Another day, another PIN-code lock with Z-Wave compatibility. This one is from Schlage, though, a company that has a long reputation in the lock business and should be reliable (not that the others aren't). The Schlage Connect FBE469NX only allows you to program 30 different PIN codes, which should be more than enough for the average homeowner but if you're putting this on the front door of a large apartment building or a high-rise college dormitory, it might not cut it. If that's the case, you'd be better off with the Yale Real Living YRD240, which lets you use 250 pin codes, so that you can even give codes to the resident pets, assuming they have the manual dexterity to handle it. But if 30 codes are enough for you, the Connect is an attractive, reasonably priced, satin nickel lock with a fingerprint-resistant touch screen that, if you have a Z-Wave whole home controller installed, can be unlocked remotely to allow your children or workmen into your house without having to make the long drive home.
Z-Wave compatibility is becoming a big thing in the lock business and, if you want to control other Z-Wave-compatible appliances remotely, you might consider investing in it. This isn't necessarily an endorsement of Z-Wave technology, but it works with a lot of locks, including the above-mentioned Yale Real Living unit and the Kwikset 910 Signature Series. The Connect also works with a key, in case you forget your PIN code or, God forbid, the lock's batteries go dead. (There's a low-battery alert light on the lock to warn you if this catastrophe is nigh.) You can hand out temporary PIN codes to visitors, at least the ones you trust not to steal the Apple Watch you left charging in the bedroom. And it will send you a warning if anybody's tampering with the door.
Although most of the smart locks on the market use PIN codes, you might prefer one that simply opens when it detects an iPhone in your pocket. In that case, you should give the Kwikset Kevo or the Danalock BT100BC a try.
I must carry my keys with me at all times because I never know when the battery is going to be dead and I won't be able to enter my home.
This Schlage connect system works great and is a hassle free addition to "smart" ingress/egress for our smart home.