Setting up your very own wireless network (Wi-Fi) door lock can sound a bit overwhelming that you might want to hire someone to do it for you, but the truth is it just takes easy steps to use your Wi-Fi door lock efficiently.
Step 1 – Removing of the existing deadbolt
Remove the old deadbolt of your door with two screws located at the back of its interior using a drill or a screwdriver.
Step 2 – Installing of Latch
You must first adjust the backset if it’s needed to be extended by holding the latch in front of the door hole, with the latch facing flush against the door edge. If the latch holes are centered in the door hole, there’ll be no adjustment, but if not, you should turn it by 180 degrees before testing again. Now, you may install the latch and strike. After which prepare the exterior keypad and adapter ring only if needed.
Step 3 – Installing of Exterior Assembly
Install both the exterior assembly and interior mounting plate. Remember that you should not over-tighten the installation. Insert your key to test the latch. If it doesn’t extend or retract smoothly, you may do some adjustment.
Step 4 – Installing Interior Assembly
In installing the interior assembly, make sure to tighten the cable connection and to lay it flat against the interior housing. When done, you may now put the battery pack, but do not install the battery yet. It should only be installed once you’re done with the strike plate and there are no longer issues upon testing the door lock.
Step 5 – Connecting To your Smart Door Lock
Since locks do not have screen, you will be using either your smartphone or your laptop to make this procedure possible. Think of the lock as the router that produces a network signal wherein you may connect. Now, once you’ve installed the batteries in your lock, it’ll create a Wi-Fi network. Once you’ve been connected, you can now choose your Wi-Fi network and input the password. A prompt of being successfully connected will appear.
Tip: Be as close as three (3) feet to the lock to make this process as easy as possible. There’s likely a chance that if you’re too far from the door you won’t be able to detect it.
Step 6 – Creating An Account
Download the application that you will be using for the door lock and choose your preferred plan. After you’re done, select Add Device in the main screen of the App. You’ll be then asked to scan the QR Code on the packaging of the lock as well as the serial number.
If you’re using your PC or laptop, after downloading the web application, choose Devices to enter the name, location, and serial number of the door lock.
Step 7 – Setting Up Auto-Lock and Unlock
On any bought smart locks, you must familiarize yourself with the following information: they are locked by default, motorized and powered by battery. Thus, when left unlock, these doors will be locked for as fast as 10 seconds. To set up, go to Home – Settings – Locks – Home/Aways Assist. In some applications, you can go to Home – Settings – Lock – Automation.
What’s fascinating for some smart locks is that it has geological feature that locks your door when in-home sensors detected you’re no longer in the premises of your home and unlocks it when it detects that you’re already there.
Step 8 – Setting Up Guest Access
To let a guest into your house if you are not around, let’s say a housekeeper, you can set up your Guest Access to enable a time that your door will be locked and unlocked. Choose Home – Settings – Family & Guests. From there you can designate the accessibility they have in your home.
Step 9 – Incorporating lock with Alexa or Google Home
Aside from sensors, you can opt for verbal commands in locking and unlocking your door.
Step 10 – Setting Up Notifications
It is important that you apply this feature with your smart lock so that you will be notified on the activities in your home while you are not around. On Settings, enable notifications so you will receive alerts if your door is locked, unlocked, left ajar, or opened by a specific user.