Below you'll find a list of all posts that have been categorized as "Learning Center"
What is a Smart Key Lock?
There are many reasons why you may decide to rekey your home’s door locks: You recently moved into a new home A roommate or family member lost his/her keys Your home recently had a break-in You and a significant other had a bad break up You own an Airbnb and need to manage multiple spare keys If you’ve ever had…
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…
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…
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…)
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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;…
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,…