Schlage Introduces Web-controlled Door Locks

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Door lock manufacturer Schlage on Wednesday introduced a new line of deadbolt locks that can be operated remotely using a Web browser or mobile phone.

Schlage LiNK deadbolts operate using keyless entry with four-digital access codes on an 11-digit keypad. The LiNK deadbolts can also be operated using Schlage's LiNK Web portal, which employs Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protection.

Schlage LiNK deadbolts leverage Z-Wave, a wireless home automation technology that helps to unify home electronics into a single integrated wireless network using Z-Wave accessory modules -- everything from lighting to temperature control, pool systems and more.

The Z-Wave "Bridge" plugs into an Ethernet port on the household Internet router or model to connect the locks, which are powered by regular batteries. The devices communicate using RF signals encrypted using AEC 128-bit protocols.

A "starter kit" comprising a bridge and lock cost $299; additional deadbolts and locks cost $199 each. Users are also charged $12.99 per month for access to the LiNK online portal and mobile applications; that price includes 100MB of storage for IP camera video, if it's installed with the system.

Schlage is offering LiNK deadbolts in brass, satin nickel and aged bronze finishes.

This story, "Schlage Introduces Web-controlled Door Locks" was originally published by Macworld.

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