The Wave of the Future: Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt and Nexia Home Automation

With Schlage's new touchscreen deadbolts and a Nexia account, homeowners can check their locks, turn lights on and off, and control their thermostats remotely and receive text alerts.


  • ANSI Grade 1 (the highest level of durability and security for residential door locks)
  • Durable resistive matte finish touchscreen
  • Motorized bolt: A powerful motor cranks the deadbolt to lock and unlock, and the bolt is tapered in case of misalignment between the door and frame.
  • Warning Beeps: If the lock encounters an obstacle (like the door was not completely closed), the lock alarms.
  • One-Button Locking does not require code to be entered to lock the deadbolt. With the Auto Lock feature, the door can be set to relock all by itself.
  • Built-In Alarm: Three types of alarms are available and may be programmed at the lock or using the Web.
  • Lifetime warranty on mechanical and finish, one-year warranty on electronics.
  • Works with code, key or remotely via smartphone or PC
  • Programmable at door or via Nexia
  • Text alerts can be sent based upon specified events at door

Nexia Product Family

A variety of NexiaTM Home Intelligence Kits and additional add-on products are available, such as the Schlage® Home Security Kit, which includes a Schlage Home Keypad Lock, Home Dimmer Module and Nexia Home Bridge, which communicates with more than 200 Z-Wave devices in the home. This kit retails for $299 and is currently available through amazon.com, homedepot.com and lowes.com.

We conducted a bench test with an average PC setup and DSL connection, and a personal below-average computer skill set. But we were able to get everything up and running without a single call to tech support.

The dimmer requires no hard-wiring, just programming and configuration, as it simply plugs into a receptacle, and the appliance then plugs in to it. There are no concerns about matching the phase of the branch circuit to which the module is connected and the phase of other equipment. You need to be concerned about the wireless range, but the equipment is designed for the typical residential footprint, and additional bridges or nodes can be introduced if there are issues.

The Nexia online GUI is intuitive and easy to navigate. We were able to configure all the features of the Schlage Touchscreen deadbolt, and remotely lock and unlock it. The dimmer enrolled easily as well. The communications between the PC and the devices was surprisingly fast, with only a few second delays between issuing a command and the lock or dimmer’s response.

After our test drive we asked Schlage’s Danielle Shuman to explain the different levels of service. “While Nexia Home Intelligence is not required to work the deadbolt locally at the door, it is the only way to access its full capacity,” Shuman said. “With the monthly subscription to Nexia Home Intelligence, users can connect the Touchscreen Deadbolt to mobile and tablet devices, allowing the user to receive texts, manage access codes and check in on their home security from anywhere.”

The only remote connection that is compatible with the Touchscreen Deadbolt is Nexia Home Intelligence, she explained. Nexia Home Intelligence is Z-wave compatible though, allowing it to interact with more than 200 other products, so your system can be built out over time.

The Nexia account – and its billing and management - should be established in the customer’s name, she added. Thus, there is really no recurring revenue for the locksmith or dealer, and at this time, these locks are sold directly to the consumer. Shuman said Schlage is considering additional sales outlets.

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