Yale UK has just released its latest smart lock compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Home. The unfussily named Linus Smart Door Lock is available in two finishes (silver, black), and looks like an elongated version of the non-HomeKit August Smart Lock. This isn’t so surprising, as August is owned by Yale, who are in turn owned by the Assa Abloy. Still, the August range is all designed for deadbolts, whereas the new Linus is designed to work with euro-cylinder mortice locks.
The Linus Smart Door Lock is placed on the inside, just like its August equivalent, so you can continue to use your own external lock and keys. The module is designed to sit over the top of the key on the inside of your door, and just like the Nuki Lock 2.0, requires that the inner key remains in the lock, as the thumb turn for the Linus fits over that key in order to automatically lock or unlock the door.
The Linus uses four AA batteries, and in terms of size, the lock is 58 mm in width, 58 mm in depth and 150mm in length. For security, it uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology encryption, as well as AES 128 bit and TLS encryptions.
All the functions you would expect of a smart lock are available with the Linus, including Guest management, which allows users with the August app to open the app via a virtual key you assign to them, or via a pin code with the optional Smart Keypad. With the optional Linus Connect Bridge connected to WiFi, you can get access to monitoring of who has entered the home using their phone or pin, as well as notifications sent to your phone. You can also remotely open and close the door for anyone that doesn’t have their keys, phones, or for a delivery person who needs quick access to the property to drop off a package.
The lock itself uses Bluetooth for a direct-to-phone connection, but there’s also the aforementioned Linus Connect Bridge that allows the lock to connect to your WiFi Network. Unsurprisingly the Linus Connect looks identical to both the Yale Connect Bridge and the August Connect Bridge, although according to a Yale representative, they’re not cross-compatible unfortunately. There’s also the optional Linus Smart Keypad, which is a carbon-copy of the August and Yale Smart Keypads, although we’re not sure if the August and Yale models are cross-compatible.
The Linus Smart Lock is available via Amazon.co.uk or £219.99, but if you order direct from Yale’s UK website, and you’re a new customer, you can get some money off your first order.
Credit to Ross Hovey for first spotting this item