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August 1, 2015 at 2:59 pm

Kevo; Continuing My Quest for Accessing Everything via My Smartphone

Kevo; Continuing My Quest for Accessing Everything via My Smartphone

Today I’m reviewing Kevo by Kwikset. I purchased my Kevo and have been using it for about a year. In this review I will go through the experience of installing, configuring and using the Kevo. For those of you who are interested in a keyless entry system for your home or are interested in new technology for the home, this review may help you.

I’m a minimalist at heart. I’m always looking for ways to reduce things I carry, stuff I own and even my hair styles. When I came across the Kevo Smart Lock I immediately read the reviews and did my research.

As I’ve mentioned before, you should always read reviews and after I read the reviews, I felt confident that it a good buy and bought my Kevo on Amazon. Once purchased, I couldn’t wait to use it and I felt like a kid on Christmas waiting for it.

kevo-mobile-appKevo Features

The Kevo got high reviews on all aspects of the smart lock system. Some of the “key” features (pun intended) are:

  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Remote Access
  • Enhanced Security
  • Sharing eKeys
  • Usage Tracking

Installing the Kevo

To install the Kevo all I needed was a phillips head screwdriver. I was able to remove the existing deadbolt for the front door with ease and install the new Kevo lock. Kwikset has engineered the hardware for Kevo very well. They have made the hardware installation very simple and have great directions to follow.

Once the Kevo was installed I downloaded their mobile app for my smartphone. I went through the typical account setup including my name, location and email. After creating my account I paired the smartphone with the Kevo lock. The pairing was very simple and created a good connection between the two devices. A few blinking lights and a beep and I was able to lock and unlock my Kevo with just a touch.

Using the Kevo

kevo-touchUsing the Kevo turned out to be pretty easy. However, it’s not perfect. I found out the hard way that leaving my phone in the house while taking out the trash can result in the Kevo locking the door behind me and leaving me locked out of the house. Standing outside of the house in your Batman pajamas can raise some eyebrows in the neighborhood. That happened to a friend of mine, not me.

Overall I would give the Kevo a B- for easy installation, pairing and all around engineering. I did have to continue to calibrate both my smartphone with Kevo in order to get the best results. This isn’t a deal breaker for me but it was an annoyance.

kevo-plus-gatewayLatest Kevo News

At the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Kwikset announced several new features on the new Kevo Plus router upgrade. The main feature will be the ability to unlock the door over the Internet. This feature sounds good and reminds me of my ability to open my garage door over the Internet using my GoGoGate.

However, the downside to this new upgrade is that existing customers, like me, will have to upgrade to the new Kevo Plus premium account. This new premium account comes with fees to use the new features. Additionally, the Kevo Plus router is another device that needs to be added to the system. I’m not a huge fan of this new pricing structure or adding another device, but I would still recommend Kevo without the Kevo Plus upgrade.

If you are a gadget person like me and want to experiment with remote door locks, I would recommend Kevo for your bluetooth lock needs. They have a solid system and great mobile app. Plus, if you don’t have your phone you can always carry a key fob or an actual key to unlock the door. It’s a good gadget and I do recommend it. Just don’t lose your phone.

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