Taking A More In-Depth Look At The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

The Schlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt showcased at CES 2015 and finally went on sale November 1st the same year. The lock drew lots of attention from spectators, because it was integrated with Apple HomeKit protocols that had been embedded into iPhones, since 2014.

The Schlage Sense was actually the first HomeKit-compatible Smart Lock, putting it on a very competitive edge. This compatibility allows homeowners to unlock their door utilizing Siri commands.

 

 

Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt

Shlage Sense Bluetooth Deadbolt

When comparing the Schlage Sense Smart Lock to other brands, it is hard to not notice its durable, attractive design, with backlit touchpad. If the lock is paired with a Wink or SmartThings Smart hub, it can be controlled from anywhere. However, with the HomeKit version, an Apple TV, which will act as the gateway between the lock and wireless router, will be required.

Today, there is a wide array of connected Locks that utilize the Apple HomeKit protocols, including the August Smart Lock and Kwikset Premis Smart Lock. However, many consumers continue to turn to the Schlage Sense, because of its usability, functionality and high industry rating for durability and security.

 

Getting Started

Users have the option of controlling the Schlage Sense from its companion app or HomeKit apps, like the Insteon+ app and iDevices app. With the touchpad, users can create and share electronic key codes with family, friends and public service providers.

Automate the lock with other HomeKit gizmos and integrate it into grouped scenes that will trigger multiple devices simultaneously. For instance, “daytime” scene could switch on the kitchen light and ceiling fan, and unlock the front door. This is only possible, if only HomeKit-compatible devices are utilized to control everything.

 

Siri, Unlock My Door 

Getting Siri to unlock the door is a breeze, because the virtual assistant’s controls are superb. To make Siri’s features even better, just activate the “Hey Siri” functionality. The thought of asking a smartphone to control devices and products is extremely appealing to most, especially couch potatoes.

 

DIY Installation

The Schlage Sense can be installed with only a screwdriver and measuring tape. However, it is always a good idea to make sure the door is aligned properly, before investing in a Smart Lock. The lock must turn smoothly, without restrictions to work properly. If the alignment is not adjusted prior to installation, the lock will not be able to turn.

The included step-by-step instructional guide will guide you through the process, but if you reach a roadblock, the installation video embedded into the Schlage app will pick up the pieces. Once the installation process is complete, the app will detect the lock and then the HomeKit-specific eight-digit code, located on the front page of the manual will need to be scanned into the system.

The companion app works great, with an intuitive interface that is extremely easy to navigate. Lock or unlock the door, by tapping the home screen. The Insteon+ and iDevices apps are fairly similar and work stupendously with the Schlage Sense. Customizing a schedule for shared electronic codes is idea for someone that doesn’t feel comfortable having others access their home 24-7.

 

Conclusion

For homeowners that have chosen the HomeKit platform, the Shlage Sense Deadbolt will be the ideal choice for securing your doors. The HomeKit features are quickly improving, with more and more tech developers and manufacturers signing on daily.

To learn more about the Schlage Smart Lock, please click on the following Amazon link.