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Compared with standard locks, keyless locks are more convenient and secure. There are no physical keys to lose or would be thieves to copy. Nor is there an open keyway to pick from the outside. These gadgets are fun to operate too.
Installing a keyless lock, or any lock for that matter, can seem intimidating. Especially so if you've never tried to swap one before. Don't worry. This guide will walk you through the process of outfitting your door with a keyless deadbolt step by step.
Relying on physical keys is a drag. If you lose them, you're either locked out or can't secure your home if you leave. Keyless locks though don't have keys to lose or even a keyhole to pick. The model I chose to install, the , is an extreme example of this. It's more mysterious glass obelisk than a standard lock. The Obsidian's glossy face is square, black and completely blank until you activate its keypad.
The simplest way to open a keyless lock from the outside is with a numerical code. Just punch in your string of digits on its keypad and you're in. As the lock's owner, you enjoy absolute control over what codes it will accept.
If someone unauthorised gains access to a working code, no sweat. Just tell the lock to kill that particular pin. Likewise, if all your codes have been compromised you can deactivate everything and create entirely new ones.
Traditional locks use entirely mechanical parts. For service, these contraptions require the specialized skills of a trained locksmith. Keyless locks don't have cylinders to operate their deadbolts. Silicon chips, circuits and electric motors run the show. So after you swap one in, the chances of needing a locksmith to fix it are low.
Converting to key free locks isn't for everyone. Perhaps you're not comfortable trusting codes and pins completely to get in and out of the house. Maybe you'd like to have a failsafe, unpowered method to open doors in addition to smart controls. If this sounds like you, then check out our . There you'll find everything you need to choose a lock update that's right for you.