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We are switching out of our current management company to running on our own in early April. At that time we'll need to change our lock and I'm trying to determine the best fit. Being 2 hours from our rental, I like the ability to change the lockpad remotely, have no keys for the renters to lose - seems like quite a convenient system. I've looked into a few and as I get into it, I find the fine print about monthly service fees to update remotely. Ugh! I don't want to have to pay a monthly fee. It looks like RemoteLock has a setup without a monthly service fee. Has anyone had good luck with their system? Any other options?
Sorry - ResortLock!
You may want to look into a more robust system that allows for keyless entry and many other household controls. I use the Vera system, www . micasaverde . com. (for some reason, I can't post links, though I see others do it regularly.) There is an up front cost, but no monthly charges and the UI is very easy. You can remotely contol things like thermostats, pool heat, lights, and more. I have my carriage lights (outside the garage) set to go on at sunset and off at sunrise.
I saw a remote system at Lowe's today, but I don't recall what it was called or if there is a monthly fee.
I use Nexia (used to be Schlage LiNK) with the Schlage locks and Trane thermostat. There is a small monthly fee of around $9, which is minimal for the kind of access it gives me, and I feel that it is a good investment.
Here is a list of threads you might find useful that have discussed the remote locks in detail.
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I installed the ResortLock in January 2011 and love how it has been working, except just had one huge frustrating experience and an expensive trip out by a locksmith called by the tenants on a weekend -- luckily now resolved by a call to the ResortLock tech, so it won't happen again. Want to let others be aware of this before it happens to them, as it may be in the instructions manual, but I hadn't noticed. THE TENANT CANNOT PUT IN THE SAME SHORT CODE USED BY THEM PREVIOUSLY OR BY SOMEONE ELSE. We have repeat tenants, so of course they again used the last 4 digits of their phone number, which turned out not to work. The same thing would happen if someone used a short code, like 1-2-3-4, and then someone else tried to use that same short code. The tech said that the short code cannot be re-used unless 24 times have passed since last used. Maybe someone else noted that about the ResortLock somewhere on this site, wish I'd thought to check, but just in case they didn't, I thought I'd let you know.
So what happens if someone does? I can easily see people using 1234, 9999, 1111, etc and if it stores the last 24 codes there is a great chance someone will reuse a code. I assume from your note that it somehow messes the system up or do you just have to tell your guests to try a different code if the lock doesn't like the first code?
In the letter that goes out to the guest telling them how to put in their own short code, I added a sentence to tell them that if their short code isn't accepted, to try again using a different short code. So far it has only happened with one set of guests who were return visitors. Also worth noting, once the people are trying to put in their short code, they have already gotten into the house using their long code, so if they have a problem maybe they will reach the owner first and get it solved quickly. Except for that one thing, the ResortLock has been easy to use and the service department has been very quick to help.
We use erental locks and love them!
We use ResortLock and have had not had problems so far. We have been using it for about 18 months and are happy with it. We just added the same lock to our new place because it has been so easy to use.We do change the batteries every 6 months just to be on the safe side. I ahve had a couple of guests call to say the lock dosn't open but it has always turned out to be they are not entering # at the end of the code.
margret i'm looking at resort lock. i assume you have the rl 4000 that has a lighted keypad? is there amonthly fee? can i just change the code just monthly from remote are. I'm just wondering if i can use a remote lock as i have a 3 prong door latch. my doors are very heavy and when i used the key to open they have 3 prong area.. a few more things. I don't like giving a long 10 string code. I know the renter can change when he gets there. But can i give them a 4 digit code to begin with?also is there co's to install?
There is no monthly fee. You can program the codes for each guest on line. You do have to issue the 10 digit code that the guest can change, I have not had any complaints about the codes being too long. My husband installed the lock on one of our properties and my maintenance man did it on another. There is a phone # on the ResortLock web site and they are very helpful, I am not sure about the 3 prong but I am sure they will be able to answer that if you cal them.
I too use the Resort Lock and love it for over a year. I have not had any problems or remote code screw ups. I keep a lock box in the door jam with a hard key but have never needed to use it. And quite honestly I have forgotten that code to punch in anyway!
We're looking at various keyless systems for a NC beach house. How has yours held up in the salt air?
I use Resortlock RL4000 and have been quite happy with it. I use schlage in different units as well and have to change the codes manually. Does anyone know how long the battery typically lasts for these locks? I'm always a bit nervous if they run out.
We have our batteries on a 6 month rotation just to be safe. We have the keyless entry locks on two doors. By rotating replacement of the batteries every 6 months, we are sure at least one lock will always work! They hold up fine in the salt air in terms do function, but do get that weathered look caused by the salt.
REsort Lock is a great device and had it installed before season back in Nov and has worked great since. The customer service was far more superior than what Im used to with otehr companies.
I highly recommend this product and company.
I agree with this. I have had had resort lock since January 2010 and haven't had any issues. Batteries need to be replace about every 6 months....but other than that.....GREAT PRODUCT!