It’s time for me to think about locks, and for the purpose of this discussion I’m thinking of dividing them into two broad categories: Those with a numeric keypad, and those without a numeric keypad. The primary issue is ease of opening it for others / providing access to others.
Things like the DanaLock are very cool. I like the idea that with BLE it will detect my phone and open when I arrive home. Apparently there is a new model due out soon with many fixes, and the ability to talk Zigby to something like the ST hub. So I can control it remotely. All very nice.
DanaLock and similar concepts say we can send one time keys to other people via text. Well okay. They don’t say this but it seems like the person receiving that one time or recurring key needs to install the DanaLock app.
There are many choices of locks with keypads, so of course that makes it easy to grant access. But it seems these features don’t just detect your phone and unlock. And, the coolness factor is much lower. I suppose I could use a presence sensor to have ST open the lock for me.
One final, unrelated consideration is that all the units I have seen can be opened from the inside without a key. One of my doors is right next to a window, so none of those can go on that door. This is for the door from the garage. I normally leave that door unlocked and really don’t like to.
So what do you all think?
UPDATE: I did see a DanaLock type lock that has an available keypad, but wow, very pricy!