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7 Reasons Why You Should Switch Your Smart Lock to Gate

If you’ve spent time shopping for a smart lock, you know there are dozens of options to choose from. In fact, you probably encountered smart lock brands like August, Schlage, Kwikset, and Yale. Or even brands like Ring or Nest for video doorbells. 

While these brands and their units are great, they aren't comprehensive smart locks. 

That's why, if you want to simplify your home access without sacrificing features, consider switching your smart lock to Gate for the following seven reasons.

#1 Your smart lock is blind

You probably bought your smart lock so you could unlock the entrance to your home or business with your phone.

Yes, it’s convenient, but does it guarantee trusted access? In other words, without video capabilities, you can’t be 100% sure who is entering your property.

To be certain of who is coming and going, your smart lock must come equipped with a video option, so you can properly authenticate your guests.

That's why Gate’s HD wide-angle video camera lets you visually verify exactly who comes in the door.

#2 One Device. One Purchase. DIY installation

You might be thinking, okay, but Gate isn’t the only smart lock with a video camera, right?

Actually, you might be surprised.

In a recent independent comparison of the top smart locks by PCMAG, they intentionally left out video services in their methodology.

Why?

Because most smart lock products on the market, don't include video. For example, to add visual inventory capabilities to an August smart lock, you must purchase the Doorbell Cam Pro for an additional $199. Adding that to the $279 you already spent for the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect, your comprehensive smart lock now costs a total of $478.

At $349, Gate is the only video smart lock with a video camera embedded directly inside the unit. 

#3 Simplest setup

Want to know something cool?

Gate Smart Lock users said it took them only 13 minutes to install their device.

That's because all of the equipment comes with one integrated unit. Considering Gate’s robust commercial-grade set of features:

  • Video camera
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion sensor
  • Keypad
  • A physical key for backup
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
You’d have a hard time finding a smart lock with more efficient engineering than Gate (did we mention our engineers came from Google?).

#4 Manage from anywhere

There are three main ways smart locks connect with your phone:

  • Bluetooth
  • Z-Wave
  • Wi-Fi

Bluetooth and Z-wave are both battery-efficient but come with limited range. Wi-Fi, on the other hand, is more power intensive and can function wherever there’s Wi-Fi or 4G networks, making the range much larger.

Currently, most smart locks equip their devices with Bluetooth or Z-wave and then sell a separate device for Wi-Fi capability.

Gate Smart Lock doesn't play that game.

With Gate, we chose to offer the most reliable connectivity in our unit so you can manage your entrance from anywhere in the world that has Wi-Fi or 4G. 

This was an intentional design choice as we see more and more homeowners traveling, hosting, and receiving services at home while they’re away.

#5 Don’t get locked out. Ever.

For most smart locks on the market, there are six total modes of entry: keypad, a wireless key fob, knock-to-enter, smartphone app, voice control, fingerprint.

But what happens in the following instances:

  • Power outage
  • Traveling
  • Lose your keys
  • Forget your phone
  • Guests arrive before you

Will you have access to your home? Gate Smart Lock thought of that. And, after weighing the reliability, security, and cost-benefit ratios of these available options, we chose the provide the convenience of a smartphone app, the flexibility of a keypad, while keeping the reliability of a physical key.

There are numerous reasons you, your family, service providers, or your guests might get locked out of your home or business, ensure your smart lock as a failsafe.

#6 Don’t force your guests to download an app.

After installing an August smart lock, one vacation rental owner was disappointed with his purchase. Expecting a set it and forget it solution, he was surprised when he had to:

  • Walk every guest through downloading the August app
  • Ask them to set up an account, even though their say was limited
  • Then have them key in an access code into their August app.

“It kind of defeats the purpose of getting a smart lock,” he wrote in his review.

Not all guests have a smartphone nor the appetite for advanced techie solutions.

That's why Gate gives owners the ability to send a unique access code to their guests, via text message, and guests simply enter their code into Gate’s keypad.

That means, your guests don't need to download an app, and you maintain 100% control over who is entering your home.

#7 You no longer have to choose between security and convenience.

By definition, the aims of security and convenience are in tension with each other. In theory, security aims to make access more difficult while convenience aims to make access easier.

The key to an effective smart lock is the ability to balance this tension well.

That's why we’ve selected the digital integrations to make the Gate Smart Lock accessible and convenient for modern property owners without exposing the unit to security risks.

Are you ready to learn more? Contact us to see how a Gate Smart Lock can protect your home today.