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WE.LOCK smart door lock review

by 14. March 2021

Via PIN, app, RFID or fingerprint. Smart door locks are a convenient and safe alternative to classic door locks. At least in theory, if you believe manufacturers of security technology.

For this test, I took a closer look at a lock from the middle price segment. The smart door lock from WE.LOCK.

Overview
Manufacturer/Model

WE.LOCK

Product

SOHO Smart Lock PCB10EBL01

Specifications

Castle
Cylinder material: brass
Handle: stainless steel
Cylinder dimensions (outside): 40mm - 55mm
Cylinder dimensions (inside): 30mm - 60mm
Security level: Super B level

Unlocking
* PIN (up to 9 PINs)
* RFID (up to 20 tags)
* App (up to 20 users)

General
Power supply: 3x AAA batteries
Battery life: approx. 1 year
Temperature: -30 ° C to 60 ° C
Splashproof: IP44

Door thickness: 55mm - 105mm
Total length: variable 18,5cm - 23cm
Weight: 495 g

WE.LOCK Smart Door Lock

Before I go into more detail about the WE.LOCK door lock, let's take a look at the manufacturer of the same name. On the official website it is called WE.LOCK as a leading supplier in the field of electronic door locks with worldwide sales. The company is based in China.

WE.LOCK door lock with brass cylinder and stainless steel knobs

The WE.LOCK door lock with a keypad on the knob.

The product portfolio is extensive and includes various door locks that target Businesses and consumers are tailored. The one I tested "SOHO Smart Lock PCB10EBL01" is one of the popular models for the European market that is available via PIN, RFID or app can be unlocked. On Amazon you can find the identical door lock under a different name, which in turn means a OEM product speaks.

Installation of the WE.LOCK

The WE.LOCK Smart Lock is suitable for all common Doors with a thickness of 55 to 105 mm. The lock cylinder is delivered with the two pre-assembled door knobs, the appropriate tool (Allen key), three RFID cards, a silicone protector and an instruction manual. The ones required for commissioning three AAA batteries are not included in the scope of delivery.

WE.LOCK door lock battery compartment

Three AAA batteries are required to start up the WE.LOCK.

The installation is uncomplicated and takes place like a classic door lock. Simply loosen the locking screws on the doorknobs, insert the batteries on one side, remove the other side, insert the lock cylinder, tighten the forend screw, mount the knob and you're done.

Establishment of the WE.LOCK

The German-language operating instructions explain in pictures and text how to configure the lock. The configuration can be carried out independently of the app using the number pad on the door knob.

Initially you should use the Admin PIN change the default to 123456 is set. The respective configuration menu is accessed via the numbers 1-6 + lock symbol and then entering the Admin PIN. The admin is able to add up to 9 additional PINs (6-12 digits), 20 RFID cards and 20 app users to determine. All access can be revoked directly via the lock.

WE.LOCK RFID tags

This is what the supplied RFID tags of the WE.LOCK look like.

The RFID tags are of the type Mifare Classic (13,56 MHz). If you need more than the 3 included tags, you can buy cards of the current type at low cost. You don't have to rely on the manufacturer's tags.

WE.LOCK (Lite) app

Another configuration and unlocking option is the WE.LOCK App (Android & iOS). With the help of Bluetooth, the lock can be unlocked via the app. Before you can use the app with the lock, you have to get one WE.LOCK access create that asks for the phone number or e-mail.

Once the access has been created, the WE.LOCK can be added to the app using the QR code on the door knob and the lock ID on the lock cylinder.

About two months ago, the app was still a major criticism of the WE.LOCK. There was no talk of an appealing design and also with regard to the susceptibility to errors, the app crashed more often or the lock was simply not recognized.

Search in the respective app store "WE.LOCK Lite", you can find another app from the manufacturer. The Lite app is compatible with all WE.LOCK locks, has a much more appealing design and is also more stable. There are no functional differences between the two apps.

In contrast to the configuration via the lock, the app offers the possibility of temporary PINs to be created with an expiry date. If the lock is unlocked via the app, a notification is also sent to the smartphone.

Practical test of the WE.LOCK

I have been using the WE.LOCK door lock on my apartment door for about 2 months. For me it is a practical solution to give family members access to the apartment without having to have extra keys made.

The lock is usually unlocked by PIN or RFID. Although the app is on the smartphone, it does not initially offer any added value. The lock can be unlocked faster with a PIN or RFID tag. It takes time until the app is started and a connection to the lock is established. A stable Bluetooth connection is only established over a short distance of about one meter.

WE.LOCK door lock with PIN entry

The illuminated keypad of the WE.LOCK door lock.

The Notification function would be a useful feature, but fails because unlocking by PIN or RFID is not registered. The process is only visible in the process when the lock is unlocked via the app. Fortunately, the Bluetooth function can be completely deactivated using the lock.

What the Security and presentation of the WE.LOCK, there are no major criticisms. The door knobs are made of stainless steel and the door lock cylinder is made of brass. The keys are illuminated and the entry is confirmed with a tone, which can also be deactivated.

WE.LOCK door lock installed in apartment door

The WE.LOCK door lock in a conventional apartment door.

If you unlock the WE.LOCK, a servomotor inside drives a pin into the freewheel, which moves the opening bolt. After about 10 seconds the pen moves back and the doorknob turns freely again. The lock cannot be manipulated with a strong magnet. When closed, there is no way to remove the lock.

Im power consumption the WE.LOCK is extremely economical. Even after two months, the battery indicator has barely moved and still shows 95%. According to WE.LOCK, the batteries last about 1 year, provided the lock is unlocked 10 times a day. If the battery level falls below 20%, you will be notified at the lock and via the app. The batteries can be exchanged from the outside.

WE.LOCK door lock USB socket

The MicroUSB socket is hidden under this QR code.

In the event of a total failure, a Emergency release available. There is one behind the printed QR code MicroUSB jack. If you connect a power bank to it, the lock is supplied with electricity. The lock can now be unlocked via the app. An important reason why you should have the app ready on your smartphone anyway.

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Prices last updated on: March 14th, 2021 20:48 pm

Final Words

rating
Positive

Easy construction
Lots of unlock options
Unlocks quickly
Temporary PIN
Emergency power supply via USB

Negative

App requires registration
Notification scope of the app
No Google Home / HomeKit / Alexa connection

rating
7.0
Summary

Whether via PIN, RFID or app, the smart door lock from WE.LOCK has always unlocked reliably after a test phase of around two months. Still, it's not quite as smart as the representatives of well-known brands.

This is particularly noticeable with the app, which lacks some useful functions. Only the unlocks made via the app are displayed in the course of the process. The door lock also lacks a HomeKit, Google Home or Alexa connection.

When it comes to security, one should always keep in mind that any possibility of unlocking the lock brings with it another security risk. On the other hand, no lock is unbreakable. How much trust you have in the lock and on which door you use it, everyone has to find out for themselves. Personally, I would only install it on intermediate doors and not security-related doors.

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