Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Yale Linus will be available in October with HomeKit support

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 Linus Unboxed

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.Yale linus Keypad

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.

HomeKit

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 guest control

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.

Besides this, the Yale smart cabinet lock also got a mentioned and all the details are here.

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Jon Ratcliffe
I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles. I write for active JR covering wearables and smart home My reviews and information will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.

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    • I have been advised it will support multi-point locks. But the auto lock and unlock will be disabled as you need to raise the handle to lock those

  1. Do you need a bridge if you only want to use it remotely with HK? I have a Bluetooth smart lock that links to my HK hub (Apple TV) that allows it to be exposed when I’m not in range / outside my home network.

    I hate having to buy another hub to waste space, when I’m not interested in using a TP app.

  2. Hi John, I want to double click on the bridge& HomeKit component. The Yale Access module, bridge, and app, all come through their acquisition of August. I had extensive discussions with Yale support in the US Regarding the August Module, during which it was made exceedingly clear that the module can only connect to HomeKit hubs via Bluetooth, and the WiFi bridge serves to provide remote access via the Yale Access app, and nothing else. Yale is very much not forthcoming about this, but if you dig around support pages and call the vendors, you’ll find it is a design challenge that affects the entire smart lock industry. It’s a real problem when none of your home hubs are within Bluetooth range of your locks, as you have to buy extra AppleTVs as Bluetooth repeaters,

    Are you 100% sure they told you the new version of the module/bridge/app routes HomeKit Connectivity THROUGH the bridge, and not despite it?

    • I can only go off what they have told me. This is exactly what I was told.

      “Yale Connect Wi-Fi Bridge is required for functionalities such as locking/unlocking your cabinet remotely, instant alerts to your phone and for integrations like voice assistants”

      I have asked again about HomeKit

  3. Great news Jon.

    Any details on how it would work with multipoint locks? The hardware looks so different to the Yale Conexis L1 (I bought one last week and haven’t installed it yet, debating whether to send it back).

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