“Alexa, lock the front door.” 5 tips to get the most out of Amazon Alexa
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Adding a device like Amazon Alexa is a popular way to incorporate smart home technology into your life. But getting the most out of this technology can seem overwhelming.
1. The Internet of Things
With more than 25,000 skills just a shout away, Alexa is always ready to help. From playing your favorite music, to ordering your favorite products from Amazon, families are welcoming Alexa into their homes in record numbers. But did you know you can also request a ride to the airport by connecting to your Uber account? Or control your thermostat and lighting? Just don’t tell Alexa to laugh. More products and services are connecting each day, but the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is still our favorite.
2. Secure Connections
To utilize your Alexa-powered device to lock your door, you will need the Schlage Sense™ Wi-Fi Adapter in addition to your Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The adapter also allows you to control your lock from your smartphone when you’re away from home. The Schlage Sense app simplifies the process of connecting your phone to the Wi-Fi adapter and lock, utilizing industry-leading security to protect communication between your Apple or Android smartphone and your lock.
3. Which Alexa-powered device is right for you?
It really depends on your specific needs. There are a variety of Echo devices available, and all of them are compatible with the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt. The second-generation Amazon Echo is ideal for most homes. The Echo Dot is designed to connect to a home audio system. The Echo Tap lets you make Alexa portable. And the latest options like the Echo Show, Echo Spot and Echo Look are video enabled. Choose the options that work for you and your smart home needs.
4. Peace of mind
Worried about how someone might use Alexa to gain access to your home? Rest easy. At Schlage, we understand that the digital age brings new security concerns, which is why, at this this point in time, we only allow Alexa to lock your door and check the status of your lock. Only an authorized user can use the Schlage Sense app to unlock the door for visitors.
*Update May 9, 2018: Schlage announces new Amazon Alexa voice unlocking capabilities. Get the details here.
5. Seamless style
Like the Amazon Echo, the Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is offered in a variety of styles and finishes to complement any décor. And the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi Adapter is designed to discreetly blend into its surroundings. So, whether you prefer a modern or traditional look for your front door, it’s easier than ever to make your home smarter and more stylish.