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Smart lock vs smart lock

Hi there guys, I am current in the process of transforming my home into a smart home. I already have the Z-Wave and I need a good smart lock. My problem is that very few of these products seem to have good reviews at this point. I have been able to find several reviews including Cnet smart lock review. and BestSmartLock Schlage Sense Review.

Have any of your guys experimented with either of these? I am hesitant go to completely digital with the August, so I think the Schlage might be the better option. Any suggestions?

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Went old school.

Our last smart lock was simple PIN code. Worked great and used simple abundant AA batteries.

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Old School Is Cool

hehe, Thought about doing this myself. Seems a little safer and still cooler than a traditional key. Any recommendations, as far as brands go?

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The usual.

I think it was Kwikset or Schlage but it was installed in 2010 and worked great. Moved since and the buyers liked it. Never changed the batteries so beats some systems on that alone.

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Everybody gets Kwikset

and Schlage for decades use different key pattern, one can't slide into the other lockset. That in past helped some to stop some "bump key" break-ins. I grew up in a home with Schlage that was installed in 1910! We also had the older push button auto lock buttons on the door's edge, select to auto lock behind you or set to NOT autolock. These new locks are deliberately made now to stop "bump key" intrusions. I would think appearance would be the bigger consideration desired, maybe even "street look" which might serve to quickly warn off anyone thinking of using a "bump key".

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Hah, look what I found

Now I wish I'd swapped door locks before I sold that house! Seems it was an original or first Schlage.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_Schlage

"His first patent was in 1909, inventing a door lock that turned lights on and off.

In 1910, Schlage patented a door handle with a button which when pushed locked the door."

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what are you looking for in a smart lock?

there are so many out there with many different features sometimes it is hard to decide. For example, if I were to get a smart lock, I would want one with bluetooth or wifi ability to walk up to it with my smartphone in my pocket and the door will automatically unlock. It would not necessary need to have a guest mode. It would nice to have an app with notification every time someone open or attempts to open the door whether it be a key or a code.

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ZWave or Not ZWave

I have Schlage BE365's installed but the problem is that guests go out and forget to lock the door behind them and therefore changing at least one to the Schlage BE469 which I can also integrate with my ZWave system and can customize as much as I like.

Just my $0.02

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My vote goes to

Simon XTi, I have been using this for a year now and it's been doing it's job pretty well.

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