Entering your homes' locked front door is often an inconvenient if not a daunting task. At night, in the rain, in a rush--or simply coming home with an arm full of groceries no longer needs to be a hassle! Just as many garage door openers have allowed you to simply push a button--electronically opening your locked garage--now there are recent efforts at allowing electronic access to the front door of your residence.
Many of these new product efforts come with a variety of claims-- and concerns. Recently reviewed in a variety of electronic magazines-- all of these new "Smart Locks" aka "Remote Control Deadbolts", as they are often referred to, should meet the following criteria:
1) Availability. Many of these new "Remote Control Deadbolt" -or- "Smart Lock" products had manufacturing delays; and then when they finally were made available, many features are still not working as intended. Over the past three years, six smart locks came on the market-- most are priced over $100, & still have the issues below.
2) Installation: Most "Smart Locks" manufactured will not physically fit/install on your existing door. Many residences: multi-family and single family homes, have a deadbolt and a "keyless deadbolt" already installed on the front door. There is simply no physical installation space on the existing door for most "SMART LOCKS". See the following two pics of a keyless deadbolt looking at it from outside and inside the door:
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3) Security protocol: Placing access to your home on Internet ? Could this be a hacker magnet? Bluetooth LE technology saves battery life, but forces you to stand outside of your door waiting for the Bluetooth on your smartphone to activate the lock. September 17, 2016 UPDATE ON SECURITY: Google the following phrase:
"DEF CON 2016 Bluetooth based Smart Locks Easy TO HACK" 10.24.16 UPDATE: Google: "Smart Homes Hacked" and see that every "IoT device" is hackable. Why spend hundreds of dollars for a "smart home" that allows hackers easy access with no evidence of "breaking and entering" ? Will your insurance company repay you after you are ripped off ?
4) Price: Cost effectiveness-- Most Smart Locks shipping today require that you buy a new deadbolt. This means that new deadbolt uses a different key, and that key will not unlock your back door's deadbolt. So you fumble with your keychain searching for the right key.
REMOTIZER IS PERFECT FOR HOMEOWNERS DESIRING TO KEEP THEIR FRONT DOOR's DECOR AS THERE IS NO ALTERATION TO THEIR DOOR. YOU CAN LOCK & UNLOCK YOUR DOOR WHILE SEATED INSIDE YOUR HOME, OR OUTSIDE YOUR HOME AS YOU DRIVE INTO YOUR DRIVEWAY FROM 80 FEET AWAY. ONE OF MY KEY FOBS IS VELCROED TO MY CAR VISOR SO-- UNLIKE MY CAR KEYS AND CELL PHONE, IT IS NEVER MISPLACED.
Finally: What is the TRUE COST of accessing your home over the Internet ? Hidden costs for all this new fangled gadgetry are often overlooked: Internet Hackers, contracts, monthly service fees, short smartphone battery life, tech support calls---- especially after power outages: These real costs make Return on Investment questionable for any smart lock priced over $60.
For the past nine years the REMOTIZER has been both the most cost effective & easy to install. The REMOTIZER has delivered secure, remote control of your front door since it was patented in 2008. There are many reasons for this:
1) The REMOTIZER is not a lock. It is a electronic security adapter that allows you to keep your existing lock and key! Additionally, there is NO ALTERATION TO THE DOOR's EXTERIOR ARCHITECTURAL DECOR'.
This means the REMOTIZER is the perfect application for homeowners and tenants. It is available in three Premium Finishes: Satin Black, Dark Bronze, Metallic Steel; all priced at under $60.
2) KEEPING YOUR EXISTING LOCK AND KEY MATCHED UP WITH YOUR OTHER DOORS allows you to afford other specialized security devices: alarms. cameras. etc.
3) The REMOTIZER works with any brand of single cylinder deadbolts*.
4) Using radio frequency to lock/unlock from between forty and eighty feet away--the "KEY FOB" that ships with the REMOTIZER works similarly to your car/truck KEY FOB. However, the REMOTIZER KEY FOB's security protocol has been engineered to be 1 in four billion……..and each additional REMOTIZER KEY FOB is only $24.99.
5) When locking your car with a KEY FOB (most car KEY FOBs cost $100+), you often hear an audible beep—confirming you locked your car. The REMOTIZER beeps five times when you lock your front door……mechanically confirming it is locked! The REMOTIZER also beeps four times when low on "AA" batteries....usually once per year.
6) Many Smart Locks that are available today utilize Bluetooth LE or infrared communication protocol. This means that the "paired" KEY FOB or smart phone must be within five feet or so from the deadbolt before it can unlock the door. In addition to the range limitation, the "AA" batteries in most Smart Locks using infrared only last six months at best. The REMOTIZER batteries last one year in normal use, & the REMOTIZER beeps when the batteries are low.
7) If your door shifts slightly when the weather changes (winter to summer seasons expand and contract door jambs), some Smart Locks contain a motor that is too weak to drive the 1 inch throw all the way through the strike-plate attached to the door jamb.
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For anyone desiring the most cost effective and convenient electronic keyless entry to their front door today, the REMOTIZER delivers.
*Note: The REMOTIZER as well as Additional Remotes (KEY FOBs) are available now @ eBay. The REMOTIZER is only $49.99, and Additional Remotes (Key FOBs) are only $24.99 each. A single cylinder deadbolt is the most common deadbolt installed today, so the REMOTIZER will work with it. However, there are some antique “Mortise and Tenon” deadbolts not compatible with the REMOTIZER.