Yale YRD110 Key-Free Push Button Deadbolt Review
By: Eric McIntyre – 11/01/15
We’ve reviewed the Yale Touchscreen locks in the past and had great luck with them. The new Yale YRD110 Key Free, Push Button deadbolt with Z-Wave is no exception. Slightly smaller than our previous touchscreen deadbolt review, the YRD110 feels just as strong and well made with a nice outer metal case. There are a few main features that sets this lock apart from others, mainly it’s 100% key-free – meaning there is no key at all. It’s 100% electronic and powered by 4 AA batteries that are expected to last 1 year with average daily use.
You can use the lock without a home automation system since it has built in memory for codes, but we chose to use it with our Vera Edge Z-Wave system and install it on our front door. Installation was easy and the instructions were very clean and clearly explained the process in a step-by-step fashion. After about 15 minutes we were finished the installation and installed the batteries. Pairing was easy using the instructions to put the lock in Z-Wave pairing mode. Once paired we used the Vera home automation system to control the lock and add additional user codes.
Having no key is fantastic, but it may scare some people into not having a key for a backup in case of a battery failure. Yale has come up with an innovative solution for this and have a “jump” option to use a 9-volt battery from the outside to power up the lock and get yourself in. At the bottom of the lock there are two little metal bumps, just enough to hold up a 9-volt battery to the bottom and it can power the lock in the event of a battery failure. Punch in your code and you are in! Not all of us have a 9-volt on hand, but with this feature available leaving a fresh battery in the glove box of my car is a good idea.
Another nice feature is using actual push-buttons instead of a touchscreen. Touchscreen’s can be finicky for some folks and are typically more difficult to see in bright daylight. This YRD110 push button lock uses acrylic buttons – slightly raised above the face of the lock and they have a nice white glow behind them for low light situations. The push buttons also lock the door on the way out, making it convenient when leaving to just push any button for the lock to engage.
So far the battery life has been good, although we haven’t had the lock for more than a few months already. There are a ton of other features that you can adjust, such as volume control, or even choose from 3 languages that the lock speaks. If you are in the market for a push button lock and want that sleek no-key look – the Yale YRD110 is a perfect choice to enhance your life and look of your door.
How do we use it? – Automated locks work with our scenes and can actually trigger scenes. Based on what code is entered, we can trigger our Vera home automation system to perform certain acts or “scenes”. For example, we have a “goto work” scene that turns down the heat, turns off the lights, unlocks the door so we can simply walk out, and it locks the door in a few minutes. When coming home, we can use a certain code for disarming the alarm and turning lights on, or another code can turn the heat up and lights on. The options are endless!
Yale YRD-110 Push Button Key Free Z-Wave Deadbolt
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