Kwikset Improves Kevo Bluetooth Lock, But Only For 2 People

Kevo now offers scheduled access for Bluetooth locks, but only for two users; additional digital keys cost $1.99 each.

Kwikset Kevo, now with scheduling capabilities.
Julie Jacobson · July 29, 2014

Kwikset’s Kevo Bluetooth lock, developed by Unikey, has taken flak from reporters including myself, for certain product quirks and costs.

But at least some of its shortcomings have been addressed in its latest upgrade.

Originally, Kevo owners could create only two guest keys for free. Each additional key was $1.99. Furthermore, there was no mechanism to attach schedules to the keys to allow access only during a select time period, say 1:00 to 2:00 on Tuesdays.

The good news is this: Kevo now has an option for scheduling keys for house keepers, delivery people, dog walkers, whatever. The bad news is that you only get two of these keys for free. Each additional is still $1.99 each.

But at least Kevo is now making free of charge a “Guest eKey” for an unlimited number of digital access passes, each of which are good for 24 hours. The passes can be disabled manually by the owner.

It’s a start, but still does not address the lack of an onboard keypad (a deal breaker for me), nor the inability to control a lock via the Internet. eKeys must be sent as an SMS message to guests who have smart phones with Bluetooth 4.0.

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  About the Author

Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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