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00:17 – Activating and using keypad
00:45 – Hardware overview
01:09 – What happens if battery dies?
02:10 – Inside portion of the lock
02:17 – Changing batteries
03:20 – Yale Secure App
03:57 – Setting up pin codes on the app
04:28 – Deleting pin codes
04:46 – Additional settings: auto lock
05:14 – Privacy button
05:42 – Wrong code entry limit
06:36 – Homekit demo
07:33 – Siri voice commands
07:55 – Using with other homekit compatible products
08:50 – Comparison with August Smart Lock
09:20 – Homekit automation
10:17 – Adding other homekit users
10:40 – Build quality
10:57 – Ease of installation
11:00 – install b-roll
11:21 – Conclusion and final thoughts
This is the second smart locking device I’ve played with (the other being the August bolt-on lock) and this one is a much nicer built device both inside and out. It’s attractive, installs easily, and feels every bit as good as the traditional deadbolt I’ve had on my door.
But like many companies that try to make their traditional products go “smart” the software comes up a bit short – especially with the Apple Homekit enabled version of the product. Given that this one uses a different communications module as compared to the other versions of the Assure lock, some features (like digital keys) are not available. It will also only work with Homekit and therefore is not compatible with Amazon Alexa, and other smart home hubs and devices.
The result is that those looking to provide limited guest access to a home with Homekit version will not have as many options. 25 pin codes can be assigned but it’s not possible to limit when and how those pins can be used. Users can be given access via Homekit but they’ll then also have access to everything else in the house too. The other versions of this product (as well as many other smart locks) allow the guest keys to be used only on certain days of the week and can even limit what time of day those virtual keys can be used.
Otherwise the Homekit integration works great for those invested in that ecosystem. I am a mixed use household with Alexa, Google Home, and Siri. I would rate it better if Yale could have integrated support for multiple platforms simultaneously on this device in addition to restricted guest keys.
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