This week, smart homes get smarter, as both SmartThings and Wink will bring voice controlled smart locks to your home. This week the two home hub platforms will roll out an update that will allow users of their hubs and Kwikset SmartCode products with HomeConnect™ to lock their connected products by simply asking Alexa, “Alexa, lock the front door.”

How does it Work?

Connecting your SmartThings or Wink hub to Alexa is easy. First make sure that all your Z-wave or ZigBee compatible locks are connected to your smart home hubs, and set individual names for each door. These names are what you’ll use to trigger Amazon Alexa, so us names that are easy to remember like “front door” or “garage door.”

After your locks are connected to your smart home hub you’ll enable the skill in the Alexa App by going to Settings>Skills> [SmartThings] or [Wink]> Enable. Ask Alexa to “Discover new devices” and you should be all set. From there it’s as simple as asking Alexa to lock your front door.

For now, the API utilized by SmartThings and Wink does not support unlocking your home security hardware. You can only lock and check lock status at this time.

Which Kwikset smart locks are Compatible?

SmartThings and Wink use both Z-wave and ZigBee wireless technologies to communicate with Kwikset SmartCode locks with Home Connect. Since all of our Home Connect devices communicate in these frequencies a variety of devices are compatible. We anticipate our SmartCode 910, 912, 914, and 916 are all compatible with Samsung SmartThings.

Kwikset SmartCode 910

SmartCode 910 is a five-digit, push-button smart lock from Kwikset. One of Kwikset’s best-selling smart locks, SmartCode 910 is available in both traditional and contemporary styles and a range of finishes, to complement a variety of home aesthetics.

Kwikset SmartCode 912

SmartCode 912 is a five-digit push button lever from Kwikset, perfect for adding additional security to an internal door to protect a home office or wine cellar. SmartCode 912 is designed with a sleek style to complement your home’s interior.

Kwikset SmartCode 914

SmartCode 914 is a 10-digit, push-button smart lock from Kwikset. Re-released in 2016, the lock features a traditional exterior style, sleek, metal interior, and quiet-drive locking system. SmartCode 914 is one of the top-selling smart locks from Kwikset.

Kwikset SmartCode 916

SmartCode 916 is a touchscreen smart lock from Kwikset featuring the company’s patent-pending SecureScreen™ technology. SecureScreen technology helps prevent the problem of “smudge” attacks associated with touchscreen locks by prompting users to touch two random numbers first in order to display the full screen and enter the programmed access code, encouraging continuous use of the full screen to mask the correct access code. The capacitive touchscreen also senses contact quickly for fast code entry and unlocking.

What hardware is required?

To connect your SmartCode with HomeConnect to Alexa you’ll need 3 pieces of hardware:

  1. Kwikset SmartCode with HomeConnect. Shop our 910, 912, 914, and 916 product here, Kwikset smart locks.
  2. Samsung Smart Things or Wink
  3. Amazon Echo or Dot

That’s it! With those three pieces of smart home hardware, you’re on your way to controlling your home security with your voice.

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