Listener Jonathan H. writes in giving us the details of his recent Yale electronic lock install. I've installed these on a couple of jobs but I'm always curious what happens after I leave because I never actually have to "live" with the products on a daily basis. What looks good on paper doesn't always translate into the real world.
A big thank you to listener Jonathan H. for sending this in!
It’s has been a month with the Yale lock, and I’m quite happy with it. Here is my experience with the lock.
The total time for installation was around an hour. This included time to carve out additional space for the deadbolt strike plate. The instruction were easy to follow and complete. The email includes before and after photos. Once physical installation was done, the programming of the lock using the keypad was fairly simple. A pleasant sounding lady voice guides through all the configuration options.
There were a couple of issues found right after installation. First there is room for 250 user codes, however there is no way to determine how many are active via the keypad. I assume this is not much of an issue once it is connected to a home automation hub. The other installation issue is the motorize deadbolt would sometimes not fully lock. It would get stuck half way while locking. The lock’s keypad would clearly indicate if the deadbolt didn’t fully engage, so it was easy to know if there was an issue. Surprisingly, the issue was fixed when I slightly loosing the internal mounting screws. It has been working very well since the adjustment.
It has been working great for the family. Not having to worry about using the house key is very convenient. With a kid, it seems that our hands are always full of stuff. The keyless lock make it much easier to get into the house when carrying items.
The keypad has a natural responsive feel to it. It has a similar feel as entering text into an iPhone. There has been no issues with it operating properly with the brutal cold, we are experiencing here in western NY.
The lock has a Z-Wave radio. Currently, I am working to integrate it into my own custom home automation mobile web application. I am able to get it to lock and unlock using my web service. A full security interface with my application is still a work in progress. I can’t wait to be able to unlock the house directly from my phone. The ability to manage and monitor the lock remotely will add another level of security to our home. Honestly, I don’t know how many copies of our keys are in other people hands. Keyless security will eliminate the need to give anyone our keys.
With remote access from a phone, the lock is definitely worth the purchase. Even as a standalone keyless lock, it is a nice addition to the house.
That’s it for now.
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