Popular smart home security company Abode is venturing into the smart lock industry for the first time. The new Abode Lock features a retrofit design that the company says works with any bolt-style deadbolt and requires no changes to the door hardware itself. Unfortunately, the Abode Lock lacks the most important feature that many Apple users need: HomeKit support. Instead, Abode has opted for Amazon Alexa and Google Home support.
Here are some details on the installation process for Abode: Designed as a retrofit solution that completely bypasses the need to replace complicated door hardware, this Wi-Fi enabled lock is compatible with all standard deadbolts to ensure easy installation and universal adaptability. to guarantee. By directly integrating with the existing deadbolt on the inside of the door, users do not have to replace their current keys and the outside of the door remains unchanged. Installing the Abode Lock is easy and can be done directly from the Abode App on a smartphone. For hassle-free commissioning, the lock pairs with the Abode app via Bluetooth and checks for any required firmware updates once connected to a Wi-Fi network. Abode Lock costs $129.99 for a bundle that includes the smart lock itself and a separate keypad. The battery-powered keypad offers access via fingerprint recognition or a PIN code, and Abode says it can last up to 12 months on a single charge. You can find more information about the new Abode Lock on the company's website.
Homekit.Blog's Opinion: The lack of HomeKit support here is a real shame, because in every other respect this sounds like a solid smart lock option – especially for renters. Hopefully Abode will reconsider this at some point, but for now there are other HomeKit smart locks available for Apple users. My personal favorite is Aqara's Smart Lock U100, which also supports Apple's latest Home Key technology.
Check out our full review for more details. Here's Abode's full press release on today's news. Abode Introduces Retrofit Smart Door Lock and Unlocks New Smart Home Security Experiences Retrofit smart lock device adds intelligence to any door and integrates seamlessly with existing deadbolts to provide enhanced security that is easy to install. February 1, 2024 – 7:00 AM PT / 10:00 AM ET – Abode Systems, the leading provider of DIY smart home security solutions, today announces the launch and availability of the Abode Lock. This easy-to-install device transforms any deadbolt into a smart lock, providing users with a reliable way to fully integrate the home's most critical entryways into Abode's robust smart home ecosystem. The launch includes the Abode Lock and a Bluetooth-connected keyboard, offering advanced security at an accessible price. This Wi-Fi enabled lock is designed as a retrofit solution that completely bypasses the need to replace complicated door hardware. It is compatible with all standard deadbolts to ensure easy installation and universal adaptability. By directly integrating with the existing deadbolt on the inside of the door, users do not have to replace their current keys and the outside of the door remains unchanged. Installing the Abode Lock is easy and can be done directly from the Abode App on a smartphone. For hassle-free commissioning, the lock pairs with the Abode app via Bluetooth and checks for any required firmware updates once connected to a Wi-Fi network.
The Abode Lock, with a suggested retail price of €129.99 for the lock and keypad bundle, is equipped with the key features that users most want on their front door. The included keypad connects to the lock via Bluetooth and allows easy and secure access from outside via PIN code or fingerprint recognition. As a door security solution, the battery life of a smart door lock is critical. The Abode Lock has a large 4,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides long-lasting operation of up to 12 months with average use. The Abode app alerts users when the battery is low to ensure continuous protection. Advanced security ideally balanced with easy access and a user-friendly design sets the Abode Lock apart. The lock supports up to 10 unique users, each with 5 fingerprint registrations, for a total of 50 unique fingerprints for authorized access. In addition to fast fingerprint access, the lock supports personalized PIN codes for up to 10 unique users. For guest access, users can create single-use PINs with a shelf life that expires upon use, as well as scheduled PINs that are only active during certain time periods. Support through a wide range of access options gives users the convenience of allowing family and friends access with the peace of mind that approved service providers, such as dog walkers or cleaners, are only allowed to enter their home at certain times.
The Abode Lock can be used as a standalone solution or seamlessly integrated into an existing Abode smart home security system, providing all users with enhanced security and flexibility. When deployed as a standalone solution, users can use the Abode app to remotely lock or unlock the door or enable features such as auto-lock, which locks the door after a predetermined time has passed. Additionally, users have access to all fingerprint and PIN functionality, including temporary codes. When integrated into a larger home system that operates on a home subscription basis (Standard or Pro), users unlock access to powerful home automation, including scheduling and geolocation capabilities that can automatically lock or unlock the door based on a user's location. Access to CUE, Abode's robust home automation engine, is available to those who subscribe to an Abode Standard plan ($6.99/month) or Pro Plan ($21.99/month). Through CUE, users can create powerful automation rules that increase comfort, security and convenience. For example, users can create a “good night” automation that turns off all connected lights, turns down the thermostat, and locks the front door. The Abode Lock is available now for a suggested retail price of $129.99 for the Wi-Fi lock and Bluetooth-connected keyboard. For more information about the Abode Lock, visit: https://goabode.com/product/abode-lock
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