Home Technology Smart Lock

Discussion in 'HomeKit, HomePod, CarPlay, Home & Auto Technology' started by nrvna76, May 24, 2019.

  1. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

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    Any recommendations for smart locks?

    Seems to be a million options. Schlage, August, Yale, kwikset etc.

    The only other smart device I have is a nest thermostat, so that had me thinking possibly the Yale X connect with nest but having to type a code or open an app seems slower than a key..

    I may buy a google home or HomePod someday just not sure if I want to dive further into the Apple ecosystem, so I’d like something that supports either.

    Buying a new front door so I won’t have an existing deadbolt.

    Any experiences or thoughts would be helpful!
     
  2. Itinj24, May 24, 2019
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    Itinj24 macrumors regular

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    I use the Yale Assure with August Connect. Basically a Yale lock with August technology. Believe it’s compatible with all platforms (maybe not Nest as they have their own version of it) as well, if you just change the module inside the lock. This lock is solid and it just works, especially so with HomeKit. Plenty of features including Auto-Unlock by Bluetooth when your phone is within Bluetooth range of the lock. The one I have does not use a key (YRD256). Prefer it that way. Professional lock pickers can get the job done quick. They do make one with a key too (YRD226). If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
     
  3. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    I'm using the August smart lock (ASL-03) with the Smart Connect ... had it for over a year and it's good for us. We have grown kids who have software keys for the lock, as well...
     
  4. nrvna76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Seems to be commonly connected to nest now. Not sure if that is new vs connected with August but since I already have the nest app I think this is where I’m leaning.
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    For some reason I feel these should be cheaper than the competition and it isn’t. Doesn’t have a keypad or internals for the bolt, yet it’s the same price. That bugs me for some reason but I could be way off as far as value. Thanks for your input though!
     
  5. Itinj24 macrumors regular

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    Regardless of which Smart Home platform you use, Nest, HomeKit, Smartthings, etc... the Yale lock is a solid lock. Can’t go wrong with it and it’s one of the nicer looking ones IMO. Been using it for years. Just got the August Connect for it recently and made it even better.
     
  6. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    I had previously used the Kevo by Quickset... same basic configuration - no keypad, etc... but was great at first and started getting wonky - not responding, etc... much prefer the August smart lock... it's been almost perfect from the get-go.

    I'm not sure that I'm a fan of the designs with the keypads... seems like a 4 or 6 digit combination is not much to protect you home and family.

    Either way, good luck... would love to hear what you settle on.
     
  7. bbednarz macrumors 6502a

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    Finding a smart lock with HomeKit compatibly for a reasonable price was one of the harder tasks I have come across when buying smart home gear. I ended up going with the one below. Seems to work very well so far. My girlfriend has yet to complain about it so thats how I know it is working good so far. This one doesn't require a hub or anything. Just has a module in it which enables HomeKit. I believe there are other modules for it which can be purchased to use Alexa/Google with it.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073V7451H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&th=1
     
  8. nrvna76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I went with the Yale x connect to go with my nest thermostat. I don’t think it had HomeKit but I am weary of being buried further into the ecosystem anyway.
     

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