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# 249448 11-May-2019 10:30
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Im in a hunt for a good smart door lock, and I am leaning towards getting the August Gen 3 pro due to its features and discrete design. The only concern that I have is that it has a Z Wave Plus RF, which I believe is a topic on its own. I was some of these being being sold through Dick Smiths online shop, and some on Trade Me, which makes me wonder if August is using a different RF for it to be allowed to be marketed in NZ by Dick Smith. Or is it a matter of, if you don't have any Z wave hub to connected it to it will be OK?


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Master Geek


  # 2234918 11-May-2019 11:35
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Looks like its standalone, works with phone but needs the 'August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge' to get remote controls etc....





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Wannabe Geek


# 2234934 11-May-2019 12:29
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Thank you for your comment. Yes the Wifi Connect hub integrates Amazon Echo integration with the lock, however I am just a bit skeptical about the Z Wave RF that is a key feature of the New Generation August lock. I know the US/Canada specs cannot be used here in NZ due to RF restriction as per discussed in this forum: 

 

https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=73&topicid=223277

 

That is why I am wondering how is it possible that Dick Smith online shop is able to market here. Also there are some of these items being sold in TM.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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Master Geek


  # 2234939 11-May-2019 12:36
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I would dwell on it or lose any sleep, not your problem. The DS price is good.





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  # 2234951 11-May-2019 13:17
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sqishy:

I would dwell on it or lose any sleep, not your problem. The DS price is good.



Do not use anything that is against the law regardless even if an online shop is selling it.

That includes RF devices that broadcast in protected frequencies.

It will be your problem if you get caught.

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  # 2234956 11-May-2019 13:24
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I use the kwikset KEVO smart Lock. The key fobs are sold by mitre 10, but we found they are not as good as your mobile phone.

We just send ekeys to family and friends and can see when they unlock and lock the door.

It's the best thing on the market that I could find based on reviews and products that work in the NZ market.

I would score it:
Reliability 8
Battery life: 7 lasts >8 months
Ease of use: 8
Fast operation: 5
Robustness: 9
Looks (outside) 10
Looks (inside) 7
Ease of changing battery: 6
Ease of enrolling other phones:9
Ease of using fobs:2
Initial setup ease: 5 (had issues upgrading software via Android 8)


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  # 2234971 11-May-2019 14:22
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jjnz1: I use the kwikset KEVO smart Lock. The key fobs are sold by mitre 10, but we found they are not as good as your mobile phone.

We just send ekeys to family and friends and can see when they unlock and lock the door.

It's the best thing on the market that I could find based on reviews and products that work in the NZ market.

I would score it:
Reliability 8
Battery life: 7 lasts >8 months
Ease of use: 8
Fast operation: 5
Robustness: 9
Looks (outside) 10
Looks (inside) 7
Ease of changing battery: 6
Ease of enrolling other phones:9
Ease of using fobs:2
Initial setup ease: 5 (had issues upgrading software via Android 8)

 

Well, based on your last comment, we better make sure it is in the right frequency range or its your problem.





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  # 2234980 11-May-2019 15:05
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Fyi NZ shops will be prosecuted too

 
 
 
 


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  # 2235010 11-May-2019 15:41
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I have a gen 1 August and August connect and August keypad I'm not using, PM me if you want to buy it
. Can work out a price for you.

Cheers.




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Wannabe Geek


# 2235015 11-May-2019 15:57
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sdavisnz: I have a gen 1 August and August connect and August keypad I'm not using, PM me if you want to buy it
. Can work out a price for you.

Cheers.

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for your offer. I am looking at the Gen2  if it will not be possible to have the gen 3 ,so I can atleast integrate it with Homekit. Cheers!




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  # 2235017 11-May-2019 16:03
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jjnz1: I use the kwikset KEVO smart Lock. The key fobs are sold by mitre 10, but we found they are not as good as your mobile phone.

We just send ekeys to family and friends and can see when they unlock and lock the door.

It's the best thing on the market that I could find based on reviews and products that work in the NZ market.

I would score it:
Reliability 8
Battery life: 7 lasts >8 months
Ease of use: 8
Fast operation: 5
Robustness: 9
Looks (outside) 10
Looks (inside) 7
Ease of changing battery: 6
Ease of enrolling other phones:9
Ease of using fobs:2
Initial setup ease: 5 (had issues upgrading software via Android 8)

Cheer! I also had a look at it as well, and in fact the cost of it especially when you buy it overseas is quite attractive, however, the reviews for it is quite concerning in terms of reliability, specially when you use it with an iPhone I believe. Also, their KEVO Plus module is quite pricey as well, and I believe this is the only way it can interact with Alexa or Siri remotely.


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  # 2235061 11-May-2019 16:55
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I've got the August Gen 1 with Connect Bridge and keypad. Works well. The keypad can be a bit hit and miss. It seems to freeze up if you enter an incorrect code. You have to wait until all the lights go out and then start again. The only thing I miss is door open / closed notifications. Gen 3 almost worth it for that....





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# 2235083 11-May-2019 17:45
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hairy1:

 

I've got the August Gen 1 with Connect Bridge and keypad. Works well. The keypad can be a bit hit and miss. It seems to freeze up if you enter an incorrect code. You have to wait until all the lights go out and then start again. The only thing I miss is door open / closed notifications. Gen 3 almost worth it for that....

 

I  agree, the only issue is that the 3rd gen has a built in ZWave RF. This is good for US, but not here in NZ unfortunately. I'll probably get the Gen 2 instead.


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  # 2259522 17-Jun-2019 15:47
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I am also eyeing on the August smart lock pro+ connect. How easy it is to fit? My door lock looks the below one. Is there anything else I should be looking? 

 

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