Announced all the way back at CES in January, Kwikset has unveiled the Kevo Plus gateway accessory for its popular Bluetooth-enabled lock.
You can purchase the gateway directly from the Kevo site now for $69.99. There is no monthly service fee required. Once you plug the device into your router, you’ll be able to unlock a door from virtually anywhere.
The companion Kevo app is designed for the iPhone/iPod touch and can be downloaded now on the App Store for free. It just received an update to version 1.4, adding compatibility with the Kevo Plus.
After the gateway is installed, you can use the app to monitor the status of your lock and be alerted when the door is locked or unlocked.
Here’s a quick promo video about the service. Click here if you can’t see it.
As for the lock itself, it is available in three different finishes – brass, nickel, and bronze. It’s available at a number of outlets for a retail price of $199.99. You can snag the nickel or bronze version now from Amazon.com for $194.49.
I’ve been using the Kevo for a little more than a year on my front door and have generally been pleased with the entire system. And keep an eye out as we’ll be reviewing the Kevo Plus soon to see how it stacks up.
Just to note, the Kevo Plus doesn’t seem to offer any type of compatibility with Apple’s HomeKit protocol, which is disappointing.
Another popular system, the August Smart Lock, also features remote access. But the lock and gateway device cost around $40 more than the Kevo and Plus gateway.
For other recent accessory news and reviews, see: Lucrin’s take on the Hermès Double Tour Band, Tylt’s Energi Desktop Charging Station can charge up five USB devices at once, and Bowers & Wilkins unveils an updated version of its iconic Zeppelin speaker.