Planning a Smart Lock Installation

Learn about smart lock options and choose the best fit for your property.


Before ordering a smart lock, review your options. Certain access methods are better suited for some property types or scenarios than others. For example, apartment buildings have locked common entry doors in addition to the unit's door, and both need to be taken into account when creating a smart access plan.


Choosing a smart lock

A smart keybox is a padlock with a digital screen that can hang on or near the main entrance or unit door. Keys are stored inside of it and the box is opened using a secure pin-code or Bluetooth. A smart deadbolt or mortise lock become part of the door's internal locking mechanism, replacing the old lock and allowing for completely keyless entry.

When comparing the two options, keep in mind that deadbolts require more upfront commitment but are more secure and less prone to user error. Keyboxes are easier to setup and portable, but there's no way to know if the code was used, the keys were returned or the door is locked.

Comparing smart lock options

KeyboxDeadbolt/Mortise
Prone to lost keysEliminate key management
Door may be left openAutomatic relocking
Can't see who came/wentSee access logs
Long battery lifeShorter battery life
No upfront costsInstallation costs
Portable and easyHarder to remove

Available smart locks

The available smart locks are the IglooHome Keybox 2 and Keybox 3 and the IglooHome Smart Deadbolt.

Keybox 2 and Keybox 3

The smart keybox is a padlock with a digital screen that can hang on or nearby the door. Keys are stored inside of it and the box is opened using a secure pin-code or Bluetooth.

Keybox features

  • Long battery life: The lock uses AAA alkaline batteries. They can last up to twelve months.
  • Can remain outside: The keybox is weather-resistant but cannot be submerged in water.
  • No need for WiFi: The keybox is weather-resistant but cannot be submerged in water.
  • Fits most doors: Each keybox comes with two shackles designed for different sized door handles.

Deadbolt 2s

The smart deadbolt becomes part of the door's internal locking mechanism, replacing the old lock and allowing for completely keyless entry.

Deadbolt features

  • Access logs: A sensor on the deadbolt makes it possible to know exactly who is coming and leaving.
  • Automatic relocking: If the lock is ever left unlocked it can relock itself after every use.
  • Useful backup methods: Each deadbolt comes with a physical key that can be used in case of emergency and can also be emergency jumpstarted if the battery dies.

Compatibility

  • Type of door: Can only be installed on wooden swing doors.
  • Door thickness: The door must be between 43 to 60mm (1.6 to 2.36 inches) thick.
  • Door backset: The distance from the edge of the door to the center of the borehole must be at least 60 or 70mm (2.36 or 2.76 inches).

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