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Old 07-10-2014, 10:26 AM   #21
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Haha, I think I may see this thing by some time 2016. They have shipped around 5k. I am 11137 in line.
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Old 06-28-2016, 12:29 PM   #22
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I finally received my lockitron! Got it 2 weeks ago, they are now on their 2nd revision and its not as cool as originally marketed. Its now essentially a bluetooth device.

It replaces your deadbolt with a new lock (not just a device you put over your existing lock). In order to avoid issues with lock clearance, the slot for the deadbolt (in door jam) is larger than the deadbolt so when locked, there is some play. Not a fan of this because that little bit of play would give someone wanting to kick in the door just that much more force. But, i'm guessing this is to minimize stress on electronic components and increase the area which the lock can engage to reduce how often it might fail to lock because of hitting door jam.

As far as the device its self, it functions good. Device runs on 4 AAA batteries and connects via bluetooth to your phone. A proprietary app controls the device to lock and unlock. It does not integrate with Apple's Homekit which is annoying. I'm going to assume this is because Apple has strict rules on hardware requirements. So, this lock is silo'd in its own app that you must launch in order to control the lock.

To add wifi/offsite control capabilities to the lock, there is an external box box that connects to the lock via bluetooth and out to the "cloud" via wifi. This box has been my biggest issue with the lock. When connecting directly via bluetooth, i've never had any issues. When outside of range and having to go through the web, i have had it not want to connect several times. The other day we were heading down the road and couldn't get the lock to lock. So I had to turn around and head back to connect via bluetooth to lock the door. It has proximity unlock which is nice. App is always tracking me and when I'm within a certain distance of my house, it unlocks the door. I can normally hear the lock unlock as i'm coming up my stoop stairs. This was the biggest reason for the purchase.

Security? I'm not worried at this point. If an electronic lock on my front door is the biggest threat to someone getting in my house i'm in trouble. Criminals are more likely to just smash in the 3'x4' window right beside the front door if they want in. We don't have sophisticated criminals running home heist rings around here. All our burglaries are either someone didn't lock their windows/door or brute force entry via a glass window/door. Locks are just a deterrent. My alarm will let me know if someone decides to go to the next level.

End result? I will never have a purely manual lock on my door ever again. I don't know if I would purchase this specific one again unless they step up their integration game, but every home from here on out will get the lock replaced with some form of electronic lock that allows remote locking/unlocking.
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