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Securing Your Home: The Pros and Cons of Keypad vs. Keyless Entry

Jun 20, 2024|

Home security has come a long way, and so have door locks. From basic deadbolts to high-tech solutions, locks have evolved to boost security while making life easier. Today, keypad and keyless entry systems are at the forefront of modern security technologies.

Keypad entry systems use a numeric pad where you enter a code to unlock your door, doing away with the need for physical keys. This means you can change access codes anytime, adding a layer of security and convenience.

Keyless entry systems go a step further by eliminating the need for a keypad. These might include features like fingerprint recognition or remote access via smartphone, offering unmatched convenience and control.

Both options reflect a move towards smarter, more user-friendly security solutions that mesh well with other smart home devices, enhancing safety and ease of use. Let’s explore how each system measures up and which might best suit your needs.

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Understanding keypad and keyless entry systems

When you want to upgrade your home security, understanding how both keypad and keyless entry systems work is the best place to start. Here’s a quick rundown to help.

Keypad entry systems offer convenience without compromising security. They feature a numeric keypad where you input a specific code to unlock your door. It's that simple: No fumbling for keys; just remember your code. You can easily reset this code whenever you need, which is great for giving temporary access or beefing up security if you suspect your code has been compromised.

Keyless entry systems take the tech up a notch. These systems can operate through several advanced methods:

  • Biometric. You can unlock your door with your fingerprint or even facial recognition. It’s as personal as security gets.
  • Bluetooth. Your smartphone or a key fob communicates with the lock to open it as you approach.
  • Wi-Fi. This allows for remote access. You can lock or unlock any door in your home from anywhere using your smartphone, which is perfect for letting in guests when you're not home or checking if you forgot to lock up.

Both types of systems streamline entering and exiting your home, cutting down on the hassle of traditional keys while ramping up security. Whether you prefer the simplicity of a keypad or the advanced features of keyless entry, there’s a system tailored to your lifestyle and security needs.

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Comparison of features

When weighing the merits of keypad versus keyless entry systems, consider how these technologies differ in security, convenience, design, and technological integration. Explore the following categories to help you find the perfect fit for your home.


Both keypad and keyless systems often utilize electronic deadbolts. These offer more sophisticated features than traditional deadbolt locks, like the ability to track who enters and when. Traditional single-cylinder deadbolts don’t provide such insights or controls, making electronic versions superior in terms of monitoring and security customization.

Auto-lock is a common feature in both systems, providing a fail-safe by locking the door automatically after a set time. This is invaluable for those hectic days when you might forget to lock your door. Keyless entry systems may offer more advanced auto-lock options due to their ability to integrate with broader smart home routines.


Keypad entry systems shine with their ability to assign user codes. This is particularly handy for families or businesses that may need to grant access to multiple people without sharing physical keys.

Keyless entry systems, however, offer the ultimate convenience by allowing entry without any physical interaction at all—ideal for when your hands are full or you’re not physically present to open the door.

Both systems are typically designed for easy installation, but keyless options might require more technical savvy, especially if they involve advanced features like biometrics or comprehensive smart home integration with systems like Alexa or Apple Home Key.

Design and aesthetics

Design preferences can vary significantly between the two systems. Keypad locks often feature buttons or touchscreen keypads and can come with Camelot trim or satin nickel, offering a tactile experience and a traditional look.

Keyless entry systems tend to have a sleeker, more modern design, often with touchscreens instead of physical buttons. They’re available in finishes like matte black or oil-rubbed bronze for contemporary homes.

The type of hardware—whether a lever, handle set, or door knob—is also an important part of the overall aesthetic. It can either be a statement piece or blend seamlessly with your home decor.

Technology and integration

Touchscreen technology is commonly seen in both keypad and keyless systems but is more prevalent in keyless entries, where the screen can manage lock functions and integrate with security cameras and other smart home devices. Wi-Fi connectivity in keyless systems often allows for remote management via apps, superior to keypad systems that might only offer basic programming options.

Examining specific products reveals differences in how these technologies integrate within various smart home ecosystems, affecting usability and functionality.

Child opening a front door secured by a smart lock.

Pros and cons

Choosing the right home security system involves understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different technologies. Let’s break down the pros and cons of keypad and keyless entry systems to help you decide which one might be the best fit for your security needs.

Keypad entry


  • User-specific codes. Use multiple unique codes for different users, enhancing security and convenience.
  • No physical key required. Forget the hassle of carrying or losing physical keys.
  • Integration with traditional door locks. Can be easily added to existing door hardware without needing complete replacements.


  • Vulnerability to smudging and hacking. Keypad patterns can sometimes be discerned from smudges, and simpler systems may be vulnerable to hacking.
  • Requirement of battery or power source. Keypad entry depends on batteries or electrical power, which can be a drawback during power outages unless backup systems are in place.

Keyless entry


  • High-tech security features. Keyless options incorporate technologies like biometrics and Bluetooth for enhanced security.
  • Remote access and notifications. Unlock your door from anywhere using a smart device and receive notifications about door status.
  • Integration with smart home systems. Seamlessly connect your locks with other smart home devices for a unified home automation experience.


  • Complexity. This option may require a steeper learning curve and more complex installation.
  • Potential issues with connectivity and power. It relies on a continuous power supply and internet connection, which can be disrupted.
  • Higher cost. Advanced features generally make these more expensive than traditional and keypad lock systems.

Kiwkset Smart Lock from Vivint

When exploring keypad and keyless entry systems, it's useful to examine the leading models and their features, especially focusing on Z-Wave, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi capabilities. The Kwikset smart lock from Vivint is known for its integration with home automation and security systems.


  • Keyless entry. It allows entry without a physical key, utilizing a keypad or mobile access.
  • Remote access and notifications: Lock and unlock doors remotely with the Vivint app, receiving notifications about who is entering or leaving your home.
  • Voice control integration. It’s compatible with major voice assistants, providing ease of use through voice commands.
  • Z-Wave compatibility. The Kwikset Smart Lock from Vivint integrates seamlessly with other smart home devices using Z-Wave technology, enhancing the overall smart home experience.
  • Wi-Fi connectivity. Being able to connect your smart lock to your home Wi-Fi network gives you full control from anywhere.
  • Bluetooth. With Bluetooth, the lock communicates with nearby devices—including smartphones and other smart home components—for easier access and control.
  • Advanced security features. Incorporating elements like remote access, voice assistant compatibility, and potential biometric security, Kwikset smart locks from Vivint are designed to offer both robust security and user-friendly operation.

Installing a Vivint smart home system can significantly improve your home’s security and functionality while increasing your peace of mind.

Kwikset Smart Lock from Vivint.

Installation and maintenance

Whether you opt for a keypad or keyless entry system, proper installation and regular maintenance keep everything working securely for as long as possible. When you get a smart lock as part of your Vivint system, our Smart Home Pros will install everything for you and teach you how it works. Below is a step-by-step guide on what takes place during installation and some tips on maintaining your smart lock..

Installation guide

  1. Choose the right location. Identify the door where you will install the lock. Choose a door that can structurally support the lock and make sure the system is suitable for your door type (e.g., wood or metal).

  2. Remove the existing lock. This typically involves unscrewing the old lock from the door and the door frame.

  3. Install the new lock.

    • Keypad systems. Position the new lock where the old one was removed. Mount the keypad outside and the lock mechanism inside. Connect any wires necessary for electronic components.
    • Keyless systems. These may require additional steps for components like biometric scanners or wireless modules. Ensure all parts are correctly aligned and connected.
  4. Test the lock. Before finalizing the installation, test the lock several times to make sure it locks and unlocks smoothly. This is also the time to troubleshoot any electronic issues or misalignments.

  5. Program the system. Set up user codes or pair the lock with your smart home system or mobile app, depending on the capabilities of your lock.

Maintenance and troubleshooting

  • Regular checks. Regularly check to make sure the lock is functioning correctly. Look for signs of wear or damage, and keep the lock clean and debris-free.
  • Battery replacement. Most of these systems are battery-operated. Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for the battery life expectancy and change batteries accordingly. It’s a good practice to replace batteries before they are completely depleted to avoid being locked out.
  • Connectivity issues.
    • Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Ensure your home Wi-Fi or Bluetooth is stable, and check that the lock is within range of the signal. Resetting your router or the lock itself can resolve many connectivity issues.
    • Z-Wave or other smart home protocols. Re-establish connections or re-pair the lock with your smart home hub if you notice intermittent connectivity.
  • Mechanical issues. If the lock fails to engage or disengage, check for alignment issues with the lock mechanism and the door frame. Adjustments might be necessary if the house has settled or the door is warped.
  • Manufacturer support. Utilize customer support for troubleshooting complex issues or if you suspect a hardware failure. Most systems come with a warranty that could cover some of the more significant repairs or replacements.

With proper installation, your keypad or keyless entry system can remain a reliable part of your home security for years to come. Regular maintenance prolongs the life of your security system and keeps it working at its best.

Consumer considerations

The initial installation cost of a security system varies, with basic keypad deadbolts usually being more affordable and potentially self-installable, thus saving on labor costs.

In contrast, more complex systems like smart Wi-Fi deadbolts or combos that include both a door lever and an electronic keypad can be pricier due to higher material costs and the need for professional installation.

Consider ongoing maintenance costs, too. Simple systems may only require occasional battery replacements and minor mechanical maintenance, but sophisticated systems might need frequent updates, potential subscription fees for enhanced features, and periodic hardware upgrades to keep up with technological advances.

Durability is crucial for devices like touchpads and smart locks, especially when installed on exposed front doors. These systems are designed to endure various environmental conditions, though their electronic components may be more prone to issues than purely mechanical systems.

The finish on door handles and levers, such as low-gloss or satin, often contributes to longevity by resisting wear and environmental damage. Warranty terms can vary significantly by brand but generally cover defects in materials and craftsmanship. Some manufacturers also provide limited warranties that extend to electronic components, offering additional peace of mind.

ANSI certification is a reliable indicator of a lock's security capabilities, with grades ranging from Grade 1 to Grade 3.

  • Grade 1 gives you the highest level of security, making it ideal for commercial and top-tier residential use.
  • Grade 2 is sufficient for robust residential security and some commercial applications.
  • Grade 3 provides basic security suitable for general residential needs.

Homeowners should consider locks with a higher ANSI grade for optimal security and durability.

By understanding the implications of cost, durability, warranty, and certification standards, homeowners can make more informed decisions when selecting the appropriate security system for their needs, ensuring they choose a product that balances performance with value.

Kwikset Smart Door Lock from Vivint.

Making the right choice for your home security

Choosing between a keypad door lock and a Wi-Fi smart lock involves understanding their benefits and drawbacks.

Keypad locks are straightforward and eliminate the need for physical keys but may be vulnerable to security breaches such as smudging and hacking.

Wi-Fi smart locks offer advanced features like remote access and integration with home automation systems, enhancing convenience and control. These systems often come with SmartKey technology, providing additional security against tampering.

When selecting a security system, consider your specific needs and priorities. If design and technology are equally important, a transitional-style Wi-Fi smart lock could be ideal, blending aesthetics with functionality.

Kwikset Smart Locks from Vivint offer advanced locking systems tailored to modern security needs. Explore Vivint’s resources to find the perfect fit for your home, ensuring top-notch security with cutting-edge technology.

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