Which Frontpoint Automated Lock is the Best?By - 06/05/2015
Frontpoint Security offers lock automation in their Ultimate Plan. Automated door locks are an exceptionally handy form of home automation. Never again do you have to pass out keys to guests or the cleaning crew or to people who don’t really need a key to your house. Never again to you need to worry about losing your keys, being locked out of your own home, or even where to put your keys during your morning run. With Frontpoint’s lock automation you can control your home’s locks from your cell phone with the option to use the keypad for times when you don’t have your phone with you. Beyond being convenient, automated door locks can be smart when backed by Alarm.com’s mobile app.
How Smart Are Frontpoint’s Locks?
Using the mobile app you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from ANYWHERE and usage is backed by software. It is the software that makes the locks so smart. Using the software you can create user codes on the fly. These codes act as temporary keys to your home and they also protect your real key. Most the time, you would create a one-time code or perhaps you might create a code that expires in a week for use by extended house guests. The code leaves a digital fingerprint. Frontpoint supports up to nine codes that you can use, you can customize each one and keep tabs on who is using each one. You can see who used the code, what time, and what they did. Did they leave your door unlocked, did your child arrive home from school on-time, did the cleaning crew really stay the whole 4-hours? You will know.
Another smart feature is rule creation. Using other home automation items you can tie your locks to other events. For example you might lock your door when your system is armed automatically or maybe turn on a hall lamp when the door is unlocked so you never walk into a dark home. If you lose your phone Frontpoint is there to help. They can help you secure your system and in the meantime you can always use your control panel to control your entire door lock system.
Which Lock to Choose…
Frontpoint does not actually sell locks but they do make recommendations. Currently their top recommended locks are the Schlage Lever model# FE599 (pictured in photograph); Kwikset Lever model #99120; Kwikset Deadbolt model #99100; Yale Real Living Keypad Deadbolt; Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt. Choosing the right lock is important. You want a lock that responds well but you also want a lock that is secure.
First of all, you will notice all of their recommended locks use a radio wave communication called Z-Wave as Frontpoint’s home automation offer is based upon Z-Wave technology. Beyond that there are some subtle differences in the locks.
|Model||Schlage Lever #FE599NX||Yale Real Living
|Yale Real Living Keypad Deadbolt||Kwikset Lever #912||Kwikset Deadbolt #910|
|Colors||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze||Brass, Nickel, Bronze|
|Extras||Auto Relock||Auto Relock||BumpGuard, SmartKey, Auto Relock||BumpGuard , SmartKey, Auto Relock|
|Double or Single Cylinder||Single||Single||Single||Single||Single|
|Unit Code Capacity||19-codes||25-codes||25-codes||30-codes||30-codes|
|Where to Buy||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site|
|Rating on Amazon||4 Stars||4 Stars||4.5 Stars||4 Stars||4 Stars|
What is a good ANSI/BHMA grade?
According to this article on the Schalge site, “the purpose of product grades is to help identify the quality and durability of locksets through a series of operational and security tests”.
Grade 1 certification – the strongest grade ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.
Grade 2 certification – excellent security and durability but really made for residential or light commercial use.
Grade 3 certification – ANSI says grade 3 is for basic residential security. HAR recommends using grade 3 locks indoors only.
You can learn more by calling 1-855-951-7980 or by visiting Frontpoint Security.