Well, I opted to go with the Schlage locks for a few reasons:
1) they match aesthetically my other Schlage "Camelot" locks and door handles (this wasn't a huge factor, but it was considered)
2) I know for a fact the other locks in the house can be keyed to the same key as the new lock (I'm buying all new door locks, so I'll jsut take the normal deadbolts and handsets to a locksmith and say "key them, please
". This means I can give everyone a key I know will work in all the locks (the way the house is currently set up now).
3). I know and trust Schlage (despite some of the not so great reviews on these locks). I have an older electronic lock (handset, not deadbolt) that has worked well for the past 4 years or so. The rest of my house also has all Schlage locks.
The only thing that concerns me is that when I get it on Wednesday, I won't be able to immediately use it because I'll have to have the firmware to make it work with the non Nexia controller I got (Veralite). I hear it can take 21 days, which makes me a bit upset. Perhaps that process is easier now or hopefully the lock comes with a firmware out of the box that will "just work". I plan on actually messing with it before installing it permanently as I have to be able to get it all setup and ready to go before the GF will be ok with the switch (Even though she hates our locks now cause she swears her key never works, though I can use it just fine).
Replayrob, If you don't mind me asking, did you have to go through the process to get your Schlage locks firmware updated or did it just work out of the box. If you had to send it to them, how was that process and what kind, if any, advice can you give me on starting the process.
Over all I'm excited to start this project. I"ve been wanting to do this for a long time and I'm thinking I'll add a new switch, lamp module or outlet every month for a while (I started with the deadbolt, a Leviton switch and a GE outlet). I'm not sure that the Vera was the way to go as I'm a bit confused on the whole controller/software side of it, but it was cheap enough, relatively, for me to start with that for now since I just want to set up a couple of simple commands and scenes to start.