Vera Access Control - Smart Locks

Smart Lock PIN codes

Smart Locks have a number of awesome functions. You can check to see if you locked your door without having to scramble home, and lock it from your phone on the off-chance you left it unlocked. But more related to today's topic are PIN codes. What they are. How to set them up. And how to use them. Stay tuned if you're interested in learning:

  • How to setup PIN codes for different users.
  • Set time-restrictions on PIN codes (great for you Airbnb owners).
  • How to check when a PIN code was last used.

For the purposes of this post, I'll be using a Vera Plus for the Z-Wave Controller and a Yale Door Lock as my front door lock.

Note: When adding your door lock to the Vera network, be sure to select the correct model. This will ensure Vera is able to correctly configure the pin-codes and other settings.

If you're looking for a quick video or step-by-step guide with screenshots, you're in luck. Take your pick and learn how to add new PIN codes, set a daily and weekly restriction on a specific PIN code and delete a PIN forever.

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Adding a Pin Code

Adding a pin code is a simple task within Vera. Just follow these 3 steps.

Step 1. From the Vera dashboard, click on 'Devices' and select your 'Door Lock'. You'll see an option for PIN Codes. Click it!

Vera Lock

Step 2. Select 'Add pin code' and enter the parameters 'PIN name' and 'PIN code'. Click 'Save pin code'.

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Step 3. Click 'Back' to return the 'PIN Codes' screen. Check your new PIN code is visible. Also check that your Door Lock accepts the newly created PIN.

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Placing Restrictions on a PIN Code

Restrictions are fantastic when you'd like to limit the use of a PIN code. Maybe you have a housekeeper that comes between 10-11am on Fridays. Or maybe you run an Airbnb and have different guests regularly. Whatever the case, restrictions will ensure the PIN code can only be used when you allow it.

Restriction Types: You'll have the option to set one of two kinds of restrictions: The 'Daily Restriction' - this is useful for one-off events, as it only grants access between dates/times set in your 'Valid from' and 'Valid until' parameters. The 'Weekly Restriction' - this grants access to the PIN on certain days between times set in 'Valid from' and 'Valid until' and is useful for recurring events.

Step 1. From the Vera dashboard, click on 'Devices' and select your 'Door Lock'. You'll see an option for PIN Codes. Click it!

Vera Lock

Step 2. Locate the PIN code you'd like to restrict and click 'restrictions'. Select either the 'daily' or 'weekly' option and set your dates and times.

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Daily Restriction

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Weekly Restriction

Step 3. Finalise your restriction by clicking 'Add Restriction'. You'll have to wait a couple of minutes for the lock to receive the update.

See Who Unlocked the Door and When

Vera gives us the ability to see what PIN codes were used to unlock the lock and at what time. Here's how you do it.

Step 1. From the Vera dashboard, click on 'Devices' and select your 'Door Lock'. You'll see an option for Logs. Click it!

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Step 2. Select the event you wish to learn more about and click the 'eye' button to view more.

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Step 3. Cite the UserName field to learn who unlocked the door.

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In Closing

Smart locks are handy for your home or an Airbnb for a number of reasons. They provide peace of mind, and can be configured directly through your smart home controller's dashboard, which you can access from anywhere.

From the dashboard, you can remotely set PIN codes, place restrictions on different pin codes so they are only valid between specified times and if you're so inclined, you can learn what PIN was used to unlock the door and at what time.

As always, if you have any thoughts, comments or queries, please leave a comment below. We always look forward to your input :)

All the best.

-Luke