Smart locks add an additional layer of security for your home, and they use the same encryption as online banking. Once installed and configured, you can check if your door is locked no matter where you are so you’ll never have to wonder if you locked the door or not. The days of you, your wife, your kids losing or forgetting your keys are over when you have a smart lock installed. You can remotely lock and unlock your doors from anywhere in the world to let someone in, such as a housekeeper or service repair person. When they leave you can again lock the door so you’ll know your home is once again secure. Smart locks come in various types and colors to match your home.
Benefits of Smart Locks
- Keyless Entry – never worry about losing/forgetting your keys
- Allow access to your home remotely
- Know who is coming and going
- 30+ individual users with unique codes
- Let renters of your second home in remotely
- Extremely safe using 128 bit security, the same as online banking
What’s The Z-Wave Protocol?
Z-Wave is a wireless communications protocol used primarily for home automation. It’s a mesh network using low-energy radio waves to communicate from appliance to appliance allowing for wireless control of residential appliances and other devices, such as lighting control, security systems, thermostats, windows, locks, swimming pools and garage door openers. Like other protocols and systems aimed at the home and office automation market, a Z-Wave automation system can be remotely controlled via the Internet from a wireless keyfob, a wall-mounted keypad or through your smartphones, tablets or computers, with a Z-Wave gateway or central control device serving as both the hub controller and portal to the outside. It provides interoperability between home control systems of different manufacturers that are a part of its alliance. As of May 2017, there are over 1,700 interoperable Z-Wave products.
Do I need a Z-Wave Hub, Gateway, or Controller?
The simple answer to that question is, “yes.” Because these terms all refer to essentially the same thing: a central router-like device that not only communicates with and controls all of your smart devices, but also acts as the point of contact between you and your home automation devices. All of the panels we sell can act as a Z-Wave hub. For hardwired panels such as the Honeywell Vista series an external module with just a few connections is required. For wireless panels its just inserting a Z-Wave expansion card in the side of the unit. The hub and its corresponding interactive app (example Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 or SecureNet) allows you to manage and monitor devices even when you’re not home. The hub not only allows you to control all of your devices from one interface (be it your smartphone or a dedicated touch screen in the home) they also allow all of your Z-Wave devices to communicate with one another, so you can create automated “scenes” that give your tech a life of its own giving you convenience and comfort without lifting a finger.