One more DIY smart home security device, the SimpliSafe Locks ($99), has been added to the company’s line-up. Featuring a sleek interior escutcheon and a backlit exterior keypad, the lock is very easy to install and can be accessed via your phone. If you already have SimpliSafe’s $25 monthly Interactive plan, which is required to use many of the lock’s features, it’s a great addition. The $279 August Smart Lock Pro + Connect is our Editors’ Choice for a standalone smart lock with more features, but it costs more upfront.
Here are the contents the package of Simplisafe Locks
When it comes to the design of smart locks, SimpliSafe stands out as one of the best. Take a look at a sample of what you’ll receive below:
- Mounting plate with a lock
- Thumb turn adapter.
- Keypad for entering a PIN code
- Adhesive and tape mounts
Simplisafe Locks auto lock’s best feature
- Simplisafe Locks feature is one of our favorite features, and this lock is fully integrated with the SimpliSafe system.
- The Simplisafe Locks can be programmed to automatically lock the door after a predetermined amount of time has passed since it was last unlocked. This means that you no longer have to worry about locking the door.
- Timer options are also available. You can set a timer to remind you to lock the door if you have a forgetful roommate (we won’t name names, Roomie). A person who enters the room and is immediately distracted by the kitty will still be locked out after five, 10, or whatever minutes you choose.
Design and Features Simplisafe Locks
In order to use the SimpliSafe Smart Lock, you’ll need to mount the wireless PIN keypad on the outside of the door, or right next to it. Cloud (white), Obsidian (black), or Nickel (white and silver) are the available finishes for the escutcheon’s sleek interior. For added security, the lock has a panel that slides out of the way so you can access the battery pack, Bluetooth pairing button, and a built-in speaker. The base station of the SimpliSafe Home Security System communicates with the PIN pad via an RF radio.
There is a black backlit PIN pad with dimensions of 3.6 by 2.0 by 0.9 centimeters (HWD). There are nine 0-9 buttons, a Lock button, and a Delete button that is used to remove incorrect number entries from the keyboard. If you prefer a more permanent installation, there are two mounting holes on the back panel that you can use. In order to replace the batteries in the PIN pad, you must remove the front of the device using the included pushpin tool.
It is possible to use the same mobile app (for Android and iOS) or web console to control the SimpliSafe Home Security System and the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro to generate and assign unique Smart Lock Smart Pins. In contrast, the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, the Nest X Yale Lock with Nest Connect, and the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt locks allow you to create specific access schedules or temporary PINs.
In order to prevent the deadbolt from being engaged while the door is open, the SimpliSafe Smart Lock can be paired with an entry sensor from the security system. However, it does not integrate with any other SimpliSafe locks devices such as doorbells and cameras, nor does it work with third-party devices or support If these ( IFTTT ) applets.
Using Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant to arm the security system will cause the door to automatically lock (Home or Away), but not the other way around. In addition, in order to arm the system with your voice, receive a push, email, and text message alerts, and remotely lock and unlock the door with your phone, you must subscribe to SimpliSafe’s $25 per month Interactive plan (instead of its $14.99 Standard plan, which merely provides monitoring).
A large button on the Dashboard screen of the mobile app toggles the system between the Home, Away, and Off positions. A lock’s name and a status icon are displayed in a tab below that (locked, unlocked). The door can be locked and unlocked by tapping the lock icon. Three-bar icon: Opens a menu to configure SimpliSafe devices and view a timeline of events in the upper left corner. To modify your subscription plan, network settings, and alerts and notifications, go to Settings and make your selections. Changing the lock’s name and setting the Auto-Lock time can all be done in the Device Settings menu.
Installation and Performance Simplisafe Locks
Since the SimpliSafe Smart Lock utilizes your existing keyed cylinder and single deadbolt assembly, no drilling is necessary. I used the included tape to hold my old lock’s outer cylinder assembly in place on the door while I removed the interior thumbscrew per the detailed installation guide’s instructions. I used the mounting bolts from my old lock to attach the cylinder to the mounting plate I removed from the lock’s interior escutcheon. Using the escutcheon’s wing latches, I attached the interior component to the mounting plate after inserting the tailpiece adapter and making sure the deadbolt was retracted (unlocked). Next, using the pre-installed double-sided tape, I attached the PIN pad to the outside of the door, just above the keyed cylinder.
Setting up a SimpliSafe Smart Lock for your front door
Activating the lock using the SimpliSafe Security System keypad is all that is required after the physical installation. As soon as I tapped Menu and pressed the lock’s pairing button, the lock was added to the system right away. The lock had a name, it had been calibrated, and the installation was done.
We were very impressed with how well the SimpliSafe Smart Lock performed during our evaluations. You can lock and unlock it using the mobile app as well as the PIN pad in a matter of seconds and it’s very quiet. Locks were always engaged (locked) when the security system’s Home and Away modes were activated. It was easy to get notifications of when the door was locked or unlocked, as well as when the PIN had been changed.
When I used Alexa voice commands to set the security system to either “Home” or “Away,” the lock never failed to lock.
SimpliSafe system Syncing Lock
In order to complete your Simplisafe home security system installation, you must sync up your new lock with the rest of it.
- To connect the lock to the system, press the button on the keypad.
- On the keypad, press the Menu button.
- In Devices, select Add Device.
- When you see the Locks option, click on it.
- When prompted, select Yes to confirm that you’ve already installed your lock.
- The lock can be activated by pressing the button on the battery plate located behind it.
- Adding a new lock is confirmed when the base station detects the lock.
- This step is necessary to ensure that the deadbolt is properly calibrated for a snug fit.
Using the SimpliSafe Smart Lock
The fun begins now. Your new SimpliSafe Smart Lock can do what?
Locking and unlocking SimpliSafe Locks
With the SimpliSafe Smart Lock, you have several options for locking and unlocking. Remember that the same deadbolt is still installed on your door. You can use your original key, punch in a PIN using the keypad, purchase a remote key fob, or use the SimpliSafe app on your smartphone to unlock your door.
You can also program the lock to automatically lock and unlock when your alarm system detects a break-in or an intrusion. The door will automatically lock when the system is armed (in Home or Away mode). When the system is disarmed, it will unlock as well.
PINs Identifier Number
Your smart door lock lets you unlock it with up to four different PINs. With kids who need to get in after school, dog walkers who need to get Rover, or a best friend who urgently needs to raid your closet, this can come in very handy.
The drawback is that SimpliSafe’s PINs are only four digits long, making them less secure than those that are longer.
PIN numbers also cannot be made to expire on their own. As a result, if you want to leave the plants watered while you’re away, you’ll need to remove the PIN that the house sitter used. In the absence of action on your part, they will still be able to gain entry to your home.
The keypad’s built-in defenses against would-be intruders are one of the coolest features. You get an alert if someone enters the wrong PIN five times, and the lock stays locked for 30 minutes and locks itself.
You’ll be contacted and the police will be notified if you’ve signed up for a monitoring plan with SimpliSafe.
SimpliSafe Locks Mobile App
If you have SimpliSafe’s Interactive monitoring plan, you can use the SimpliSafe mobile app to unlock your smart lock. Instead of relying on the keypad to lock and unlock the door, you can now do so with your smartphone.
Using the SimpliSafe app in conjunction with the lock provides the added benefit of receiving immediate notifications whenever the door is locked or unlocked. For example, knowing how long your dog walker was out can give you peace of mind that your children made it home safely from school.
In the event that a service technician needs to be let in or the in-laws want to surprise the grandkids, you can unlock and lock the door remotely through the app.
There are no Bluetooth or proximity sensors to automatically unlock the door when your phone is in range, as there are with some other locks.
Adding the voice
As a result of the likes of Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant, I’ve developed an ever-increasing addiction to controlling my life. (It would have been a lot harder to adjust to an empty nest without this unexpected bonus!)
It goes without saying that the news that the SimpliSafe Smart Lock can now be controlled by voice was very exciting to me.
However, there are limits to how much you can tell this lock to do.
To use voice control, you first need to be on the Interactive monitoring plan. For SimpliSafe, this isn’t a surprise, but once you’ve set up the lock, you can’t really use Alexa or Google Assistant to control it.
Unless you’ve added a lock or unlock feature to your system, you can only arm and disarm the entire system. The lock can’t be controlled by itself.
You can’t ask Alexa to unlock the door if you’re in the middle of preparing dinner and someone needs help getting in. That comes as a huge blow.
SimpliSafe Locks Conclusions
A smart lock is a welcome addition to the DIY home security market. SimpliSafe has stayed true to its “simple” roots, so the SimpliSafe Smart Lock is a natural fit for fans of the company.
If you already have a SimpliSafe Home Security System, the SimpliSafe Smart Lock makes sense (and in fact won’t work without the system). Installing it is simple and the slim interior escutcheon will add a dash of style to any doorway, and you can control it using the same app that controls your SimpliSafe system.. SimpliSafe and third-party smart devices aren’t compatible with the lock, and it doesn’t allow for access scheduling or the creation of temporary PIN numbers.
You’ll pay more upfront for August Smart Lock Pro + Connect if you don’t already have a SimpliSafe system, but it works with a wide range of third-party smart devices and supports Apple HomeKit, IFTTT, and Siri voice commands. The Z-Wave radio on it allows it to be integrated into a home automation system without the use of a base station.
SimpliSafe Locks FAQs
Is SimpliSafe Locks can work without a home security system?
Not at all. The SimpliSafe door lock is specifically designed for use with this system. It makes use of the SimpliSafe base station to send notifications and to remotely arm and disarm the system. In addition, the coolest features can only be accessed via a SimpliSafe monitoring plan.
Does SimpliSafe work with any other smart locks?
Yes. A SimpliSafe Interactive monitoring plan is required to integrate August Smart Locks with the security system.
Is SimpliSafe compatible with Apple’s HomeKit platform?
No. At this time, you can use Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant with your SimpliSafe Smart Lock or security system. For years, Apple has hinted that HomeKit integration is on the horizon, but no official word has come from the company.