Hands On: Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt
An in-depth look at this security option and how it ties into Nexia Home Intelligence.
Schlage’s Touchscreen Deadbolt adds smart features by tying into the Nexia Home Intelligence system.
July 03, 2013 by Rachel Cericola

Start by removing the old deadbolt and checking the door and frame dimensions, just to make sure everything matches up properly. From there, install the bolt and strike inside the door. The bolt comes with a fancy rectangular faceplate attached, but Schlage also includes a round one, if needed. When installing the bolt, you want to make sure the Schlage logo is upright and the backset is turned to the point where you hear a little “click.” From there, you’ll install the strike, which is basically a faceplate for your faceplate.

Once that’s in, the touchscreen assembly should pop in pretty easily. If it doesn’t, that means that the backset was put in wrong. Otherwise, as you put the touchscreen on, make sure to feed the attached cable underneath the backset. Inside the house, install the included deadbolt faceplate, so you can lock and unlock the door from the inside. However, make sure to remove the battery cover and put four AA batteries in first. That’s what allows this lock to make some of its magic.

If you aren’t taking notes, don’t worry; Schlage has included detailed instructions and all of the hardware needed to get the lock installed pretty easily.

Smarten Up That Lock
Yes, there are a lot of instructions for this little lock. That’s because it’s smart lock.

To use those smart features, the lock needs to be installed. After that, you’ll need to set up the lock using the default user codes, which can be found on the back of the included User Guide. From there, you can tweak the pass-code or add additional ones. That way, you can deliver access to other users, enable a vacation mode, and more.

However, one of the most impressive things about this lock is that it works in conjunction with the Nexia Home Intelligence System. The Schlage lock has wireless Z-Wave technology inside, so it can connect to Nexia devices and also provide access through the web.

To get the two working together, you’re going to need the Nexia Bridge, as well as a Nexia Home Intelligence account.

The Bridge also comes with one Home Appliance Module.

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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
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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