The Kwikset Kevo is one of the most popular smart locks on the market, but if you are a stickler for keyboards, the Schlage Connect is an option to consider. Here’s how to install and configure the Schlage Connect Smart Lock.
The Connect is not an addition to your existing deadbolt, but rather a complete replacement. This can make the installation process a little intimidating for those who have never replaced a lock before. So before you start, make sure that it is something that you are comfortable doing. If not, it may be wise to call a competent friend (or a professional locksmith) to help you.
This guide also assumes that you already have a deadbolt installed on your door. If you do not, then you will need to drill a completely new hole in your door to install the Kevo (or any deadbolt from elsewhere) using one of these .
Fortunately, the Schlage Connect comes with everything you’ll need, but you’ll need a few tools to put everything in place: a screwdriver or an electric drill, and maybe a hammer. If you decide to use an electric drill, be careful not to over tighten the screws.
First step: remove your existing deadbolt
Start by removing the deadbolt that is currently installed on your door, which usually involves removing some screws from the inside. My deadbolt is of the battery-operated keyboard variety, so it’s a bit more complex to remove. If you only have a deadbolt, this process should be much easier for you.
Once these screws are removed, carefully remove the cover. You may need to gently press on it with a hammer to loosen it up so it does not easily remove.
There will be two other screws on the inside that you will need to remove. These connect the inner part of the lock to the outer part.
Once the screws are removed, you can separate the entire lock and remove it by starting with the inner part.
From there, remove the outer part.
Next, remove the two screws from the latch.
Pull the latch on the door.
You now have a clean slate to install the Schlage Connect smart lock.
Step Two: Install the Schlage Connect
The first step is to install the latch. Depending on the mortise of your door, you can use different front plates, including a square facade, a rounded facade and a facade without facade. Take a look at your previous door latch and match it with the new one to see which one you need to use.
Insert the latch into the door. Make sure the center hole in the door latch is centered in the hole in the door. If this is not the case, remove the latch, hold the deadbolt latch, and turn the mechanism 180 degrees to change the position of the middle hole. Reinsert the latch making sure the “TOP” mark on the latch is facing up.
Next, find the screws that have different threads (there will be four included, but you’ll only need two).
Use these two screws to secure the door latch to the door.
Next, slide the latch keypad part onto the outside of the door.
Make sure that the cable passes through the hole in the door and that the protrusion aligns and slides into the center hole of the door latch.
Then take the support plate and place it on the inside of the door, making sure that the side that says “Against the door” is placed … well … against the door. When doing this, run the cable on the other side and align the bolt holes.
Then take the two long bolts included with the lock (the ones that are not pointed) and screw the backing plate into place.
After that, take the inner assembly and remove the battery cover.
At this point, you will also need to note the “Programming Code” and the “User Codes” that are printed on the back of the assembly. You can change them in the future, but you will need them initially after installing the lock.
Once you have written them, hold the assembly up to the lock and plug the cable into the back.
Route the cable through the grooves.
Slide the assembly onto the backing plate, making sure the top table is aligned with the button and push it in completely.
Take the long black bolt and secure the inner set to the support plate.
Then take the very small screw and fix the upper part.
Once the operation is complete, remove the battery tray by sliding it up and out of the assembly.
Insert the four AA batteries provided with the lock.
Slide the battery tray into the assembly and connect the battery connector to the battery tray.
Then replace the battery cover.
Then, it’s time to test the lock and see if it works. Start by opening the door (keeping it unlocked) and pressing the “Schlage” button at the top of the keyboard. The keyboard should turn on.
From here, enter one of the user codes. If successful, the deadbolt will expand and retract. The lock should now be ready for manual use.
Third Step: Connect it to your Smarthome Hub
While you can perform all kinds of functions on the lock itself (like adding new codes, changing code, etc.), the big kicker of this lock is the ability to control and manage it from your smartphone. Z-Wave smarthome hub.
The way you do this depends entirely on the type of hub you have, but the process should be the same everywhere. In my case, I will connect the lock to my hub Wink .
To do this, you must first open your smarthome hub application and navigate to the location where you add a device to the hub to put it in search mode.
Next, open your door, take out the deadbolt so that it is in the locked position, then press the Schlage button followed by your programming code plus “0”. The orange dot will blink and after a few seconds, the green tick should light, indicating that the connection has been successful.
Once the lock is connected to the smarthome hub, you can start controlling it from the hub application and do things like lock and unlock remotely, change user codes, and more again.
Again, you can still handle the lock feature using the lock itself without needing to connect it to a smarthome hub, but with Schlage Connect, you’re essentially paying for the smarthome capabilities, so it would be beneficial to take advantage of it.