Now comes the fun part. What can you do with your new SimpliSafe Smart Lock?
There are a few different ways to lock and unlock the SimpliSafe Smart Lock. You can use your original key (remember that the same deadbolt is still installed on your door), you can punch in a PIN using the keypad, you can purchase a remote key fob, or you can use the SimpliSafe app on your smartphone.
You can also set the lock to automatically lock and unlock depending on the status of your alarm system. When the system is armed (in Home or Away mode), the door will automatically lock. Likewise, it will unlock when you disarm the system.
You can enter up to four unique PINs that will open your smart door lock. This comes in handy if you’ve got kids that need to get in after school, a dog walker that needs to grab Rover, or a BFF that urgently needs to raid your closet.
The downside is SimpliSafe’s PINs are only four digits, which isn’t as secure as a longer PIN.
And you can’t set PIN numbers to automatically expire. That means if you give a house sitter a PIN so they can water the plants while you’re on vacation, you’ll have to completely delete that PIN when you get back. If you don’t, they’ll still have access to your house.
One of the coolest features of the keypad is that it has built-in defenses against would-be intruders. If someone enters the wrong PIN five times, the lock automatically stays locked for half an hour and sends you an alert that something fishy’s going on.
If you’re subscribed to one of SimpliSafe’s monitoring plans, the monitoring center will call you and alert the police, if needed.
If you subscribe to SimpliSafe’s Interactive monitoring plan, you can access your smart lock using the SimpliSafe mobile app. This gives you the option to lock and unlock the door using your smartphone instead of the keypad.
The best part about using the SimpliSafe app with the lock is that you’ll get instant alerts whenever the door is locked or unlocked. This can give you reassurance that the kiddos got home from school safely, or let you know how long the dog walker was out with your pup.
You can remotely lock and unlock the door through the app, which is nice if you need to let a service technician in or give the in-laws access to leave the grandkids a surprise.
But unlike some other locks out there, there’s no Bluetooth or proximity sensors that automatically unlock the door when your phone is in range.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m becoming ever more addicted to bossing around everything in my life, thanks to the likes of Siri, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. (Adjusting to an empty nest would be so much harder without this unexpected bonus!)
Needless to say, I was delighted to learn that you can add the SimpliSafe Smart Lock to the list of things that you can control with the sound of your voice.
But, unfortunately, there are limits to how much this lock lets you tell it what to do.
First, you need to be on the Interactive monitoring plan to use voice control. That’s no real surprise for SimpliSafe, but once you’re all set up you can’t really control the lock using Alexa or Google Assistant.
All you can do is arm and disarm the entire system (which will lock and unlock the door if you’ve added that setting). You can’t control the lock specifically.
So if you’re elbows-deep in dinner prep and someone needs help getting into the house, you can’t ask Alexa to unlock the door.
That’s a pretty big disappointment.
We hope that this is just the start for voice control when it comes to the SimpliSafe Smart Lock, and that we’ll see more functionality in future upgrades.