Wi-Fi, which allows users to remotely control their smart locks via the internet, is a key feature of most smart locks. August specifically has a smart lock with built-in Wi-Fi—August Wi-Fi Smart Lock and other models that need a smart hub to connect to a Wi-Fi network.
August smart locks require Wi-Fi to perform certain functions, just like other smart locks. But is that enough to make them totally dependent on Wi-Fi? Let’s find out!
Are August smart locks compatible with Wi-Fi?
August smart locks can be controlled without Wi-Fi, as they can connect via Bluetooth and Z-Wave. However, you need Wi-Fi if you’re looking to control your lock remotely.
If you’re still curious about how the August smart lock works, you want to continue reading.
August Smart Locks and Wi-Fi: Here’s What You Need to Know
Wi-Fi is a communication protocol that allows smart locks to be connected to your phone and other smart devices. This allows you to remotely control your lock. For example, an August smart lock that comes with an in-built Wi-Fi can connect directly to your phone—where you can perform functions like locking, unlocking, changing access codes, and more via the app on your phone.
However, this doesn’t mean you must connect to a Wi-Fi network to control your smart lock. Most smart locks come with touchpads or buttons that allow you to input your password to unlock and lock the door. So Wi-Fi only comes in when you’re looking to control your lock remotely.
August smart locks can also be used with other communication protocols like Bluetooth and Z-Wave. You can connect to your phone via either Bluetooth or Z-Wave, or you can use a hub to remote control the device. Learn more Wi-Fi and other smart locks communication protocols.
August Smart Locks – How They Work
August offers a variety of smart locks. Each model has its own unique features. We will be focusing on the connectivity and other methods of operating an August smartlock in this guide. Let’s get started.
August Smart Lock (AUGSL04-C03–N04)
August smart lock model AUG-SL04C03-N04 has Bluetooth built in, which allows users connect directly to their smartphones or other smart devices. You can lock, unlock and change access codes using the Bluetooth function on your phone.
Bluetooth is limited in range so you can only control your lock by connecting via Bluetooth.
So for this August smart lock, it uses Bluetooth as its communication protocol, and you don’t need Wi-Fi to operate it unless you want to control the lock remotely. You will also need the August Wi Fi Bridge or a third-party smart hub to allow you to connect via Wi Fi.
The lock can also be connected to a hub to support Alexa and Google Assistant.
August Smart Lock Pro (3rd Generation)
August Smart Lock Pro is a slightly upgraded version of the August smart locks (3rd generation). It features two built-in communication protocols—Bluetooth and Z-Wave.
Again, you don’t need Wi-Fi to operate this lock; it functions well with Bluetooth or Z-Wave. To extend the range for remote controls, however, you will need Wi-Fi. This lock is designed to connect with the August Wi Fi Bridge and third-party smarthubs like Samsung SmartThings.
The lock works with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Alexa.
August Wi-Fi Smart Lock (4th Gen)
The August is different from other models. Wi-Fi Smart Lock The August lock is equipped with Wi Fi built-in. This makes it the first August lock that can connect directly to smartphones and tablets without a smart hub. It is also portable, making it stand out.
The lock works well with Google Assistant Amazon Alexa, and Apple HomeKit. You still don’t need a hub to connect it to voice assistant devices; the built-in Wi-Fi does the job.
Though this lock is built around Wi-Fi, you can still operate it without Wi-Fi as it has another communication protocol—Bluetooth. Even though it has Wi-Fi built in, you might decide to disconnect to save battery and connect via smart hub.
The bottom line is, Wi-Fi is necessary to get the full functions of the August smart lock, but your lock won’t stop working without Wi-Fi.
NotificationTo operate your lock, the August app must be installed on your smartphone. The app works on both Android and iOS devices. You should verify compatibility before you download it.
It’s also worth mentioning that August recently introduced the smart keypad that lets users control their locks without a phone.
August Connect is required to use all August smart locks
August connect is required to pair August smart locks with no built-in WiFi. With the new August Wi-Fi Smart Lock, you don’t need the August Connect to pair your lock with your phone. So you don’t need August Connect for each lock, but only those without built-in Wi-Fi.
What is the difference in August Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro
August Smart Lock (3rd generation) and Smart Lock Pro (pro version) are two different models. They have a similar design but the features are not the same. The August Smart Lock Pro is a slightly upgraded version of the August Smart Lock. It is compatible with Apple HomeKit and Bluetooth. Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. August Smart Lock, however, only supports Bluetooth. It could work with Alexa or Google Assistant if paired with a compatible hub.
What is the August Wi-Fi Bridge and what does it do?
The August Wi-Fi bridge is August’s smart hub that lets users connect their August locks (without built-in Wi-Fi) to their phones and other smart devices. A smart hub is needed to connect and translate data between different communication protocols.
Learn more smart locks and smart hubs here.
You can unlock August Smart Lock manually
August smart locks can be used with existing deadbolts. This means that you can still use a key to unlock your door manually.
So that’s it! An August smart lock can be used without Wi-Fi. Even so, Wi-Fi is necessary for those that want to control their locks remotely—say from their place of work, vacation, etc.
Tip: Keep in mind that August has different models of smart locks—with the most recent one designed with built-in Wi-Fi. Other models come with Bluetooth and Z-Wave. You may need a Wi-Fi Bridge to connect to the internet. If you’re looking to connect directly to your smartphone without a hub, the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock is your best bet.