Smart locks compatible with matter coming soon: the Yale Assure 2 series

Yale announced it will be launching a new range of Matter compatible smart locks in the fall – which are upgraded versions of the existing Assure Lock range. Support for cases will likely be added some time after initial launch.

You will be able to open two models with your voice, iPhone, Apple Watch, keyboard passcode, or a physical key; the other two models lack the physical key slot …

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One of the big advantages of HomeKit is that you can control all your smart home devices via the Home app as well as via Siri.

Matter is a new standard designed to provide exactly the same benefits to devices, not only on the Apple platform but also in other ecosystems such as Google, Samsung and Amazon. For Apple users, this means that if a device is Matter compatible, it is also HomeKit compatible.

Matter devices can also communicate directly with each other, so if the coverage of your home Wi-Fi network is patchy, your commands can be transferred from device to device.

Some of the existing smart home products will be able to be updated to support Matter.

Upcoming Yale Smart Locks compatible with Matter

Locks get a new look. Yale says the new versions are 30% smaller, but still large enough to be compatible with most door sizes used in the US.

While the new design has a sleeker, more modern look, the zippers will be available in the same three finishes as the existing models: black suede, oiled bronze, and satin nickel.

Anyone assembling a smart lock in a household with technical and less tech-savvy residents should choose models with a keyhole, so anyone in a bad mood about the new technology can just keep unlocking the door with a key. However, if you opt for the keyless model, you don’t have to worry that a discharged battery will cause a lock: you can apply a 9 volt battery to the contacts on the bottom of the lock to re-enable keyless access.

Yale says prices will be anywhere from $ 160 to $ 260. You’ll be able to choose between Bluetooth-only and Wi-Fi models, with the latter being recommended for full HomeKit integration.

One nice touch is that the locks will be able to be updated after purchase. For example, if you choose the Bluetooth only model, you will be able to add Wi-Fi functionality later (for a fee).

We were already impressed with the existing version we reviewed in 2018.

The Yale Assure Lock SL comes with almost everything you need to install a smart door lock. You will need to provide a screwdriver and you may need other tools depending on the door, but in most cases it should be a simple affair […]

After hardware installation is complete, you can install the Yale Secure app, configure your keyboard, and set up HomeKit […]

Once everything is installed (watch our video above for step-by-step installation instructions), it only takes a few minutes to set up a master password and enable the iM1 Network Module using an external touchscreen keyboard. While the keyboard has no tactile feedback, the speakers emit an audible beep to help confirm that the keyboard is correctly entered. The speakers will also announce instructions for using and setting up Assure Lock SL […]

HomeKit support works exactly as expected, allowing users to control the Lock via the Home app, via Siri commands, or via automation.

The new models look nicer and the Matter support is a nice addition for people with a lot of smart home devices, especially if Wi-Fi coverage is poor around the front door. Case handling will require an optional $ 80 module.

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