Yale Assure Smart Lock Review – Apple Homekit Version, Works with Siri

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VIDEO INDEX:
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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Comments

Maple Flavor says:

cool

webcomment says:

This is not for homes or apartments with only one exterior door. The device can completely fail (not just the battery) and you will be locked out because there is no physical key backup.

Gregg H says:

It seems to me that someone can quickly put a taser to these digital locks. Zap. Fry the circuit board. No more lock. Nice Halloween prank.

Neurobio Boy says:

I really like your content, and your front door is really nice. But you have a glass on your front door (like me). What is the point to have a top secured device on your door, when you have a glass witch is a major weakness? especially when you have a physical way to unlock it from the inside? So for me you need to have a “strong” door to see benefits in term of ergonomic from this device, without compromising the security. Because when you have regular key system on your door and have a small glass on it, breaking the glass will not gives you an easy access inside.
But if you have an appropriate door, I think this is awesome!

R Shinn says:

I’ve had the z wave version for over a year and I love it.

Murat Yılmaz says:

Code is the most unsafe way to lock something. My friend lives in an apartment. All door to door vendors know the main entrance password. It can copy from ear to ear. It can be texted. That’s it. Boom. There’s a stranger in your house.

Chucky says:

battery is the main issue with these… I stopped using mine when I had to replace 3x AA batteries every few months.

anal says:

Fab review as always. Does Siri still report back “the door is locked” even if it fails to? I.e to door is slightly open so doesn’t lock properly?
Same question goes if you’re away from home and the iPad is in hub mode, if for whatever reason the doors fails to lock will Siri let you know or just give the canned “the door is locked”?

I assume the whole palm activation thing is for security, so anyone looking for heat prints can’t see the 4-8 digits that were last pressed.

Michael Blake says:

Does the lock randomise the layout of the keypad to stop someone watching to get a code?

Colton Blumhagen says:

Yeah but what if there’s an EMP. Then I’d be locked out of my house either way.

John Scott says:

Hey Lon. The device as is may be suitable for a room, internally, but not as a secure external door lock. This is no different to your regular passcode door lock, only ‘smarter’ (the word used in the sense understood by the millennials, of young and old, as ‘creating a deceitful perception that they are getting smarter’).

Locking/unlocking an external door should be done similarly to making a financial transaction. A 2-step verification should be employed. In 2017 mobile devices should have internal wireless ‘household security’ chips that could be programmed (meaning loading firmware) exclusively by the household admin, using a small terminal in your house. Hence a mobile device would become the hardware key. Should use a secure wireless proximity protocol to create a secure handshake with the lock and i.e. generate a unique code to be entered, or the handshake be verified by your fingerprint on the device (in which case the lock would not have any terminals, all the electronics would be sealed off).

BUT it’s 2017/2018. People don’t want the real deal technology, they pay for animated emojis, remember (you are being one of them, Lon, I guess)? What people want is to watch stupefying Netflix/TV shows and play mindless Minecraft, etc.

If someone told me 20 years ago that in 2017 people would be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on their mobile phones/laptops, etc. and be using this advanced technology mostly for entertainment and to indulge themselves in vanity profiles on various internet websites, I probably wouldn’t have believed.

Even 10 years ago I was able to do more useful things with then laptops and services than with current line-ups of touchscreen devices that surely are fancier but mostly useless. I don’t know a single normal (meaning not crazy) person who would want to buy a new £1000 mobile/laptop every year or two and not protest if forced to do so in order to be able to have a web browser that can display websites properly and fast enough (Apple-controlled WebKit updates that break your browsing experience if you are not upgrading, but who dares to talk about it).

Still cannot put an SD card into an iPhone, can you? And it’s got more cumbersome in Macs, hasn’t it? Nobody talks about it anymore. Oh, almost forgot, the animated emojis are so much more interesting to talk about in the reality full of ignorants calling themselves screen/web personalities, or ‘content creators’. They mostly create confusion and empty needs, for money. Like with pushing crazy for USB-C and 4K.

In 2017 consumers could buy and own unnecessarily thin and small mobile and desktop devices (that are able to recognise their owners and even record everything they say to small text files), but they were not able to have in their houses a commercially available, standardised and accessible, isolated and secure household network of devices that actually can do useful things for you, like locking/unlocking your doors SECURELY.

So no automation in every household in 2018, but plenty of emojis in every stupid ‘smartphone’. Welcome to the unfortunate world of the millennials’ of young and old, that is not going to end soon.

darknesslabs says:

Lon. Check out Home Assistant.

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