You are going to find yourself in a pickle to choose. I too have been waiting since 2015 for the Yale Linus to be released.
So which direction you choose can be based on some additional things.
- With Nest releasing their new Secure Hub, the Linus is being released in early 2018 that will work directly with Nest in that eco system. If you are looking at things from a Security aspect and you are going to integrate the Nest Secure with your existing Nest products, then this Yale Linus might be the lock you want. I’m looking to separate Security (using Nest) and home automation (SmartThings). Waiting for the Nest doorbell too to complete that eco system.
Because the Linus was never released (I even spoke with a rep at Yale in January who said it would be available in June but I believe that changed because of Secure). So for me personally while waiting, I purchased two Yale YRD120zw (T1L) locks that integrate well with SmartThings. I’m using the RBoy Lock Manager with Universal Z-Wave Device Handler. I have not had one single issue with my locks ever dropping or losing contact or going offline. After 8 months, one of my locks got down to 2% battery and I changed only 1 of the 4 (lol I ran out) AA batteries and it went back to 65%
- As for the functionality that ST has introduced with this SmartApp, I haven’t played with it yet (which I’m sure I am going to check out this week), so outside of what Brad has given you for details, I am not sure what it’s compatibility (compatibility list is there) is with all the locks and how reliable it is.
As for choosing a lock in general, and if you aren’t going to hold out for the Linus and aren’t going to go with the Secure Hub, my personal recommendation and being a bit biased would be a Z-Wave Lock from either Yale or Schlage. Locks like August and Kwikset, personally just don’t do it for me. Not saying they are horrible, I just don’t like them, mainly for their aesthetics.
- There are other things that may sway you in another direction as well. The Amazon Key program requires a special lock which is limited if you venture down that path.
I’m sure others will chime in with their own opinions, recommendations and thoughts.
From my view, SmartThings adding this lock functionality is a pretty big step in the right direction