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Various Unlocking Methods of Smart Door Locks

Ⅰ. What are the functions of smart door locks?


Open and close the lock through the mobile phone APP/password/fingerprint, etc., you can unlock the lock remotely without carrying a key, you can also set a temporary password and store the unlocking record. Smart door locks can also be used in commercial homestays or day-rental suites, where homeowners/cleaners/passengers can easily manage access.


The biggest difference between smart door locks and others is that smart locks use wireless technology, operate and record monitoring APPs, and integrate doorbell/monitor/walkie-talkie multiple devices into the smart home ecosystem. Although home security and intelligence can be improved, smart lock technology also leads to problems caused by more variable combinations.


Ⅱ. The diversity of smart door locks


Key is not the only option for opening a door. Each smart door lock introduces different wireless technologies. There are multiple unlocking methods, including application APP/fingerprint identification/guest password, and can be extended to various voice assistants and IOT ecosystem applications.


Ⅲ. Consumer feedback on smart locks


What consumers need is a smart door lock that is safe, convenient and easy to operate. When purchasing, consumers will more carefully evaluate whether the door lock can be used in the same smart ecosystem with other smart devices in the home.


Because smart door locks can no longer only open and close locks, other problems also arise, as follows:


1. The setting is not easy and the steps are complicated;


2. The APP is not compatible with the mobile phone/OS or other devices and cannot operate normally;


3. The network is unstable and often disconnected;


4. The remote control is not smooth, and the log is omitted;


5. Does not support voice assistant / whether it supports IoT ecosystem is unknown;


6. Product durability. downtime failure; unable to lock;


7. The battery life is not as long as expected.


Ⅳ. The test direction and service of smart door locks


1. Compatibility test


Smart locks are applied to Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, linked to network devices/control devices/voice assistants, and applied in the IoT ecosystem. These types of related applications are becoming more and more diverse, aiming at compatibility issues.


Wireless device: Wi-Fi router/Bluetooth or other wireless bridge;


Control equipment: mobile phone/tablet/computer;


Ecosystem: voice assistant/IoT ecosystem;


Operating environment: OS/browser/fingerprint test.


2. Functional testing


The functions of smart locks are complex, and the app designs of different brands have their own characteristics. Therefore, it is a key issue to adapt to user habits and to identify design inconveniences in advance.


Verification direction: out-of-box settings/function confirmation/online update/low battery impact/multilingual verification.


3. Durability test


Smart locks require a long standby time, but they cannot make mistakes when they are used. So durability and stability are very important.


Verification direction: power consumption test/wireless connection cycle test/remote switch cycle test.


4. Wireless performance test


Different types of houses have different layouts, and different locations in the house will also affect performance due to network performance.


Verification direction: network status strength/installation location and AP distance/peripheral equipment or influence interference.

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