The Schlage Encode exemplifies how Wi-Fi deadbolts are streamlining the functionality of smart locks.
Schlage’s most recent smart door lock is the Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt ($249), which is the company’s first Wi-Fi lock that can be remotely accessed without requiring a hub.
SCHLAGE ENCODE SMART Wi-Fi DEADBOLT Pros and Cons
- Easy to install
- Also, it pairs with an easy-to-use app.
- Built-in Wi-Fi, which allows you to lock/unlock from anywhere.
- No additional accessories are required which means no need for Z-wave devices or a Zigbee hub or a Wi-Fi module.
- Works with Google Assistant Amazon Alexa with simple account linking through their apps.
- Appropriate with Amazon Key providing convenience for in-home delivery services.
- The sleek keypad design is available in traditional and modern styles and multiple finishes.
- It integrates with Ring devices
- Multiple scheduling options.
- No HomeKit compatibility.
- limited to 100 user codes.
SCHLAGE ENCODE SMART WiFi DEADBOLT Features and Design
The Design :
Similar to the Schlage Sense lock, the Encode provides a selection of two trim designs: the curvier Camelot and the chiseled Century. Customizing the lock’s appearance with a Matte Black or Satin Nickel coating is possible.
The Features :
- The Encode provides a user-friendly mobile application that makes programming and scheduling effortless, and it can be managed using Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands.
- The package consists of a comprehensive lock assembly, comprising a deadbolt latch mechanism, a weather-resistant exterior keypad escutcheon, an interior escutcheon, four AA batteries, various mounting hardware, a backup key, and a quick start guide.
- The lock is compatible with doors that measure between 1-3/8 and 1-3/4 inches in thickness and uses the conventional 2-1/8-inch lockset hole and 1-inch latch hole.
The lock is powered by four AA batteries, located in the back of the lock. According to Schlage, the batteries will require replacement every six months. However, this is a drawback when compared to low-energy alternatives such as Bluetooth, which is why companies like August have opted to keep the Wi-Fi module separate as plug-in hardware to the wall.
Schlage Encode Installation
Installing the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt smart lock is a breeze. A helpful feature from Schlage is the lock’s face that snaps onto the deadbolt, allowing for easy attachment of the back half without the worry of the front part falling out. This clever addition saved me from having to hold the lock in place while attaching the back. All you’ll need is a Phillips head screwdriver and roughly 15 minutes to complete the replacement of your entire deadbolt.
To pair your lock with Google Assistant you’ll need to:
- Firstly, install the Schlage Home app for Android or iOS.
- Secondly, create a Schlage account.
- Then, link your lock to your home’s 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network.
- Finally, you can link it to Google’s Home app for Google Assistant integration.
THE BOTTOM LINE
In brief, The Schlage Encode Smart Wi-Fi Deadbolt smart lock allows you to lock and unlock your door using your Android or iOS phone from anywhere.
While the lock can be easily operated with Google Assistant, utilizing it with Amazon Key will unlock additional features and capabilities.