If there’s ever a chance for me to turn something “stupid” around the house into something “smart,” I’m all over it. So when I learned about the Dog & Bone Locksmart Bluetooth padlock I knew I had to do a review. Why? I’ve got a padlock on the side gate to by backyard but all it does it act as a lock. The Locksmart, on the other hand, uses Bluetooth to unlock wirelessly (and without a physical key) and keeps a history of who has accessed whatever has been under it’s protection.
Setup, Charging, Pairing and the App
Setting up the Locksmart is relatively painless and simple. Unbox it, charge it using the included USB cord (and yes, it feels a bit weird/cool charging a hunk of metal), download the Locksmart app, pair your phone(s) with the lock and lock something up.
The Locksmart I tested wasn’t fully charged and ready to go right out of the box. I left it to charge for a few hours before testing it out because this is one device that needs to be a full capacity before being put into use. That’s because it has a two year (or up to two year) battery life before needing a recharge — and it only makes sense to maximize that time from the first use.
I’m happy to report that this device comes with a nice app that is clean, bright and simple. As I’ve said plenty of times before, many of the apps for smart home devices around my house are junk.
When you open the app you’ll see a list of your Smartlocks and an option to add another. Clicking on a particular lock gives you the opportunity to unlock it, shows you how much battery life is left, lets you share a “key” with other people, shows you an activity log and gives you access to that lock’s settings.
I love being able to scan my fingerprint (at least using an iPhone — didn’t test it with any Android devices) to unlock.
Toughness and Security
I’m no lock expert, but the fact that there’s actually no physical keyhole to be picked would definitely seem to bode well for arguing this lock is more secure than it’s “dumb” peers. That said, since it is digital it probably has some sort of hackable vulnerability. I don’t know that for a fact, but I have ...