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Charlie-And-Rob0
Level 3
Victoria, Australia

Best Integrated Smart Lock

Hi All,

 

I've read most of the strings and done quite a bit of searching but I'm yet to locate a good smart lock that fully integrates with AirBnB.  

 

My preference is for something that doesn't require another app and auto generates/distributes a code to the guest via the Airbnb app/communications.  Anyone seen anything/used anything that fits this profile?

 

Thanks.

Charlie

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Heather649
Level 2
Kamloops, Canada

Hi, I would suggest that you investigate The Airlocking System.  I think it would satisfy all your requirements.  

 

Here is a cut and paste from their website:

THE AIRLOCKING SYSTEM:

INSTALL LOCK AND HUB:
AirLocking ships you a Smart lock system. You just need to connect the system to the internet and follow the straightforward instructions to install the lock.

GUESTS RECEIVE DOOR CODE:
AirLocking automatically emails your guests' door codes in advance of their trips along with other check-in information you wish to pass along. You are copied on these emails for your tracking.

LINK WITH AIRBNB CALENDAR:
AirLocking seamlessly links with your Airbnb calendar to track reservations. The AirLocking portal provides status information and allows you to control guest notifications.

LOCK UPDATED WITH CODES:
AirLocking enables the door code in the lock at check-in time and disables it after checkout time. AirLocking also allows you to have codes for your own use which are separate from the guest codes.

CHECK-OUT BUTTON: (Patent Pending)
Airlocking has added a new feature--a CHECK-OUT BUTTON. When guests leave, they are asked to push this button. Instantly, the Host is alerted to their departure and can proceed with Cleaning Services or Repairs.

 

Heather 649

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Lori343
Level 2
Nashville, TN

Susan: 

Are you speaking of the August Lock as having awful battery life for lock and keypad?  I'm new to airbnb and want something to integrate with Airbnb and change lock codes when the guest leaves. The more automated the better for me. I had decided on August Lock but now second guessing that decision.

Khóa-Điện-Tử0
Level 2
Hạ Long, Vietnam
Kris1
Level 2
Ottawa, Canada

I use the Schlage BE369NX with keypad and zwave connectivity to Smartthings. I then run the RBoy Apps Airbnb Rental Lock Automater to automatically generate codes based on the guest's phone number. They simply need to enter the last 4 digits of their phone number into the keypad and that's it!. It's fully automated.

 

So you'll want to get a lock which connects to smartthings and will work with the RBOY Apps Airbnb Rental Lock Automater. You really want to stay away from asking guests to install apps - using their phone number is the easiest solution. This way you don't have to send them their code.

Jason272
Level 3
Langley, Canada

Agreed. I use this method and it's awesome. We have instructions put in our check in guide, plus our property managers message the guest a few days prior in Airbnb what their code is (last 4 digits of their airbnb registered phone number), and finally the smartthings Rboy app sends a text to the user "X" number of days prior to the stay based on your preferences. 

 

It works amazing. I chose the Schlage lock based on ratings around reliability, security, and ease of use. Plus it looks the nicest in my opinion. I've been using it for nightly rentals since Feb 2018 at least and batteries are at 79% still so I don't feel it's burning battery quickly as another user said. I'm using the Century BE469 CEN 626 bought off Amazon. 

Madhura0
Level 3
United States

We have been using various smart locks for years at home and properties. Schlage and Yale are excellent ones, two of the ones we like the most:

 

Yale:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HS1O77G

 

Schlage:

https://www.amazon.com/Schlage-Connect-Touchscreen-Deadbolt-SmartThings/dp/B00AGK9KOG

 

Personally I prefer the Yale lock since it has better  battery life but very happy overall. The Schlage lock hsa a few more security features which we use in our house but for the rental property, we prefer the Yale lock which has all the features we need and it's very reliable (the Schlage battery needs to be changed once it hits 50% where as with the Yale we are safe all the way down to 20% through we try to change it sooner if possible).

 

As for managing the users, we have been using them with SmartThings to program them remotely using RBoy Apps (you can check them out at www.rboyapps.com)


They also have a low battery app to inform us when the lock battery needs to be changed (about once in 4-5 months).

 

For almost 2 years we had been using their lock code user management app which allowed us to manually program the users and set start / end dates so we could program this weeks/months ahead and forget about it. Come time and it would activate the user codes and then delete them when the stay was over.

We could also set it up to turn everything off (HVAC, lights and turn on the cameras) when the renters left (the app takes cares of all this). It's been very reliable (barring a few internet connectivity issues) and the support is great. This is the original app:

https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-door-lock-code-lock-user-management-create-delete-and-sc...

 

However, with their newer version called Rental Lock Automater that automatically connects to the airbnb property calendar, schedules the users and even sends them a customized text message, we can't say enough good things about this app. Basically it's completely hands off user management for us. You can find more details here:

https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-rental-lock-automater-automate-user-codes-with-airbnb-ho...

 

 

 

I just love how reliable and comprehensive this app is it's been competely bliss for us especially with peak season coming up.

 

Andrew-and-Amy1
Level 2
Bloomington, IN

So all I need is smartthing hub, Yale lock and the RLA app... Sounds good to me! Ive been trying to figure out best way to do this and trying to avoid montly subscription if possible. RLA app is like one time fee of $35 right?

 


@Madhura0 wrote:

We have been using various smart locks for years at home and properties. Schlage and Yale are excellent ones, two of the ones we like the most:

 

Yale:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HS1O77G

 

Schlage:

https://www.amazon.com/Schlage-Connect-Touchscreen-Deadbolt-SmartThings/dp/B00AGK9KOG

 

Personally I prefer the Yale lock since it has better  battery life but very happy overall. The Schlage lock hsa a few more security features which we use in our house but for the rental property, we prefer the Yale lock which has all the features we need and it's very reliable (the Schlage battery needs to be changed once it hits 50% where as with the Yale we are safe all the way down to 20% through we try to change it sooner if possible).

 

As for managing the users, we have been using them with SmartThings to program them remotely using RBoy Apps (you can check them out at www.rboyapps.com)


They also have a low battery app to inform us when the lock battery needs to be changed (about once in 4-5 months).

 

For almost 2 years we had been using their lock code user management app which allowed us to manually program the users and set start / end dates so we could program this weeks/months ahead and forget about it. Come time and it would activate the user codes and then delete them when the stay was over.

We could also set it up to turn everything off (HVAC, lights and turn on the cameras) when the renters left (the app takes cares of all this). It's been very reliable (barring a few internet connectivity issues) and the support is great. This is the original app:

https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-door-lock-code-lock-user-management-create-delete-and-sc...

 

However, with their newer version called Rental Lock Automater that automatically connects to the airbnb property calendar, schedules the users and even sends them a customized text message, we can't say enough good things about this app. Basically it's completely hands off user management for us. You can find more details here:

https://community.smartthings.com/t/release-rental-lock-automater-automate-user-codes-with-airbnb-ho...

 

 

 

I just love how reliable and comprehensive this app is it's been competely bliss for us especially with peak season coming up.

 


 

Madhura0
Level 3
United States

Yes that's pretty much it, a Yale Lock, a SmartThings hub, a z-wave plug that acts like a repeater (we were told to add this to make the z-wave setup more resilient, cost us about $20 and we haven't had any issues so far) and the RLA app.

 

I believe the $35 is for a personal license, for the commercial license which includes RLA it's a one time fee of $99 (no monthly fees).

Andrew-and-Amy1
Level 2
Bloomington, IN

Great to know! I'll grab the apps once I get the locks installed.

 

Have you tried the push button or just touch screen? Wasn't sure which was best.

Madhura0
Level 3
United States

Both good AFAIK, we have a Schlage push button at home and others are touch screen. From what I've heard if the lock is facing the sun directly it may be better to go for push button due to heating of the pad. We haven't had any issues though.

Laurie-And-Bob0
Level 2
Highland, UT

We have been using Yale locks for about 6 months now.  They just came out with a much less expensive one which allows us to program the guest's phone number as the door code in a matter of seconds, or remotely open the door.  We just purchased one for our own front door for $129 https://www.amazon.com/Yale-Electronic-Deadbolt-SmartThings-Polished/dp/B00IPR3LQ0/ref=pd_sim_60_7?_...

We manage it through a Samsung hub at the rental property through the internet.  All in we are less than $200, plus the monthly Internet.  You can add water sensors, outside cameras, etc, so you can be aware of what is happening at the property without violating anyone's privacy.  I suppose you could also get a security monitoring company, but if you have friendly neighbors and you keep track of when people are supposed to be in your property, for less than $400-$500 you can have the ability to turn off water remotely, be aware of any open doors or windows, reset the door lock codes, turn the outside lights on and off, turn lights on inside and out on and off, and have some surveillance cameras in place to see if someone entered that shouldn't be there, raise or lower the thermostat, know if the fire alarms are being triggered or need the batteries replaced, moved the fire extinguisher for some reason, or maybe brought in a pet when they shouldn't.  The cost is pretty minimal, and we have found we made it up in just the thermostat fuel savings and the saved trips for folks who had trouble on the locks.  We love the Yale locks, so give it a try.

Shonelle0
Level 2
Los Angeles, CA

I just clicked your link to look at the Yale lock you are recommending and it shows the price at $431.  Is this the same lock or did the link change?  I am interested in checking this out as the price is much lower than many of the locks I've seen and I've got a building with lots of doors!!

 

https://www.amazon.com/Yale-Electronic-Deadbolt-SmartThings-Polished/dp/B00IPR3LQ0/ref=pd_sim_60_7?_...

Derek87
Level 1
Golden, CO

when you program the guests phone number, do you need to "de-program" the number after they leave?  Can you set the lock to allow the guest number to not work after a specific check out date?

I stumbled into this discussion because I am looking for a replacement for RemoteLock 6i. I don't know what I want yet, but I want to warn people to STAY FAR AWAY from RemoteLock.

 

On paper, RemoteLock have great features. Everything we wanted. But the problem is with reliability, and it is a HUGE one. On top of that, the customer service & tech support are poor and unaccomodating. This lock had given us A LOT of stress during our 1 year of ownership, and we are ready to write this whole thing off as a lost to our vacation rental business. Considering this is one of the more expensive locks in the market (RemoteLock 6i), this is completely unacceptable.

 

The lock is simply not reliable. It is a HUGE deal breaker. We found the lock constantly dropping connection, or not connecting/syncing at the schedule we have configured it to. This create a serious risk for our guests not able to get into the property when they arrive. Our vacation rental property is far from our home. Issues with the lock that require us to be there physically to resolve or troubleshoot is very difficult for us. And when we called tech support, they ALWAYS want to first treat the problem as problem with our router/wifi/internet connection first before they would looking into anything with their lock. And the process to rule out those possible causes, they ALWAYS asked us to do things that would require someone to be onsite at the property. This is made worse since we have regular jobs, and can usually only be onsite during weekends & holidays, which their tech supports are not available.

 

Things went to a total breaking point lately when, apparently, a firmware update started causing the lock to drain brand new batteries in 1 day, and crash the lock (keypad non-responsive, and can only be opened via a physical key). Call to tech support only sent us to voice mail with no call back. Opening a ticket online/email has not gotten us any response more than 24 hours later, with the ticket still not even assigned to anyone yet. I am not sure if we will ever get any response at this point.

 

There was replacement offerred to us during early days of our ownership, but never recieved. Then when more problem came up, the support refuse to replace the lock unless we can prove to them the problem is with the lock. It sounds reasonable until you consider how many possible internet/wifi problems there are that we have to rule out to their satisfaction before they would accept responsibility on their own. I am so sick and tired with this lock and working with the LockState support. I am here to warn everyone to stay far far FAR away from this company.

JP, I agree with everything you said about the Remote Lock. I'd tired two locks and have to return both to Amazon. Terrible locks and customer service. Stay away!
Shonelle0
Level 2
Los Angeles, CA

Thank you so much for this.  I just had a call with them this week and was strongly considering their system as it seems to be able to do everything I need.   I will continue my research.  Do you have any idea what system you want to replace them with?

UrHome1
Level 2
Philadelphia, PA

Jp

 

I share your thoughts on lockstate.  I have a bunch of 5i's and 6i's and i am fed up with their unrelaiability.   I see you posted a while ago.   Did you make a decision?  Are you happy with the new decision??

 

Steve

Anders18
Level 1
Somerville, MA

JP, I entirely agree with you. We have had a RemoteLock 6i for 3 years now and it has major issues. It's not reliable, every now and then it disconnects and does not check in to the wifi even though the new google mesh wifi is up and running. You cannot trust this lock and customer service is awful. The minute a new lock comes out that integrates where codes are sent automatically when guests book I will swap this one out. I can't imagine Remotelock will be able to stay in business much longer given the performance of their locks. 

 

 

Fredi0
Level 1
Zürich, Switzerland

Have you ever looked at ADIOS lock? www.sds-tech.com

 

- Installs on any door (without replacing anything)

- Battery lasts for more than 1500 openings

- Access through pin-code, RFID cards or remote opening

- Can work compeltely standalone or with many types of integration

- Also in use with the Military (so much about reliabiltiy)

 

... and very affordable!

 

Here some youtube videos:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCf-KCAhOdkf7dWJYwzZjLQ

 

Adam301
Level 2
New York, United States

I host an apartment with 2 bedrooms, guests can either rent one room and share the common areas or rent the entire space. If I install 3 of these locks one for each room and one for the exterior door can AirBnB automatically manage the assignments of codes for all three depending on the booking type?

David126
Level 10
Como, CO

Amazon have just launched one, not available in my area yet but probably the way I will go.

David
Curtis25
Level 1
Seattle, WA

I am using AirLocking which is working smoothly for me. You can find it on Amazon.

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0759NPC5Y