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# 251168 11-Jun-2019 18:06
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Hi There,

 

 

 

Wondering if anyone has a August Smart Lock pro + Connect in NZ?

 

I was silly and purchased one on a sale from Amazon but have since read about the Zwave issues in NZ. I see the exact same model I purchased is avalible to purchase through Dicksmith (Australia use the same Zwave frequency as us)

 

 

 

Wondering if anyone has one/uses it

 

Will there be any issues? Not planning on intergrating with other Z-Wave devices, just using the WiFi/Bluetooth functionality of it

 

 

 

Can you disable Z-Wave?

 

 

 

TIA

 

 

 

 


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  # 2256299 11-Jun-2019 18:50
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I didn't think the August smart lock was available in the Aus/NZ z-wave frequency. I can't see the lock listed here.

https://products.z-wavealliance.org/regions/4/categories/6/products



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  # 2256302 11-Jun-2019 18:53
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Exactly why I think I goofed up.

Here is the link to dse selling it https://www.dicksmith.co.nz/dn/buy/august-smart-lock-pro-connect-silver/

 
 
 
 


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  # 2256311 11-Jun-2019 19:34
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This is something I've looked at - and didn't want to risk.

 

The RSM requirements for Z-Wave are real, and they do hunt for unlicensed gear. It sounds like Kogan was importing them, but they're not the AU/NZ frequencies.

 

I have not gotten around to this myself, but would consider messaging August directly to ask if they have an AU/NZ model. Else, don't touch them! as you're just asking for trouble.







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  # 2256429 12-Jun-2019 07:46
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Yeah fair enough, ill look at returning it. Dammit I was so excited haha love the wifiness


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  # 2256446 12-Jun-2019 08:31
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My understanding was the z-wave module on the August Smart lock wasn't active until you activate it via the inclusion steps for home automation integration - https://support.august.com/setting-up-z-wave-on-the-august-smart-lock-pro-S1Hxgw81CdM

 

 

The connect bridge is a Bluetooth WiFi bridge and the Keypad is a Bluetooth connection as well.

 

 

Could be worth confirming with August themselves, but if the z-wave module isn't active, it should be OK and it does look to be one of the more user friendly smart locks on the market.



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  # 2256462 12-Jun-2019 08:59
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I have just flicked them a question asking exactly that, i'll let you guys know what their response is


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  # 2256474 12-Jun-2019 09:03
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I'm interested to know what they say, I've been trying to decide on a lock option for home, hence why I've been looking at their support pages.

 
 
 
 




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  # 2256749 12-Jun-2019 14:05
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Here is their official response:

 

Hello ,   Thank you for reaching out to us.The Z-wave is enabled/disabled using the August application. This means that if you don't want to enable it you don't have to.


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  # 2256884 12-Jun-2019 16:21
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The problem with this (and from what we've seen also) if it has a Z-Wave chipset at an unlicensed frequency it is illegal to use within NZ. We've seen manufacturers who claim to disable Z-Wave however the radio remains active (and transmits).

 

Personally, I wouldn't take the risk at all. The fines from RSM can be massive if caught.







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  # 2256948 12-Jun-2019 18:27
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Do you know where this is documented?


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  # 2257045 12-Jun-2019 20:57
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I guess I would be surprised if this particular type of product(specifically the August Smart Lock Pro) was transmitting if the configuration hadn't been set, as they're recognised as being one of the first to support the newer security products standards and by default is Bluetooth driven.

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