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In this guide, I’m going to show you how to add a Kwikset 888 smart door lock to Home Assistant. Once added, you will be able to lock or unlock the door, view the door status, view battery level, and determine whether or not the door lock is open or closed – all from within Home Assistant.
No more needing to manually create door pin codes on the door itself!
Let’s get started.
- Lock or unlock your door from anywhere with a supporting smart home system using your phone
- Expand your security system solution with home connect technology, your keyless entry door lock will now communicate wirelessly to security and home automation systems via z wave
Step 1: Install the lock
First, install the lock with the included instructions. The instructions for this lock are very well written and easy to follow.
Do not install the batteries until the interior portion is mounted on the door.
If you insert the batteries early, the lock will automatically orient itself to the current angle you’re holding it. The lock mechanism will starting turning and “learn” it’s current direction, which means when you go to mount it – the holes won’t line up.
The instructions do warn you of this multiple times, but I just started installing it without reading (all) of them. I ended up having to take the entire lock apart and manually move the gears into the correct place.
Step 2: Test your lock by manually adding a PIN code
Before adding to Home Assistant, you should make sure the door locks and unlocks successfully. Insert the key from the outside and lock/unlock it. If it locks and unlocks fully without it catching on anything, you can proceed.
You should also manually add a pairing code to ensure to opens and closes correctly. To do this:
- Open the door.
- Press the Program button once (located under the battery cover on the interior portion)
- Enter a usercode. (i.e – 1234)
- Press the Lock button on the outside.
If the lock button flashes green once, the new code was added successfully. If it flashes 3 times with 3 beeps, it was unsuccessful and you should try again.
Step 3: Create and add Network Key to configuration.yaml
Follow Step 2 and 3 of this guide to create a network key and add it to your configuration file. This is required to securely add the device to Home Assistant.
If you already have a network key, you don’t need to add another.
Step 4: Add Kwikset 888 to Home Assistant
I am using Z-Wave JS and already have a network key generated and added to my config.yaml.
Go to Configuration > Integrations > Z-Wave JS. Then click Configure.
Click Add Node, and then toggle on Use Secure Inclusion.
Then, click Start Secure Inclusion.
Press the A button on the interior portion of your lock and wait it to complete the interview process.
Note: My Kwiket 888 seemed to get stuck on the “initializing” screen for at least 15 minutes. However, when I rebooted Home Assistant, I confirmed that it added all of the entities correctly and I was able to lock, unlock, and view door status and battery level just fine.
Step 5: Enable Disabled Entities
Go to Configuration > Devices > and search for your new lock. In the list of Entities, make sure to enable the disabled sensors.
Click each, and enable.
Step 6: Test it out!
Now that you’ve confirmed all the entities have been added, go ahead and click the LOCK or UNLOCK function. If it works, you are all set!
Overall, this lock was super easy to install and add to Home Assistant. In comparison to my Schlage BE469, this one was much simpler to add (The Schlage had to be added a few feet away from my Nortek GoControl zigbee/zwave dongle, but the Kwikset 888 was located on the other side of the house and it still paired super easily. )
For your next steps, I highly recommend installing Keymaster in Home Assistant so you can create and manage lock pin codes directly within Home Assistant.
My Favorite Home Assistant Devices
Below are some of the Home Assistant-compatible devices I personally use in my home. I highly recommend each of them.
- Zwave/Zigbee hub: Nortek GoControl HUSBZB-1
- Smart Plugs: Sonoff S31 Lite Zigbee
- Motion Sensors: Hue Indoor Motion
- Outdoor Camera: Amcrest IP5M Turret
- Robot Vacuum: Roborock S7
The full list of all Home Assistant compatible & recommended devices I use can be found on my Equipment List page.