Announced back at CES 2020 when all the world was very much mobile. Yale has confirmed via a virtual press event The Smart home league that the Yale Linus smart lock will be available from October priced at €249 in the EU.
The Yale Linus comes in matt black and silver and made from metal. The Smart lock is designed to fit onto your existing Euro cylinder lock. Similar to the Nuki Smart Lock 2.0, the Yale Linus leaves your existing lock intact. So on the outside, there’s no change, and the door can still be operated in the traditional way with your regular key. The Linus smart lock is powered via 4 AA batteries and Yale told me today, they should last 6 to 9 months with typical usage.
Yale claims the Linus is quick to install, and can be installed without the need of professional installation. However, you need a compatible lock cylinder to fit the Linus. But if you don’t, Yale sells an adjustable cylinder. They design this cylinder to work with the Yale Linus and expands to fit your door.
Yale Linus is smart and secure
Connectivity is provided by Bluetooth connection, you can unlock it from your smartphone, provided it’s in range, and send virtual keys to other people. These Keys can be permanent, or temporary, making it useful if you have guests. For added peace of mind, your Yale app and account is protected by 2FA. Plus, if you lose your phone, then you can disable your virtual keys.
The Yale Linus smart lock also features an auto-lock feature which can automatically lock your door when you leave. Then when you return home and walk up to your door, Auto-unlock will then unlock it again thanks to geo-fencing. There’s also an optional wireless PIN pad that you can buy, letting people open the lock via a code.
To give you a record of who has accessed your home, the Yale app features activity feed will help you check who is coming and going from your home. So you’ll know when guests have arrived and what time your children got home.
But for full remote access, you will need the Yale Connect Wi-Fi Bridge. This allows you to use it the lock remotely from the Yale app, meaning you can let people in when you are not at Home.
The Yale Linus works with Apple HomeKit without an additional hub. Which means you can use the Linus with the Home App to lock and unlock when in Bluetooth range. But to use Yale Linus with HomeKit remotely you will need a HomeKit hub as with any other HomeKit accessory.
Yale Linus Pricing and availability
On sale early October. Linus®: €249.99, Yale Wi-Fi Connect Bridge: €79,99, Keypad: €69.99.
The Yale Linus will go on sale across the EU and UK from October and will be priced at €249. This includes the Yale Linus, 4 AA batteries and everything needed to get installed. You can also pick up the Connect Wi-FI bridge priced at €79.99 and the keypad priced at 69.99.