Wyze Lock Review, Pros & Cons and Specs 2022
THE BOTTOM LINE For Wyze Lock
Wyze Lock doesn’t amazingly integrate with the company’s other products, but it’s the best smart lock you can buy for under $150.
Wyze Lock PROS
Easy to install
Uses most of your existing hardware
Auto-Lock and Auto-Unlock options
Wyze Lock CONS
Doesn’t integrate with other Wyze or third-party smart devices
IFTTT support and voice control not yet enabled
WYZE LOCK SPECS
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ZigBee
Installation Interior Escutcheon
Geofencing/Location Services Yes
Guest Access Yes
Tamper Alarm Yes
Voice Activation No
Known for its affordable home security cameras and sensors, Wyze has entered the smart lock arena with Wyze Lock ($121.99), an affordable model that uses most of your existing door hardware. Easy to install, it uses a plug gateway to connect to your home Wi-Fi network so you can control it from your phone and share access with friends and family. It’s the best lock you’ll find for the price, although it doesn’t offer the same features as our more expensive editors’ choice, the U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro.
Design and Features
Wyze Lock uses the keyed cylinder on your door, the sturdy lock, and the latch assembly. It comes with an internal housing, a connecting gate unit, four AA batteries, a mounting plate, three adapters for the rear, and a quick start guide.
The main component, the inner protective cover, has a simple design with a nice brushed aluminum finish. It measures 4.9 x 2.5 x 1.3 inches (HWD) and has a 2-inch wide round thumb on the bottom and a small LED light on top. The LEDs will flash green during setup, steady green when the door is locked or unlocked, and solid red when it fails to lock or unlock.
The lock operates on four AA batteries which can be installed by removing the magnetic face plate. It includes Bluetooth and Zigbee radio, but lacks Wi-Fi radio. Instead, it uses the included built-in Wi-Fi Gateway module to connect to your home network. The disc size gate is 2.2 inches wide and 1.2 inches thick. It has a pairing button on the side and the LED indicator on the top flashes blue and red during setup, blue when connected to lock, when connected successfully and working properly. The solid color turns green. A flashing red light indicates a problem with the Wi-Fi connection. The base of the gate has a two-prong plug for a standard wall outlet.
Wyze Lock uses the same mobile app as other Wyze devices. Once installed, it will be given a tab on the home screen of the app along with any other installed devices. The Lock tab displays the name of the lock and its current state (open, closed). Tap the tab to unlock the lock screen with a large lock/unlock button that turns green when the door is locked and orange when you open it. A small icon on the right side tells you whether the door is open or closed.
Below the button is a running event log that shows each lock and unlock event by time and person. If the lock is operated using the thumb, it will appear manually. Here you will also see when the door has been left open for a certain period of time and whether it is automatically locked or unlocked automatically. You can set it to automatically lock immediately when the door is closed, or choose a waiting period of 1, 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes before it locks. Auto Open uses your phone’s location services to automatically unlock the door when you arrive.
In Setting, Here you can edit the lock name and share mobile access to the lock by sending an invitation, enable notifications, and configure auto-lock and auto-unlock features. You can also set the lock to beep when the door is open for a specified period of time. To create a schedule, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the main screen, select Add/Edit roles, and then tap Schedule. From here you can set the time and day for the door to lock or unlock automatically.
Wyze Lock doesn’t support Alexa and Google Voice commands yet, nor does it support IFTTT apps to allow it to connect to other smart devices, although all three features are on the roadmap. Oddly enough, the lock does not interact with other Wyze devices such as cameras, sensors, and light bulbs. However, it will be working with Wyze Keypad later this year.
Installation and Performance
Wyze Lock took less than fifteen minutes to install from start to finish. I already had an account from the Wyze mobile app and previous reviews, but if this is your first Wyze device, you’ll need the app and account to get started.
I’ve plugged the gate into a power outlet near my door (Wyze recommends using an outlet 50 feet from the door), tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the app’s home screen, and select Add Product. I selected Wyze Lock from the list and clicked Next when the LED flashes red and blue. The app immediately selected the gateway and prompted me to select the SSID of my home Wi-Fi network and enter my Wi-Fi password. Within 10 seconds, the gate was connected and I named it.
I then clicked start setup to begin installing the lock and followed the onscreen instructions to click on the outer cylinder of my old lock and remove the screws holding the cylinder to the inside. . . I attached the cylinder vise lock mounting plate to the bolts you just removed and inserted the appropriate vise adapter for the lock core’s tail part. I removed the front panel from the Wyze Lock inner housing and placed it on the mounting plate. After turning the thumb screws a few times to ensure smooth operation, I tightened the pre-installed screws securing the Escuchon to the mounting plate.
Then I installed four AA batteries and pressed the pairing button for three seconds, at which point the LED started flashing green. I then clicked in the app and the lock was connected to the gate after 15 seconds.
To calibrate the lock, I clicked Calibrate and followed the instructions to close the door and lock the lock manually. I clicked next, unlocked the latch and unlocked the door, then clicked next again. I closed the door partially, pressed the next, closed the lock and the door was fully closed. The lock went through a few opening and closing sequences and the calibration was complete. I gave a name to the lock and the installation was finished.
Wyze lock performed well in the test. It responded quickly to lock and unlock commands using the mobile app, follow my auto-lock schedule whenever a door is locked or unlocked, and push alerts when it is left unoccupied. accessed. The lock triggered an alarm when the door was left open, but it wasn’t loud, even with the volume up. The auto lock and auto unlock features also worked as expected.
If you’re looking to convert your existing door lock into a smart lock, Wyze Lock will fit the bill. It’s attractive, easy to install, and performed great in our tests. However, by not supporting interactions with Wyze cameras and sensors, the company missed an opportunity to allow users to build their own DIY security systems solely for Wyze. On the plus side, IFTTT and voice support is available, and you won’t find a better smart lock for the price. If you’re willing to spend more, the U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro will give you plenty of features for your money, including fingerprint and keyboard unlock.