But since they have different installation methods and requirements, the best type should be the one that suits your door’s configuration.

  • Deadbolt Replacement: When installed, this smart lock type completely replaces the standard deadbolt lock on a door. Kits usually include an actuator, the deadbolt, and other components necessary to enable remote access and keyless entry.
  • Deadbolt Adapter: This smart lock type will only replace the manual thumb turn on a door with a motorized one to allow electronic locking and unlocking. Most people often choose this because it works with most door hardware without replacing the entire deadbolt mechanism.

Since it’s an electronic device, a smart lock for front door requires a power source. This usually comes in the form of batteries.

Our smart door lock, the SwitchBot Lock Pro, operates off of four AA batteries (1.5 V), which can last for up to nine months. You’ll receive reminders through our app or your email when the device’s battery dips below 20%. In case the batteries completely run out, don’t worry. Our lock is always ready with its passive power supply to unlock your door.

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There are different ways you can lock and unlock a smart door lock. The most common ones include:

  • Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint scanning
  • Mobile app
  • Personalized code input
  • Remote access (e.g., Wi-Fi and Z-Wave)
  • Voice command

Smart locks are usually reliable. But in case of emergencies or technical issues, it’s still a good idea to have a backup method. That’s why there are smart door locks that retain the option for physical key access.

Benefits of buying a smart lock for front door

Smart door locks are definitely one of the most essential home security devices for many good reasons. Let’s check out some of their top benefits.

Convenient Keyless Entry

If you’ve ever lost your house keys, you know real well how inconvenient and nerve-racking the experience is. Installing a smart door lock means you can finally stop worrying about lost keys or fumbling for them. Smart locks allow you to completely control your doors with your passcode, fingerprint, voice, or smartphone.

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Remote Access and Control

Whether you’re out running errands or working, you can control who goes in or out of your home using only a dedicated mobile app. If you’re expecting someone to visit you—a family member or a close friend—smart locks can generate and send a virtual or one-time passcode to let him or her into your home.

Enhanced Security Features

Smart locks are great additions to your arsenal of home security devices. Most of them come with advanced security features, such as activity logs, door open notifications, and tamper alerts, to make your home more secure. SwitchBot Lock Pro, for instance, is equipped with door status logs, door open alarms, and door ajar alarms, just to name a few.

Integration With Smart Home Systems

Do you already have a smart home setup? If yes, that’s great! Most smart door locks are designed to easily connect and coordinate with other smart home devices and platforms using the internet. This allows you to create a peaceful atmosphere and boost the overall security of your home.

Factors to consider when buying a smart lock for front door

You have plenty of options for smart door locks, but not all of them are worth your money. So, it’s important to take your time and do careful research. Here are some important things to consider when selecting a smart lock for your front door.

1. Compatibility with current door hardware.

Any door can be fitted with a smart lock. It’s only a matter of finding one that matches your door’s type and design.

When shopping for this device, the first thing you need to decide is whether you want to keep or replace your current deadbolt. If you’re only renting, a smart lock that lets you keep your existing deadbolt—also referred to as a “retrofit” option— is a more practical choice.

2. Security features and encryption standards.

Most smart locks come with basic and advanced security features, including alarms, biometric authentication, encryption, remote monitoring, and unique passcodes. To narrow down your options, think about the level of security you need based on your requirements and your area’s overall crime rate.

3. Power source and battery life.

Most consumer-grade smart locks run on single-use or rechargeable batteries, but there are others that are solar powered. When shopping for these locks, one of your important considerations is to check their estimated battery life. Keep in mind that the service life of a battery is influenced by various factors, such as extreme temperatures, usage frequency, and storage conditions.

3. Connectivity options

A smart lock for front door can be connected using Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Z-Wave. Choose a Bluetooth smart door lock for affordability and reliable performance (even without an internet connection). Choose a Wi-Fi smart door lock if you want to operate and monitor your door remotely or integrate it with your smart home system.

These are only some of the important factors you need to keep in mind when selecting a smart lock for your front door. Make sure to take your time, ask the right questions, and think about how this device will help your home.

Installation and setup process

Before you purchase a smart door lock, decide whether you can install it yourself or if you need professional help. Keep in mind that choosing the professional route can be expensive. In addition, you might need certain tools or accessories, such as a cylinder door lock and an indoor outlet.

The installation and setup process will look different for every manufacturer and model. Always refer to the user manual to install a smart lock properly. For our SwitchBot Lock, this process will look something like this:

  • Thoroughly clean the surface of the area of your door where you'll install the lock.
  • Select the right-size thumbturn adaptor, which is often used to convert your existing thumbturn into a motorized mechanism.
  • Determine where to install the smart lock and its direction.
  • Adjust the height of the lock.
  • Make sure the door will lock and unlock with ease.
  • Attach the lock to your door and the magnet to your door frame.
  • Add the lock to the app, then calibrate it.

Smart lock for front door: secure your peace of mind today!

A smart lock for front door offers many benefits, from keyless entry to adding an extra layer of security. With the continuous advancement in smart home technology, we can only expect this device to become even better in the future to ensure you and your family stay safe.

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