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Keyless Deadbolt Door Locks

Updated on July 29, 2013

Home Security Innovation: The Electronic Keypad Deadbolt Lock

Home security locks have evolved from being just a traditional mechanical device to the keyless deadbolt locks which are electronic keypad security systems that allow you to unlock your door with a code.

The benefit is that you have the same, and for some models even higher, security as with a normal deadlock but you don't need to carry keys.

As you can see in the image, there is a key issued to these locks, but that is for emergency. In day to day use, all you need is the code.

You can also choose to install a keyless deadbolt lock with remote which lets you unlock the door before you start to carry the grocery bags from the car.

Most keyless deadbolts are electronic, but there are also purely mechanical locks which offer a slightly lower level of security but that require no electric power to run.

The image above shows the Schlage Camelot Keypad Deadbolt which is a inexpensive deadbolt with a numeric codelock which is currently a bestseller. This keypad deadbolt fits 1-3/8-to-1-3/4 inch doors. Installation is very easy, essentially the same as with any deadbolt. Once installed, you simply program the codes you want to use and activate the system.

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The Kwikset Signature Deadbolt is a very popular model. The small footprint, the classic design and multiple color choices lets it blend and match almost any door type.

The SmartKey feature allows you to program the unit to a new physical key should the original set be lost, a feature that will save time and expenses.

Check out the introductory video below highlighting the main features of the Kwikset SmartCode Lock

Samsung Code or RFID Card Entry System

This is a no-nonsense entry system which is just as suitable for private homes as for work spaces. Mounts into a standard deadbolt dimension.

Samsung Ezon Digital Door Lock SHS-3420-60(60mm:2 3/8"Deadbolt)-[New Model of SHS-3121]
Samsung Ezon Digital Door Lock SHS-3420-60(60mm:2 3/8"Deadbolt)-[New Model of SHS-3121]

Coded deadbolt lock which offers 70 pin-code slots and which can also use RFID cards (same as in most corporate environments). RFID cards are a useful feature if you wish to distribute temporary passage to guests.

Many traditional lock keys on a ring
Many traditional lock keys on a ring

Why Carry Keys When There Are Alternatives?

If you stop to count all they door keys that you use you may find that they are surprisingly many. Most people don't have all those keys on a single keyring, but if they did it would probably be a ridiculously large collection. most of us have more keys than we realize.. keys to the front door, porch door, garage door, tool shed, office door, etc, etc.

Changing the old for the new and installing keyless code locks would make life a lot easier with less to carry and never again experience the daily frustration of reaching into one pocket just to discover that they keys, of course, are in the other pocket. Never again search for misplaced keys. All you need is a code that you have chosen. If you can remember a credit card code, then you can remember your keyless entry code.

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Mechanical Deadbolt with Code Pad - Rugged deadlock which need no batteries.

Large code buttons which are easy to feel and see in the dark makes this keyless lock a good choice when choosing a security lock for the backyard shed.

Lockey Digital M210 Mechanical Keyless Entry Bump Proof Deadbolt Door Lock Satin Nickel Finish
Lockey Digital M210 Mechanical Keyless Entry Bump Proof Deadbolt Door Lock Satin Nickel Finish

This weatherproof keyless door knob lock requires no batteries and no electric connection.

Security codes can be 10 digits long. Bump proof construction.


Are Key-Less Locks Safe to Use? - Which of these door locks is more secure?

Which door lock is safer?
Which door lock is safer?

We are so used to the physical key being a integral part of a lock, that it can be hard to envision a different way to securely lock a door. The reality is that you can have a higher level of security with a code lock than with one just relying on a key. Keys can get lost, or get stolen, keys can be forged, the key sheath in the lock mechanism can get worn - suddenly almost any key unlocks the old door.

Look around and you will notice that most corporate door security is based around keyless locks, which is good proof of the level of security a coded lock provides.

Images by ronnieb, chris

Yale Touchscreen Key-Free Deadbolt Door Lock - Connects to your own security network

The Yale illuminated screen number deadlock looks fantastic and features that goes beyond the competition. What sets this lock apart is the privacy mode where you temporarily disable all codes, and the ability to . The lock also has spoken instructions in several languages.

This lock can be used standalone, or connect it to the Real Living Z-Wave network were you can lock and unlock access remotely through the web, set time-limits on codes and monitor activity.

Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa via SmartThings and Wink (YRD220-ZW-619)
Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel, Works with Alexa via SmartThings and Wink (YRD220-ZW-619)

Notable features of this electronic deadbolt are the ability to program up to 25 custom codes, illuminated touchscreen, and compatibility with the Z-Wave network which allows you to control home environments (lights, locks, temperature, etc),


Keyless lock installation

Installation of a keyless shed lock is just as simple as installing any other type of deadbolt. These deadbolt door locks require no batteries or electric power to function.

A lock of this type is the perfect choice for cabins, outdoor sheds, warehouses, barns, garages and storage containers, where you lack a electric connection.

Keyless Code Door Locks with Handles

For some doors, there is no need for a deadbolt and a door lock / handle combo is a better option.

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    • kindoak profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @MelanieMurphyMyer: Yes it can. With the remote user interface you can monitor access, remotely engage locks and set time limits to distributed entry codes.

    • MelanieMurphyMyer profile image


      5 years ago

      Very interesting. The Yale lock above - is that the kind where you can also program codes to work only during certain time periods; for example, every Thursday from 12-3, so your cleaning person only has access during that time? And have different codes for different people that work at different times, or are temporary?


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