So I’m a host newbie.
I’m very interested in setting up a smart lock on my unit’s door so I (or someone else I hire) don’t have to physically give multiple sets of keys to guests that can be lost, stolen, misplaced, etc. I work all day and I’d also rather not pay for someone else to do it when there are better options out there.
That brings me to smart locks. It seems the category is a relatively new technology. Most of them started in 2013 at the earliest.
Kevo and Lockitron are two that stand out. But each has its pros and cons.
I like the idea of sending unlimited, free “virtual” keys to guests’ smartphones (preferably at LEAST Android and iOS devices) and revoking them when they check out. Preferably, I’d like it to be platform independent. And receive new key instructions over WiFi.
I’d keep a lockbox nearby with a set of real keys as a last resort “fail safe” for a number of scenarios:
- The batteries die on the smart lock, leaving a normal key as the only option.
- Batteries are alive, but power to my wireless router is down, so it can’t receive the key instructions.
- Guest is unable or unwilling to set up the proper app on their phone. For example, they just don’t understand the concept or their phone does not support the app.
Does anyone have any experience with this and have any recommendations? I’d love to hear about it.