We already wrote about the convenience of Yale smart locks. But now, after five years on the market, Yale is updating its flagship product with a brand new design, a wider range of connectivity options and even more styles to suit your home.
The new Assure Lock 2, priced between $160 and $260, will be available in four main variants: two touchscreen models (both with and without key cylinder) and two keyboard models (one keyed and one keyless). All models are equipped with Bluetooth connectivity as standard, but you can also upgrade to a version with built-in WiFi. But perhaps most importantly, since users can purchase and install add-on modules that allow for additional wireless connectivity, it’s easy to upgrade your lock after purchase. Additionally, Yale says Assure Lock 2 will be one of the first Matter-compatible smart locks on the market when it releases its Matter add-on module shortly after the Matter spec officially goes live later this fall.
In addition to a wide range of connectivity options, Yale also says WiFi models no longer require the use of a dedicated Connect Bridge, which should help streamline setup. And as for the lock itself, the company claims the Assure Lock 2 is 30 percent smaller than its predecessor while still being compatible with most standard door sizes used in the US and Canada. To make the lock better match your door, customers can choose from three different finishes, including black suede, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel. And as before, on models without a physical key cylinder, if your lock runs out of juice, you can still unlock the door by tapping a 9-volt battery on the contacts on the bottom of the device’s case.
Once installed (which Yale says can only be done with a standard screwdriver), users can enable a number of security features ranging from voice control (via Google Assistant, Alexa and Siri), two-factor authentication, and even the ability to unlock your door through biometric authentication on your phone. to use. Other standard features include auto-lock and unlock, virtual keys/passcodes for shared access, and more.
So while we haven’t been able to test Assure Lock 2 yet, it really looks like Yale has all bases covered with its new flagship smart lock. The Assure Lock 2 is available today starting at $160 for the keyless Bluetooth/Apple HomeKit model, with WiFi models starting slightly higher at $240. There will also be a version that supports Z-Wave out of the box sometime later this year. starting at $190, with additional modules (including the upcoming Matter add-on) costing $80 each.
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