Kwikset Premis smartlock review

Kwikset Premis smart lockControl your Kwikset Premis lock from your Apple device either at home or on the road.

Did you remember to lock the door?
Who is coming and going from your house?
What if I need to let someone in while I’m not there?
When did the kids get home?

You’ve managed important aspects of life from your smartphone for years. Why not have the same control over your home? Premis is designed to help you look after your home and family—even when you’re away.

Premis Smart Lock | Kwikset

Siri:

  • “Lock my front door”
  • “Is my front door locked?”
    – Also works with Apple Watch

Remote Access:

  • Add, change, delete user codes
  • Lock and unlock door
    *requires an Apple TV, or an iPad at home connected to your home network
  • See the lock’s history to see who has accessed the lock

App:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/application

The App has a very useful interactive installation feature to guide you through installing the lock.

Code Options:

  • ONE-TIME
    Can only be used one time within the next 24-hours. Ideal for giving access to contractors who require a single instance of entering your home.
  • LIMITED
    Can be used anytime or recurringly within a set dates and times. For housekeepers and others that consistently come on certain days and times.
  • ANYTIME
    Can be used every day at any time. Perfect for family members and others who come and go frequently.
  • LIMITED BY DAY
    Can be used anytime within the date range set. Ideal for house vacationers who are meant to only stay from one date to another.

Security:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/security

The lock will display 2 random numbers that you have to press first, before entering a valid code, that makes it impossible for someone to successfully read fingerprints off the keypad to try to determine your code. This is rather nifty and doesn’t add much hassle to using the keypad. If a long passcode option is your preference but you don’t want to have to press 9 or 10 buttons then maybe consider using a 5-digit passcode. This combined with the 2 random numbers you have to press first adds up to 7 digits. Also, Kwikset warranties the keypad for life in case you’re concerned about frequent use wearing down the keypad.

FAQ:

https://www.kwikset.com/premis/faqs

What devices are compatible with Premis?

  • Versions of iPhone, iPod, iPad, and iOS Premis lock can be enrolled with compatible HomeKit enable devices running iOS 8.1 or newer. These include the iPhone 4S, all iPhone 5, 6 and 7 variants, iPad 2 or newer, all versions of iPad Mini, and the iPod Touch 5th generation or newer.
  • Compatible versions of Apple TV Premis is compatible with 4th generation or newer.
  • Can I unlock Premis remotely? The lock can be locked or unlocked remotely using the Premis app or Siri, if the lock is connected to an Apple Home Hub. Home Hubs come standard on Apple TVs (4th generation and newer) and Apple iPads (with iOS 10 or newer). The Home Hub must remain in your home, connected to your home Wi-Fi network, and powered on.

Other things to consider:

Kwikset has a newer version of the lock that resists forced turning. Keep in mind that no lock is completely pick-proof. The idea is to make it as time-consuming as possible so that a would-be thief moves on. If they want in badly enough then there are likely easier ways.  (Windows, etc) Here is the video where they challenge professional locksmiths to pick the lock using various picking methods.

The SmartKey technology where you can ‘rekey’ the lock to work with your existing key requires that your current key shape will fit into the Kwikset lock. I had a different brand lock so my current key wouldn’t fit. I had to use the 2 keys that came with Kwikset Premis lock. It’s not really a big deal but I like to have a few extras, even with this new keypad feature. I ended up making a couple spare keys.

I read other reviews where people complained about the touchpad response time. I haven’t seen issues regarding this at all. It’s very responsive from my experience.

Installation Notes:

Installation was relatively easy though I had a few hurdles.

  1. My door frame strike, the receiving end of the deadbolt, was 1/2″ deep when it requires a 1″ depth. There was a metal frame in my door frame that I had to punch through. The Premis lock kept thinking that it was ‘jammed’ otherwise. It would still work but the locked/unlocked indicator in the App would show it as “jammed”.
  2. The outside portion of the door lock unit, the keypad part, wouldn’t slide into the door. The metal bar that turns the lock was about 1/8 of an inch off center. I had to unscrew the faceplace, the rectangular part that screws into the side of the door, 1/8″ inch to push the latch out a tad. It’s still solidly installed and you can’t really tell.
  3. The handing process worked but was a little confusing. When you install the batteries the first time the lock will go through a series of tests where it extends and retracts the bolt. The bolt would only retract in part way so I thought it was failing due to the previously mentioned issue (number 2) maybe due to too much friction on the turning mechanism. I took the lock apart, loosened the faceplate screws another turn, and redid the wired that you have to tuck into the inside portion of the lock taking more care that it wasn’t pressing too hard against the turning mechanism. I think it still exhibited the same issue retracting during handing but it retracts all the way, every time, when using a key, the keypad, or the app so it’s working and that’s all that matters.
  4. There are 3 small screws that have to be removed in order to remove the batteries. This is just not well thought out. However, if battery life lasts as long as it should then it’s not really a big deal. Two screws are on the sides and one screw is underneath the unit. My door handle is below the unit so it’s not the easiest screw to access. I ended up just leaving the bottom screw out.

So far I’m quite pleased with the Premis and would recommend it to others. I bought it for the convenience of letting others in if required, and as a backup, in case I somehow lose my key so I’ll have a way in.

I think in most cases installation is easy and it works as designed.

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