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August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge
Author: Bill Lepse
Manufacturer: August
Source: August
Purchase: Amazon.com
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February 26, 2018

In October of 2017 we reviewed the August Smart Lock with HomeKit. Overall we thought it was a pretty solid smart lock offering. but were left hoping for a little more. One area lacking was its ability to deal with multiple users smoothly, and for remote access. At the time we thought the August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge might be the perfect solution to these issues. We have one on hand now, so let's see how it actually works.

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Features and Specifications:

The August Connect has Bluetooth as well as Wi-Fi capabilities. Once set up it will control your lock through Bluetooth just like a standalone August Smart Lock is controlled by the Bluetooth on your mobile device. But it connects to your home's Wi-Fi so you can control this lock anywhere you have an internet connection. I found very little in the way of specifications for this devicebut from the website and the packaging we have the following.

Secure remote access
Smart access allows for full integration with other August devices
2.4" x 2.4" white housing with standard US plug
802.11 b/g/n (2.4GHz)
Smart Bluetooth capability

Packaging and Accessories:

The packaging for the August Connect is a relatively small full color sleeve over a cardboard tray. The retail packaging does a good job of conveying what product is inside and what is required to use it but I did find some of the info misleading. In two places they have what looks to be a clock, and the word "Convenient" is printed next to it. While they do go on to explain on the side that this refers to the convenience of being able to lock/unlock from anywhere and see lock activity, when one sees a clock they are likely to think it has scheduling capabilities. It does not.

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Opening the package you will find a small envelope on top with a quick start guide. Under that you will find the Connect neatly held in place by a formed cardboard shell.

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The Basics:

As you can imagine this device is really quite simple. It is a white, square box with the August logo on the front which also happens to be a switch. The switch does not seem to be documented, but during one installation I was instructed by the app to press and hold this to enter pairing mode. The device measures 2.4" x 2.4" and is approximately 2" in depth, not including the plug. The plug is offset to the top of the device which allows you to use both outlets in a standard duplex.

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