Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt Review
The Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt is one of the most popular door locks available today. The company was founded in 1876, making it one of the oldest companies still in business today. They have been selling their products for over 100 years! Their first product was called “Encod” which stands for “Encrypt”. Today they are known as Schlage.
In the early days, there were no internet or cell phones so people had to rely on word of mouth advertising and word of credit sales. That’s how Schlage got started. They sold their first product at a garage sale in 1908 and it wasn’t until 1913 when they opened up a retail store in New York City. Over time, other manufacturers began copying the idea and eventually Schlage became the only manufacturer left standing.
Today, Schlage makes many different types of security devices including:
Door locks (including deadbolts)
Window locks (including window bars)
Locksmith services and products (e.g., key cards, codes, etc.)
For some reason, the company decided to go into the home automation market instead of just locking products. However, their entry into the home automation market didn’t work out well. They ended up selling their home automation division to Ingersoll Rand. As a part of the deal, they also acquired the rights to the DH-KE series of door locks.
The locks were originally designed for commercial use and Ingersoll Rand didn’t have any luck selling them in the residential market. This is where Schlage saw an opportunity and decided to take these “failed” locks and repackage them as their own residential locks. The first product to come out of this deal was the Camelot Series of locks. (Camelot because it has a “.25” in the middle.)
Now that you have a little more information about the history of this company, let’s talk about the lock itself.
The Schlage Encode smart lock is a very advanced lock with nice aesthetics. The lock is relatively easy to install as well.
Sources & references used in this article:
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