Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
My neighbor recently installed a keyless lock on his front door. This new device greatly enhanced security while adding convenience and accessibility.
However, it was an expensive proposition. Even though the price of keyless locks has been trending downward, modifying a door to fit a new lock can be daunting. My neighbor hired a professional. This proved to be a good decision as the work was completed quickly, and the lock functions perfectly.
I had initially planned to avoid replacing my front door’s lock. Instead, I would add a battery-operated mechanism that worked in conjunction with my original lock and an entry keypad. Sadly, while the device I am reviewing today is compatible with almost every deadbolt system, my house is protected by a simple knob lock. Yes, knob locks are not particularly secure, but, in my defense, I live in a sleepy little town in the middle of nowhere.
Happily, I have procured a handy little mini door equipped with a Yale deadbolt system. This will allow me to test my SwitchBot lock and a few of its accessories.
The SwitchBot Lock
The SwitchBot lock is firmly affixed to the door by a square of extremely sticky double-sided tape. It connects to the original deadbolt’s inside thumbturn; a lever that locks or disengages the deadbolt, using a thumbturn adapter.
The three adapters included in this package ensure this device is compatible with almost every deadbolt system. While a pair of batteries typically power the SwitchBot lock, it is also fitted with an external thumbturn, allowing manual operation.
The SwitchBot lock’s primary function is to turn the original deadbolt’s thumbturn, either locking or unlocking the door. While several different devices can control this operation, most purchasers will configure it to work with a keypad.
The SwitchBot Keypad
SwitchBot markets two keypads, one of which is fitted with a fingerprint sensor. Both keypads include a green backlight that activates when a number key is pressed and a button that automatically locks the associated door. A six-digit code is used to disengage the deadbolt.
Up to 100 permanent and temporary passwords can be assigned to the keypad. The supplied SwitchBot card, which looks much like a credit card, will disengage the associated lock when waved over the keypad.
The keypad may be secured by double-sided tape or with screws and the supplied metal bracket.
The SwitchBot Remote
This tiny device can be paired to the SwitchBot lock using the SwitchBot application. One of its buttons will open the associated deadbolt, and the other will close it.
The Bluetooth remote can be kept inside the house and used to lock or unlock a door. If stored within a vehicle, the device might be employed to unlock the owner’s front door as he arrives home.
The SwitchBot Hub Mini Smart Remote
I plugged this small hub into one of my AC outlets using its cable and an AC adapter that I supplied. It works in conjunction with my WiFi and the SwitchBot application. While the hub can control a wide variety of smart appliances, I use it only to provide compatibility between my SwitchBot lock and Alexa voice commands.
Although the SwitchBot lock is not compatible with the simple knob lock installed on my door, it does provide an easy method of upgrading an existing deadbolt-equipped lock.
This device has proved to be sturdy, uncomplainingly locking and unlocking the deadbolt fitted to my mini door.
A keypad is, in all practicality, a necessary option when purchasing the SwitchBot lock. The package includes a handy swipe card that unlocks a door simply by swiping it across the front of the keypad. This card could be lent to a guest, allowing them to enter the house without knowing the lock’s access code.
The SwitchBot Remote is a helpful accessory. This device could easily be mounted inside the house, allowing the door to be quickly locked without needing to turn the thumbturn lever or access the SwitchBot application.
The SwitchBot Hub provides added accessibility, including the ability to operate associated devices using Alexa or Google Home. It is an item that would be useful to those who plan to control several compatible smart devices.
If you would like to upgrade your existing deadbolt lock without the expense or effort of physically replacing it, you should take a close look at the SwitchBot Lock.
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