Yale Assure SL With HomeKit Review

Setup:

  • You use two different apps: one third-party app to install the hardware and one to control the lock.
  • The software setup was hard because the packaging was confusing and the app sucks.
  • It wasn’t apparent that my lock shipped with a network module. Once I found the module and installed it, the HomeKit QR code on the module wasn’t visible. Also, I couldn’t find the documentation with the secondary HomeKit QR code until after the install.
  • The instructions to set up the lock with your “master code” were unclear and there was no mention of anything in the app.
  • The lock speaker is supposed to include voice guidance, but it didn’t work.

Unlocking:

  • You can place three or more fingers on the keypad to activate the screen. I’d prefer a dedicated button for this.

Locking:

  • You can set it to auto-lock after 10, 30, 60, 90, 120, or 180 seconds.
  • You can use Siri, the Home app or the Yale app to lock.
  • You can lock with Alexa if you have a home hub.

Software:

  • The Yale Secure app is a mess. It looks like something you’d expect from a lifelong hardware-only company.
  • You can create a “wrong code entry limit” between three and 10 times before the system locks you out.
  • There’s no way to give someone temporary access or make a code only work during certain hours.
  • Yale Assure SL requires a $50 network module for control when you’re not home or you want to use it with smart assistants. You choose one module, either Homekit (iM1) or Z-Wave Plus, and you can change modules whenever, so don’t get locked into an ecosystem.
  • You’ll still need a $100 smart hub with the Z-Wave Plus module if you want to control it with Alexa or Google.