Originally Posted by swechsler
Hmm, your instructions didn't sound familiar to me, so I went back to my Amazon orders, and it turns out that we have a Kwikset 914, not a Schlage (my wife bought it without consulting me). Still Zigbee, though, but I don't recall seeing any instructions about changing the number of digits in the code. Still, support for a longer code is part of the hub, not the lock. But it does seem as if VeraLite will do it, plus they're offering 30% off initial purchase to Iris users.
Yes and no. The lock itself MUST be able to do longer codes. The hub can't make a lock do something that it's firmware isn't designed to do. A hub can only work within the parameters of the lock's firmware. So if the lock is limited to 4 digits it doesn't matter what hub you use or what settings you set on the hub.
VeraLite isn't Zigbee, it's Z-Wave which are two different things. Some can be backwards compatible to some degree but the reason I chose to stick with the Z-Wave protocol was that it's more universal than other options on the market. IRIS (Lowe's) for instance is Z-Wave so I can use most IRIS labeled products on my VeraLite but you can't go the other way with most Z-Wave products that aren't labeled IRIS on the IRIS hub. At least that's the way it was at one time. Either way, IRIS is being decommissioned so who cares about backwards compatibility that direction? Zigbee is similar in that items need to be labeled Zigbee to be used with a Zigbee hub. Unless something has changed you needed Zigbee labeled devices for Zigbee hubs. Also, straight Z-Wave devices like the Vera line-up tend to have more adjustability and control. I'm not sure that your Zigbee or ISIS hub would have the user access to the settings I'm talking about.
My info isn't super current due to the fact that I researched this ad nasuem years ago and Z-Wave was the most universal with the most devices available at the lowest cost. In addition, the Vera platform was the least expensive that I owned and had full feature access w/o monthly fees or upgrade fees. Now I've had 50+ devices for years now and all work flawlessly on the oldest and cheapest hub Vera makes. I can only imagine how good the new ones are but, in my case, if it ain't broke... why fix it?
IMO you should be on the lookout for a VeraLite for cheap if you need only the front door lock to work. Make sure your 914 is Z-Wave compatible though as I think they made versions of that that were only one protocol so you would be stuck with whoever makes a hub that works for that protocol if you wanted to keep the lock. Otherwise there's a deal right now where you can get a Schlage Z-wave deadbolt for about $100 and a VeraLite should cost about half that in good working order. I know those devices will do what you're looking to do as I personally use them for exactly what you describe daily and have for years. Beyond that, you're going to have to seek advice elsewhere as I'm no expert on other protocols as I don't need to be. Z-Wave/Vera or die for me!