Poly-Control's Danalock is hard to pleaseThe Poly-Control Danalock sits squarely on the high-maintenance side of the DIY smart home scale.
[MUSIC] Hey guys. I'm Megan Wolverton for CNet appliances standing here in my hallway next to my front door with the poly controlled dana lock. This is a 179 dollar lock that has bluetooth and Z wave capability. [INAUDIBLE] That means that as you're getting close to your door, it will sense that you're getting close, and unlock if you want it to. You can also use wi-fi through your CWAVE hub to access it remotely using an internet connection. The Danalock is similar to the August Smart Lock we recently reviewed, in that it retrofits to many existing deadbolts. So you don't really have to deal with. The guts of your lock, you can just sit this on top of your existing setup I tried to install this lock first at our office using a test door we had and ran into a few problems. First, the baseplate didn't really line up with the hardware of the existing deadbolt. And it didn't actually work after I got it set up. So altogether, it took me about 20 to 30 minutes to set this up at. So the beauty of a smart lock like this one is that you can use the app to extend virtual keys to friends and family for a short period of time, or for a long period of time. You can also get alerts based on who's coming and going. You can make configurations remotely. All kinds of different things. And also obviously lock and unlock your front door from the app. We saw that functionality work out really well with the August box. But it didn't really work as well with this lock. It took quite awhile for the Bluetooth functionality to actually kick in and communicate with the lock and do what it was supposed to do. This lock also has a knock to unlock feature, which is exactly what it sounds. You would tap lightly, knock on your smartphone or whatever device you're using, and it would unlock the doors for you. I triple checked my settings, I checked troubleshooting, but I had absolutely no luck getting this feature to work. So the most success I had was really just pulling up the lock or unlock buttons on the app. And manually pressing them, which isn't all that different than just grabbing a key and inserting it into the keyhole anyway. So while I was really excited about the Danalock, it's a great price point, $179 for Bluetooth and Z-Wave compared to the August lock, which is 250 and just has Bluetooth, the Danalock ended up disappointing in the end. I really think the glitches I saw. Outweighs the benefits. So I would probably stick with August for now if you want something that can retrofit to your existing deadbolt. Thanks for watching this video. Be sure to check out my full review of the poly-control danalock on CNet.com. I'm Megan Woolerton for CNet appliances. [MUSIC]