Haven Connect is a Smart Home Door BraceBy - 03/18/2017
Smart locks are among the most popular home automation products today. Frankly, they’re also one of the most useful. They not only provide the convenience of keyless entry, but they also enhance home security by giving you complete control over your front door. Using a deadbolt, smart or not, isn’t enough to strengthen your front door on its own, which is why we recommend installing a door brace. A door brace reinforces your door, reducing the chances of a kick-in. Haven Connect is a device that combines the best of a door brace with the best of smart locks.
Haven Connect: A Tough Yet Smart Door Brace
Military Grade Strength
Haven Connect is made of military-grade materials, such as steel, DuPont™ Delrin acetal resin, and Triple Stitched Nylon. Its composition and design enable it to withstand the force of aggressive attacks on your door. Like the OnGARD Door Brace, Haven Connect reinforces your door from its base. It mounts to your floor, and when activated, a wedge-like barrier protrudes from its body to lock your door in place.
A floor mounted door brace is what we recommend. The base of a door is one of its strongest points, and by reinforcing it, you’re making your door a lot harder to kick in. Haven claims that a door protected by Haven Connect is ten times stronger than one protected by a deadbolt alone. They also claim that Connect can withstand battering rams. We can’t say for sure whether their claims are true or not, but you can watch their YouTube videos to see for yourself.
Haven Connect isn’t all muscle; it’s smart too. You can use the device’s manual switch or your smartphone to activate/deactivate Connect’s locking mechanism. If you’re familiar with how August Smart Lock works, Connect works similarly. It pairs with your smartphone via Bluetooth Low Energy. Whenever you’re within Bluetooth range, you can lock and unlock Connect using the accompanying Haven Lock smartphone app. A wireless key fob is also available, which allows you to lock/unlock Connect with the press of a button.
The app, the key fob, and the upcoming Wi-Fi bridge make Connect more convenient to use, but they also serve another purpose. Most door braces are designed to prevent break-ins while you’re at home and you can’t use them to protect your home while you’re away. Haven Connect is different. You can lock Connect using your phone or key fob from inside or outside of your home, providing even greater protection.
Aside from smartphone and key fob control, Connect has a unique security feature: It detects attempts to kick down your door using a built-in accelerometer. If it detects someone trying to break-in, you’ll get a notification on your smartphone. However, take note that because Haven Connect doesn’t have Wi-Fi connectivity yet, security notifications are only available when you’re home and within Bluetooth range. When Haven finally launches the Wi-Fi bridge, it will allow you to connect to your device and receive notifications anywhere, even when you’re not within Bluetooth range.
Other Smart Features
In addition to what we’ve discussed, Haven has two other features in the works. One is geofencing, and the other is smart home integrations.
Geofencing can make Haven Connect more convenient to use. Essentially, it creates a virtual fence around the device itself. When you (and your smartphone) enter the fenced area, Connect will automatically unlock, eliminating the need to use your phone or key fob. And when you leave the area, Connect locks automatically, ensuring protection even if you forget.
Smart home integrations, on the other hand, will make Connect a better security solution. Imagine a door brace that automatically locks the door when you set your smart thermostat to Sleep mode. Or a door brace that autonomously locks when an unknown face is seen by your smart outdoor camera. Or a door brace that turns on the lights or sirens when it detects an attempted break in. According to Haven, they’re currently building partnerships with leading smart home brands, such as SmartThings, Wink, and HomeKit.
Is Haven Connect For Your Home?
Haven Connect is innovative, but will it work for you? Here are a few important things you need to know.
- Haven Connect only works with doors that open inwards.
- It may work with double doors, but only with those that have a top pin inserted in the door frame.
- Connect is 0.8 inches high when not activated. Your door must have at least a 0.9-inch clearance between its base and the threshold to give the door enough space to swing open or close. If your door is too low, Haven recommends cutting it.
- For optimal protection, the wedge has to make contact with at least 0.25 inches of your door. If the door isn’t making enough contact with the wedge, you can order a “riser” to meet the required height.
- Drilling is required, so it might not be the best solution if you’re renting.
- The device requires Bluetooth and does not currently connect using Wi-Fi (awaiting Wi-Fi Bridge launch).
If you want to check whether your home is compatible or not, you can head over to Haven’s installation guide. They offer setup guides for different types of doors and floorings.
Would I recommend Haven Connect to a friend? I like smart home devices and security products, and Haven Connect is both. Need I say more?
If you’re looking for a smart lock that can do more than just lock/unlock your door, Haven Connect gets two thumbs up. Unfortunately, you’ll need to wait, as the device is expected to start shipping this June. If you’re interested, you can pre-order Haven Connect for $299, $50 less than its anticipated retail price ($349). On the other hand, if you’re okay using Haven Connect without smart features (smartphone control, key fob, notifications), you can check out Haven Mech. Mech is the same as Connect but without smart features. It is now up for grabs for $249.