Matter-compatible smart locks on the way: Yale Assure 2 range

Yale has announced that it will launch a new range of Matter-compatible smart locks this fall – which are upgraded versions of its existing Assure Lock range.

You will be able to open two of the models with your voice, iPhone, Apple Watch, keypad code or 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, and also via Siri.

Matter is a new standard designed to bring exactly the same benefits to devices not just on the Apple platform, but across other ecosystems like Google, Samsung and Amazon. For Apple users, this means that if a device is Matter compatible, then it is actually HomeKit compatible.

Matter devices can also talk directly to each other, so if your home Wi-Fi coverage is spotty, your commands can be relayed from device to device.

Some existing smart home products will be firmware upgradeable to support Matter.

Yale’s upcoming Matter-compatible smart locks

The locks get a new design. 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 locks will be available in the same three finishes as the existing models: black suede, oil-rubbed bronze and satin nickel.

Anyone installing a smart lock for a household with tech and less tech residents would be wise to choose models with a key lock, so anyone grumpy about new technology can simply continue to unlock the door with a key. But if you choose a keyless model, you don’t have to worry about a flat battery leaving you locked out: you can put a 9V battery on the contacts at the bottom of the lock to reactivate keyless entry.

Yale says prices will start at $160 for the keyless models, though the company hasn’t disclosed pricing for the entire lineup. You’ll be able to choose between Bluetooth-only and Wi-Fi models, with the latter recommended for full HomeKit integration.

A nice detail is that the locks will be firmware upgradeable after purchase. So, for example, if you choose a model with only Bluetooth, you will subsequently be able to add Wi-Fi functionality (for a fee).

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

The Yale Assure Lock SL comes with almost everything you need to install the smart lock on your door. You’ll need to provide a screwdriver and may need other tools depending on your door, but for the most part it should be a straightforward affair […]

Once the hardware installation is complete, you can install the Yale Secure app, configure the keyboard, and configure HomeKit […]

Once everything is installed (see our video above for a step-by-step installation guide), it only takes a few minutes to configure the master password and activate the iM1 network module via the external touchscreen keyboard. While the keyboard lacks haptic feedback, the speakers emit an audible tone to help confirm correct keyboard input. The speakers will also speak instructions when it comes to using and configuring the Assure Lock SL […]

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

The new models look nicer, and Matter support is a nice bonus for those with a lot of smart home devices, especially if Wi-Fi coverage is weak around your front door.

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