Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 Review

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Smart Lock

Reviewed by Louisa Nashir

Recently the awesome team at NUKI sent me a Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and a Nuki Bridge to install and review.

Having a child with Autism means that locked doors are essential in our home as my daughter often runs out onto the road. Adding a 1-year-old Shih Tzu puppy into the mix often means she gets out too, so I was delighted when the package containing the device arrived.

I must admit, until recently I had never heard of a smart lock so was very intrigued and slightly panicked about installing it. I am ok tech-wise but I have my limits and when new items arrive I usually spend a few days reading up on the items before using them. I needn’t have worried though as a lovely email pinged into my inbox from Nuki with some useful hints and tips for getting the very best from the smart lock.

What is a smart lock?

A smart lock is a mechanical and electronic locking device which allows a homeowner to enter their home or provide others access without requiring a traditional key. Instead, the user uses their smartphone or a key fob to wirelessly verify and mechanically unlock the door.

Sounds simple enough!

The package I received contained 2 jet black boxes that contained the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and the Nuki Bridge. Both boxes co-ordinated with each other perfectly and gave a good clear description and image of what inside.

The contents were as follows…

Box 1 (Door Lock)
*Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 (11x6x6cm)
*4 AA Batteries
*Door Magnet
*Assembling Tool
*Installation Guide

Box 2 (Bridge)
*Nuki Bridge (6x6x5cm)
*Installation Guide

Before I even attempted installation I took a look at the requirements to make sure I had everything needed to get the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Bridge up and running correctly. I suggest any potential buyers take a look at the website www.nuki.io  before ordering to make sure you have the correct door lock and fittings. The website is easy to access and has useful hints and tips, including a step by step door lock guide.

The following are required for both devices…

Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 Requirements
*Bluetooth Ready Smartphone (Bluetooth 4.0 and Higher)
*Android 5.0 and Higher
*iOS 10 and Higher
*Nuki App for iOs or Android (Free from the Play Store and Apple Store)
*Operating Temperature 10-40 Degrees Celcius
*Designed For Indoor Use Only
*Compatible Door Lock (check online www.nuki.io/check)

Nuki Bridge Requirements
*Nuki Smart Lock
*IEEE802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) Wireless Network
*Internet Connection
*Available Power Outlet (230V)
*Maximum of 5 Metres Distance Between Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Bridge
*Operating Temperature 10-40 Degrees Celcius
*Designed For Indoor Use Only

My next task was finding and downloading the Nuki app for my phone. Being a regular mobile phone user I found this easy and thought the app was really clear to understand and very helpful in the setting up process.

Installation time! After reading the guide several times and taking a look at the Nuki website I began the installation process and found it simple and nothing that was beyond my capabilities. My not so tech-savvy husband even joined in with the installation and said it was a lot easier to install than it sounded!

Door lock assembled and installed (took us around 5 minutes) we opened the mobile phone app and continued the installation. The app is a doddle to use and very helpful with pointers along the way. Before we knew it the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Bridge were up and running!

My husband wasn’t too keen on the idea of the house key being left in the lock at all times (Key is placed into the lock during the installation process and the key and lock are then covered by the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0) and said that it worried him in case we were out and my mobile phone battery lost power. To be fair I did have the same worry but with in-car chargers etc now readily available my phone very rarely runs out of power so all is good plus we have left a spare with friends should we ever be unable to enter the house.

We decided to take a look at the Nuki website and they have this concern answered…

There are several possibilities to enter your home without a smartphone:
You can still use your existing, mechanical key.
You can ask another authorized person (friends, family) to open the door for you. If you have a Nuki Bridge, this even works from afar.
You can use the Nuki Fob. The Nuki Fob is a small Bluetooth device with which you can lock your door without a smartphone.

Panic over!

The smart lock has taken some getting used to for everyone in the home but it’s also reassured my husband and I that once the door is locked, it’s locked and our daughter (and puppy) will no longer be escaping and are safe! Something a lot of special needs parents worry about!

These locks are remarkable and like I said earlier on, something I wouldn’t have ever thought of! Now I have entered the world of smart locks, I will be looking to purchase a fob from Nuki and possibly another lock for my back door. I cannot recommend this marvellous smart lock enough and enjoy using it! Gone are the days of forgetting my keys as with a smart lock, that no longer matters.

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £259 РNuki Smart Lock 2.0 and Nuki Bridge combo package, and worth every penny for peace of mind and most importantly safety!

For more information or to buy visit nuki.io.

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