Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock review and installation

Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock review and installation
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Great for doors with no deadbolt like side entry doors, garage entry, basement, wine cellars, home offices, bedrooms and more. Never worry about if you forgot to lock the door – enable Auto-Relock to ensure the door always locks behind you. Lock, unlock and check lock status with voice assistants including Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Alexa can also notify you when your battery is running low. Set up smart reorders through Dash Replenishment to have replacement batteries when needed. Get more in Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock review and installation.

In the box

Yale Assure Lever Touchscreeen, Connected by August Module, August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge, August DoorSense, Latch, Strike Plate, Mounting Hardware, Installation Manual

Fits Most Standard Doors

Door Measurements
  • 1-3/8″ – 1-3/4″
  • 2-1/8″ Bore Hole
  • 1″ Edge Hole
  • 2-3/4″ or 2-3/8″ Backset

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Multiple connectivity options including Wifi and Bluetooth via the August Connect version or Z-Wave and Zigbee to connect to your existing smart home hub or security systems.
  • The August Connect version will use the August app for everything which has nice benefits for integrations and access codes, etc.
  • Remotely locking with all of the connected versions.
  • Can get a version with physical buttons if you don’t like touchscreens and would like to save on some battery life.

Cons

  • Could be a benefit but not having a physical key slot or backup key could be seen as a downside
  • Confusing branding between Yale and August (Yale’s parent company purchased August in 2017) in terms of figuring out what apps to use, what will connect with what.
  • No real dedicated app for the Yale Assure line. Reliant on 3rd party apps for control and they each have their own levels of ability with regards to access codes, remote locking, etc.
  • Only a few finish options are available.

Specs – Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock

  • Deadbolt Attachment: Not Supported
  • Interior Deadbolt Replacement: Not Supported
  • Complete Deadbolt Replacement: Not Supported
  • Handle (Latch/Knobs) Replacement: Supported
  • Integrated Deadbolt and Handle: Not Supported
  • Mortise: Not Supported
  • Other Install (Floor/ Wall): Not Supported

Access Codes & Users

Does the lock have access codes? Yes

Max User Codes = 250 with Smart Module and 25 without.


Proximity Unlocking: No

Any information on number of users supported?
The company says the Yale Assure Lever Lock can support 1 master key



Airbnb Integration? Yes, Via 3rd Party

Battery & Additional Specs

What kind and how many batteries does this lock have?

The Yale Assure Lever Lock uses 4 AA Alkaline Batteries (Included)

The Yale Assure Lever Lock battery life is are expected to last up to one year under normal operating conditions.



Lock Dimensions 1.5 x 2.5 x 4 inches


Lock Weight 5.62 pounds

Security Features

What kind of security does the lock offer?

The Yale Assure Lever Lock has:

9V battery backup, audio tamper alarm and lockdown mode after 5 unsuccessful attempts.

Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock review and installation

Build

The lock is available in three finishes: polished brass, oil rubbed bronze and satin nickel. The company states the lock is also 100 percent tamper proof, and the Yale Assure Lever comes with a lifetime warranty for finishes and mechanical, plus a one-year warranty for electronics.

Design

its sleek, slim, glass-and-metal housing is stylish. Yale’s new lever lock is perfect for interior and exterior doors which are 1 3/8″ to 1 3/4″ thick. Also, with a ANSI/BHMA Grade 2 certification, consumers can know the lock has been tested. Once installed, you can create, and share, unique four to eight digit entry codes as well as customize auto re-lock, privacy mode and tamper alarms within the lock menu.

Touch screen keypad

Yale Assure Lever comes with an acrylic push button keypad, or a capacitive touchscreen and backlit numbers which are built to not wear down from use. The locks do not come with a key, which is both good and bad: You don’t have to worry about losing your keys, but you do have to worry about a secondary way to get into the lock in case it malfunctions or runs out of batteries.

Smart device compatible

Yale has a very robust smart home ecosystem integrates into their smart locks. In the August app, a section called “Works With” will show which systems or devices connect to the Yale Lever Lock through the August Connect and Yale Smart Module (August module). Here is the list of devices it’s compatible with today:

  • Airbnb
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Google Home (Google Assistant)
  • Honeywell Total Connect
  • IFTTT
  • Liberty Mutual
  • Logitech POP
  • Nest
  • Xfinity Home
  • Wink
  • Z-Wave Alliance (FYI You can also use just the Z-Wave Yale Smart Module for these connections.)

Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock installation

You are going to need certain tools, depending on whether you need to drill a new hole or enlarge an existing hole on the door. Make sure you have standing by a drill, pencil, utility knife, wood mortise chisel, tape measure and level. (if you’re just replacing a lever lock, you will need just the screwdriver or drill.) Yale does supply the template for you to use, to make sure you get the right hole for the lock. Next, check the measurements of your door. For the Yale Assure Lever lock, your door needs to be 1 3/8″ to 1 3/4″ thick. If the door is thicker, this lock will not work.

Installing the Yale Assure Lever smart lock followed the same steps as other Yale Smart Locks. Remove your old lock and follow either the instructions in the box, or those from the August app. Start by going to the “Set Up a Device” section, then “Set up a lock connected by August,” then, “Setup a Yale Smart Lock.” Installation will take about 30 minutes if this is the first time you’ve installed a smart lock. For those who have installed a Yale smart lock before, you should be finished more quickly.

Alternate of Yale Assure Lever Wi-Fi smart lever lock

Wyze Lock

If you’re a renter and you aren’t allowed to change your locks (or if you’re a homeowner who just doesn’t want to), the Wyze Lock is a low-cost yet full-featured option that connects easily to an existing deadbolt. The hardware is easy to install, and in our testing it worked well—and unlike our previous budget pick, the August Smart Lock, it’s whisper quiet. A tiny plug-in Wi-Fi adapter, which enables remote access and smartphone notifications, is included. The Wyze Lock offers some impressive features, including a built-in presence sensor that alerts you via a chime and a smartphone notification when you’ve left the door open or ajar.

Unlike our other picks, which have a keypad or fingerprint sensor (or both), the Wyze Lock requires that you use an app to unlock it, which for everyday use isn’t much more convenient than using a key (Wyze has introduced a wireless keypad, which we plan to test). You can instead choose to enable auto-unlock mode, which relies on your smartphone’s proximity to trigger the lock when you arrive home, but we worry about the innate security risk of accidental triggers, and some early owners of the Wyze Lock have reported such problems. The Wyze Lock currently integrates with Alexa, which enables you to lock the door using voice, and Google Assistant support is planned.


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An adapter-free smart lock

The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is a trimmed and toned update to similar previous picks, the Schlage Connect and Schlage Sense, but with the clever ability to connect directly to your Wi-Fi without the need of a plug-in adapter. (Most smart locks, in contrast, use battery-friendly Bluetooth and then connect wirelessly to a plug-in adapter that allows them to connect to your Wi-Fi and accept remote control.)

That capability is appealing, and along with the nicely designed hardware—which also includes a built-in impact alarm—it makes the Encode one of the easiest models to install and one of the simplest smart locks to use of those we’ve tested. In gaining its smaller internal housing, the Encode unfortunately shed compatibility with Apple HomeKit, though it can still integrate with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. We tend to prefer the tactile feel of keypads like the Encode’s over that of a glass touchscreen, and we think that feature makes this lock less fussy to use, so it’s an especially good choice for rental properties.

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