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A door lock has two main features: opening and closing. Lockly, a leader in manufacturing the world's most advanced smart lock, let me give the Secure Pro Latch Edition a try.

There's a lot to say about the lock; it has great features, looks, and performs perfectly upon completion. And the instructions Lockly supplied are written in a clear step-by-step, easy to understand format. You will also need the free Lockly app, which does require a security confirmation passcode during setup.

I set out to see how long it would take my wife and I to get the old lock off and install the Lockly. I have little experience in installing locks, just a few other smart locks over the years for testing. If you're handy, this installation should be no problem using a few of your basic screwdrivers and tools. More if you have to drill new door holes.

For the most part, it took us an hour to get the deadbolt Secure Pro lock hardware installed. This included removing the old one and using the existing hole cut in my door and frame for the Lockly, since they matched.

To make sure they match, you must go through a series of measurements with the supplied information to ensure holes don't have to be adjusted or added. The lock adjusts to different existing sized holes and the instructions go over that.

If you follow the instructions, the installation is straightforward, just take your time. This includes the included four AA batteries for power and installing the door sensors. With the hardware installed, the lock is ready to open the door from the outside the old fashioned way, with the supplied keys.

 

Next was setting up the secure link Wi-Fi hub with the Lockly app (iOS and Android), which does require a few security steps during the setup. The app is critical for setting up the keyless features. A user-friendly dashboard within the app works great for locking and unlocking the door.

The Wi-Fi hub is used for live monitoring with optional notifications sent to your smartphone, setting up voice assistants as I did with Alexa and other control features of the Lockly. The hub is small and plugs directly into any wall outlet within 10-feet of the lock for best performance.

You really don't purchase a lock like this to use with an actual key, although you can. Have it as a backup, but not as your main choice of entry.

The Lockly Secure Pro offers several ways to open the lock: keyless with the app, combination, fingerprint, send a single use key to someone else (like a worker) or grant regular access to a family member or close friend and voice assistants.

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