Skip subscriptions and smart hubs with the Kwikset Halo smart lock

Kwikset’s latest lock connects to your home directly via WiFi

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Kwikset has fast become one of the main players in the smart lock space through its various brands.

Recently the company launched a new WiFi-based series called Halo. Whereas present smart locks require third-party hubs or subscription services, Halo simply connects to your home’s router.

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Once installed, homeowners can fully manage the system via Kwikset’s app. Features such as remote locking/unlocking, guest management, and password generation are all just a press away.

Interestingly, Bluetooth, ZigBee, and other wireless standards are more popular among smart lock manufactures because WiFi tends to be resource hog. Considering Halo is powered by just four AA batteries, we’re wondering if constantly dying batteries will become an issue.

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The lock is set to arrive in two versions – a refined, sophisticated-looking push-button style and a more modern touchscreen version.

Thinking two steps ahead of any would-be criminals, the touchscreen variant comes with the company’s SecureScreen fingerprint obfuscation technology – an ingenious approach to outwitting burglars.

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Kwikset is selling the key button Halo for $200, the touchscreen version is pegged at $230. Both are slated to be released later this year.