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    Home automation 101 - 5 things you need to know

    September 29, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Thursday, August 8, 2019

    Home automation 101 - Schlage smart locks

    Schlage's smart home experts simplify smart home technology and outline 5 home automation tips that help make the process more convenient and easier to understand.

     

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    Home automation 101 - Smart lock technology - Schlage

    Home security is the key driver behind the revolution in home automation technology. According to a study from Houzz, safety and security rank ahead of home entertainment, climate control and automated lighting as the main reason people are considering smart home upgrades.

     

    Schlage has led innovations in smart home security for nearly a century. In fact, one of Walter Schlage’s first patents demonstrated how to lock a door and simultaneously turn on the lights. While this is easy to achieve today, it was revolutionary in 1909. Since then, Schlage has established itself as a leading brand in home automation with a complete line of smart locks designed to meet the needs of any smart home. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt and Schlage Connect™ Smart Deadbolt provide secure access to your home.

    Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt on front door.

    Home Automation Basics

    To help homeowners select the right smart home system for their needs, Schlage Product Manager for Residential Electronics, Bruce Schaffer, and Devin Love, Director of Technology Alliances, offer five home automation tips to demystify the world of smart home technology.

    Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt works with Amazon Alexa.

    1. Understand the different platforms

    The key differences between the various home automation platforms are based on how the devices communicate with each other. “There are so many competing technologies, it can be confusing for consumers who are just beginning to explore home automation,” says Schaffer. “Our advice, before you look into any system, product, gadget or appliance: think about and define what specific tasks you’re looking for your system to accomplish.”

     

    Once you know what you want your system to do, you can choose the technology that helps you meet those goals. Popular technologies like Zigbee and Z-Wave create localized mesh networks in which each device serves as a transmitter to the next device in the chain. Says Love, “This allows us to have complete home coverage, even though individual smart devices may not be powerful enough to cover every nook and cranny by themselves.” This mesh approach is ideal for homes with multiple levels or floorplans that might prevent a transmitter to be placed in a central location.

     

    Other technologies, like Apple HomeKit™, combine WiFi and Bluetooth to communicate with different devices.

     

    For homeowners looking for a simpler option, some products connect directly to WiFi or Bluetooth. This allows for a simple setup and control via an app, but limits your ability to connect multiple devices together.

    2. Know what works with what

    Once you’ve determined which technology works best for your needs, it’s time to understand which products are compatible with that technology (and with each other). According to Love, “Ask yourself the question: ‘What works with what?’ That’s the key to understanding the right system for your home.”

     

    Compatibility information can be found on product websites and packaging. The leading systems utilize Zigbee, Z-Wave, WiFi and Bluetooth technologies to connect users to devices. Which one is best? That depends on your needs. Here are some things to consider:

    Zigbee-certified systems:

    Zigbee is the wireless technology used by a wide variety of products, including Amazon Alexa and Key by Amazon. Popular Zigbee hubs include the Samsung SmartThings Hub and the Amazon Echo Plus.

     

    A Zigbee-certified version of the Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt is compatible with these systems.

    Z-wave compatible systems:

    Z-Wave (and Z-Wave Plus) are also popular technologies in home automation. Z-Wave is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Ring Alarm. Nexia, Samsung SmartThings and Wink offer hubs for Z-Wave systems.

     

    A Z-Wave compatible version of Schlage Connect Smart Deadbolt works with these systems.

    WiFi and Bluetooth systems:

    A variety of options are available for WiFi and Bluetooth systems. Apple HomeKit users can choose to use an Apple TV® or HomePod as a hub for their system*.

     

    The Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt is compatible with HomeKit and can also work directly with the Schlage Home app via Bluetooth.

     

    If all of this feels a bit overwhelming and you just want a secure smart lock that you can control from anywhere without a hub, check out the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. It connects securely to your home’s WiFi without the need for additional accessories or adapters.

     

    To find the perfect smart lock for your home, check out our Get Help Deciding Tool.

    3. Consider what devices you already have

    Avoid the expense of replacing your existing smart devices whenever possible. If you’ve already invested in cameras that connect via Z-Wave, then it doesn’t make sense to purchase a thermostat that only works with Zigbee systems.

     

    According to Love, “All manufacturers, including Schlage with our smart locks, provide customers with product choices that allow them to easily integrate with their existing home networks. Homeowners don’t have to build out multiple networks. They simply need to familiarize themselves with the network they already have and choose compatible products accordingly.”

    4. The importance of system security

    Many people are concerned about how a home automation system can make their home vulnerable to hacking. Schlage knows overall security is important to homeowners with one-third of participants from our own research citing secure encryption as the most important aspect of their home system. To that point, Schaffer wants to help you better understand what system security really means.

     

    “A lot has been written and reported on with regard to system security, hacking and system vulnerabilities,” he says. “That you are on a secure, WPA2-protected WiFi network is the first and most important step in locking down your entire system. Manage your network, manage your passwords, limit access and you’ll be well on your way to having a local home network that’s as secure as possible.”

     

    Schaffer also points out that there is a lot of consolidation among tech companies. Even though Z-Wave, for instance, has been around longer and is the foundation of many home security systems, the company responsible for Zigbee and Bluetooth™ is not only catching up, but has acquired Z-Wave’s parent company for the purposes of melding all the top connected protocols into one effective and secure system.

     

    “In other words,” says Schaffer, “you can’t go wrong as long as you remember tip number one and know ‘what works with what.’ The rest will take care of itself if you trust quality products backed by established, experienced manufacturers.”

    Woman installing Schlage Sense Smart Deadbolt on front door.

    5. Futureproofing

    Smart home technology evolves very quickly. So, it’s important to choose a smart lock that is designed to evolve and adapt. Says Love, “All Schlage smart locks are designed to work now regardless of the system you have. Just as important, they’ll work later, no matter how your system grows. That’s also true of how you interact with it. Futureproofing is part of our responsibility as innovators.”

     

    It’s okay to say you don’t really have a preference in regards to certain technologies or system protocols as long as it works, but it falls on responsible brands like Schlage to make sure it does work so that homeowners can build out their smart homes with confidence.

     

    “A smarter way in,” says Schaffer. “That’s our contribution to the home automation space.”

     

    “Smarter homes start with Schlage,” concludes Love.

     

    Today’s smart home starts at the front door. That’s where Schlage comes in, providing a wide selection of smart locks that open a world of possibilities for homeowners looking to make the most of today’s rapidly growing home automation technologies. It’s why home owners seeking a smarter way in choose the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.

     

    *See apple.com/ios/home for up-to-date HomeKit information.

     

    Schlage Connect™ lock goes coast to coast with the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow.

    September 28, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 28, 2018

    Amazon Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

    See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way.

     

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    Schlage - Amazon Smart Life Roadshow

    Smart life roadshow

    Schlage is partnering with Amazon and other innovative connected brands including Intel, Sonos, Ring, Logitech, ecobee and more in taking to the road for the Smart Life Roadshow. The resource partnership between Schlage and Amazon is a natural, with a host of Schlage smart-lock products integrating with technologies such as Alexa and Amazon Key. See for yourself just what’s possible with today’s top smart home technologies when the Smart Life Roadshow comes your way. It’s a lock. An Amazon lock. And Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt is the key.

    Amazon smart locks - Smart life roadshow - Schlage Connect

    A trailer full of technology

    The cool, specially outfitted Airstream trailer is packed full of connected innovation. The Schlage Connect™ Touchscreen Deadbolt. Amazon Alexa hands-free speakers. Ecobee climate control. Sonos wireless smart speakers. Logitech home remotes. That’s just the beginning. The goal: give everyone some hands-on and hands-free experience with the latest smart technologies and the chance to see all of them working seamlessly together.

    Amazon - Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage

    Coast to coast

    The Smart Life Roadshow hit the road in September and will be visiting two dozen locations from Atlanta to San Jose before making its final stop at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January of 2019. Along the way, the Roadshow will be making stops at Amazon Books locations and a number of colleges and universities including Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cal Poly and a host of others.

     

    When it comes to choosing the right smart home technology for your home, the amount of information available can be overwhelming. Research is key, as is staying up to date on current – and future – tech trends. The Smart Life Roadshow, with the help of Amazon and its innovation partners, is a great resource for both.

    Home security drives most home automation decisions. - Schlage

    The road to success

    Integrating smart home technology into your home is easier and more affordable than you may think. You can do it yourself and you can get started for less than $500.

     

    Start with practical considerations. For instance, home security is the number one factor driving most home automation decisions, so connecting to your security system and adding a smart lock are a great place to start. How you wish to control your system (and the platform upon which to build it), is also important.

     

    Most systems are proprietary and require that you base your product choices on a particular system protocol (Z-Wave versus Zigbee, for instance). The products you add to your system, from remote lighting to something as innovative as Amazon Key, should be chosen with particular attention paid to compatibility and how they complement your other home automation technologies.

    Amazon - Smart Life Roadshow - Schlage

    Smart home technology at your fingertips

    Schlage has partnered with Amazon and the Smart Life Roadshow because it’s the perfect expression of Schlage’s century-old commitment to innovation.

     

    Schlage’s first patent in 1909 was actually for a door lock that could turn a home’s lights on and off; a concept that led to the inspiration behind some of the most requested features of home automation technology today: security, home automation and the remote control of key home systems. So it makes sense that Schlage would bring security as well as convenience and access control to the partnership.

     

    Amazon’s vision is to be earth's most customer-centric company; to build a place where people can come to find and discover anything they might want to buy online. Schlage’s own notion is to make technology accessible enough for everyone to benefit from it. To Schlage, the greatest benefit is when the idea becomes practical.

     

    Explore the possibilities that Schlage opens in home automation security; look for more updates from the road and follow the Amazon Smart Life Roadshow on Facebook and Instagram. The reach and vision of Amazon. The safety, simplicity and style of Schlage. Together, they’re bringing it home.
     

    A fresh take on farmhouse style with Schlage and Amy Matthews.

    September 14, 2018 9:58 AM by emily.bailey

    Friday, September 14, 2018

    Farmhouse Style - Schlage Custom - Amy Matthews

    Imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that.

     

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    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom
    Designers find inspiration for their work in nature, art, specific time periods, exotic locales and in a truly limitless number of other places. Inspiration fuels imagination. So imagine what would happen if you designed an entire room around a single piece of Schlage door hardware? Amy Matthews, DIY Designer extraordinaire and TV host, set out to do just that. In this, the first of a four-part series on Amy’s adventure, she uses the Schlage Custom Whitney lever as inspiration to bring an authentic touch of traditional style to a rustic farmhouse room design.
    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    The inspiration

    The Schlage Custom Whitney lever brings an unmistakable old-world, New Orleans/Spanish Colonial style to Amy’s farmhouse look. The goal: bring quintessential elements such as wrought iron together with the rustic colors and textures one would find in an old but stylish farmhouse and then add modern touches.

    Farmhouse Style - Amy Matthews - Schlage Custom

     

    Farmhouse Style - Mood Board - Amy Matthews

    The mood board: a unique pairing of traditional and contemporary

    Amy’s ideas took the character, look and feel of rough-hewn wood and combined them with more modern fixtures, lighting, furnishings and accessories. She contrasted the look of a modern door with a more traditional take on wood flooring. The Whitney lever in matte black served as the inspiration for the entire room design, its look of vintage wrought iron the foundation of a decor that could be both versatile and stylish.

    Farmhouse Kitchen - Whitney Lever - Schlage

    The look : timeless and distinctive

    The mood board meticulously reflected Amy’s thinking, from the flooring to furnishings to the smallest accessory, and was used by Schlage designers as a cornerstone for finishing out the above room design. Unique for her, she built the entire vision upon a door lever, the Whitney lever, which she described as both challenging and fun. Amy ultimately deciding to pair the Schlage Custom lever with a white door (a change from the mood board), allowing the dark richness and character of the lever to “pop.” She then layered in other features and touches with similar finishes to bring everything together in one cohesive look.

    Schlage Custom Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Farmhouse Style

    The name says it all

    One system. Endless possibilities. Whether replacing outdated or broken locks, remodeling a single room or simply adding new, decorative details, Schlage Custom Door Hardware makes personalizing a single room–or an entire home–as simple as can be. Perfect for tailoring door hardware designs to the specific needs of every room.

    Farmhouse Door Hardware - Whitney Lever - Schlage Custom

    One screwdriver is all it takes to customize the style, finish and even functionality of Schlage Custom door hardware. A wide range of designer knobs, levers, complementary trims and long-lasting and lustrous finishes afford a whole new level of versatility in both style and function.

     

    For more information visit schlage.com. And to see Amy and Allegion Style & Design Chief Ted Roberts in action bringing this room to life, check out this video. Explore the safety, simplicity and style of Schlage.
     

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