If you're looking for a way to hand out temporary keys for your front door to people who might need them -- workmen, say, or visiting relatives -- the Yale Assure automated door lock has you covered. You can create up to 25 numeric combinations for its keypad and send them out by email, text message, whatever, as needed. The capacitive touchscreen is fingerprint resistant, so the numbers won't rub off and savvy thieves won't be able to tell what buttons you've been pressing.
In fact, you don't need to touch the keys at all if you've got a Z-Wave system or an Alexa combined with SmartThings or Wink. A wave of your smartphone and a tap on the keypad will let you in. On the way out you only need to turn a knob to set the bolt. Or you can set the Assure to lock automatically on exit. (You might want to keep a 9-volt battery handy for an emergency recharge should the lock's battery go dead, though it should warn you in advance if this is likely to happen.)
Yale claims that all you'll need is a screwdriver to install the keypad and deadbolt, but there'll be some programming necessary after you do. If you don't like squinting at the minuscule print in the instruction manual, the lock can actually talk you through the programming process, and who would know better how the programming works than the lock itself? The Assure comes in three different colors, all with a shiny, metallic sheen: polished brass, oil-rubbed nickel and satin nickel, all guaranteed to make your lock look as good as the state-of-the-art appliances that it's protecting on the inside of your house.
Yale locks work primarily with Z-Wave for smartphone compatibility. If you'd prefer something that works with Apple's Homekit (which comes free with the Apple TV), you might want to move over to competitor Schlage and their Schlage Sense, though Schlage also makes a Z-Wave-compatible system in the Schlage Connect. And for an extremely stylish lock that will open simply because it senses a smartphone in your pocket or purse, try the Kwikset Kevo.
This works perfectly! We pre-program a code unique to each guest, and delete it promptly after they check out. This means we don't have to coordinate arrival times.
Even after successfully pairing the lock with my phone, I can't do anything with the app. I can see the key is there, but I am unable to lock, unlock, or anything.
Yale's app charges you $2 a digital key after the first five, and won't let you lock the door remotely or even see its current status.
Yale Assure is a quality smart lock with a nice design and is easy to install and use. It's a great addition to any Z-wave smart home system.