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Below you'll find a list of all posts that have been categorized as "Learning Center"

Commercial Lock Grades Explained To Protect Your Business

Commercial Lock Grades Explained To Protect Your Business

Whether you’re a Fortune 500 company or a small business retailer, preventing theft and burglaries is a key factor in protecting inventory and assets and ensuring employee safety. But how do you know which commercial door locks are better for your business? (more…)

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TP-LINK, and how it can help with adding a connected lock to a z-wave ecosystem

TP-LINK, and how it can help with adding a connected lock to a z-wave ecosystem

Z-wave technology causes some struggles at times. The idea of a home automation system that thinks for you and gives you control at your fingertips is appealing. But how do you overcome the hurdles to set it up? Will it work in my environment? These are some of the concerns our customers encounter and in this post we will help…

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Are Keyless Locks Affected by Weather Conditions?

Are Keyless Locks Affected by Weather Conditions?

If we're being honest, most of us spend very little time thinking about the locks in our life. They're somewhat of a means to an end, and we often don't give them a second thought until something goes wrong with them. At that point, it's all hands on deck, and the importance of maintaining a functional lock all of a…

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Security Breach? How to Change the Lock On a Door

Security Breach? How to Change the Lock On a Door

Have you ever misplaced your house keys, or had any other reason to believe that the security of your home may have been breached? The truth of the matter is that unless you're the very first person to live at your address, you really can't be sure how many copies of your house keys might exist. From feeling unsafe in your…

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What is Near Field Communication (NFC)

What is Near Field Communication (NFC)

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that enables smartphones and other devices to communicate with each other using electromagnetic induction. Electromagnetic induction occurs between two NFC devices when they come within close proximity (usually 10 centimeters or less) to each other and creates an air-field transformer which allows the devices to communicate with one another. There are two types…

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Hardware Durability Standards

Hardware Durability Standards

As you shop our website you will notice that many products have a rating for ANSI or BHMA. Those ratings are from the American National Standards Institute and Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association. These organizations stress products through rigorous testing and the product must meet specific criteria in order for them to receive a grade. Those criteria are: Grade 1 Must…

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Z-Wave: An Introduction

Z-Wave: An Introduction

Z-Wave is a world-standard wireless technology that lets all your home electronics talk to each other, and to you, via remote control. It uses simple, reliable, low-power radio waves that easily travel through walls, floors and cabinets, without interference from the other wireless devices you might have in your home. Z-Wave control can be added to almost anything electronic, even…

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What is a Door Strike and Do You Need a Special One for Going Keyless?

What is a Door Strike and Do You Need a Special One for Going Keyless?

A door strike is one of the primary components of a typical door locking system. Most regular doors have three major parts that work together to keep the door secure. The first two parts are the handle and the latch, both of which combined (along with several other smaller components) are commonly called the lockset. The handle is pretty self-explanatory;…

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Key Override. Explained.

It's questions we are asked often.  What is the key override?  Why do I need this if I am "going keyless."  Which one do I get? While the first keyless locks we offered in 2003 were 100% mechanical and didn't have a key override feature, it has become more commonplace in the years since with the advent of electronic locks,…

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Common Types of Door Locking Mechanisms

Are you looking to replace your old door knobs with new keyless locks?  Maybe you are looking to get into the latest technology boom for your home or business? Are you researching door locks and are confused as to where to start?  Let us help you. When you're unsure as to where to begin looking for your new replacement lock, the…

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Types of Door Locks

Since door locks were invented over 4000 years ago in ancient Egypt, much has changed as to the types of locks available.  Today, there are door locks to fit any style and security need.  What follows is a general outline of the types of door locks you can find in the 21st century. Until the 1960's, door locks were only…

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