These days, smart home technology has gotten so impressive that it almost feels like we’re living in the world of The Jetsons. With the touch of a button—or a few taps on a smartphone—we can remotely turn on the TV, adjust the thermostat, even turn on lights or engage the security system. How handy is it, to be able to unlock the door or start up the oven remotely? Of course, the flip side of that is what happens when smart home technology goes wrong.
Here at Top Notch Locksmith, we’re pretty big supporters of the keyless entry system as a way to improve home security. But we acknowledge that keyless entry is as efficient as any other smart home technology. Anyone who has looked into a keyless entry system before inevitably asks the same question: what happens when something goes wrong? While we can’t speak to your smart TV or thermostat, locks and keys are our business; here’s what you need to know about keyless entry, and what to do when they don’t work.
Let’s start with the good news. So far, there haven’t actually been many reported issues with keyless entry systems. Yes, hackers have proven that they can hack some (not all!) smart locks. However, in terms of this being an actual, effective home break-in method, the hacking technology just isn’t there. It’s still time consuming and requires costly equipment to make it happen, so hackers are unlikely to use that method to break into a home. Even better, most keyless entry systems are more resistant to drilling and lock popping, so you’ll be more protected from those break-in methods as well.
That leaves just a pair of other potential problems. First, many keyless entry systems connect to your home’s wi-fi in order to allow for easier code changing as well as instant alerts. So one big concern for homeowners with keyless entry systems is what happens when the internet goes down. The other potential problem with keyless entry systems is what can be done if the system shorts out or dies for some reason. They run on batteries, so what happens when the batteries inevitably die and no one is home to change them?
Keyless Entry Solutions
First, let’s look at the issue of connectivity. Many of the modern keyless entry options connect via wi-fi to allow owners to track entries and codes from a smartphone app or online account. If the internet goes down and your lock cannot sync up, this isn’t the end of the world! Most manufacturers recognize that the internet does occasionally go down, so the locks are programmed with that in mind. If the internet goes down, most locks will simply continue using the current codes to allow access. You won’t get instant alerts for a time, and you may or may not be able to change the code depending on the model, but the lock will otherwise continue to function like usual.
The second question, about what happens if the lock dies, is a more pressing one because this can affect how usable your lock is. Most keyless entry systems run on batteries, so as the batteries die, the system will give a low beeping to warn you that it’s time to replace the batteries. However, if you miss that indicator for some reason, all hope is not lost. Most systems will still have a key option for emergencies and, if you don’t have the key, a local locksmith can come and open the lock for you pretty quickly.