The Kwikset Kevo doesn’t connect directly to the internet, so it’s not possible to control it remotely unless you get the optional Kevo Plus ($99) service. It comes with an internet gateway to connect the gateway to the internet for remote access, but is it worth buying?

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Since the Kwikset Kevo does not have a built-in Wi-Fi chip, it cannot connect to the Internet on its own. Instead, it relies heavily on Bluetooth for many of its features. This means that you cannot control the lock remotely if you are away from home.

However, this is where the Kevo Plus comes into play. This is an upgraded service that you can buy for a one-time fee of $99 and comes with an internet gateway device that you plug into your router. From there, your Kevo lock and internet gateway communicate with each other so that the lock can access the internet and therefore your phone when you are away from home.

Unlike most other add-ons that charge a monthly or yearly rate, Kevo Plus is a one-time $99 purchase that will pay for itself in a year compared to what most other subscription services charge for additional features. ,

Is it worth spending the extra $99? The Kevo lock itself costs $230, so the total cost of installing the lock will exceed $300, and this pill is not easy to swallow.

It really comes down to what you want to do with the Kevo lock and how you can get the most out of it. One of the important features of Kevo Plus is the ability to remotely lock and unlock the door no matter where you are (provided you have an internet connection). So, for example, if you’re at work and a friend decides to stop by, you can let them in and let them cool down until you get home.

Or perhaps there is an emergency in your home and you should let your neighbors check on the situation. You can open the door remotely for them to look around.

Kevo Plus also lets you lock or unlock your door with Alexa, which can be handy if you have multiple Kevo locks in your house and want to keep your whole house locked.

The same goes for integrating other SmartHome devices such as Ring Doorbell or SkyBell HD. You can launch the Kevo app from those respective apps and unlock the door by seeing who called the doorbell. However, this only works if you are at home and within Bluetooth range. Otherwise, remotely unlocking your door requires Kevo Plus, making SmartHome integration useless without it. It’s up to you if you use this feature to pay the extra $99.

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