A smart lock comes in many shapes and capabilities; some have a key and some do not, Others have remote that can be controlled from your phone. Some even have a camera with a motion sensor.
As a locksmith, I have installed and used different types of locks and I would like to share my knowledge.
1. Schlage encode
Schlage have special ways to protect your lock:
- Anti pick pins
- Anti drill plate on the lock and the cylinder
- Lock alarm
- 24/7 monitor from your phone from anywhere
- Schlage encode have a keypad for pin codes.
- Key override in case your lock is out of battery or failed for some other reason.
- Lock can be unlocked remotely from your phone.
Benefits of phone control:
Lock can be monitored and unlocked remotely.
You can schedule a time that a specific pin code should or should not work.
You can see a full history of who unlocked the lock and when.
Can you install it yourself?
Absolutely! All you need is a screwdriver and the instructions.
2. Gate Smart lock
- Key override
- Phone remote control
- Camera with motion sensor
- An option to call to and from your phone while looking at the camera
A Gate Lock gives you a variety of options to control your door remotely from your phone.
It’s great for airbnb, or home rentals. When guest are arriving they can just click the call button and you can see them through the camera and then unlock it. It can also be great way to ensue that your package are delivered safely. Additionally, there is an option to subscribe for live streaming.
3. Nest X Yale
Yale is a great brand, one of the oldest lock companies in the world.
This lock is a total keyless lock. As such, there is no key override needed. In case the lock ran out of battery, you can connect a 9w battery under the lock and use it to unlock your door and then change the battery positioned inside the lock.
- Remote phone control
- Scheduled pin code access
The lock can also be purchased with an nest hub to easily connect the lock to the wifi network. It is Easy to install and setup.
The only issue with a total keyless system is in case (not common) of a mechanical issue with the lock in which there would be no way to unlock it without drilling it.