July 03, 2013 by Rachel Cericola
One Slight Problem
The Touchscreen Deadbolt and Nexia system wasn’t perfect. Several times, the Bridge would disconnect from the web, without rhyme or reason. Sometimes, the fix was as simple as unplugging the Bridge and plugging it back in. Easy yes—except when you’re halfway around the world. I need to point out that I really only had that problem when I was inside my home; never when trying to access the system while on the go.
Also, the Nexia system does have a slight lag time. It’s not bad, but it’s there. Whether using the web or my iPhone, there was always a few seconds in between my command and the actual deed. It’s just a few seconds, but worth noting.
So How Do You Really Feel?
After spending a few weeks with the Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt, I can honestly say that having remote control over your locks is a very cool Electronic House feature. It certainly adds another level of convenience into the home.
The touchscreen aspect alone makes the deadbolt worth the $200 purchase price—and you don’t need the remote control aspect to use it. However, is the Nexia service worth the extra $8.99 per month? That will depend on how often you need to let people in or want to double-check the locks. That said, it’s certainly worth the extra money if you’re looking for an easy way to add remote access to thermostats, lights, cameras, and more. If you still aren’t sure, Nexia also offers a one-month trial, so you can check out the service before committing to the monthly fee.
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Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.
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