- What's Included
Home security for family and friends is always high on any homeowners list of priorities. Traditional key entry methods are good, but troublesome when you need to enter or leave quickly, or are carrying a lot of items as you fumble with your key ring. Here is when Kwikset's 925 KEVO Deadbolt 11P (Venetian Bronze) comes in to provide comfort and security with its simple, bump-proof, design ideal for left or right-handed doors. Unlike normal locks, Kevo is a smart deadbolt that uses a touch-to-open convenience entry method when a Bluetooth connected smartphone (iOS iPhone 4S, 5 , 5S, 5C only) or key fob (smart keys) are within range of the deadbolt. Keep your phone in your pocket or purse. No more fumbling for your keys. Just touch the lock to open.
Entering and leaving your home is easier since you can unlock the door by tapping the deadbolt. The deadbolt still operates like a standard mechanical lock, so keyed entry is possible if a connected smart key is not detected. After tapping the deadbolt, a blue LED ring light spins around the deadbolt indicating it's searching for a certified smart key. If a certified smart key is detected, the light turns green and unlocks (yellow when locking), but turns red if a smart key is not detected. However, if a smart key is out-of-range, a magenta light will appear, prompting you to move closer. Of course, these lights can tell anyone, friendly or not, about the occupancy of the home, but Kwikset has programmed the lights to only appear if the deadbolt is certain you are outside. If the deadbolt has the slightest inclination you're inside, it'll only show the blue light and then nothing so your privacy and security is protected.
The Kevo mobile app enables you to send and receive eKeys to and from family and friends, while also managing eKey users and tracking eKey user history. These eKeys are e-mails telling people how to download the Kevo app so their smartphones become a smart key.
Kevo Application Download Link
The Kevo comes with a Kwikset SmartKey Cylinder to help rekey your lock. The SmartKey cylinder is where you place your key in the lock itself. For example, if a Kwikset lock has SmartKey, and you have Kwikset locks and keys, you can rekey the new Kwikset lock to their existing keys. With the SmartKey rekey technology, you will be able to rekey your existing Kwikset lock sets with ease.
How secure is my Kevo lock?
Kevo is extremely secure, both digitally and mechanically. Kevo uses multiple levels of encryption to increase digital security, and it is continually reviewed by industry-leading independent digital security experts. The lock also contains Kwikset's patented SmartKey technology, which is tested to the most stringent lock picking, bumping, and physical security standards.
What happens if I lose my phone?
Simply log into the Kevo mobile app on another smartphone or into the Kevo web portal and disable or delete your phone. You will need to use your Kevo fob or a standard key to unlock the door until you retrieve or replace your phone.
- Owner eKey: When you set up your phone to work with the lock your phone will automatically receive the only owner eKey.
- Admin eKey: Let others have full access to the lock, the lock's history, and its notifications in addition to being able to send, edit, or delete eKeys with the exception of the owner.
- Anytime eKey: The eKeys you send out are able to lock or unlock the lock.
The eKeys you send to your friends are encrypted electronic keys which can be sent to anyone, anytime. With eKeys, you will be able to temporarily disable or permanently delete any eKey recipient, and they never expire and can be reassigned from one person to the next.
Does the Kevo mobile app have to be open when I unlock my Kevo?
After you launch and sign in to the Kevo mobile app for the first time, it will continue to run in the background of your phone. You don't have to open the app everytime you wish to unlock your door. When you touch the lock, it will be able to communicate with your phone even when it is locked and stored in your pocket or purse.
Is Kevo compatible with Android and other smartphones?
Kevo is compatible with Smartphones that support Bluetooth Smart Ready/Bluetooth 4.0 hardware and have an available Kevo mobile app. The Kevo app is currently available for iPhone 4s, 5, 5C, & 5S as well as the fifth generation iPod touch, third generation or higher iPad and iPad mini. Currently Android 4.3, as well as Blackberry 10.1, does not fully support all Bluetooth LE features required by Kevo, but we hope it will soon. When it does, we will be ready shortly thereafter. We have plans to support all possible mobile devices. In the meantime, you can still enjoy touch-to-open entry with a key fob and migrate to your Android device when available. Please sign up for email updates and we will send Android and other Smartphone updates as they become available.
Specifications Manufacturer Kwikset Manufacturer Product No. 99250-003 UPC 883351477666 Device Compatibility iPhone 4S/5/5C/5S
5th Generation iPod Touch
3rd Generation or higher iPad and iPad Mini
Android 4.3 and Blackberry 10.1 (Available soon)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE Manufacturer Warranty 1-year limited warranty
- Review of 51031 Review by Randy
Review of 51031
I put this lock on our cabin, so we can rent it via services like AirBnB and not have to hand off the key, simply email an eKey to them, and disable it when they leave.
The best part of this lock is that when it is not active it looks exactly like the original lock it replaced, the lights are only visible when running. Install was easy with just 4 screws. Sadly I killed the first lock I bought by pinching the antenna cable, leave the adhesive on the antenna wire! Once in the door install the batteries while holding the program button and it will test for door direction and it is now ready for use. I woke the included key fob with a pencil tip and walked out the door. Touching it caused it to lock upon detecting the fob on my body.
I then used the key tool to swap the included key for the original house key so ALL my locks use the same key. Just turn the included key, insert the key tool, remove the key, insert your house key, remove the tool and turn your key both directions. Your house key now controls the lock, the included keys no longer do.
Lastly I downloaded the app to my iPhone 5 and followed the directions onscreen to have the lock registered in my name. Touch the program button and it became aware of my phone as a key, Touch the Calibrate button and perform the procedure go outside with phone in pocket and tap the lock several times and it calibrates the antenna to your phone and pocket, do this with the fob too. This makes it so when someone knocks on the locked door your approach doesn't allow those outside to unlock your door simply because your key is near on the inside of the door. The lock ONLY opens when you are outside with your eKey.
I have emailed several family members as test who simply downloaded the app, registered, and accepted my eKey invitation. When they arrived at the house their key allowed them to open and lock the door w/o me being there or hiding a key above the door frame. When they leave I can disable their eKey without removing their eKey so they can only use it again when I say they can, or I can retrieve the eKey and email it to someone else. I get a notification when anyone uses the lock right on my phone.
Since the eKeys and their tracking are controlled by the company they don't give you unlimited keys, currently they give you 5 extras when you buy Summer 2014 but may change that number and require you to buy them. 6 total seems like enough for now.
The only feature I cannot find is let people in on certain days and times, like a dog walker or plumber. Guess that will come in a future release. I somehow also assumed that it would include the ability to unlock from the iphone, but I guess they don't want to be a target for hackers. Since NO ONE can unlock remotely, hackers will have to stand in-front of my door to try and get in, where hopefully I would notice them.
Posted on 6/7/2014
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- 1x - Kevo Deadbolt
- 1x - Interior Deadbolt
- 1x - Kevo Key Fob
- 2x - Keys
- 4x - AA Batteries
- 1x - Free Mobile App Download
- 2x - eKeys (with Free Mobile App Download)