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Bridging the Compatibility Gap with Ezlo VOI

Bridging the Compatibility Gap with Ezlo VOI

Tap, twist, turn, push, pull, swipe, and wave. No those aren't instructions from a late 90's children's toy, they're the many ways we interact with our smart devices every day. Thanks to the growing popularity and capabilities of digital assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home, we can now add our voices to that list. Digital assistants provide a…

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Start Making a Scene with Vera

Start Making a Scene with Vera

Getting your smart home started has never been easier. You setup a smart controller, install a smart lock, pair a few other smart devices and you're ready to go. Now you can come home and use your smartphone to unlock your keyless door lock, turn on the lights, change the thermostat, and tell Google Home to turn up your favorite…

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What Is a Key Fob System?

What Is a Key Fob System?

Many of us are already familiar with the benefits of a key fob system to unlock our vehicles, enter underground parking garages, or access our favorite 24/7 gym facilities. Key fobs allow us the freedom to forgo the hassle of searching for the right key, which only wastes time and often leaves us vulnerable to our outside surroundings. Unlike traditional…

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How Do Hotel Door Locks Work?

How Do Hotel Door Locks Work?

While specific hotel door lock systems may vary by hotel, chances are they use one of the following hotel room door locks: Magnetic Door Locks Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) Door Locks While both options are still widely popular today, RFID hotel door locks are becoming more prevalent for their ease of use, updated security, and keyless solutions. Magnetic vs. RFID Each…

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How Do Electronic Door Locks Work?

How Do Electronic Door Locks Work?

Electronic door locks are powered by electric currents—not keys—which means they typically run through a motor to signal a door’s bolt to either open or lock in place. Though certain electronic locks can offer a manual option, as well—should a power outage occur or a family member lose the combination of a keypad code—there are many different types of electronic…

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Set Up Nest x Yale Lock with Bridge

Set Up Nest x Yale Lock with Bridge

Yale brings decades of lock manufacturing. Nest brings years of home convenience and automation. Together, they’ve created a sleek smart lock packed with features, including family codes, timed codes, auto-locking, tamper alerts and much more. The Yale x Nest lock is a tamper‑proof, key‑free deadbolt that connects to the Nest app through the Nest Connect bridge. Now you have the…

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Police Distressed Over Rise in Use of Bump Keys

Police Distressed Over Rise in Use of Bump Keys

ABC News and Good Morning America just ran a big news piece on the rise in use of “bump keys” to break into homes. These keys can be purchased on the internet by anyone and are then used to enter homes, sometimes undetected by the homeowner. ABC News gives a great demonstration of how this works. Watch here:   [x_video_embed…

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How to Unstick a Door Lock (And How to Keep It That Way for Good)

How to Unstick a Door Lock (And How to Keep It That Way for Good)

A stubborn, sticky door lock can definitely be a nuisance. It's extremely aggravating to engage in a constant wrestling match with your door lock, not only are you stuck outside in the cold, but if you're not careful, you could either break the key off inside the lock (which can make matters much worse) or damage the surrounding parts of…

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Think Your Key Can’t Be Copied? Think Again.

Think Your Key Can’t Be Copied? Think Again.

The digital revolution has permanently altered a number of different industries, many of which are struggling to find their footing in this new era where regular people can use digital tools to make just about anything. One such industry is key making, which is suffering somewhat of an identity crisis due to new digital technologies that are threatening its very…

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How to Talk Your HOA Into Keyless Locks

How to Talk Your HOA Into Keyless Locks

Depending upon whom you talk to, the phrase "homeowners association" can conjure up a wide range of responses. As the governing body for a development or complex, the homeowners association (HOA) can exert great influence over what standards and restrictions are adopted by the entire neighborhood. When you purchase a property governed by an HOA, you automatically become a member…

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Just How Big of a Project is Switching to Keyless Locks Anyway?

Just How Big of a Project is Switching to Keyless Locks Anyway?

If you've been contemplating making the switch to keyless locks, you're probably already aware of the benefits like leaving the clunkiness and inconvenience of old-school keys behind, and entering and exiting your home with remarkable ease. Not only that, but your home will be more secure as well, since keyless locks aren't vulnerable to picking or bumping like traditional cylinder locks are. But…

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How to Teach Your Kids About Your Home Security System

How to Teach Your Kids About Your Home Security System

Installing a home security system is one of the most important steps you can take to ensure a greater level of safety for you and your family. As your children get older and can stay at home by themselves for periods of time, they'll need to learn how to use your home security system. This is an important step to take, because…

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