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Review: Schlage LiNK System with BlackBerry Integration - Enter to win a starter bundle!

Schlage LiNK System
By Adam Zeis on 29 Mar 2011 04:35 pm EDT

Check out the full Schlage LiNK system and how it can work with your BlackBerry. Keep reading for your chance to win a Schlage LiNK Starter Kit!

One of the things I love most about my BlackBerry is that it is always with me when I'm on the go. I love to be able to get things done from my device, be it sending emails, making phone calls or what have you. When things go above and beyond and I can integrate more of my life with my device, I'm all for it. Enter the Schlage LiNK system. Being a tech geek I'm always open to add more technology into my daily routine - be that good or bad - and the LiNK system is no slouch. We first checked out the system nearly 2 years ago, and since then many updates and features have been added. I was lucky enough to get my hands on a system including a keypad lever lock, wireless camera, light module and thermostat and I can honestly say my house will never be the same. Read on for my full review and thoughts on the Schlage LiNK system.

Schlage LiNK System Review

Getting Started

If you're not the handiest person the system can be a bit intimidating at first. There is a some installtion required (namely for the lock lever and thermostat) that might scare off some, but Schlage gives you very detailed instructions on how to get the job done. The light module and camera are the easiest to get up and running, but the lock and thermostat can take a bit of time (or a lot of time if you run into issues like I did, but we'll get into that later). From start to finish for all the components you can budget around 2-3 hours if you have smooth sailing, or a bit more if you need to tweak some things to get it all situated. You'll need to setup your online account where Schlage currently charges $8.99/month for service plus a 2-month trial period to get aquainted. You can access all the features through the web control panel or the free BlackBerry Schlage LiNK application.


The bridge is the "hub" of all your Schlage goodies. It acts as the go-between and let's everything play nice. It comes into play as we get things installed as this is what you use to pair items with your system. It will need to be connected to the next and power to operate but it's all pretty straight forward.

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The bridge is really no frills - Just a box with a light

Light Module

By far the easiest part to get going with is the light module. This handy box plugs into an outlet in your home and can control a lamp remotely. Using the included bridge for the system, you pair up the light module with a few easy steps, plug it into an outlet, plug in your lamp and you're ready to roll. Schlage suggests using a standard incandescent bulb in the lamp to take advantage of the dimmer functions, but I actually have an eco twisty bulb (as I like to call them) that works sans dimming. After you're setup you have total control over the module from your control panel (via your device or the web) where you can turn the light on or off and use the dimming function. Use this to turn on the lights before you get home, when you're on vacation or to just mess with your spouse (my personal favorite). You can also tie the light module in with the lock (which we'll get to) as well as create a schedule (just like a regular lamp timer) if you plan to be away. 

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The light module is a simple plug-in box with one controlled and one open receptacle
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Just plug into an outlet and you're done!

Wireless Camera

This is the one component that intrigued me most I think. Not in the aspect that I'm shady and want to keep an eye on people in my house, but just that I could easily have the option to view the camera from my BlackBerry while I'm away. Again, the setup of the camera was cake. Just enter the ID of the unit in the online control panel, click a few options, setup your wireless network to play nice with the camera and you're done. Once the camera restarts and is ready to go, you can pretty much put it anwhere within range of your wireless network (and an electical outlet to plug it in) and you're free to view. I currently have mine looking over my driveway for lack of anything better. You can view the camera from your browser via the web or fire up the app and check things out on your phone. I was surprised at the clarity of the image as it actually shows very well on my device and better yet from the web. The cool thing is that you can add multiple cameras as well. So if you want to get really crazy, you can deck out your house with cameras and never miss a beat. 

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The camera isn't too ugly and easily to mount/install nearly anywhere you can plug it in

Lock Lever

For the door lock you have a few options from Schlage. You can choose from either the deadbolt or keypad in Satin Nickel, Bright Brass or Aged Bronze. For most people installing the deadbolt or lever will choose to be the most difficult of the entire process. If you're at all handy and have a few tools you should have no problem from start to finish. If you aren't a big fan of screwdrivers or taking things apart, you might want to enlist the help of someone else but the instructions do make things clear and easy enough for most.

To start you'll have to remove the existing door knob/lever which doesn't involve more than a few screws. Once the assembly is out you'll hopefully be left with an opening that will match the Schlage setup you're going with. If not, you'll have to dive in a bit and tweak thinks up to get the right fit. From there, simply follow the instructions and insert the lever piece by piece, tighten the provided screws and you're in. Install the batteries, attach the cover and levers and that's that. I did have a few issues with the size of my strikeplate so I had to make a few minor modifications, but the overall process only took about 30 minutes or so.

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The "guts" of the keypad lever - batteries are included!

Once you've got the hardware installed you will pair the lock with the bridge (provided in the starter kit). Again, there are easy instructions for all of this, but it basically consists of removing the bridge from power, putting in a 9-volt battery and pressing a few buttons. You get confirmation on both devices when you did things correctly and you're lock is ready. You can then add it into your account via the control panel on the web. From there you can view battery status, create lock codes and more. The lock comes programmed with an entry code, but you can create any number of others for family members, the housekeeper, babysitter etc. You can customize each to only work for a set period of time (ie. 2-4pm) and also send you SMS alerts when used. From both the web control panel and your device you can also "buzz" the lock which will unlock and relock the unit so you can let someone in right from your device. This is useful if a guest shows up at your door while you're not there or you're just too lazy to get off the couch and unlock the door. Again, you can tie the lock unit in with other devices, so when entering a code you can unlock the door as well as activate the light module so you don't have to enter a dark house - very cool. If you have the lever locked, you can still open the door from the inside without doing a thing, and it will stay locked once you close the door again. 

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The back of the lever - Unlock and lock button make things easy
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The lock lever is pretty sweet - the buttons light up and feel bery solid


Typically the thermostat installation shouldn't be a very difficult task. In most newer homes you can simply pop off the old unit, swap a few wires, attach the new unit and be done with it. In my case (and what I'm sure is the extreme opposite end) things may not be so simple. The thermostat was actually what I was going to install first, but it turned out to be the last and most lengthy of all the pieces.

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Ye olde ugly thermostat
Schlage LiNK System
Two-wires means more work (but it paid off)

Most homes will be outfitted with a 4 or 5 wire thermostat cable from the furnace (boiler, heat pump or whatever). Each serves a purpose, and the Trane thermostat provided needs them all to work properly. The unit is self powered, so it needs to receive current from the furnace itself to operate. Unfortunately my old system was original to the house (built in 1959) and I was presented with only a 2-wire unit (I don't have central AC). This meant a decent project was in store. I thought running a new cable would be easy enough, so I snagged 100ft on Amazon for a decent price, and when it arrived I was eager to go. I popped off my old unit hoping to just run the new wire along the same path as the old on the way to my furnace. Sadly the old wire looked to be installed while the house was being built, so it ran all over through my walls - wedged behind studs and snaked behind electical boxes. Once I realized this was a no go I tried to run the new cable on it's own which didn't work out so well either. After an hour or so of trying to snake the line through the walls I decided to move to plan C. I found a new suitable location for the new thermostat, drilled a few holes through a different wall and floor and the cable found the way to the furnace. I hooked up the needed wires (again, explained very clearly in the instructions) and hooked up everything as it needed to be. When I flipped the power to the furnace back on, the thermostat came to life and I was in business ... thankfully. 

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Shiny new Trane Thermostat
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More wires means more fun!

From there I needed to pair the device to the bridge with the same process as before. A few button presses and flashing lights and all was well. The unit was then added to my account and viewable in the control panel. The options for controlling the thermostat are plenty. You can choose from the existing Energy Saver option or create your own heating/cooling schedule. You can view the status of your system, place the unit on hold and change temperature remotely. Perfect for monitoring when you're away or just turning up the heat from bed on a cold night. 

The Control Panel

From the web you have a huge control panel that houses all the options you need to get things done. You can control all the pieces of the puzzle from one interface, as well as rename units, program codes, set a heating/cooling schedule, add phones and much, much more. It's the "command center" for your house once you get everything up and running.

From here you can also set Events and Schedules. Event's are things like getting the lights on when the door opens, and schedules would be triggering the lights on at 5am to wake you up in the morning. You can figure out what needs you have and they will do the job for you.

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Schlage LiNK BlackBerry

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry

The BlackBerry App

Here is the coolest part of it all. You can control all your newly installed pieces right from your BlackBerry, no matter where you are. You'll have to create a PIN when you start the app the first time which is good as it prevents unwanted users from getting at your stuff. You'll have to setup your device via the web, and then you can choose which units the phone can access, change alerts and more. Total control on the go.

The main screen shows you a list of all your components that you can scroll through.

Check the status of your lock (locked or unlocked) on the security screen.

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry


On the Climate screen you current heating/cooling status where you can choose to run schedules, change the temperature and more. 

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry


The Cameras screen shows your available cameras - just click to view.

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry


Lighting and Automation shows all the installed light modules. Choose one and easily dim or turn on/off. 

Schlage LiNK BlackBerry

Final thoughts

Once you get all the installation done you can just sit back and do your thing. You can install the free app to your device OTA from which you can access all the features of the control panel (for the most part). You can control your light module (or multiple ones if you add to your system), view any cameras, unlock your door and, change your thermostat settings.

I'm definitely a big fan of the entire system, although some friends and family find it a bit too "geeky" to comment on. I do like the fact that I can monitor my heating system when I'm away and even check on things from the comfort of my office. Having the keypad on my door means no reason to carry extra house keys around as long as I remember my code. I have one set for daytime that simply unlocks the door and another for nights when I want to turn the light on as well. I think down the road I'll toss a few more light modules on and maybe another camera, just to take the "go big or go home" approach. At $8.99/month, it's not a bad price to pay for all the features you get. Schlage is a big name so everything is very well built and should last for years to come. They are constantly adding more features that make things even better, and hopefully more toys will be added to the lineup at some point as well. 

So is the LiNK system a good buy? I believe it is. It all depends on how much tech you want to surround yourself in. The price to get started is a bit steep (around $150 for a lock, camera and thermostat and $50 for a light module). I personally like the fact that my house is a nerdy as I am, but others may not feel the same. The price may be hard to justify for some, but you don't have to go all out with every component either. All the items can work on their own, so if there is something you like more than another you can work with just that. The available starter kits come with either a keypad lever or deadbolt, light module and bridge. You can find the full selection at the Schlage LiNK site or many home improvement stores.

Check out all the Schalge LiNK products

Contest: Want to try a Schalge LiNK setup for yourself? We're passing on the fun and giving away one starter kit. To enter to win just leave a single comment on this post. You'll be able to choose a starter kit to get you up and running. Good luck!



Even if I don't win one, I'll probably go buy one! This is cool stuff!

big bb

this is a good product i would have bought one but family before toys :)


cool system! Totally need it.


I still lock my doors with padlocks and my lights are gas powered.


I would love to win this but my wife would love it more!


I really could use this stuff...big time...really yea thanks


This is one of the greatest ideas I have seen for a home in a long time!!!!


Now that is cool! I want one :)


would love to add this to my house .... come on need new locks!!!


i hope i get picked!!!


This would be very cool to have!


One of the many reasons that makes Crackberry the place to be! key me in... Thanks.


This would definitley be a great addition for our new house. It's already been broken into once (before we moved in, thank god), I just don't want it happening again.

mig 007

Pick me! Can come in handy big time!


Cool, i'd love to have one.


I'm all for automation. Help me to bring it on home Crackberry!!!!


This would have been handy before my vacation. Still would be fun to play with.


Oh how I've wanted to something like this for my home!


If I had the camera, I could check in during the day and see what my dogs really do when I'm not home. I suspect they sit on the couch and watch animal planet.


dear lord!

what an amazing idea!
my home will never be the same.
can i please has one? :D


Dang, that's awesome.


Camera would be great security....would certainly love one.


I've had my eye on the LiNK ever since it came out. But my wife wont let me get it yet!! I could use a little luck right about now. ;)


looks incredible. sign me up. thanks for all the contests!


I would LOVE to have this!!!


Looks like a quality system. I wonder how the range is on the cameras and if they are weatherproof?


I'll throw my hat in the ring...


i would love to win this


Hopefully the third time is a charm! I tried to win one two other times. Would love to get one of these!!


This would be perfect!!


This is a real great package!!


I could try to install this myself if I win.


this is amazing!!! hope i win!!!

Brian Scasta

these schnauzberries taste like schnauzberries


Very Cool!! Good luck to Everyone! This is such an interesting product


I´m waiting for it !!!!


Sounds kinda fun... I would wanna try one too.... Count me in & make me lucky :D

Honey Bee 3

We would love to have something like this on our doors....


Do you really think I am beneath begging for ANY of the give-a-ways?!?!?


I have always wanted one of these but I have never had the cash to fork out on it. Would love to win one!


This is absolutely awesome!!!!!!! I would love to get a starter kit!!!


wow would def luv to try this out


I wanna be anal-retentive and control my house from afar too!!! Pretty pretty please!!!


I would love to get this.


Why have I not heard of this before??

I use these locks already but the internet access with security and thermostat features is insanely awesome. It's like they're reading my mind! Please oh please pick me!


wow! this is awesome! I can be your reseller in South Africa :)


Looks like something I could use and love..CB!!


This looks super cool and nerdy! I want one.


You had me at "the fact that my house is as nerdy as I am"


I've been a fan since I saw it at CES in 2009....I want one



ya that's right...


one time.. please... i will show it off to all my friends, and make them jealous.. so they have to have one..


These are absolutely the best.. !!!


This would be a helpful safety item for latchkey kids.


As a geeky home remodeler in a sluggish market, this may be just the ticket to jumpstart things! Who wouldn't want one!!


We have come a long way!


would love to have one!


i need this for my new house


In the process of remodeling now----need to have this on my new entry!!!!!


I would lock to win the starter lock bundle. Count me in! Hope to win!

Dear god... this is amazing... It is definitely a must have for any berry and dwelling owner...


Ok this system is pretty cool. Would love to install it in my house.


Nice, I would love to win this... put my name in the hat :)


I hope this contest is still open. This sounds great!


Being a long-time Schlage specifier for commercial applications I know how great the Schlage product is. This would be so cool. I've seen so many apps for the iPhone only, it's great to see a BB system. Love it, and would love to win it! Thanks CrackBerry!


This has been a device I have had my eye on for some time and the chance to win a free starter kit is awesome.

the gup

This would be great for me and I would love to be a winner .....


This would be awesome...I'm just about to install new door locks


My wife would feel much more secure with this unit in place.


I thought this looked interesting from the first article I read about it!


Oh, I want it. Pleeeeese let it be mine!


Eight Hundred Forty Third !!! I WIN !!!!




if i win it or not, it or not, im buying one


This looks great! I hope I can use this for my office! I hope I win!

Grim Bear

OoOOOoOooOo *jumps up and down* Me! me me me me ME!......Please :D


Lots of break-ins here...

If they're able to get in through the Schlage lock, at least I'd be able to watch my belongings get stolen through the security camera! :)

Thermostat is pretty great too.


I want one. Looks good:D


I really cannot wait to get one of these.


This is pretty cool. I'll be able to keep an eye on the poochies while I'm at work.


excellent gadgets really love'em for my 8900


Perfect for my new house!


Always look for this to automate my home.
I hope i win.


This looks like something I would like to have.




A must have for my family, everyone has a blackberry, so no more keys or cold/hot house, or darkness!


I have been wanting one of these locks for a while now... Pezboy FTW!


I considered one of these locks before but was a bit leery. Now that there are other components as well, the overall package is much more worth it. Please include me in the drawing. I'll be moving soon, so this'll be a great addition to my new locale.


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Absolutely need this!


heck yeah sign me up !!


I need this so i can see the UPS guy dropping off my playbook:)


I'd like to have one too!


F yeah, count me in!!!!


Alright Im going to try and win one of these one more time!


I've been doing a lot of research on this product and it would be something that my family and I would truly benefit from. Since I am on the road a lot for work, being able to control the household devices from my Blackberry would be a tremendous advantage on the security and safety for my family and home. Please consider me for this contest.


Lets try this again Crackberry!!!


Well it's a sure like for a handy person and a level higher for a BB user!


I would love this! Please pick me!

El Duderino#CB

I'd love to have a chance to try this out. Thanks!



Good luck everyone! :)


This is much NEEDED!!! I have a son going to middle school next year and we need to have this for saftey!! Hope I can be a winner!!


Wow! Would love to win this contest!


if i can get this i could maybe actually keep stuff in my room and not worry that someone would just come in and take stuff..


Yep. Technology at its best. Sign me up.


This would be sooooo sweet. Thx.


If I won this I would definetly buy all the upgrades bells and whistles!


This would be awesome to have since everyone in my house uses a Blackberry Please pick me!


this would be so sweet


i would love this kit to outfit my home, make it safe, smart, and eco-friendly!


"Wrap it up, I'll take it."


I would love to hook this up in my place. Wouldn't have to run all the way down my stairs to the door to let someone in!


Would love to have this


Looking forward and hoping lots, thanks Schlage


this is just amazing. Im in! i would put this to FULL USE!


I didn't won the last time around. I really hope I win this time. Starter kit to get me started? Why not?!


Sounds like a cool system.


I'm ready to install this.


Looks really cool. Hope to win.


This sounds great. Count me in and good luck to all.


Looks very neat. Hope to win.


Looks neat. Hope to win.


How cool. I dig. Hook it up please!


I've been considering this set up for a while now....


I've been wanting one of these, this woudl be great.


Looks great. Would be awsome on my brand new house :)