Any decent Z-Wave Gen 7 locks out yet?
I don't think so, but I expect to see them within a year or so.
Just want to mention - if you don't mind considering zigbee, there are some really good zigbee door locks out there. I replaced my z-wave Schlage locks with Yale zigbee locks. They've been super reliable for the last 6-8 months.
Edit: OTOH, it took Schlage >4 years after the 500-series chips were available to make a z-wave+ version of their deadbolt (BE469ZP), and they still don't have a z-wave+ version of their lever lock (FE599). Hopefully Kwikset/Yale/etc. will be faster ....
I'm not necessarily opposed to it, but I only have a few zigbee powered devices and they are on the opposite side of my house. I have a large 1 story floorplan.
The front door is my last regular Z-wave device to replace. I was hoping to get a 700 series to avoid having to upgrade it for a while.
I also think a 700-series lock would address some of the z-wave lock issues that some users have experienced.
Yea, better range, better battery life, device properly reporting status. Zigbee lock not dropping off in a poor mesh.
Seem that since wifi everything came out, device manufacturers have started to ignore zwave, or a least its a low priority for them now.
And BTLE. There are some really nice locks (eg. Level) that are only available as BTLE. That is one the things I like about Yale. The same lock can take different radios (z-wave, BT, zigbee).
I wonder if maybe just using battery powered door lock as a backup and use strait mag lock might be a viable option. It would reduce my dependence on batteries at least. Then could just have the battery lock engage when power goes out. Something like http://www.seco-larm.com/Access/maglocks/E-941SA-1K2PQ
I've considered that in the past. I'm just too lazy to run the wiring for it ....
I recently ran a new circuit in the attic for a dedicated circuit for the cameras and alarm. I also threw in some pull strings to the alarm panel and network cabinet so it would be pretty strait forward for me.
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