Almost all of the available smartlock products out there are for deadbolts. Deadbolt smartlocks usually require a motor to engage/disengage the bolt. As a result, they''re bigger, have shorter battery life, can jam if your deadbolt requires "jiggling". The...
Almost all of the available smartlock products out there are for deadbolts. Deadbolt smartlocks usually require a motor to engage/disengage the bolt. As a result, they''re bigger, have shorter battery life, can jam if your deadbolt requires "jiggling". The advantage of a lever lock is that to "lock" it simply requires that the device decouple the lever handle from the mechanism (so when you turn the handle, nothing happens). Unlocking is simply the reverse. So these devices are usually smaller, have better battery life, etc. There may be other reasons why you need a deadbolt (security, pre-existing hardware), but all things being equal, these are easier devices to work with.
Our house only has a lever lock, not a deadbolt. So until I found this product, I was going down the path of figuring out how to retrofit a deadbolt into my door. I was so happy when I found this!
Installation took minutes - great tutorial video online by Schlage. All you need is a screwdriver. It comes with one backup physical key in case the device fails for some reason. I have owned it for 2 months and the battery has gone down 15%, so at this rate I will only have to change the batteries once per year or less.
I use mine with a Samsung SmartThings Hub. Pairing is easy as long as you follow the directions. The native device-type handler (DTH) and SmartApp for Samsung SmartThings Smart Locks works OK, but there''s a better one out there coded by RBoy (search for RBoy Apps) that gives much more flexibility and fixes a specific issue where the lock doesn''t send a signal when it automatically "re-locks", so the lock status in the app would be out of sync with the lock itself (it would show unlocked when it was actually locked). The RBoy app also allows you to configure schedules for the keycodes (example: if you want to create a code that only works on certain days of the week, at certain times, during certain modes, or set to auto-expire after a certain time period or number of uses) as well as notifications when specific codes are used. I''m very happy overall with the product and the SmartThings integration.
If I could, I would deduct 1/2 star for two reasons: First, I wish I didn''t have to purchase a separate DTH for the extra features (named codes, notifications, auto-relock, scheduled codes, etc), I wish it came natively with SmartThings, but that''s as much Samsung''s issue as it is Schlage''s. Second, I wish this lock supported codes longer than 4 digits, for added security.
As an example of just how useful these things are, we have this installed at a vacation home 100 miles away. This past week, the temperatures plummeted and I was very worried about the pipes freezing. I called a neighbor and asked him to check on the house and to leave the faucets on a trickle to prevent them from freezing. In the time it took him to walk over to our house, I was able to provision a code on my iPhone which worked perfectly. We will also be able to use it to set up codes remotely for guests who want to borrow the house, housekeepers, handymen, plumbers, and others without having to distribute and collect physical keys. All of that convenience and peace of mind is worth the price of the lock, in my opinion.