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Smart Locks vs. Traditional Electronic Locks

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The Differences Between Smart Locks and Traditional Electronic Locks

The emergence of electronic front door locks has raised standards of security in recent years. More and more homeowners are opting out of the classic, mechanical, lock and key option, and they’re choosing electronic locks that come with added functionality and convenience.

Now, smart locks have entered the market, and they offer even more functionality than “dumb” electronic locks. With the multitude of brands and features, options can be overwhelming when you’re choosing your front door lock. Use this guide to decide between a traditional electronic lock and a smart lock.

[Related: Guide to Choosing a Front Door Lock]

Traditional Electronic LocksElectronic lock keypad

Traditional or “dumb” electronic locks offer the ease of an electronic lock with the simplicity of a mechanical lock. Not having a physical key decreases your chances of getting locked out of your house, and you can customize the lock capabilities for ease of access.

Pros of Traditional Electronic Locks

Compared to smart locks, traditional electronic locks are simple. You punch the password in, and you’re granted entry into your house. These locks are for people that value simplicity in their locks and don’t need all the bells and whistles that smart locks offer.

Cons of Traditional Electronic Locks

The biggest downside of traditional electronic locks is that they don’t allow access from anywhere. You would need to be in-person to lock or unlock your door. In addition, electronic locks often need battery replacement every so often to continue working.

Smart Electronic Locks

Smart locks can be opened from anywhere in the world using an app on your smartphone. With smart locks, you don’t even have to leave a key for your babysitter or cleaning staff. You can create different codes for different people that need to access your home or office.

Pros of Smart LocksSmart lock inside home

Smart locks offer all the customization of electronic locks with the added functionality of remote operation. You can program the lock to open when someone with a connected smartphone is within a certain distance of the lock – a safety feature as well as added functionality. You never have to worry about leaving a spare key when you have a smart lock.  Better yet, you can program the door to lock when someone with a connected phone leaves the house! There are virtually endless customization possibilities with smart locks.

Cons of Smart Locks

As far as downsides go, smart locks tend to be more expensive than traditional electronic locks. Smart locks also require a wireless connection and a smartphone to operate. Therefore, the installation process is more involved than installing a mechanical or traditional electronic lock.

Another major downside to smart locks is the possibility of them getting hacked. These locks connect using Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which can be accessed by strangers with bad intentions. If your phone gets stolen or lost or someone gets into your Wi-Fi network, the results could be terrible.

[Related: Benefits of Choosing a Smart Lock]

Baton Rouge’s Trusted Locksmith Since 1946

Luckily, Alford Safe & Lock can take you through the entire process of changing your locks, from picking a new lock to installing and repairing your lock. No matter what kind of lock you choose – mechanical, electronic, dumb, or smart – you can trust the lock experts at Alford Safe & Lock with your home’s security. We’ve been reliable locksmiths for over 70 years, so there’s no lock we can’t help you with.

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