Schlage's HomeKit deadbolt doesn't make Sense without Apple TV
I am CNET's Ry Crist standing here at the front door of the CNET Smart House testing out the Schlage Sense Smart Bluetooth Deadbolt.
And this is a new deadbolt from Schlage that has HomeKit compatibility built right into it.
And that means you can use it with Apple Smart Home platforms.
On your ios device and that you can control it with Siri.
So pull your phone out of your pocket and ask her to unlock or lock the front door and she'll take care of it.
Now, this isn't the first smart deadbolt we've seen from Schlage.
Far from it.
They've actually been doing it for a couple of years now with models that have z-wave radios built in.
With z-wave you connect the lock to a hub.
The hub connects to your router.
And then you can access your lock from anywhere.
With Bluetooth things are a little different because it's a limited range.
You can't access Bluetooth from more than 50 feet away or so.
And that means that you don't get remote control of this lock right out of the box.
If you have an Apple TV, you'll be able to use it as the Gatekeeper to let you into your home network and unlock the door from afar.
And so for that reason, I don't think that this deadbolt makes sense if you don't have Apple TV or you don't want to get one.
That said, it's a pretty good lock.
It's got a great app.
It works well with other home home gear products and it works very reliably as I tested it out.
The installation is a little hands-on, but the step by step directions make it pretty simple.
All you really need is a screwdriver, and you can get it done in about 20 minutes.
From there, you just sync the lock with your phone and you're good to go.
You can lock and unlock the door from your app.
You can add specific codes for specific people.
That's A nice way to see who exactly is coming and going.
All of it works well.
So if you're buying the home kit, I think it's a good purchase.
But at $229, it's a little more expensive than other locks.
The Z-Wave versions cost $50 less.
I'd rather have one of those if I'm building a smarthome setup from scratch and I don't want HomeKit.
For CNET Appliances, here at the CNET smart home.
I'm Ry Crist.
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