Wyze Lock and Keypad Installation and Review

Wyze Lock and Keypad Installation and Review

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Takeaway: Quick and simple retrofit installation, shareable w/restricted access and unlimited guest codes using keypad add-on.

In the box you’ll receive the interior lock unit, instruction manual, 4 AA batteries, plug-in gateway, combo Allen wrench screwdriver, mounting hardware, and adjustable universal mounting plate. Note that this device does not come with its own deadbolt latch, since it’s designed to retrofit your existing manual deadbolt to make it electronic and smart. The optional keypad, sold separately, comes with 2 AA batteries, mounting plate and hardware, and a set of installation instructions.

The main lock unit measures 4.75” long, 2.5” wide, and 1.25” inch thick. The exterior is all metal while the electronics housing is plastic and attaches to the mounting plate via two screws. The center hole is for the tumbler pin. The thumbturn on the front turns vertical or horizontal to lock and unlock the deadbolt. At the bottom, there’s a small notch for you to grasp the front plate and remove the cover, which is held on by four magnets in the corners. Inside, is the battery bay that requires 4 AA batteries, two on each side, and the QR code in the middle is a link to download the mobile app for setup.

You'll need to have an existing deadbolt in order to install this lock and you'll replacing the inside thumbturn with the electronic Wyze motor unit. Since the mounting plate is adjustable and the unit comes with different sized mounting screws and 4 adapter shapes for the deadbolt latch tailpiece, it can be installed on nearly any door thickness and be compatible with the most popular deadbolt lock brands. Installation takes only about 15 minutes to perform including app setup and sensor calibration; use of the app requires registering an account and a plug-in gateway/hub is required for use in order to connect the lock to your home WiFi network. The door position sensor is built-into the lock housing, and you do not need to install any external sensor component.

The lock can be used with or without the optional keypad add-on. Without the keypad, you can tap on the icon in the Wyze app to lock and unlock the door. The app will also show if the door is opened or closed. In the settings, you can enable notifications for the different events, but if receiving a notification every time your door is locked, unlocked, opened, or closed seems bothersome, you can always turn some or all of them off. There’s an auto-lock feature that will use the door position to lock the door after it has been closed after a preset amount of time from right away up to 1 hour. Note that disabling door position detection also disables auto-locking. Trash mode temporarily disables the auto-locking feature so that the door won’t lock behind you; sometimes this is called passage mode. Simply unlock, re-lock, and unlock the door again, pausing briefly between operations and the lock will beep to confirm the mode is active. Locking the door again will exit this mode, but you can disable it all together as well.

There’s an auto-unlock setting that will unlock your door when you come home using a combination of your GPS location and Bluetooth on your phone when you’re nearby the door. This is convenient for say if you go on a shopping trip and come back with your hands full, you don’t have to take any additional steps to unlock your door, it’ll just know that you’re there and be unlocked, though if the door isn’t opened within 10 minutes it will re-lock automatically. There are alarm settings you can set to let the lock audible notify you of certain situations, for example, if the door gets jammed or if the door is left open for more than a set amount of time from 1 to 60 minutes. As for 3rd party integrations, the lock works with Google Home but also Amazon Alexa if you go to account settings and select Smart Integrations. Just link your accounts by signing in with your Amazon credentials, and once linked, you should see the smart lock in your Amazon Alexa app. To enable voice unlocking, go into its settings and enable unlock by app and unlock by voice. You’ll need to set up a security PIN for voice unlocking. Just note that you’ll have to say this PIN out loud every time you unlock the door by voice, but not when you lock it. You can share the lock with other Wyze users if you want them to have persistent unlock access, or if you have the optional keypad, you can set guest codes with or without restrictions.

The keypad measures 3.5” long, 1.25” wide, and 1” thick. There are 10 rubberized numeral keys 0-9, and an unlock and one-touch lock button at the bottom. There’s also a status LED at the top. On the back, the catches will slide into the included metal mounting bracket for wall mounting on the outside of your door. At the top is a catch release for the battery bay door, and the back simply lifts off. You’ll need to install 2 AA batteries which are included. Adding the keypad to the app is simple and straightforward and only takes a couple minutes to pair and setup the ""owner"" 4 to 8 digit passcode. When creating guest codes, you can restrict them to one-time use, temporary with a specific start and end time and dates, or recurring on a weekly basis on certain days within a specified time interval. Just note that for recurring schedules, you can only choose one time window across all the days selected per code. The other neat thing is that you can mask your entry code by entering random digits before and/or after your code, up to 20 digits total, and the door will still unlock; this makes it harder for anyone watching to determine your real PIN number. Keep in mind that after you create any passcode, you won’t be able to view it again in the app, so if you forget it, you’ll need to erase the code and reset it.

What I like about the Wyze lock is that it retrofit the deadbolt that I already had installed with no modifications to my door and kept the keyed portion on the outside of the lock. This allows me to use the key as emergency backup to unlock and lock the door, which is useful if I don’t have my phone on me, forget the passcode, or if the batteries in the lock go flat. You don’t have to worry about that too often though, as the batteries are supposed to last about 6 months, and you should receive notifications on your phone when they are running low. Overall, the Wyze smart lock took less than 20 minutes to install, it’s easy to setup and use, and has a number of convenient features that help us secure our home and allow access to guests remotely with or without specified restrictions. With the keypad you don't need a smartphone to get in and you can lock the door on your way out with the touch of a button or have it auto-lock after being closed for security, in case someone forgets. There's no auto-lock geofencing feature built-in when you leave home, however, you can easily set up an IFTTT routine to accomplish that task. For truly keyless entry, you do have to remember to keep the doorknob of the door unlocked, or replace it with one that does not have a lock to prevent an accidental lock out.

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