Kwikset Kevo (2nd Generation)

New Product! Kwikset Kevo – Bluetooth Deadbolt

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MX Locksmith product feature! The Kwikset Kevo – Bluetooth Deadbolt (2nd Generation) is a one-touch smart home security deadbolt that makes your life easier, enabling you to keep track of who enters and leaves your home.

Kwikset has updated the Kevo with the 2nd Gen model; straight away, the standout change is the interior design, with it’s smaller form factor:

Kwikset Kevo - 1st Generation (interior)

Kevo 1st Gen
7.4″ x 3.25″ x 1.75″

Kwikset Kevo - 2nd Generation (interior)

Kevo 2nd Gen
5.75″ x 2.75″ x 2″

The design is not the only improvement; the 2nd gen Kwikset Kevo also boasts enhanced performance, from ease of installation to enhanced security.

 

Installation:

Tip: before purchase and installation, please double check Kwikset Kevo app compatibility here. The app works only with iOS 9.0 & later, and Android 5.0 & later devices.

Installation will run about 15-20 minutes with just a Phillips-Head screwdriver, and made easy with color-coded installation hardware & single cable connection; the app can be very helpful here, as it contains detailed step by step instructions, with animated illustrations.

From the manufacturer: DIY Installation.

Kwikset Kevo - installation

 

Kwikset Kevo Security:

Security features include tamper-resistant screws, BHMA Grade 2 Certification and a UL fire rating.

Back in 2013, the 1st gen Kevo was discovered as being susceptible to certain style of brute force attack.

Thankfully, the 2nd gen model that we have now, appears to have successfully fixed this issue, through a sturdier internal design and consultation with security experts.

Kwikset Kevo - break attempt

 

Kwikset Kevo In Use:

Each Kevo comes with 2 keys, which will allow you to unlock the deadbolt in the traditional manner, though the true beauty of this lock is the one-touch access; implemented with both convenience and security in mind.

Once installed, and connected via the app on your phone, the Kwikset Kevo uses Bluetooth technology to detect when your phone is within range right outside the door; to disengage the deadbolt, simply touch the deadbolt; it will light blue to indicate that it is attempting to communicate with your phone, and will light green once it has confirmed to unlock. The Kevo is programmed to know not only when your phone is within range, but when it is truly outside of your door; this ensures that the deadbolt will not unlock when your phone is on a table just inside your door, for example.

Additionally, a fob can be ordered through Kwikset, which substitutes the phone on your app; this provides an alternative to not always needing your phone on you or checking to make sure that the app is open in the background.

The Kwikset Kevo does allow remote notficiations and eKey distribution, though this will require a Kevo Plus Wi-Fi Extender which can can be upgraded to for $99.00. Once upgraded, you will receive the Wi-Fi Extender, which will require an internet connection, Ethernet port, and wireless router to setup.

Kevo Plus provides remote lock/ unlock functionality, eKey distribution for friends and family, and notifications. Through the app, you will be able to check the current lock status of the deadbolt. and the option to lock or unlock it remotely. Distribution and deactivation of eKeys is now unlimited and absolutely free; you can issue eKeys that can be permanent, temporary (24 hours), or on a schedule, giving you the flexibility to control who has access to your home at any given time. Notification alerts can be setup per eKey, to alert you when family members make it home safely for example.

Our Verdict:

From the improved form factor, to the ease of installation and physical security upgrades, the 2nd gen Kwikset Kevo is a solid choice to integrate into your smart home security system; unique and innovative one-touch operation coupled with the ability to upgrade for full notifications and eKey distribution, bring both convenience and security to the next level. We offer free consultation, to help you decide if this deadbolt is right for your home security needs!

Available today, give MX Locksmith a call for answers on features, pricing, and scheduling your installation! 702-369-OPEN(6736)

 

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