Yale Smart Lock YRD240 Review

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Introduction

Welcome to my Yale Smart Lock YRD240 Review.

Yale are one of the most famous lock companies in the world.

This smart lock, model YRD 240, is only one of many smart locks that this company makes.

The YRD 240 was first available in late 2013 and since then it has established itself as one of Yale’s most apopular and reliable smart locks.

Yale YRD 240
Yale YRD 240 Interior Fitting

My reviews are packed full of information which I want you to be able to read quickly and easily.

Therefore I have used lots of tables and other shortcuts to help you make the right decision as quickly as possible.

At- a- Glance Features

Below, I have created tables which show the different features that this device has. I have divided the features up into different tables to make it easier for you to read.

Those tables are;

(1) Basic Specifications (2) Methods of Opening (3) Software & Apps (4) Home Automation (5) Security & Lock

6) Design and (7) Installation

All of the features of the Yale YRD 240
The YRD 240 has a good quality touchscreen

Each table has lots of information below it, which in order to save space, I have hidden. If you want to read it, then click on the “Read More” link.

Basic Specifications

Manufacturer
Yale
First Sold
August 2013
Materials
Metal
Weight
5 lbs
Dimensions
6.1 x 1.3 x 6.1 inches
Warranty
Limited Lifetime
Price

 Other smart locks that have great warranties

Methods of Opening

Keypad
Smartphone
Key
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Fob/tag
Fingerprint
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Keypad

The only method of opening this door is via the number pad. If you are using this lock on its own you can use and store up to 25 codes.

However, if you are using it as part of a wireless, home automation system, you can create and use up to 250 different codes.

The codes can be between 4 and 8 digits long.

 Other smart locks that use keypads

Keys

Other smart locks come with a key which can be used in situations where the battery in the lock has run flat.

This Yale lock does not come with a key. When the batteries run flat,  the lock can be powered by connecting a 9V battery to the two prongs at the bottom of the lock.

 Other locks that come with mechanical keys

Software & Apps

iOS App
Android App
Windows 10
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This lock does not have apps that will turn your smartphone into a “electronic key” that will open your door.

However, if the lock is integrated into a home automation system, then those systems have apps that can be used to control this lock.

I explain more about this in the next section.

However, some of its functions can be controlled via a web browser, as part of a home automation system.

The YRD 240 fixed to an interior door
The YRD 240 has lots of features

Home Automation

Home Automation
Apple Home Kit
Voice Activation
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This Yale smart lock can be linked to other smart devices as part of a wireless home automation system. A smart device is one that is connected to the Internet and can be controlled remotely.

Essentially these devices can be controlled without you touching them- whether you are in another room or the other side of the world.

Apart from smart locks, there are lights, thermostats and fridges that can be linked and controlled remotely. Z Wave enables lots of different devices to be controlled via one piece of software.

The two home automation systems that the 240 can connect to are Z Wave and ZigBee. However, beware as there are two YRD 240 models- one of them uses Z Wave, the other uses Zigbee.

Just make sure that you buy the correct one.

 Other smart locks that are “home automation” friendly

Security & Lock 

Security Rating
Anti-Snoop
Remote Unlock
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Auto Lock
Anti Tamper Alarm
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Security Rating

This smart lock has a grade 2 ANSI security rating.

 Other smart locks that have an “ANSI” rating

Remote Unlock

This lock can be remotely unlocked if it is linked to a home automation system

Auto Lock

30 seconds after your door has closed it will automatically be locked. You can switch this feature off, however.

Anti Tamper Alarm 

This Yale device has an alarm that will sound when the device is being tampered with.

There is another alarm that will sound on this device when the batteries are getting low in power.

 

Design

Weatherproof
Different Colors
Material
Metal
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Weatherproof

The Yale YRD240 has been designed to operate in temperatures ranging from -30 °C to 60 °C (-22 °F to 140 °F).

Different Colors

The lock comes in three different colors; oil rubbed bronze, polished brass and satin nickel.

 

Installation

One Tool
Existing Deadbolt
Voice Prompted Set Up
Power
x4 AA's
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One Tool

This lock just requires you to have a Phillips head screwdriver to install it.

There is no hard wiring to do and on most existing doors there are no new holes to drill and so, no in most cases the lock can be installed in less 30 minutes.

Existing Deadbolt

If this lock is replacing an existing lock then the lock and the deadbolt need to be taken out before your new Yale lock is installed.

Voice Prompted Set Up

To make the process as easy as possible, once installed there is a “voice prompted set up process” to help you along. This is available in three languages; English, Spanish and French.

Power

As well as the 9V battery back up system explained earlier, the lock is powered by 4 AA batteries that are supplied and will last up to 1 year (depending on how often the lock is used.)

An alarm will sound to let you know when the power in the batteries is getting low.

Helpful Resources for the Yale YRD 240

Installation Video

Product Instructions (PDF)

Quick Start Guide (PDF)

 Should You Buy One?

To finish this review, I am going to present you with a few pros and cons.

What are the Yale YRD 240 smart lock’s strongest and weakest features?

Pros
Cons
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Home Automation Compatible
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Limited "Methods of Opening"
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Security Rated Lock
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Not Smartphone Compatible
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Remote Unlock
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Anti Tamper Alarm

* With additional purchases.