At the end of last year, security official Yale announced August Home's acquisition of Smart Lock's business after spending some time in the Smart Lock sphere. The collaboration between Nest and Yale was pretty nice, but far from perfect, while the Real Living brand offers a series of interconnected Bluetooth locks that have been lining the shelves of your local big-box store for several years. The merger was a smart move for both companies. August would benefit from the scale and financial security of a large conglomerate, while its technology and UX design would bring modernity to a 180-year-old brand.
Starting at $ 279, the Yale Assure Lock SL Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt Connected by August (YRD256) is the firstborn of this marriage. It's a deceptively simple starter proposal that combines a twist on Yale's previously available Assure Lock SL with August's intelligent connectivity and features.
Yale offers a set of network modules for the Assure Lock SL that lock seamlessly into an opening inside the system. They offer Z-Wave Plus, ZigBee and HomeKit compatibility but can be difficult to install. The Connected by August label provides much of that connectivity and more with the simplicity and style we'd expect from August.
The debut device of the partnership is promising, but it is obvious that this is a first quick attempt to combine technologies and design philosophies. Therefore, there is certainly room for improvement.
Yale hardware combined with August Smarts
The Bluetooth-enabled Assure Lock SL, available in a range of keyless ($ 279 here) or traditional key access ($ 299), replaces existing lock and lock controls an outside door. It can be locked or unlocked in many different ways: by simply approaching the door (with smartphone in your pocket), by tapping an input code on the illuminated touch screen pad or via the mobile August app.
Remote access and monitoring of the lock is supported by the included August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, which plugs into a nearby wall outlet. After configuration, Assure Lock SL will continue to be supported by support from Amazon Alexa, Apple's Siri / HomeKit and Google Assistant. Other integrations such as SimpliSafe's security kit and even rental platforms such as Airbnb and HomeAway can be unlocked with just a few clicks.
We are also pleased to announce August's DoorSense feature, which we first encountered in our review of the August Smart Lock and Smart Lock Pro. A small sensor attached to your door frame captures the position of your door so you know if it has been left open. Overall, this revised model offers significant functional improvements over its predecessor.
Smooth onyx face adds style and intelligence
In our last year's test of Assure Lock SL, we overcame the sleek, smooth onyx face and the slight imprint of the lock. We call it a "stylish device that you can admire every time you walk through your front door." After a year and our opinion, nothing has changed. Therefore, we are pleased that this new model offers exactly the same touch screen design that inspires the brand Original lock.
If you spend a little time with the August app, you'll discover handy features like the automatic door lock.
At a length of 3.5 inches, a width of 2.5 inches and a half inch, this is a clear expression as a conventional key lock, but it is available in a selection of finishes, including Satin Nickel, Polished Brass and Oil Rubbed Bronze, for mixing.
Unfortunately, the compact rear case from August, which contains the rotating mechanism of the Smart Lock, does not include the included music, network module and four AA batteries have not cut this model. Instead, Yale delivered the same chunky rear box we'd met last year. It is six inches long and 1
This also applies to the included bolt. We have severely criticized the latch that came with the Nest x Yale lock, and we expect the same model to be found in the Assure Lock SL box. Unlike the easy-pull latch that Kwikset delivers in the Kevo-Smart locks, Yales Stiff is hard to handle. After we managed to build the bolt for our door, we could not shorten it anymore. We also had to shake the lock and its fittings to align them. Someone quickly notifies the design guru of Yves Behar!
A Disjointed Installation
The installation will not take too long, but you'll first have to explore a wealth of flyers and instructions in the packaging of both brands you'll start All in all, we found that the experience of August's own (admittedly simpler) installation of the locks was missing, which is fluent and better explained. For example, a flyer in the box requires that you first install the August app before installing the lock. However, if you select the Yale lock, you will assume that you have already installed the lock on your door. When installing encounter a technical problem? There is not one confusing, but two technical support hotline (a Yale brand, an August) that you can call. Register your castle with the August App? Enter a master PIN code into the lock and then perform another four steps to exit the app. We could go on.
Yale's lumpy stasis is stiff and difficult to handle – a cause of real frustration.
Although these are all minor issues, it is very easy to identify where the problems are in these early days of the partnership. Lines between the two business proposals collide. However, given August's recent attention in this area, we are surprised that the installation offers so little polish and seamless design.
Inexpensive Upgrade for Existing Yale Smart Lock Owners
If You Need to Justify This lock has a good price premium over last year's Assure Lock SL ($ 250 with network module) or the August Smart Lock (from $ 219) , Yale's partnership with August provides the touchscreen keyboard that is not available in any August Smart Lock. If you want secure code entry, you'll need to find room for an ugly 59 € smart keypad accessory beforehand. For owners upgrading an older Yale Castle, there's even better news: August's intelligent locker is equipped with advanced features. If you already have an Assure lock, simply swap the Yale network module for a new Connected by August kit (pack the Connect Connect Wi-Fi bridge, the DoorSense sensor, and the August network module), and You can join. The bad news? You save 130 US dollars.
Versatile Intelligent Security Features Provide Security
In addition to the above-mentioned remote access, spend some time with the August app and discover handy features like the automatic door lock, which is triggered after a preset delay. Of course, you can add multiple family members to the effortlessly simple app, which can then serve the lock with a tap on the phone. Secure virtual keys can be electronically sent to guests who are configured with a temporary access time or a recurring schedule. For these keys, your guest must download and install the August app. However, if this takes too much effort, you can simply set a personal access code that can be accessed from the keyboard. Like virtual keys, input codes can be activated permanently, repeatedly or temporarily. For house guests and babysitters, accessing the home is both easy and flexible.
As you might expect, an event log can easily be reviewed to show the coming and going of the day. In a simple timeline, the automatic operation of the lock is given the name of the user so that you can see who operates the door. Smart alerts allow you to configure a range of smartphone alerts, such as: B. when a particular user actuates the lock, when the lock is operated manually or when the door is ajar.
Compared to the August Smart Lock entry-level What we love is the combination of the Assure Lock SL's slim touch screen and the numerous features that will add real value and comfort from August.
However, there are some "watch-outs", but as long-term August smart-lock owners will be happy to share. Some features, especially the automatic unlock, require a Bluetooth connection between the lock and your phone. This means that both consistency and up-to-dateness of operation can vary according to phone model (especially Android) as well as other factors. With other August castles – and the same phone – we've enjoyed happy times when the door automatically opens when we step on our porch. At other times we have to wait a few seconds at the door to hear the familiar grinding of the gears. Sometimes the lock simply ignores our presence.
The combination of the Assure Lock SL's slim touchscreen and the abundance of features from August adds real value and comfort.
Obviously, at this point we can not share a long-term perspective with the Yale Assure Lock SL. Our experience over a few weeks was positive and we had no significant connection problems. We will update this meeting as life with the lock progresses.
Once you're familiar with the basics, you can begin to explore a generous array of thoughtful intelligent home integrations that were easy to set up well worked. It does not matter if you're friends with Alexa, Siri, or the Google Assistant, because everyone's taken care of. Connect the lock to the Nest Learning Thermostat, and you can put the heater in the Away mode if you lock the door or fire it on return. Meanwhile, advanced users can experiment with assisted IFTTT recipes that integrate the lock with smart lights, garage door openers, alarm systems, intelligent cams and even your TiVo. While these integrations are available for all August locks, many of them are new to Yale and at least some way to justify this upgrade price.
The warranty of Yale Assure Lock SL is somewhat intricate in the split personality of the product. The outer surface and mechanical components of the lock are protected by a lifetime limited warranty, while the electronics are protected for one year.
Compared to last year's model, the Assure Lock SL has been expanded with the connectivity options and features of August offering a real improvement, but one that leaves us wanting more. Like the Next x Yale lock that we reviewed recently, it is easy to see where the two proposals were glued together, and in some areas, eg. For example, during installation, this is a messy job.
The partnership makes sense. Combine August's world-class user experience design and intelligent security features with a world-class touchscreen, and you have a brilliant concept. However, it is a concept that earns more time for design (from a hardware perspective) and execution (from a user perspective) than the Assure SL.
Yale Assure-Lock-SL is compared to August compared to
We are sure that great things will come of the marriage of Yale and August, and the Assure SL is a solid start. It's certainly more than a prototype, but it's clearly the product of two companies still figuring out how to work together. If you're desperately looking for a smart touch-screen keyboard, the Assure SL is one of the most versatile locks in the environment due to the August features – a definite upgrade for the model we reviewed last year. For all others, we recommend a while to see what this exciting new 2019 partnership can deliver.
Is there a better alternative?
If You Want to Give Up the Touchscreen Last year's August Smart Lock ($ 219) adds even more simplicity to the smart and sophisticated Assure Lock SL technology. Keyboard accessories are available for the lock when you really need your fingers.
How long will it take?
A Lifetime Limited Warranty (on the Locking Mechanism and Case) and Assistance A Yale security officer means you should not have concerns about longevity. August frequently updates his app and fixes the firmware with bug fixes, and the acquisition by Yale should provide the resources for further support.
Should you buy it?
Yes – for existing owners of Yale Smart Lock Envious of the rich features of August, who find the $ 130 upgrade kit expensive but worth the investment. Otherwise, our guess is that 2019 will be the year when we will see real fireworks from the Yale / August connection.