Kwikset launches second-gen Kevo smart home lock

By Shawn Knight · 5 replies
Aug 30, 2016
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  1. Kwikset, an early pioneer in the Bluetooth-enabled smart door lock movement, has launched a follow-up to its 2013 Kevo lock complete with a subtle new design and additional security-minded features.

    Priced at $229, the second-gen Kevo looks a lot like the original save for a sleeker interior design and according to CNET, it’s also easier to install. You still get the tap-to-open functionality of the original as well as the ability to control it via dedicated app when in Bluetooth range. Kwikset also makes a bridge that’ll let you manipulate the lock from anywhere although that’s an optional accessory.

    Elsewhere, the lock maker has modified its “eKey” feature that allows others to unlock your door wirelessly (say, if you’re on vacation and need someone to feed your fish). Specifically, Kwikset has three types of eKeys: Anytime eKeys, Guest eKeys and Scheduled eKeys (their functionality is self-explanatory) but annoyingly, you’ll have to pay a $1.99 fee to “enable” some of them.

    The second-gen hardware also plays nice with other smart home gadgets like the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Ring doorbell.

    In terms of security, the lock uses a patented horizontal slider rather than a traditional key and pin tumblers and comes with a UL 437 lock pick rating. Of course, one has to remember that if someone is bound and determined to break into your house, they’re going to do so by any means necessary.

    The second-generation Kwikset Kevo smart home lock is available as of writing from Amazon in your choice of satin nickel, Venetian bronze or polished brass.

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  2. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 3,325   +1,972

    OK ... lets hear your bids .... how long before the 9 year old neighbor hacks the lock? Won't it be funny when he changes the codes so you can't get in .... especially when it's pouring down rain?!?!?! Oh what fun this is going to be!
    wiyosaya and Reehahs like this.
  3. BSim500

    BSim500 TS Evangelist Posts: 387   +659

    So it's yet another overpriced digital lock that's inherently insecure by design?...

    I swear the more of these "'smart' home" articles I read, the faster I'm coming to the conclusion that only dumb-*ssess will buy them...
    wiyosaya likes this.
  4. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    If you pay extra for the bridge to make it less secure . . .
  5. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Evangelist Posts: 613   +175

    "although that’s an optional accessory."
  6. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 TS Booster Posts: 191   +46

    Good thing you can still just use your actual key to get in :)

    And Kevo and August were proved to be the most secure of the Bluetooth enabled locks. SO there's that.

    And compatibility with Nest and Ring has been around, they work with first gen Kevo locks

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