As a hardware dealer I have always struggled holding back on speaking about the crappy job hardware manufacturers have done over the years when introducing smart door locks at big box stores without explaining the difference on protocols such as Z-Wave, WiFi or even Zigbee.
Too often customers just grab any smart door lock not knowing if it is compatible with the rest of the smart home items they already have purchased. Helping customers or non customers navigate this waters shouldn’t be hard but at times customers buying online do not ask any key questions often times creating a return products nightmare, so let’s try this
Overall, each type of smart lock has its advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to consider your needs and the specifics of your home before making a decision. Let’s go over the most commonly used smart protocols in the residential space…
- WiFi locks are connected directly to your home network and controlled using an app on your smartphone or other device.
- They offer the most flexibility, as you can access them from anywhere with an internet connection.
- WiFi locks can be integrated with other smart devices in your home, such as a voice assistant or security system.
- However, they tend to be more power-hungry, requiring frequent battery replacements, and are generally more expensive than other types of smart locks.
- Z-Wave locks use a wireless mesh network to connect to other devices in your home.
- This means that they don't rely on your home's WiFi network, so they won't interfere with your internet speeds.
- They can also be controlled using a smartphone app or other smart device, but they require a hub to connect to the internet.
- Z-Wave locks tend to be more affordable than WiFi locks, and they use less power, so the batteries last longer.
- Zigbee locks also use a wireless mesh network, but they use a different frequency than Z-Wave devices.
- They require a hub to connect to the internet, but once set up, they can be controlled using a smartphone app or other smart device.
- Zigbee locks are generally more affordable than WiFi locks, but they can be less reliable in large homes with lots of walls or other obstacles that can interfere with the signal.
- They use less power than WiFi locks, so the batteries last longer.
PS: Different countries use different frequencies on this types of locks so at the time of purchasing please verify you are buying from a reputable source that’s able to supply you with the correct hardware.
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Jorge Guzman — Designer Entryway