Smart Home Lock Comparison

This page is a work in progress. As I test more locks, they will be added here. Thank you for your patience.

Make/Model  Protocol Install Complexity Proximity Unlock Motor Noise Power-fail Backup Hub Command Reliability Lock Status Report Reliability User Report to Hub Reliability
Alfred / DB1-C-BL Bluetooth Z-Wave High USB
Schlage  / BE468 & BE469 Z-Wave Med No High Key See Notes See Notes See Notes
Schlage  / BE468 & BE469  Zigbee Med No High Key High Med Low
 Yale / YRD156  Z-Wave Low No Low 9v High High High
Yale / YRD256 Z-Wave Low No Low 9v High Med-High High

 

Lock Specific Notes

The notes below are in alphabetical order.

Alfred DB1-C-CL Z-Wave + Bluetooth

Testing is currently underway for this lock. Here are the lock specific notes based on my initial view when unboxing the lock.

Parameter Notes Video(s)
Protocol This lock supports both Z-Wave and Bluetooth.
Install Complexity Requires a hole be drilled in the door above the main deadbolt hole. This is to provide extra security against prying the face-plate away from the door.
Proximity Unlock Not tested at this time.
Motor Noise Not tested at this time.
Power-fail Backup Micro USB – does not provide access to lock firmware.
Hub Command Reliability Not tested at this time.
Lock Status Report Reliability Not tested at this time.
User Report to Hub Reliability Not tested at this time.

Schlage  / BE468 & BE469 Z-Wave

Parameter Notes Video(s)
Protocol Z-Wave

tested in Wink and Hubitat, SmartThings testing coming soon.

Pairing with Hubitat
Install Complexity The lock is fairly easy to install however there are no guide pins between the internal mounting plate and the external keypad. This raised the complexity to a medium score.
Proximity Unlock None
Motor Noise High – The motor is unusually loud and can be heard throughout the house (with open doors)
Power-fail Backup Key
Hub Command Reliability Very Reliable with the below exception.

In both Wink and Hubitat the lock had a tendency to drop offline. It was more pervasive in Hubitat. A Z-Wave Range Extender is highly recommended for all hubs. When the lock drops offline, it will typically drain the batteries trying to reconnect. Again, more pervasive in Hubitat although it was noticed periodically in Wink.

Lock Status Report Reliability See Above

When the lock is online, it is very reliable.

User Report to Hub Reliability See Above

When the lock is online, it is very reliable.

Schlage  / BE468 & BE469 Zigbee

I have not yet formally tested the Zigbee lock. I did however run it in my front door for 6 months. More results will be published after formal testing is completed.

Parameter Notes Video(s)
Protocol Zigbee
Install Complexity The lock is fairly easy to install however there are no guide pins between the internal mounting plate and the external keypad. This raised the complexity to a medium score.
Proximity Unlock None
Motor Noise High – The motor is unusually loud and can be heard throughout the house (with open doors)
Power-fail Backup Key
Hub Command Reliability High – Very reliable receiving commands from the hub (only tested Hubitat).
Lock Status Report Reliability  

Low – The lock often missed reporting lock/unlock status back to the hub.

User Report to Hub Reliability Low – The lock often missed reporting lock/unlock status back to the hub. And often when it did, it would not report user codes.

Yale Pro SL / YRD156-ZW2

Parameter Notes Video(s)
Protocol Z-Wave  Full Review
Install Complexity Low – the lock provides a robust keypad and guide pins on the interior mounting plate help align the plate with the keypad.
Proximity Unlock None
Motor Noise Low – I found the motor noise to be nearly unnoticeable. The lock has an audio feature that is louder than the motor itself. With the audio off, the lock noise is pleasant.
Power-fail Backup 9 volt battery
Hub Command Reliability High – during Hubitat testing hub commands were 100%.
Lock Status Report Reliability High – during Hubitat testing, the lock reported status 100% of the time.
User Report to Hub Reliability High – during Hubitat testing, the lock reported keypad activity 100% and the user 100% of the time.

Yale Assure SL / YRD256-ZW2 (Z-Wave)

 

Parameter Notes Video(s)
Protocol Z-Wave
Install Complexity Low – the lock provides a robust keypad and guide pins on the interior mounting plate help align the plate with the keypad.
Proximity Unlock None
Motor Noise Low – I found the motor noise to be nearly unnoticeable. The lock has an audio feature that is louder than the motor itself. With the audio off, the lock noise is pleasant.
Power-fail Backup 9 volt battery
Hub Command Reliability High

Hubitat Testing – the lock responded to all Lock and Unlock commands sent from the hub.

SmartThings Testing – the lock responded to all Lock and Unlock commands sent from the hub.

Lock Status Report Reliability Med-High

Hubitat – during testing, the lock reported status 95.5%  +/- 0.8% of the time.

SmartThings – during testing the lock reported status 97.0% +/- 1.0%.

I was able to determine that this was an issue inside my lock where when the lock actuated it didn’t always make contact with the internal switches. Had it not been for this, I’m confident the lock would have reported 100% of the time.

When actuated from the thumbscrew, the report reliability was 100%.

User Report to Hub Reliability High – during Hubitat testing, the lock reported keypad activity 95% of the time and the user 100% of the time. The 5% can be attributed to the internal switches not always being activated by the internal mechanism.

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