Quite often when I go out with the kids or even on my own, locking and unlocking my door can be a real pain when I have to fumble around with my keys to try and unlock or lock the door with both arms full of stuff. My husband and I have both been wanting a keyless entry but it just hasn’t been at the top of our priority list. But when Yale contacted Kelli about doing a review for one of their touchscreen keyless entry systems I jumped on it! And I am so glad I did. 🙂
It took a bit for us to actually get the keyless entry system installed because it arrived the day before we were set to go on vacation and because we were installing the lock on an older door, it wasn’t as easy as just popping the old deadbolt off and putting the new on. Unfortunately we had to make our hole bigger to fit the new lock which required getting a lock installation kit, drilling the new hole and then installing the lock! A few more steps then I originally thought we’d have to do. However, it is installed now and I am loving it!
Because my husband installed the actual lock, I’ll give you his thoughts and then go into more detail about the lock itself:
The lock itself, once installed, is extremely easy to use. However, the installation process left something to be desired. I’m a software developer, so I’m technically-minded, and I’m no stranger to home renovation work, so this process should have been right up my alley. Despite reading the instructions in order, and confirming all of the parts, the instructions were anything but clear. They were filled with heavily technical terms (eg, referring to the lock plates as an “escutcheon”) and provided very little clarity on the exact implementation. At each stage, the parts were often referred to by the code or model number, such as the model number of a specific screw), but the parts inventory list at the start of the guide didn’t show the model number, so although it was fairly obvious which part to use, the abundant use of technical terms made it difficult to read and follow the instructions smoothly. The manual also frequently forced you to jump around: reaching a particular step would then say “turn to page X before continuing.” Then you’d have to figure out what to do on page X, then come back to where you were to continue where you left off. Overall, the manual was quite a nuisance.
The installation was otherwise fairly painless (aside from the fact that our current door needed to be re-drilled, but this lock uses a standard size, so the fault was in our door, not in the lock). Once installed, setup and configuration was straightforward. Simply enter a master code (you use this code to reprogram the device, not as an entry code), and then you’re able to easily add up to 25 independent codes. The back of the manual has a place to keep track of those codes, and using them is as simple as tapping the lock screen, entering a code, and pressing star (*), to lock you simply pass or press your hand on the touchscreen and that’s all there is to it!
If the batteries die while you’re out of the house, there’s a battery override allowing you to power the lock with a 9-volt battery externally to enter your code. If you don’t live in a hot climate, storing a 9-volt battery in your car as an emergency isn’t a bad idea. But with complete keyless entry, it doesn’t hurt to keep a spare key to a separate door on hand just in case.
So other then the manual being a bit tricky to navigate, all in all a simple process. Some features of the lock include:
- Voice-guided programming feature so you never have to search for an instruction manual.
- Weather resistent durable touchscreen
- Interference alarms for tamper and wrong code attempts.
- Can be used stand-alone, without wireless home control
- or as part of a wireless home control system (available in Z-Wave or Zigbee configurations)
- touchscreen – tri-lingual in English, Spanish and French
- 25 users as a stand-alone and up 250 users as part of a network security system
- takes 4 AA batteries, with a one year battery life
- low battery warning
- privacy mode for extra security when your home
The lock comes in three designer finishes to match your existing hardware (polished brass, satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze permanent) or you can buy matching hardware when ordering. Definitely a lock worth having it has already changed how I do things, I can now have my oldest daughter lock the door while I get the rest of the kids in the van, plus we can now assign codes to regular visitors, such as family, and if we don’t want them getting in anymore without us being there we can very easily just deactivate that code.
This particular touchscreen keyless entry system from Yale has a retail price of $200 and can be purchased directly from their site, if you don’t want a touchscreen lock they also have keypad style locks to choose from. I’m sure you’ll find just what you’re looking for.
*Disclaimer: I was sent the above reviewed lock to help facilitate my review. All opinions and thoughts expressed are my own.*