Yale has announced that it will launch a new range of Case-compatible smart locks in the fall – which are its upgraded versions Existing Assure Lock Range, Matter support is likely to be added sometime after the initial launch.
You will be able to open two models with your voice, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad code or physical key; The other two models lack a physical key slot…
Matter is a new standard that is designed to bring similar benefits not only to the Apple platform, but also to devices in other ecosystems such as Google, Samsung and Amazon. For Apple users, this means that if a device is Miter-compatible, it is effectively HomeKit-compatible as well.
Matter devices can also talk directly to each other, so if your home has poor Wi-Fi coverage, your commands can be relayed from device to device.
Yale’s Upcoming Matter-Compatible Smart Lock
The locks get a new design. Yale says the new versions are 30% smaller, but still big enough to adapt to most door sizes used in the US.
While the new design has a sleeker, more modern look, the locks will be available in the same three finishes as the current model: black suede, oiled bronze, and satin nickel.
Anyone looking to fit a smart lock for a home with techno and low-tech residents would be well-advised to choose a model with a key slot, so anyone cringing about the new technology just needs a key. With the door can continue to unlock. However, if you choose the keyless model, you don’t need to be afraid of the flat battery locking up: You can put a 9v battery on the contacts under the lock to re-enable keyless entry.
Yale says pricing will run from $160 to $260. You’ll only be able to choose between a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi model, the latter recommended for full HomeKit integration.
A nice touch is that the locks will be firmware-upgradeable after purchase. So, for example, if you chose a Bluetooth-only model, you’ll be able to add Wi-Fi capability (paid-for) later.
We were already impressed with the current version, Which we reviewed in 2018,
The Yale Assure Lock SL comes with almost everything you need to install a smart lock on your door. You will need to provide a screwdriver, and other tools may be needed depending on your door, but for the most part this should be a straightforward matter. […]
Once the hardware installation is complete, you can install the Yale Secure app, configure the keypad, and set up HomeKit […]
Once everything is installed (see our video above for a step-by-step install guide), it only takes a few minutes to configure the master passcode and enable the iM1 network module via an external touchscreen keypad. While the keypad lacks haptic feedback, the speakers emit an audible tone to help confirm proper keypad entry. Speaker instructions will also speak when it comes to using and configuring the Assure Lock SL […]
HomeKit support works exactly as expected, allowing users to control the lock using the Home app, via Siri commands, or through automation.
The new models look neat, and miter support is a nice bonus for those who have a lot of smart home devices, especially if the Wi-Fi coverage around your front door is weak. Matter support will require an optional module, which costs $80.
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