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Using Homelink to open a house door deadbolt ?

Lex

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Apr 23, 2015
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318
Toronto, Canada
I'm addicted to the easy in and out of the auto-locking Model S, and now want the same for my house, but was not happy with the available options so far as they have limitations eg. Bluetooth connection lag.

So I thought about Homelink, is there a Homelink compatible deadbolt that works with Model S ? (google suggests not really).

I would so love to unlock the house from the car :cool:

edit: and no I don't have a garage that I can leave a door open, and no, I don't suggest anyone post that they do ;)
 

gizmoboy

Member
Jul 2, 2015
701
38
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
I'm addicted to the easy in and out of the auto-locking Model S, and now want the same for my house, but was not happy with the available options so far as they have limitations eg. Bluetooth connection lag.

So I thought about Homelink, is there a Homelink compatible deadbolt that works with Model S ? (google suggests not really).

I would so love to unlock the house from the car :cool:

edit: and no I don't have a garage that I can leave a door open, and no, I don't suggest anyone post that they do ;)

I use a combination of Revolv and Schlage Z-wave locks and it detects when I am approaching the house and lets me double-tap my phone to unlock the door when I'm near.
 

treymc7

Member
Apr 29, 2015
44
0
Greenville, SC
I use http://www.smartthings.com for home automation and have a Kwikset Z-wave deadbolt linked to the system that unlocks when I come within a set distance from the house (500 feet right now). It does not unlock unless you leave and come back, so no worry that it self unlocks in the middle of the night while you are home. It also turns on the porch light and a light in the living room. Open/close sensor on the door then cuts off the porch light and re-locks the door after it closes. I like to play with the system to see how much automation I can do.
Trey
 

DrManhattan

Member
Nov 1, 2014
252
128
Los Angeles
August smart lock. You just walk up to the door and it unlocks. Very good for a 1st gen product, only got locked out 1 time when my phone died. Charged it up and all was good.
 

dsm363

Roadster + Sig Model S
May 17, 2009
18,279
156
Nevada
August smart lock. You just walk up to the door and it unlocks. Very good for a 1st gen product, only got locked out 1 time when my phone died. Charged it up and all was good.

Agree. Has been getting better with recent software updates. Now reliably unlocks.
 

Lex

Member
Apr 23, 2015
805
318
Toronto, Canada
Ah thanks folks... guess that's the answer then... and how timely for me and my Android phone lol August Smart Locks new Android app adds Auto-Unlock - SlashGear

Still a bit miffed that these "standards" like Homelink don't end up doing more than one thing.. eg. my home alarm keyfob is another place this should be available, but there doesn't seem to be anything out there (until entering home automation territory $) that unlocks when disarming.
 

tstafford

Active Member
Jul 4, 2015
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245
Nashville, TN
Agree. Has been getting better with recent software updates. Now reliably unlocks.

I'll add to the positive reviews on August. We have three of them and like them. Also August support is excellent. They stand behind the product and go the distance. There's no reason not to try one if you have a deadbolt that they work with.
 

bobjustbob

Elon Musk takes all my money
Mar 6, 2016
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88
Cumming, GA
I'd love to find something similar to the August deadbolt lock but I need a solution for an interior door lock (from garage into house) and not a deadbolt solution. I've been Googling for the last hour or so with no satisfactory solution. (auto unlock via either HomeLink or HomeKit)
 

Lex

Member
Apr 23, 2015
805
318
Toronto, Canada
Lock industry does not seem to want to catch up soon. August has been great for me, once I got an iPhone. With Samsung Android it was hit-and-miss and never seemed to work at all if I left the hotspot on. With iPhone, just takes 2 or 3 seconds usually at the door but other times it's way early. Always works no matter what. Just like the Tesla app for the car, it just works (where on Samsung Android I had problems),

If the Homelink signal can get to an Arduino controller, something not too complex could be built... and if installed on the wall side wouldn't need battery power... #distruption hehe

Or just install a deadbolt, and then an August, and just leave the old handle unlocked.
 

whitex

Well-Known Member
Sep 30, 2015
6,706
8,049
Seattle area, WA
You can connect Homelink to any electronically controlled lock with an external button. To do that, get one of those garage opener conversion kits that has a rolling code receiver (and a remote) and gives you a relay contolled virtual button you can connect to anything you want.

I also heard you can program HomeLink with X10 codes, but X10 is a really old technology and therefore very insecure (total of 256 possible fixed codes). If all you want is to turn your garage lights or something like this, X10 can be an inexpensive solution though.
 

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