I am taking possession of a new rental property next month and I’m looking for a new lock and thermostat to help me remotely manage the property. I initially started with a WiFi enabled Honeywell thermostat and an eRentalLock enabled Schlage FE-595. Then I considered the Nexia platform, but I’m not a fan of the $10/month fee. Then I came across VeraLite, which I would like to pull the trigger on but need a few answers first.
Can I use the Schlage FE-599 out of the box?
Can I assign access codes that are only valid between certain dates and times?
If WiFi goes down will the lock remember the access codes? Is there a confirmation once th codes are loaded/accepted by the lock? (I assume notifications of the lock being opened won’t come through when WiFi is down and that’s fine).
Is there a better non-dead bolt lock you would recommend?
What other advantages does VeraLite provide? Sometimes low-tech is better and less likely to fail.