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Very Light Home automation questions.

Bareborn 6,670 497 April 18, 2017 at 07:54 AM
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I've got a new house and I'm wanting to automate my front door lock. I was looking at keypads and for about $50-$100 more I can get one that will unlock with my phone's proximity through BT. Alot of these also sync up with home automation systems(Smartthings,alexa,google home).

My question is what would be a good setup, and right now I'm only targeting my door lock. I'd like to expand in the future but what would I need to buy to get started with this initial setup?

Thanks,

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Hello-

I've got a new house and I'm wanting to automate my front door lock. I was looking at keypads and for about $50-$100 more I can get one that will unlock with my phone's proximity through BT. Alot of these also sync up with home automation systems(Smartthings,alexa,google home).

My question is what would be a good setup, and right now I'm only targeting my door lock. I'd like to expand in the future but what would I need to buy to get started with this initial setup?

Thanks,

Can't really speak to what equipment to get, but personally I would never put a lock on my door that someone could hack electronically or gain access to automatically if they got a hold of my phone, but that is me. If your phone got lost or stolen, you would then have to go rush to change the lock\setup and have that to deal with in addition to everything else. If you are trying to avoid having to have your keys around, then a simplex lock will suffice. Sometimes the tried and true method is still the best. My 2 cents.
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Can't really speak to what equipment to get, but personally I would never put a lock on my door that someone could hack electronically or gain access to automatically if they got a hold of my phone, but that is me. If your phone got lost or stolen, you would then have to go rush to change the lock\setup and have that to deal with in addition to everything else. If you are trying to avoid having to have your keys around, then a simplex lock will suffice. Sometimes the tried and true method is still the best. My 2 cents.
I appreciate and had thought about this. I can remote brick my phone, and a full blown conventional security system and that of my trained dogs would be a deterrent to people from trying to break in. I'm just worried about simplifying my life now...
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I appreciate and had thought about this. I can remote brick my phone, and a full blown conventional security system and that of my trained dogs would be a deterrent to people from trying to break in. I'm just worried about simplifying my life now...
Look for locks that support zwave technology...yale, schlage...then do some research on the best controller for you. Smartthings, vera etc...
The idea that a hacker will open your locks then rob you is ridiculous, so there is no concern there.
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No way I'm letting Alexa or Google Home have any control of a door lock.
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Avoid any locks that use NFC I tested a lock and it was very fussy as to where the phone had to be placed, plus they wanted to charge you a fee for "electronic keys" .
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No way I'm letting Alexa or Google Home have any control of a door lock.
In case you didn't know, Alexa can only lock the door. She can't unlock it for obvious reasons. I'm guessing/hoping Google Home would be the same.
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One other note to be able to lock and unlock the door with a battery you really cannot have much friction on the bolt, it will either jam or use up the battery quickly. Make sure there is a way to power the lock from the outside in case of a dead battery.
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I know this is a little higher than what you stated, but this is what I use along with my Wink Hub. It does not have Bluetooth and it is also keyed in case of battery issue. Takes 4AA batteries and mine lasted a year before the lock told me they needed changing.

https://www.amazon.com/Schlage-Co...age+keypad
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I know this is a little higher than what you stated, but this is what I use along with my Wink Hub. It does not have Bluetooth and it is also keyed in case of battery issue. Takes 4AA batteries and mine lasted a year before the lock told me they needed changing.

https://www.amazon.com/Schlage-Co...age+keypad
We have the Apple HomeKit version of this same Schlage lock (it's a Schlage Sense), and the batteries lasted just over a year, with extremely frequent lock and unlock cycles. My wife goes in and out of the house a LOT. laugh out loud
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