Wi-Fi door locks can be controlled by the internet. That statement is true but there is so much more. In this article I will explain what Wi-Fi door locks are and I will touch on other items in your house that can be controlled giving you a complete Wi-Fi house.
The mechanical part of the lock must be made of high quality materials and should meet standard ANSI lock specifications. Most of these locks will be battery operated and may have a key override or at least some other way to gain entry in case of battery failure. You may see push buttons on the front of the lock which is becoming a standard feature. Many Wi-Fi Door Locks look like regular door locks and the mechanical part of the locks will operate the same.
The lock has a small computer and Wi-Fi chip that will communicate through your house Wi-Fi. The setup is usually done through a laptop, tablet or desktop computer. Entry codes are set up so that everyone in the house has their own code. Temporary codes can also be issued, for example, to service people, a friend or relative. They can be set up to expire in a certain amount of time. Reporting and logging the entry and exits are also available. It can log the time, date and what person opened the door. If you are not home you can still communicate with the lock through its Wi-Fi connection. For example, someone you know might need to get into your house and you are not there. They will call you on your cell; you will then send a temporary code to the lock. The person at the front door will enter that code and gain entry.
There many items in your home that can be controlled via Wi-Fi and more are coming, here are a few examples:
- Thermostat-the temperature in your home can be remotely controlled just like the lock
- Camera- commercial cameras have been able to be remotely controlled for years, now they are coming to the residential market
- Plugs-when you are able to control a plug remotely then you can control anything that is plugged into it
- TV’s, music, curtains, water leak sensors, refrigerators, and much more
We are very quickly approaching the point where we will have the “Connected House”. Years ago the first home automation technology was called x10, it is still around today, however it is being replaced by Wi-Fi technology and in some cases a combination of x10 and Wi-Fi.
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