What you need to know about Yale's New Assure Smart Locks
A look at Yale's new Assure Lock 2 Touch and Assure Lock 2 Plus smart locks.
One of the leading global smart lock manufacturers, Yale Home, launched two new smart locks recently, and we want to help you learn how these new smart devices fit into the smart home security ecosystem. The two new smart locks are the Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch and the Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus. These smart locks come with multiple ways to control the lock, including using biometrics and the new Apple home keys.
Yale Assure Lock 2 TouchYale Home
The Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch is Yale's first fingerprint smart lock. (For those of you who don't know what a fingerprint smart lock is, it's a door lock that has a built-in fingerprint reader that is used to help users lock and unlock the door lock. Some consider fingerprint locks as biometric security devices.). The Assure Lock 2 Touch offers multiple ways for a user to lock and unlock the door. Besides using your finger, this smart lock provides controls via a touchscreen keypad, the Yale Access app, a voice assistant, and a traditional key.
The Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch comes in three finishes: Satin Nickel, Oil Rubbed Bronze, and Black Suede. And you can get it with just Bluetooth or Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Bluetooth models are Apple HomeKit enabled, but you must run the latest iOS or iPadOS version to control the Yale Assure 2 Touch. Also, you will need to connect the Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch with Bluetooth to an Apple TV or Apple Homepod smart speaker for remote access to the Yale lock. Users can also use their Apple Watch to unlock the Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch.
Your Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch has Wi-Fi built-in to the lock for the Wi-Fi models, so no hub is needed. This wireless connection will allow users to access the lock from anywhere as long as the Assure Lock 2 Touch is connected to your home Wi-Fi network. It will also provide integrations into compatible smart home platforms that work on a Wi-Fi connection, like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant-enabled devices. Other Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch features include fingerprint access for up to 20 users and simple installation.
The Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch costs $199.99 for the Bluetooth (keyed or keyless) version and $279.99 for the Wi-Fi (keyed or keyless) version. Also, it comes in three finishes: Satin Nickel, Black Suede, and Oil Rubbed Bronze.
Who will benefit from this new smart fingerprint smart lock? Not only existing smart homeowners who want another convenient and secure way to access their homes but also people with disabilities or mobility impairments. This smart lock will allow them to unlock their doors without a key.
Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus comes with Apple Home Keys. Yale Home
The other new Yale Home smart lock is their Assure Lock 2 Plus. This new smart lock is the first Yale smart lock to support Apple Home Keys. What are Apple Home Keys? Apple Home keys are digital keys stored in the Wallet app on your iPhone or Apple Watch. You can use Home keys to unlock compatible smart locks, even if your phone is dead or you don't have an internet connection.
How do they work? Apple Home keys use Near Field Communication (NFC) to communicate with smart locks. When you hold your iPhone or Apple Watch near a compatible lock, the lock will read the Home key and unlock the door.
The Yale Assur Lock 2 Plus with Apple Home Keys will allow users to use their iPhone and Apple Watch to unlock the door. You must ensure your iPhone runs iOS 15 or later and your Apple Watch 4 or later uses watchOS 8 or later. This is good since this new Yale smart lock has no traditional key option. It is only available with a keyless touchscreen.
As for design and finishes, the Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus is available in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi versions and has two finishes: Satin Nickel and Black Suede. The Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus costs $209.99 for Bluetooth and $289.99 for Wi-Fi versions.
"We take pride in Yale's legacy of offering high-quality security products that our customers have trusted for more than 183 years – and these new smart locks are no exception," said Garrett Lovejoy, Vice President of Product, Yale, and August U.S. "With these additions to our best-selling Assure Lock 2 collection, we are delivering products that simplify access for the everyday household – whether through our new fingerprint-powered smart lock or our first-ever device that supports Apple home keys. With more ways to access and protect your home, you can come and go with peace of mind."
To pick up one of Yale's new smart locks, you can go to ShopYaleHome.com or visit Amazon or Best Buy online. Both retailers have both locks available today. Apple Stores will sell the Yale Assure Lock 2 Plus later this year. Also, if you want to add the Yale Wi-Fi Smart Module to your Yale Assure Lock 2 Touch or Plus, you can purchase it at the exact locations for $79.99.
At GearBrain, we tested the new Yale Assure Lock 2 and were very impressed with this new smart lock. It is a versatile smart lock that can easily be adapted to any wireless protocol, including Z-Wave and the new Matter protocol. You must ensure the suitable Yale Smart Module is connected to the lock. We also found the Yale Assure Lock 2 offers multiple ways to lock and unlock your doors. Whether it's a touchscreen or a voice command, the Yale Assure Lock 2 has all these features, and you will also find them, along with new innovative ones (like fingerprint), in the new Yale smart locks.
Overall, Yale's two new smart locks will bring more options to smart homes looking for a smart lock that will work seamlessly with their smart home security setup. Whether it be a home security system like Vivint, a DIY solution like Ring Alarm, a smart lock on your door that can be used with or without a traditional key, or even your finger, Yale has a smart lock to fit your needs.
And if you are not sure which Yale smart lock is right for you, use our compatibility find engine. It can help you find, buy, and connect any smart lock or device in seconds. It can also help you find smart locks that are compatible with your home security system or any other smart device in your smart home.
GearBrain will be testing these new Yale smart locks in the near future. So be on the lookout for our review.
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