Kwikset Smartcode 916 Z-Wave Touchscreen Deadbolt

kwikset916Kwikset SmartCode 916 Z-Wave Touchscreen Deadbolt with Home Connect, Venetian Bronze

We recently received the latest deadbolt from Kwikset, the 916 Z-Wave Deadbolt with Z-Wave and Zigbee. We’ve had other Kwikset locks in the past and this one feels more sturdy and overall was better made with less plastic parts as in previous models. This lock is also about 40% smaller than previous models and was more streamlined and has a sleek, modern look. If you’ve had trouble with depth of other Z-Wave locks, this one may very well fit into those very tight spots that other Z-Wave locks wont. The Kwikset 916 deadbolt has a very nice looking touchscreen in the front that lights up with the press of your hand. As in other touchscreen locks that we’ve looked at, you must have some moisture content on your hand or skin in order for the lock to react to your touch.  The touchscreen has really nice bright white LED’s that work well even in the brightest of sunlight.

The manual and packaging seemed to be well thought out and included a very simple step-by-step foldout manual for installation and pairing of the Z-wave lock. After reading the instructions quickly, we removed our old deadbolt and begin to install lock on our front door. The installation was very straightforward and only took about 20 min. All of the parts were clearly marked and the installation screws and bolts were all in separate bags for easier identification.  The hardest part of installing the lock was getting the cable that goes through the door to tuck in nicely so it didn’t interfere with the lock mechanism itself.  Kwikset makes the cable a little bit longer for easier installation but this extra cable length makes it a little harder to fit it all in the bottom of the lock before the last installation screws go in.

The Kwikset 916 Touchscreen lock takes four AA batteries and has an included battery pack that slides into the lock itself under the back cover. We inserted the battery pack into the lock and ran the adjustment feature where the lock will figure out the proper alignment of the deadbolt. Once this was done, we brought our Vera Edge Z-Wave controller close to the lock (about 2-3 feet away MAX) and brought the vera z-wave controller into pairing mode. Pairing was quick and seamless and all it takes was one push of the button “a” behind the back cover of the lock. Its best to leave the vera controller near the lock for 10 minutes to let the secure key exchange take place and to allow the lock to get configured. We came back shortly after that and the lock was ready to go.

There are a few features that we haven’t seen in other locks, such as the SecureScreen technology and the anti-bump/anti-pick mechanism in the lock. The SecureScreen makes it harder to tell what digit are used for the lock by adding random digits in before your actual code. It adds 2 digits every time you go to unlock, so basically your fingerprints are on every digit on the keypad. This just makes it harder to try and do a brute force code break on it over a few weeks span. For people that aren’t too worried about brute force attacks, you can disable this option with a simple dip-switch located behind the back door of the lock. This dip-switch block can also disable the auto-lock feature, door lock status blink, and can mute the lock.  One last thing we really like is side-mounting of the screws to hold the back cover on and the included allen wrench to tighten these cover screws.  This makes the back cover look much better than other locks.

So far we are very impressed with the Kwikset 916. deadbolt.  Over the next few weeks we will play with the lock and add it to our goodnight scenes to automatically lock, and we’ll also add some NFC tags to lock and unlock using our Samsung Galaxy S5 Smartphone. Overall this lock seems to be a winner.   With its sturdy design and sleek modern look, this Kwikset is sure to be a winner in your home automation network.

Buy the Kwikset 916 Z-Wave Touchscreen Deadbolt at Amazon.com (Satin Nickel, Brass and Venetian Bronze versions)