If you are familiar with Schlage locks and have used them in the past, you will know that they are one of the most dependable lock brands on the market today, and for good reason. The hardware is generally of the highest order, and any electronic components are made by security professionals who know how to put together an altogether solid package.
Today we look at the Schlage Connect Camelot Touch Screen Deadbolt, which we have talked about already, but this version happens to have a built-in alarm, so we are giving this lock its own proper review. Does the alarm, when added to the Schlage Connect, give this lock more value, or was this a huge misstep on the part of Schlage? Read on to find out…
What This Lock Does
If you have read our review of the Schlage Connect Camelot BE375, then you already know most of what we are going to say about this lock, because they are basically the same lock. If you are new to this lock, here is what you need to know.
This lock is a programmable ANSI Grade 1 lock (the strongest lock grade available to consumers) which allows you to go without a key, because the need for a key is effectively eliminated due to the scratch-proof touch pad that is provided. That said, there is still a keyway where you can use a key if you so choose.
You can link this lock to your smart home automation system to get full functionality, such as the Nexia Home Intelligence Bridge, which is a Z-Wave enabled product that allows for the creation of a smart home automation system which can have more than just locks included, extending to all aspects of your home that you want to control.
Here is a quick ad direct from Schlage that discusses what this lock is capable of.
Built In Alarm
The big feature with this lock is obviously the alarm, which sets it apart from other versions of the same lock. What this alarm offers you, as mentioned in the above video, is the convenience of alerting you of all of your door operations and possible threats thanks to the audible alarm sensor. So, whenever someone opens or closes your door, you will hear the alarm beeping.
In fact, you can program your alarm depending on your security needs and preferences to 3 different modes:
– It reacts to any subtle activity that vibrates the door when the Schlage deadbolt is locked. The alarm in this mode reacts with a 15 second long beeping sound and flashing light on both sides of the lock
– It alerts you whenever the door is opened or closed with 2 short beeps and flashing of lights
Forced Entry Mode
– It alerts you every time a significant force is pushing against the door while it’s being locked. The result will be 3 minutes alarm siren and flashing of all lights on the inside Schlage button. This mode is perfect for night time and when you’re away, because its quite hard to ignore this alarm when its going off. This particular alarm mode is actually the default mode found on this lock.
As you can see, the alarm built in to this lock is highly sensitive and so this lock is a great addition to any home or business where there is any sort of concern for a break-in. But all this may be for naught if the alarm was more of a hassle then it is worth. However, we can tell you that this isn’t the case, and that this Schlage lock with its built-in alarm system is both easy to install, program, as well as use.
The Schlage Connect Camelot is a solid choice for any home or business owner, and having an alarm built-in only adds value to this already great lock. In addition, this lock is pick proof, which means they have designed the lock to be resistant to any kind of picking, and not all have this specific defence. All the more reason to choose this lock over the competitors. All in all, we give this lock a 5 STAR rating as it may just be the ultimate in home security that Schlage offers.
Additional Instructions On Programming The Alarm
To begin programming the alarm, hold the inside Schlage button down till the light flashes once for about 5 seconds. If you want to check whether your alarm is turned on, press and release the same Schlage button once. It needs to light up and beep if it’s activated. When you want to turn off the alarm, just press and hold this button until it flashes twice-that’ll be around 6 seconds.
Your alarm must always be turned on if you want to program or make some changes. So, to change the mode, follow the instructions below:
- For setting your alarm to tamper mode, press and hold the inside Schlage button till the first flash appears, that’s around 2 seconds. Then press and release the same button until the central LED parts of the button flash
- For setting the activity mode, press and hold the inside Schlage button till the first flash, about 2 seconds. The next step is to click the button until the left part of the LED button is lit.
- To return your alarm on the default mode, the forced entry mode, press and hold the same button till the first flash, again about 2 seconds. Then click the button until the right LED side of the button is lit.
The lock will beep upon exiting its programming mode.