Best Way to View the Front Door and Control the Lock from Anywhere

Imagine this. You’re upstairs in bed, and someone is at the front door. Instead of rushing and risking falling, you stay in place and say, “Alexa, show me the front door.” An image from a camera pointing at the door displays on a video by your bed. You see it’s the dog sitter, say hello to her, and then automagically open the door for her with your voice: “Alexa, unlock the front door.”

How to Remotely Control Your Front Door

For the sake of this example, we’re going to say that you’re controlling your front door from your bedroom. But in reality, you can do this from anywhere in the home. Wherever you have an Echo Show, you can see and command what happens at the front door.

The three pieces you need are:

  1. An Echo Show video device in your bedroom
  2. A Ring Doorbell in place of your current doorbell
  3. An Alexa-compatible door lock on the front door

The Echo Show Video Device

The Echo Show is a video device that you command with your voice. You will connect the Echo Show to your front door lock and Ring Doorbell to command them from your bedroom.

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  • Alexa can show you more - With an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa can help manage your day at a glance.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging - Call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
  • Be entertained - Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Control your smart home - Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. Create morning routines to start your day.
  • Made to fit your life - Cook along to step-by-step recipes with Food Network Kitchen. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Glance at weather and traffic on your way out.

The Ring Doorbell Front Door Camera

The Ring Doorbell adds a smart camera to your front doorbell. When you attach it to your Echo Show, you will be able to see what it sees by looking at your Echo Show video device

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  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An update from the original Ring Video Doorbell, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and crisper night vision.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Powered by the built-in rechargeable battery or connects to existing doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.

An Alexa-Compatible Smart Door Lock

Several vendors make smart front door locks you can use with your Echo Show. Schlage, Kiwkset and August are three of the popular brands. The locks below are certified to work with your Alexa devices.

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August Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect Hub - Zwave, HomeKit & Alexa Compatible - Silver
  • Works with Alexa for voice control. Wireless requirements - 2.4GHertz Wi-Fi network. Connect Wi-Fi Bridge included.
  • Control and monitor your door from anywhere. Lock and unlock your door, control, keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. Alexa can also provide notifications when your battery is running low so you can proactively replace them. Set up smart reorders through dash replenishment to make sure you always have replacement batteries when you need them.
  • Be sure you’re secure with DoorSense. Only August has DoorSense to tell you if your door is securely closed and locked. Holding force: 600 pounds.
  • Always know who is coming and going. Track activity at your doorstep with a 24/7 activity feed.
  • Keep your existing lock and keys. Easily attaches to your existing deadbolt; Use your existing keys at any time. Requires 110 to 240 volts.

How to Setup the System

Here are some awesome videos that show you step by step how to setup your Ring, Echo Show, and some of the more popular remote door locks. Click any link below to open a new window:

  1. How to Connect Ring Cameras to Amazon Echo Devices Alexa (2019 Update)
  2. How to use the Ring doorbell with the Amazon Echo
  3. Ring Home Security System Review | 4 Must-Know Facts About Ring Alarm
  4. Schlage Encode Alexa Setup
  5. Open Schlage Encode Deadbolt by Alexa voice command
  6. HOW TO SET UP AND USE THE AMAZON ECHO SHOW

More Ways to Secure Your Home with Echo Show

The Echo Show is an entertainment device, but it’s also a smart home controller. You can use it to turn on lights, lock the door, and close the garage door. Here are some examples:

  1. Show you the security cameras
  2. Show you the Ring camera
  3. “Drop In” on another Echo Show to have a video chat
  4. Turn on lights outside, and turn off lights in the kitchen
  5. Close the gate or garage door

How the Ring Keeps You Safe

The Ring is a motion-activated camera that captures anyone or thing coming to your door. You can see and speak with someone in range of your Ring doorbell.

You don’t have to watch your video screen to see if someone is coming. The Ring can send an alert to you, which Alexa can then speak outloud.  You can also get notifications over the phone. To send your voice to visitors outside the door, you say “Alexa, talk to the front door.”

If you want to save the videos, you can upload them to the Ring Plan automatically for an extra monthly fee.

The Ring is connected to your home electrical, so there’s no worry about batteries failing. A handy person can install most ring models but Ring suggests that only a professional install the Ring Doorbell Elite.

How a Smart Lock Gives You More Control

A smart lock connects to the internet through your home’s wifi signal. You can then connect to the lock over your mobile phone.

The phone app for a smart lock allows you to both lock and to unlock the door.

Most smart locks fit right over existing locks, while some require you pull the old lock first.

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A good smart lock allows you to unlock it without using your keys. This means you do not need to  leave a key under the mat for your dog sitter, too. Locks use biometrics (fingerprints) or facial recognition on the high end, and just a push button keycode on the less technical end.

You can give access to and revoke access from anyone  you like. For example, you can give the dog sitter her own code, but then revoke that code when she goes off to college.

You can set most smart locks to automatically lock when the door closes. This means your house will be locked all of the time, not just when you remember to lock the door.

How to Get the Items in this Article

Click the links below, and I added some alternative products to these lists for you to explore as well.

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August Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect Hub - Zwave, HomeKit & Alexa Compatible - Silver
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August Smart Lock Pro (3rd Gen) + Connect Hub - Zwave, HomeKit & Alexa Compatible - Silver
  • Works with Alexa for voice control. Wireless requirements - 2.4GHertz Wi-Fi network. Connect Wi-Fi Bridge included.
  • Control and monitor your door from anywhere. Lock and unlock your door, control, keyless access and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. Alexa can also provide notifications when your battery is running low so you can proactively replace them. Set up smart reorders through dash replenishment to make sure you always have replacement batteries when you need them.
  • Be sure you’re secure with DoorSense. Only August has DoorSense to tell you if your door is securely closed and locked. Holding force: 600 pounds.
  • Always know who is coming and going. Track activity at your doorstep with a 24/7 activity feed.
  • Keep your existing lock and keys. Easily attaches to your existing deadbolt; Use your existing keys at any time. Requires 110 to 240 volts.
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[2021 Newest Version] Smart Deadbolt Lock Front Door, hornbill Keyless Entry Door Lock with Keypad, Bluetooth Smart Locks Work with Alexa, Digital Code Lock for Airbnb and Vacation Rental Hosts
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  • ➤ Luxur & Security Material: Intuitive OLED display, Zinc Alloy body, Long Battery Life, 4 AA batteries(Not Included) can provide 5000 openings (approx. 6 months). For security reason, Electronic Door Lock will automatically lock for 5 minutes when enter the password incorrectly more than 5 times.
  • ➤ Smarter & More Convenient: Hands-free remote control required Wi-Fi Gateway(sold separately), voice control with Alexa. Wifi Door Lock is great solution for Home, Company, Hotel, Apartment, Rental Property Management, Airbnb and Vacation Rental Host.You will be able to control your Bluetooth Door Lock with only one smart phone.
  • ➤ Multiple Choices: Alexa Door Lock support lock and unlock with APP, Keypad, and Mechanical Key. One-Touch Lock and Backlit keyboard-innovative Keyboard Deadlock Lock feature allows you to lock and leave without a key.Door Locks with Key also allow setting auto-lock by App to keep your house safe and sound.
  • ➤ Customize Management - Sign in APP of Bluetooth Locks for Front Door, you could check the records about unlocking and wrong passcode in real time. Code Door Lock allow setting generate Timed, Permanent, One-time or Customized passcode for guests, visitors, housekeepers or employees.
  • ❤ Support 30 days free return & exchange service, 12 months warranty and Life-time free technical assistance. Any Questions for Door Locks with Deadbolts, please connect to our customer service.
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August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, Remote Access, Alexa Integration for Your August Smart Lock
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August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, Remote Access, Alexa Integration for Your August Smart Lock
  • Control your door from anywhere.
  • Connect your August Smart Lock to Wi-Fi. Requires North American outlet with 110-240 volt.
  • Always know that your door is locked. Requires iOS (9.0 or higher) or Android (5.0 or higher) smartphones
  • Lock or unlock your door, even if you are away from home.
  • Voice control? Connect your lock to Amazon Alexa, the Google Assistant or Siri.
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  • Wyze smart lock: Lock or unlock your door from anywhere using the Wyze app. Wyze Lock connects to your WiFi via the included Wyze Lock Gateway. Enable auto-lock and auto-unlock to never have to think about keys or codes again
  • Certified for Humans – Smart home made easy for non-experts. Setup with Alexa is simple.
  • Simple sharing: Wyze Lock lets you easily share access to your home with friends, family, contractors, dog walkers, and really, whoever you want. See a history of lock and unlock events. Wyze Lock gives you complete control of who has access to your home
  • Door position detection: Wyze Lock not only tells you the lock status, but also if the door is open or closed. Unlike other locks, Wyze Lock has a built-in gyroscope to know the position of the door. No need for separate sensors
  • Keyless door entry: Simply walk up to your door and have it unlock automatically and then lock behind you once you're inside. Purchase Wyze Lock Keypad and Wyze Cam separately for added security and surveillance. Works with your current key and deadbolt.
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  • Personalized Keyless Entry Door Lock - 4-in-1 Keyless Entry automated door locks , Code + Smartphone(Press unlocked button to unlocked , Long Press Locked/enter passcode and press "#"to unlock + E-key +Share Password + ALEXA(need extra gateway) + Key , A more user-friendly unlocking method is convenient for your family and friends, it is also more convenient for your home, apartment , company
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  • Better Product Quality -SMONET Smart Lock have FULLHD OLED display, Zinc Alloy body, Longer Battery Life, 4pcs AA batteries can provide 5000 openings (approx 6 months), For security reason, it will automatically key combo lock for 5 minutes when enter the password incorrectly more than 5 times.
  • Unlock/Lock Anytime Anywhere - In the Bluetooth range, you can unlock via Bluetooth without connecting to the network. If you are not in the Bluetooth range, you can buy SMONET WiFi Bridge. About SMONET sliver lock to use together, you can open the exterior home doors through the APP wherever you can connect to the network. smart knob deadbolt can save you the trouble of being noisy by the doorbell.
  • Money Back Guarantee - SOMENT provide a money back guarantee if you do not love in it in 30 days , 1 year warranty and Life-time technical support. Please call any questions you have to 188-8988-1231 if having any installation inquires.
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  • 1080p HD video doorbell with enhanced features that let you see, hear, and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet, or PC.
  • An update from the original Ring Video Doorbell, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and crisper night vision.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Powered by the built-in rechargeable battery or connects to existing doorbell wires for constant power.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.
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  • 1080p HD wired video doorbell with two-way talk, advanced motion detection, standard 2.4 GHz connectivity and customizable privacy settings
  • Get real-time notifications sent straight to your phone. To hear audio notifications in your home, pair with a Ring Chime, compatible Alexa device, or select the Video Doorbell Wired + Chime bundle. Note: the doorbell will not sound your existing chime.
  • Advanced motion detection helps you know when someone’s at your front door before they ring your doorbell
  • Night vision with sharp contrast ensures you’ll never miss a detail – even in the dark
  • Hardwire Video Doorbell Wired using your existing doorbell wiring and the included tool kit for around-the-clock power and peace of mind
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  • Speak to visitors when you can’t get to the door with built-in Alexa Greetings, an exclusive Ring Protect Plan subscription feature
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  • An upgrade from the original Ring Video Doorbell 2, enjoy improved motion detection, privacy zones and audio privacy, and dual-band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz) wifi connectivity.
  • Exclusive to Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, get 4 extra seconds of black and white video to show you what happened before motion was triggered with Pre-Roll.
  • Receive mobile notifications when anyone presses your doorbell or triggers your built-in motion sensors.
  • Easily setup by connecting your Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus to wifi through the Ring app and mounting with the included tools.
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  • Alexa can show you more - With an 8" HD screen and stereo sound, Alexa can help manage your day at a glance.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging - Call friends and family who have the Alexa app or an Echo device with a screen. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
  • Be entertained - Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Control your smart home - Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. Create morning routines to start your day.
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  • Smart home made simple - Set up compatible Zigbee devices or smart products without a separate hub. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats.
  • Take a look around when you’re away - Securely access the built-in camera to remotely monitor your home anytime with the Alexa app or other Echo Show devices.
  • So much entertainment - Ask Alexa to play your favorite shows, music, and podcasts from Prime Video, Netflix, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.
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  • Play music from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora, SiriusXM, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio.
  • Call or message family and friends hands-free, or drop in from the Alexa App to your Echo device.
  • Controls lights, locks, thermostats, and more with compatible connected devices.
  • Use the built-in speaker, or for bigger sound, connect to speakers through Bluetooth or audio cable.
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  • Made to fit your life – Cook along to step-by-step recipes. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Choose the clock face that fits your style best and glance at weather and traffic on your way out.
  • Big entertainment – Ask Alexa to show you movie trailers, TV shows, movies, or the news. Or listen to radio stations, podcasts, and audiobooks.
  • Control your smart home – Voice control compatible devices or manage them on the easy-to-use display. Ask Alexa to show you security cameras, control lights, and adjust thermostats. Create morning routines to start your day.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging – Call friends and family who have the Alexa app, an Echo device with a screen, or Skype. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
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  • Premium speakers with Dolby processing let you stream music and books in crisp, stereo sound. With a vibrant 10.1" HD screen for watching videos, movies, and TV shows in a new fabric design.
  • Connect with video calling and messaging – Make video calls to anyone with Skype, the Alexa app, an Echo Spot, or Echo Show. Make announcements to other devices in your home.
  • Made to fit your life - Ask Alexa to see lyrics and album art with Amazon Music. Easily update to-do lists and calendars. Choose the clock face that fits your style best and glance at weather and traffic on your way out.
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