Smart locks have been around for a long time. But a smart lock from Yale? That must be worth it. We started working with Linus.
You probably don’t realize it, but the locks in your door have been around in their current concept since the mid-19se century. The well-known cylinder lock was invented by the American Linus Yale. Indeed, Yale named its first smartlock after the inventor of the oldest lock in the world.
We all know Yale as the producer of locks and the like, but just like in any other sector, digitization is not standing still. So Yale also had to think about how to release their products in a smarter form. And then Linus was born. It is the first generation and was presented at CES in 2020. Smart locks are not a new thing in themselves, manufacturers like Nuki or Xiaomi have been making them for quite some time. But a sensible lock, built by the locksmith in the world. We must have tested that.
The advantage of Linus is that you don’t have to replace your lock. Something that was still necessary with predecessor Yale Entr. Linus is almost plug and play. You hang the cabinet over your existing cylinder lock, and you’re done. That also makes the lock a bit more stylish. Admittedly, it is not integrated into your door. But especially in the silver color it is a great addition. The cabinet is slightly larger than Nuki’s, but that doesn’t bother you. Nobody is constantly looking at his / her front door.
At the top is the rotary lock with which you can also open Linus manually, and the batteries are located at the bottom of the cover. On the sides there are two more brackets with which you can easily remove the cabinet of the lock from the door if something goes wrong.
And that immediately brings us to the question of whether you trust such a smart lock? The panic function of your lock is the answer here. We recommend Yale Linus if you have a double-sided lock. This means that you can also open or close your lock from the outside while it has a key on the inside. This can be useful if Linus (in an exceptional situation) would get stuck or if you forgot to replace the batteries. So with a double-sided lock you can rest assured. We have extensively tested Linus, opened and closed the lock up to 20 times, but never had any problems after less than a month.
Everything also went smoothly in terms of installation. You download the Yale Access app and follow all the steps to add your devices. The application will first ask you some questions about the nature of your lock, then all steps simply follow one another. We really barely took ten minutes to hang Linus. That is the big advantage of a smart lock that does not have to be completely converted.
Is a must to manage your smart lock. For example, if you do not only want to operate Linus via bluetooth, you must also install the Yale Connect bridge. Do you have an apartment that you will rent out regularly? Then a unique access code with the Yale Keypad can also come in handy. The biggest advantage of the Bridge is that you can also combine your lock with Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant. This way you can easily manage your lock remotely and even ask Google to release the front door.
Back to the application. Those who have multiple locations can easily list them in the app. Per location you can see whether the lock is open / closed and unlock it remotely, if desired. Under the tab activity you can view the history and to the guest list you can add friends and family to access it. You can also add the name of your house and a photo or adjust the settings of your Linus, Bridge or Keypad.
The handy thing about a smart lock is that you no longer have to worry about keys. With automatic locking and unlocking based on your location, Yale Linus opens and closes when you arrive or leave. Fantastic right? Yale uses its own for this DoorSense technology. A small picture that hangs next to your lock and door and indicates when your duration is open or closed. You can also smart alerts the application will notify you when someone arrives or leaves. If this is your own house, that seems less necessary. But there will be applications where this is bad. What we did notice is that the melody of Yale Linus is quite loud when locking or unlocking. A function to turn that down or change the melody would be nice. Now you can only switch off the melody in the app, which is fine in itself.
Is such an app safe?
Yes of course. Yale has built in all possible security tools so that no one can enter your house. Even if you were to be attacked. You can block your lost phone, enable two-factor authentication and open the app with Touch ID or Face ID.
Yale Linus is for sale today at most (online) retailers. The smart lock will cost you 249 euros. For that price you get a lock, keypad and bridge in the box. With that you pay a lot less than, for example, at Nuki. If you include the enormous ease of installation and ease of use and you don’t have to purchase a bridge or keypad separately, the Yale Linus is really recommended.
You can operate it remotely, as long as you have a stable WiFi connection. With DoorSense you no longer need a key and your smartphone can remain in your pocket. The application is provided with sufficient security so that no one can walk with your digital keys. Did we mention that Linus is the best in Silver? So if you’ve been looking for a smart lock for a while and don’t know where to start, we recommend that you look no further. Linus Yale would be proud!
+ beautiful design, extremely user-friendly, 3 for the price of one
– loud melody when unlocked, lock moves fairly hard