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Autolock locked kids out of the house while playing in the back yard

(Anthony Persichini) #1

anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this?

(MarkTr) #2

Configure autolock to only work while mode is away / during nighttime hours.

I have mine set for 1 hour during the day and 5 minutes at night. I still get locked out once in a while but that’s what the keypad is for…

(Anthony Persichini) #3

I thought about that… but i have the door also running off SMH, so at night when the alarm is on the door wouldn’t be unlocked… i haven’t figure out how to get away setup…

Me always have phone
wife always has phone
daughter 30% has 70% its dead
85 year grandmother no phone.

(Glen King) #4

How old are the kids? What type of lock?

(Anthony Persichini) #5

10 years old
Kwickset 910 z-wave (outside trim has no keypad)


You could replace the lock with one with a pin pad.

Smartthings also announced a new keypad in January if you want to wait for that, but they didn’t say exactly when it would be available:

( co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #7

Gosh… I would never want a smart lock without a fully local keypad; especially if it automatically locked.

Getting locked out is a much, much, much bigger risk and problem than a burglar going around testing to see if my door is unlocked.

(Nathan Curtis) #8

And one of the #1 reasons I didn’t choose Kwikset…

I dont see any way around this other than not allowing the autolock to occur during the daytime when you expect people in the house or changing your setup to include a keypad. Seems as the system did EXACTLY what it was configured to do.

(Tony Fleisher) #9

You could Hide a key under the doormat? :wink:

( co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #10

I use one of these (even though I have a keypad lock, this is handy in case the battery is dead or other electronic malfunction).

Mechanical / Analog solutions are great backup. Just like physical light switches.

(Tyler Durden) #11

I concur with adding a keypad or replacing the lock with one that has a keypad. When I switched out my manual locks, I originally wanted to avoid keypads, but they have made life so much easier.

As a side note, if smart locks had been around when I was growing up, I never would have learned how to jimmy window locks or pick door locks to avoid being stuck outside everytime I lost or forgot my house key.