Bringing the convenience of the Nest connected home ecosystem to your front door, the Nest x Yale lock is the first smart lock to be integrated directly into the ubiquitous Nest app, and reaches the market after a lengthy collaborative development process between Silicon Valley company Nest and established lock maker Yale. As an in-app accessory, the Nest x Yale lock will appear as an icon in the Nest app home screen alongside other Nest products, such as the Nest Learning Thermostat, Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Secure, and other Nest smart-home accessories.
Borrowing heavily from the hardware lineage of Yale’s Assure line of smart locks, the Nest x Yale lock is entirely keyless and similarly designed to replace the deadbolt on conventional entry swing doors, much like that of the August Smart Lock (August Home, the maker of the August Smart Lock, was recently acquired by Swedish conglomerate ASSA ABLOY—also the parent company of Yale). The uniqueness of this lock lies in its tight integration with the Nest ecosystem and app, including remote in-app open/close operations, automatic locking when a Nest Away event is detected, and the ability to automatically disarm a Nest Secure security system as the deadbolt is unlocked.
And you will need at least one other Nest product in your home to use the Nest x Yale lock—either a Nest Connect network repeater or a Nest Secure alarm system—as the software integration with Nest is achieved through the use of Nest Weave, a secure protocol that runs over the home Wi-Fi network. Bundles including the Next x Yale lock and Nest Connect are available at $279. For homeowners with an existing Next Secure alarm system, a version without a Nest Connect sells for $249 on the Nest website.
Like some other Yale smart door locks, the Nest x Yale lock has nothing but a lighted touchscreen keypad on the outside of the door, mated with an housing on the inside fitted with a mechanical thumbturn for manual locking and unlocking. As the lock supports numeric PIN codes, it can be unlocked by typing codes instead of tapping its icon in the Nest app. Codes can be shared with family and friends, and can be issued with expiration dates.
As an indication of its highly integrated capabilities, the Nest x Yale lock is featured on the Nest website’s main product menu and can be purchased directly from Nest if desired. Yale also sells the lock on its website, and it will also be available from many consumer electronics retailers in the U.S., including BestBuy and B&H Photo and Video.
Prior to its CES 2018 press announcement in January, the lock was referred to by the two companies as the Yale Linus lock.
Look for an in-depth, hands-on report on the Nest x Yale lock soon.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.