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Yale’s inexpensive new retrofit lock will work with Matter-over-Thread

The Yale Approach with Wi-Fi is a retrofit smart door lock that works with a wireless keypad. | Image: Yale

This week, Yale launched its first retrofit smart door lock, the $129.99 Yale Approach with Wi-Fi. The lock attaches only to the back of your door, so you don’t have to replace your entire deadbolt to get access to smart features like auto-unlock and locking your door from your phone. The Yale Approach will also work with a new wireless Yale Keypad ($69.99), with a fingerprint-enabled version coming later this year. Also later this year, Yale says the new lock will have the option of a firmware upgrade to add Matter-over-Thread connectivity.

Retrofit locks are great for renters who can’t swap out their locks or for people with nice door hardware who want to keep the look of their door while still asking a voice assistant to lock the…

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