Yale Real Living Z-Wave Deadbolt Review

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jonbirge

Just wanted people to know, since at least a couple people mentioned using this with a FrontPoint system: this won't work well (yet) with ANY alarm.com system. I have one, and a couple times a week the lock malfunctions and i have to reset the whole system. I'm confident this is a problem with the alarm.com card, because there's no reason a malfunction should cause the alarm system to hang. Furthermore, the lock appears fine, and resetting the alarm panel gets everything working again. I called my alarm company (SafeMart, just another alarm.com dealer like FrontPoint) and they said they alarm.com systems only really support the KwikSet locks. Pretty infuriating, and not Yale's fault, but just wanted people to know this before they bought it. Aside from that, I CAN say that the Yale lock is by far the nicest I've used, and I've used the ones from Schlage and Kwikset in my quest to find a z-wave lock that will work with my alarm system.

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500vdc

I had just taken the plunge and ordered the Kwikset z-wave lock a few weeks ago, but it was on backorder. I saw your review, and when I called the supplier for a status update, we talked about the Yale touchpad version. The price differential was not too bad, so I changed my order to the Yale lock. It is backordered too, but they expect them next week.

I will use it with a Vera 2 controller. I still have some work to do getting the Vera 2 and my HomeVision controller to talk to each other, as the HomeVision controls all my existing UPB and X-10 stuff. I have some Z-wave modules to control the pinball machine collection. :-)

Thanks again for the review!

Matt

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stevegorak

I just installed one about a week ago and love it so far.  I will say that the smudges are not a big deal especially considering you can always use an 8 digit code if you are paranoid.  i think someone would prefer to break a window rather than spending 2 days tryind to crack the code.  While I didn't get a Z-Wave lock, I am considering taking the plunge.  Any recommendations for what system to use?

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MrMick

According to Yale, most people are using the Vera 2 controller (you can read my review here). If you want a full-blown home-security system, FrontPoint has a great DIY solution (my review of that product is here, but you should check to make sure their control panel is compatible with it). And then there's Control4. I haven not personally tested the lock with any of these products.  

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phoenixjc

I like the review, but shouldn't this be an article for Maximum Tech?  Condisdering there hasn't been an article posted to that site since the begining of this month (September 4, 2011), should we assume that it is done? Not trying to sound like I am complaining, just stating that this doesn't seem like it fits as well with Maximum PC as it would with Maximum Tech...

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MrMick

Glad to hear you liked the story. This article does appear in the September/October print issue of Maximum Tech, which is on newsstands now. We're in the process of folding Maximum Tech online back into Maximum PC online. 

Michael Brown, Reviews Editor

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Incognito

It looks cool, but how resistant is it to picking / drilling / sawing.  It's far easier to pick, bump, drill, or saw the lock than it is to mess with the keypad. Also, does it use a 5 pin or 6 pin tumbler?

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500vdc

Just got my lock yesterday, and I saw this video when I was looking at the installation video. Pressure washer, torch, crowbar, grinder, freezer, etc. Of course he does not use these for long periods, but it does appear to be built rugged. The seal to the door looks good, and the circuit board is conformal coated too.

Hopefully will get it installed tonight.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_Xi4zbmDzM

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Tiak

I didn't see any mention of finger prints being left on the key pad.  I'm guessing that's a problem?  So, you just type in your passcode, and leave smudges to show would be theives the correct keys to push?  (Although, not in the right order, of course)

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