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What You Need to Know about Abode's Retrofit Smart Lock for Advanced Home Security

Abode's Easy-to-Install Retrofit Lock Boosts Security with Existing Deadbolts

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Abode Systems is one of GearBrain's Best DIY smart home security systems, which we have tested for many years. Today, the company unveiled the Abode Lock, a vital smart home security device for smart homes. But the new Abode Lock is different from other smart locks. This one makes it easier than ever to upgrade latch-style deadbolts into smart locks. This effortlessly installable smart lock helps homeowners incorporate their primary entryways seamlessly into Abode's comprehensive smart DIY home security network. It comes with a Bluetooth keypad and will add enhanced security solutions at an affordable cost for Abode customers. Here is everything you need to know about this new smart lock.

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Designed as a retrofit solution that completely bypasses the need to change out complicated door hardware, this Wi-Fi-enabled lock is compatible with all standard deadbolts to ensure easy installation and universal adaptability. By directly integrating with the existing deadbolt on the interior of the door, users are not required to replace any of their current keys, and their door exterior remains unaltered. Installing the Abode Lock is easy and can be done directly from the Abode App on a smartphone. For frictionless commissioning, the lock pairs with the Abode app via Bluetooth and checks for any required firmware updates once connected to a Wi-Fi network.

The Abode Lock, priced at $129.99 MSRP for the lock and keypad bundle, is outfitted with the leading features users desire most on their front door. The included keypad connects to the lock via Bluetooth and enables simple and secure exterior access via PIN code or fingerprint recognition. As the solution for safeguarding the door, the battery life of a smart door lock is paramount. The Abode Lock boasts a large 4,000 mAh rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides prolonged operation of up to 12 months with average use. Low battery warnings are issued to users via the Abode app to help ensure continuous protection.

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Advanced securityAdvanced security that has been ideally balanced with ease of access and user-friendly design sets the Abode Lock apart. The lock supports up to 10 unique users, each with 5 fingerprint registrations for a total of 50 unique fingerprints for authorized access. In addition to fast fingerprint access, the lock supports personalized PIN codes for up to 10 unique users. For guest access, users can create one-time-use PIN codes with a shelf life that expires upon usage, as well as scheduled PIN codes that are only active during specified windows. Support across a wide variety of access options provides users with the convenience of granting access to family and friends with the peace of mind that approved service providers, such as dogwalkers or cleaners, may only access their homes during designated times.

The Abode Lock can be used as a standalone solution or integrated seamlessly into an existing Abode smart home security system, offering enhanced security and flexibility to all users. When deployed as a standalone solution, users can leverage the Abode app for remote lock or unlock of the door or enable features such as auto-lock, which locks the door after a previously determined amount of time has passed. Additionally, users have access to all fingerprint and PIN functionalities, including temporary codes.

When integrated into a larger Abode system operating on an Abode plan (Standard or Pro), users unlock access to powerful home automation, including scheduling and geolocation capabilities that can automatically lock or unlock the door based on a user’s location. Access to CUE, Abode’s robust home automation engine, is available to those subscribed to an Abode Standard plan ($6.99/month) or Pro Plan ($21.99/month). Through CUE, users can create powerful automation rules that enhance comfort, security, and convenience. For example, users could create a “goodnight” automation that shuts off all connected lights, turns the thermostat down, and locks the front door. (Learn more about Abode's plans here.)

The Abode Lock is available now at an MSRP of $129.99 for the Wi-Fi lock and Bluetooth-connected keypad. For more information on the Abode Lock, please visit Abode's site.

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GearBrain's Opinion:

The Abode Lock seems to be an indispensable upgrade for anyone looking to enhance their home's security without the complexity of changing existing hardware. This smart lock is not only a testament to Abode Systems' commitment to seamless integration and user convenience but also a reflection of their understanding of homeowners' needs for a secure, smart home ecosystem. With its straightforward installation, compatibility with all standard deadbolts, and inclusion of a Bluetooth keypad, the Abode Lock is poised to offer unprecedented ease and peace of mind. And we look forward to testing it ourselves to see how it performs. So, be on the lookout for our review.

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In the interim, who should buy this new retrofit smart lock? The Abode Lock is ideal for both current Abode customers looking to expand their Abode smart home security system and new users seeking a reliable, easy-to-install smart lock solution. It's perfect for renters who need a non-invasive security upgrade, homeowners who want to keep their exterior door hardware unchanged, and anyone desiring the advanced features of smart locks without the hassle. With its competitive price point, extensive battery life, and a broad range of access options, the Abode Lock represents a smart investment for securing the most critical entrances to your home. Whether you're integrating it into an extensive Abode system or using it as a standalone security feature, the Abode Lock offers both flexibility and advanced security, ensuring that it's a smart choice for anyone serious about their home's security.

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