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D3lta 19 95 July 24, 2016 at 03:23 PM in Tech & Electronics (2) More Amazon Deals
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Amazon has the 2nd generation August Smart Lock with Siri & HomeKit support for $181.64, MSRP is $229.

I price matched with Best Buy to use my reward points + get ~$200 spent towards the American Express spend $250 get $25 offer, so you could make it even slicker.

I'm personally going to return the lock tomorrow, it doesn't fit my needs and the app/connection is pretty spotty, but thought I'd share for those who are still interested.nod
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How does this actually work?
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How does this actually work?
slips over deadbolt, controlled by the internet.
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slips over deadbolt, controlled by the internet.
Thanks.
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To control it over the Internet you need either an August doorbell cam, an Apple TV or the August Connect (one per lock).. I have several of these locks. With the Connects and the keypads they really are great and the Siri integration is excellent. The August Doorbell cam is not so good, sadly.
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Last edited by WilliamG July 25, 2016 at 09:57 PM
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To control it over the Internet you need either an August doorbell cam, an Apple TV or the August Connect (one per lock).. I have several of these locks. With the Connects and the keypads they really are great and the Siri integration is excellent. The August Doorbell cam is not so good, sadly.
Some questions for you when you get a chance:
  • Is it possible to control multiple (2 or 3) August smart locks with one Apple TV?
  • I'm guessing the keypads work for only one lock at a time, not multiple?
  • Specifically how is the doorbell cam not great?
  • Is your system still working good for you, a couple of months after you wrote this comment?

Thanks. The August lock in silver is 177. on Amazon. I'm just wondering if they'll be coming out with a 3rd generation version soon. Am zeroing in on the August after some reviews, etc., inc. this: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/08...er-tricks/
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Quote from slickernsnot View Post :
Some questions for you when you get a chance:
  • Is it possible to control multiple (2 or 3) August smart locks with one Apple TV?
  • I'm guessing the keypads work for only one lock at a time, not multiple?
  • Specifically how is the doorbell cam not great?
  • Is your system still working good for you, a couple of months after you wrote this comment?

Thanks. The August lock in silver is 177. on Amazon. I'm just wondering if they'll be coming out with a 3rd generation version soon. Am zeroing in on the August after some reviews, etc., inc. this: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/08...er-tricks/
You can control multiple locks with one Apple TV, yes. I have two controlled this way.

Keypads are one per lock, yep.

Doorbell cam has exposure issues, and poor network quality, along with slow notifications from when the doorbell is pressed. Still no motion sensing or cloud recording. I switched to the SkyBell HD and it's 10 million times better, has free cloud recording, and motion sensing working out of the box. It also looks like a bell to press, which the August does not. I just never got on with it, to the point that August gave me a full refund for the device.

The locks still work great, though, and I've had no issues with them or the keypads. I recommend the locks highly.
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You can control multiple locks with one Apple TV, yes. I have two controlled this way.

Keypads are one per lock, yep.

Doorbell cam has exposure issues, and poor network quality, along with slow notifications from when the doorbell is pressed. Still no motion sensing or cloud recording. I switched to the SkyBell HD and it's 10 million times better, has free cloud recording, and motion sensing working out of the box. It also looks like a bell to press, which the August does not. I just never got on with it, to the point that August gave me a full refund for the device.

The locks still work great, though, and I've had no issues with them or the keypads. I recommend the locks highly.
Thank you :-)
I was about ready to take the plunge. The reviews on the latest generation ones (generation 2) are quite mixed. Glad it's working for you. It sounds like a late-model iphone with an Apple TV is a successful combination with this.
I'm going to contact August to see if I can find out when the 3rd generation version is going to come out. The first 2 generations were 10/14 and 10/15 respectively....
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Thank you :-)
I was about ready to take the plunge. The reviews on the latest generation ones (generation 2) are quite mixed. Glad it's working for you. It sounds like a late-model iphone with an Apple TV is a successful combination with this.
I'm going to contact August to see if I can find out when the 3rd generation version is going to come out. The first 2 generations were 10/14 and 10/15 respectively....
I don't see new ones anytime soon.
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I don't see new ones anytime soon.
Can I ask what you base that on?
I sent a message to the founder, and put a separate on on the company's fb page. They might not want to say, but worth a shot, I think.
I've been looking into beefier strike plates and 3" hardened wood screws there and in the hinges, as well.
I wish they made the bolt longer than 1" in this product as well as other deadbolts.

The silver 2nd gen. is now 178. on amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0168IX...=UTF8&th=1
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Can I ask what you base that on?
I sent a message to the founder, and put a separate on on the company's fb page. They might not want to say, but worth a shot, I think.
I've been looking into beefier strike plates and 3" hardened wood screws there and in the hinges, as well.
I wish they made the bolt longer than 1" in this product as well as other deadbolts.

The silver 2nd gen. is now 178. on amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0168IX...=UTF8&th=1
Not really sure what you mean. There's no deadbolt included. It uses your existing setup. And I base this on this version of the lock not being out all that long.
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Not really sure what you mean. There's no deadbolt included. It uses your existing setup. And I base this on this version of the lock not being out all that long.
They sell a separate tapered deadbolt [august.com] that they think works better (less friction, less wear on the unit).
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Last edited by slickernsnot September 23, 2016 at 03:05 PM
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They sell a separate tapered deadbolt [august.com] that they think works better (less friction, less wear on the unit).
No, they sell a deadbolt that's compatible. It's a pretty generic Schlage unit. It's not due to your own deadbolt causing more wear etc. Most people won't need it (or one similar from Amazon/Lowe's/Home Depot etc) unless they have a completely different deadbolt system.

I get the feeling you're kicking the tires a little here.

Just buy the system if it's something you want/need, or don't if you don't.
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No, they sell a deadbolt that's compatible. It's a pretty generic Schlage unit. It's not due to your own deadbolt causing more wear etc. Most people won't need it (or one similar from Amazon/Lowe's/Home Depot etc) unless they have a completely different deadbolt system.

I get the feeling you're kicking the tires a little here.

Just buy the system if it's something you want/need, or don't if you don't.
"They sell a separate tapered deadbolt". That is absolutely accurate. This is a Schlage or a Hagel, depending on stock, that they are calling "August tapered deadbolt". It's used on their recommendation if there is a tight fit, so as not to cause excessive wear over time on their deadbolt's moving parts -- because it is tapered.

I get the feeling now (although I thought you were a helpful type in this forum explicitly devoted to kicking the tires on products) that you're more a know-it-all that needs to be right rather than learn something.

Just be helpful, or shut up if you you can't -- definitely don't tell people what to do.
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Quote from slickernsnot View Post :
"They sell a separate tapered deadbolt". That is absolutely accurate. This is a Schlage or a Hagel, depending on stock, that they are calling "August tapered deadbolt". It's used on their recommendation if there is a tight fit, so as not to cause excessive wear over time on their deadbolt's moving parts -- because it is tapered.

I get the feeling now (although I thought you were a helpful type in this forum explicitly devoted to kicking the tires on products) that you're more a know-it-all that needs to be right rather than learn something.

Just be helpful, or shut up if you you can't -- definitely don't tell people what to do.
Yep. Ok. You take my assistance - someone who has owned this setup for quite a while, - and then you automatically know everything you need to know, and throw it back in my face. Feel free to call August. The tapering is only needed if your deadbolt is rubbing, - and you do NOT need to buy the one they specially sell. And you don't need a tapered deadbolt if yours isn't rubbing.

Feel free to make your own decisions because I sure as heck won't be helping you anymore.
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