Easy installation, guided by clear pictures.
This was an easy installation to replace a pair of front door locks. The new locks went into the existing holes without any issues. Everything fitted together perfectly and it all works. The instruction sheet also contains a drilling template if you need to drill holes for a new installation.
The upper lock can be operated by a physical key from the outside, a thumb lock on the inside or with a numeric code of your choosing (between 4 and 6 numbers long). In addition to the upper lock, there is a second lock that is operated from the outside with a key or internally with the turn piece in the handle. This allows lots of flexibility, if you want only a physical key to be able to open the door, lock the lower door. If you want digital access, lock only the top lock.
You can, and should, set your own master code so that people can’t get in just by trying the default code which is the same for all the locks. In addition to your own master code, one can add up to ten different personal user codes allowing you to give them to friends or neighbors. You can laser remove any of those codes thus removing their ability to gain entry.
There is also the ability to create five single use codes. These codes allow the lock to be undone once each. Presumably this is to allow access by a contractor or delivery person. Note however, that anyone who gains access to the inside of the door can open the battery compartment and perform a factory reset, set a new master code, and create a user code for themselves. This would then lock you out from using a digital code to unlock the door and you would have to use a key to get in. So keep in mind that you should only give a code to someone you trust. If ever you find your code no longer works, it is therefore advisable to do a factory reset and set a new master code. The instructions for changing codes are also printed on the inside of the battery cover.
To lock the door, and single press of the ‘lock’ button does the job. This is very handy, especially if it is raining and you don’t want to bother getting a key out. Previously we would sometimes not bother to lock the door if leaving the house for a short while, but now I am sure we will always lock it with a single press of a button.
Four keys are provided and they all fit both locks.
The keypads light up nicely when in use, and the lock button turns green for a few seconds when the door has finished locking itself. When the batteries get low, the lock button will start to blink.
If the entry code is entered incorrectly four times in a row, the lock will disable itself for one minute, to prevent people trying combinations continuously.
There is an optional auto lock feature that will automatically lock the door after a configurable number of seconds (between 10 and 99), but I could see that being a nuisance if having a party and guests need to step outside and not get locked out..
There is a vacation mode that prevents all user codes from working, only the master mode will work. I think this is exactly when one may need to give a neighbor access, so perhaps this should just be called master mode.
If installing into a door that already has the holes, you only need a Phillips screwdriver.
The lock can be installed on the left or the right, the lever handles can be switched about as needed.
It uses 4 AA batteries.
The lock feels solid and everything looks well made. It has a nice set of features and is easy to install and use.
Made in Taiwan
Easy to Install, Nice Design, many features