Schlage Smart WiFi Lock Works With Alexa and Ring

Schlage door locks

Schlage Deadbolt

Are you looking for a smart lock that connects directly to WiFi without the need for an additional adapter? Schlage door locks announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that they are releasing one to the market in March of 2019.

Up until now the only lock that connected directly to WiFi is the Array by Hampton. Other than that, connecting remotely to your smart lock was either through a hub or adapter that could cost anywhere between $60 to $100 or more or required a smart home with home automation.

Connecting the smart lock directly to WiFi makes for an easier and quicker in-home setup. There’s not any additional hubs or smart home connections to be made so once the lock is installed in your door you can use the Key app to start using it.

Amazon and Alexa

The Encode is another in Schlage’s series of smart locks that works with Amazon Key. And with an added Amazon Cloud Cam it gives you the option to allow Amazon’s delivery service to drop off packages into your home. And, because it supports cameras from Ring, you can allow visitors through the Ring app after viewing them through the Ring live video.

Alexa will require a 4 digit PIN but with the Key skill in the Alexa app you can use voice commands with Alexa to lock and check the status of your door.

Access Control

The Key app, keypad code or a physical key can open this lock. Schlage Encode has much of the same features as the Schlage Sense Deadbolt but with built-in WiFi. And, like the Sense deadbolt, you can grant access from anywhere using the Key app. Up to 100 codes can be set up for temporary or permanent access and for a specified time.

The codes that you set up can also be designated to send you a notification when they are used. This way you will know when your children arrive home or the dog walker showed up. And like most remote access apps, you can view a log of time and day when the codes were used.

 

Additionally..

Like most Schlage door locks, this deadbolt is certified Grade 1, highest grade in the industry. If you’re replacing the existing deadbolt there are no adjustments to be made because it is made to fit a standard cylindrical lock cutout.

The lock is powered by 4 AA batteries but WiFi drains the batteries faster than Bluetooth. The batteries in the Schlage Encode will last about 6 months before needing changing and an alarm will tell you when they’re needed. On the other hand, the Schlage Sense works using Bluetooth and those batteries last about a year.

The Schalge Encode comes in three finishes – Satin Nickel, Matte Black and Aged Bronze. It is available for $249.99 on Amazon or can be bought as a package with Amazon Cloud Cam Kit for $299.99. Comes with a lifetime mechanical warranty and 3 year electronic warranty.

 

See It on Amazon

PROS:

  • Connects directly with your home’s WiFi
  • Installs easily to existing holes in door
  • Integrates smoothly with Amazon Key
  • Unlocks through the app, keypad or conventional key
  • No additional hub or adapter needed
  • Grade 1 Deadbolt
  • Use with Amazon Cloud Kit for in-home deliveries

CONS:

  • WiFi uses twice as much power as Bluetooth requiring more battery changes
  • Doesn’t operate through Bluetooth
  • Price point for the Encode is a little higher than the Schlage Sense together with the Schlage WiFi adapter
  • Does not connect to a home automation system
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Author: Bill

17 thoughts on “Schlage Smart WiFi Lock Works With Alexa and Ring

  1. I think smart locks are an excellent choice for families with children. It’s easy to use, and they do not have to care about wearing a key. The 100 codes that can be set up is a huge benefit. I also like that you can configure permanent or temporary codes and that you have control over the log times with the notifications option.

    The price is a bit high, but with the lifetime mechanical guarantee, the price speaks for itself. The smart lock is a solution which suits best my family.Thank you for an informative article.

  2. What if I want to get this lock and I don’t have Alexa or Ring what should be done?  What can I say Technology right,  I know a friend that uses ring and he is always rest assured anytime he is away from home he could be gone for days with the homes vulnerable to invaders but he is not worried cause for the smart lock he owns. The schlage encode is definitely next level lock and the ability to link it with One WIFI is just mind blowing very great innovation nice article.

    1. It has the option to integrate with Alexa and Ring but those are not necessary to use this smart lock with the home WiFi. In other words, if you don’t have Alexa or Ring you can still use this, those are just an additional way to operate this lock. 

  3. Dear Bill,

    I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational. This was very insightful, thanks a lot.

    You have given me plenty to think about here. To be honest this review is so thorough it opened my eyes to all sorts of information I wasn’t aware of!

    Indeed, Safety and security is the first priority. Really amazed at the technology development and you explained it well. I enjoyed the video you embedded. For sure this is on my list.

    Wishing you great success!

    Paul

  4. Thank you for coming up with this amazing review, I found it really helpful  and informative. It must have taken you some energy before coming up with the schlage encode smart lock, which seems to be the best around. I like the fact that it has a  good battery life and can connect to the home Wi-Fi easily. At less than $300 the price is also affordable.

  5. Hi Bill,

    This is a good product review of Schlage Smart WiFi lock. One of my best friend wants to use smart lock in his house. I believe this lock will be very good choice for big house, apartment or building. Now I have little bit concern about it’s distance coverage from remotely. Is it possible to open it through mobile application from any where? Thanks for posting this helpful review.

  6. Hello Bill,

    Nice detailed work you’ve done on the Schlage smart door. Schlage has always represented quality and I’m not surprised that they’re putting out another quality product. This must be a super smart door, I hope to know if there’s any possible way such a door could be burgled? Can the door be hacked since it’s WiFi supported?

    Expecting your feedback though and thanks for sharing.

    1. I suppose technically it can be hacked. It does have a keypad so that could be figured out I guess. And the lock can be operated on an app through wifi and internet so if your network is not password protected they would still need the permissions from the app. 

  7. Schlage has been the best in the market for a very long time and with locks like this things have become a game changer.  Im always so amazed at how technology has changed things but never would have imagined how it would change door locks.It is amazing that you put all this great information together for all of us to read.  I live in an apartment so would only nee one but am seriously thinking of making it happen.Once again.  thank you.Dale

  8. The Schlage brand is what I use for my house and it has always represented quality. It is nice to see that they are keeping up with the latest technological advances with their newest series of locks that are rolling out in March 2019. It is quite handy to have them work with Alexa and Ring, and from what you say in your post/review, also with Amazon’s delivery service.

    I like also how they will replace the existing deadbolts so no additional drilling and fittings are required. That is what I have come to expect from Schlage, backward engineering makes the move much easier decision. The quality of the locks are also something I have come to expect.

    The prices for these high-quality locks are likely higher than some on the market, but for me, just as with tires for a car, it is an area that you do not want to skimp or save money on. I have had two break-ins over 20 years, they both happened within the first 2 years after we built the house. Since we upgraded to Schlage locks and systems, we have had no break-ins. 

  9. Wow! This is the most hi-tech door lock I have ever seen. I didn’t even know door locks could get WI-FI. Now, I would definitely buy “Schlage Smart WiFi Lock” for my future house (or palace). You explained the product’s pros and cons in a well-detailed manner.

  10. Doors just got smarter with these locks, We can be in charge of our homes while away at work or having fun with friends and family. this smart locks also implies that the security of our homes are very well improved as we can never miss movement to and fro the doors. It is indeed a smart idea.

  11. I love how everything is connected to the internet nowadays , the internet is such a powerful thing and I don’t know how people lived with without it! It can do so much for us now. I love the idea of the locks being able to be controls through the WiFi! How easy is that. 

  12. Hi Bill! This system is amazing and just what I was looking for. We have had a recent problem with neighbors stealing our packages when we are not home and they are delivered. This is the perfect solution with the cloud cam to allow delivery services to leave them inside. Thank you so much for sharing! 

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