Many of you have probably lost your keys. \u00a0I know I have. \u00a0Once. \u00a0It was something akin to being stranded on an island. \u00a0Or at least the experience was analogous to what one would think that experience would be. \u00a0Unless you've got a spouse, friend, or trusted key confident in proximity you'll be making a call to a local lock smith. \u00a0Or, if you had a Schlage touchscreen deadbolt you could just punch in a 4-8 digit pin. For another way to upgrade the security in your home, you should also check out our guide to the voice-activated lockbox.\r\n\r\nJust about everything you need to install the Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is included in the box. \u00a0Aside from a Philips and Flathead screwdriver. \u00a0And provided you've got a traditional deadbolt setup on your font door, installation will take a mere 30-45 minutes.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nTo install, I started by simply removing my existing deadbolt by unscrewing the two screws on the inside of the door. \u00a0This unfastens both portions of the old lock, the bolt and the strike. \u00a0Since my door has a mortise - this is where the deadbolt faceplate rests - I was able to use the deadbolt right out of the box. \u00a0If your door lacks this cutout (mortise), just simply swap out the faceplate with the included round one. \u00a0 You might also need to adjust the deadbolt's length, which can be done by twisting the faceplate. \u00a0Again, the default length was perfect for my door's setup right out of the box. \u00a0That said, you'll need ample space (5-inches) between the deadbolt and the door handle, otherwise the support plate and motor won't fit.\r\n\r\nOnce the deadbolt has been inserted you can test if it locks properly by closing your front door, sticking a flat head screwdriver into the bolt mechanism and twisting. \u00a0I suggest you do this to make sure things are lined up properly.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAdding the touchpad requires that you thread the tab (the metal rod that turns the deadbolt) through the deadbolt. \u00a0But before you do that make sure to run the connecting wire under the deadbolt. \u00a0The clips on the touchscreen should snap into the door and hold it in place, though not firmly. \u00a0To do that you'll need to install the backplate, which not only holds everything securely together, but acts as a mount for the motor and battery pack. \u00a0Two screws hold the backplate onto the door and screw into the touchscreen's housing. \u00a0In my experience, and this is what took the longest, over tightening these screws can cause the deadbolt to misalign and catch, especially if the existing door cutouts aren't perfectly aligned (this was the case with my door). \u00a0So to address this I had to slightly loosen the screws, which in turn reduced the tension and decreased any alignment issues, but didn't compromise security.\r\n\r\nTo determine if you should adjust the screws, you'll need to install the battery on the motor and plug in the connecting cord. \u00a0You could mount the motor, but it will only be more work to remove it. \u00a0So I suggest plugging it in, and hitting the Schlage button on the touchscreen. \u00a0Make sure the door is closed, and if it works correctly you should hear the motor running, the touchpad will display a green check mark, and the door will lock. \u00a0My initials attempts resulted in a red X and a sound that can be best described as the lock's motor wincing and catching on something half way into the process.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the box is a sticker that can you adhere to the inside of the door jam that explains how to add user pins to the door - you can have up to 30. \u00a0User codes can be 4-8 digits in length (note: changing the length requirement deletes all existing codes). \u00a0To program the Schlage Touchscreen Deadbolt you'll need the master code, which is found on the back of the user guide as well as the inside of the unit itself (just in case you lose the user guide). \u00a0If you're lazy, or prefer memorizing new codes, there are also two default 4-digit pins that ship with the lock.\r\n\r\nIf you leave for vacation, perhaps for 5+ days, you can disable all users codes until you return home. \u00a0In this instance you'll need to remember the included key for when you return home and want to gain entry.\r\n\r\nThat said, there is also an auto lock feature that automatically locks the door 30-seconds after it has been unlocked - this feature is turned off by default. \u00a0And for added security the motor contains an audible alarm in the event someone enters a pin incorrectly 4-times, the lock is disturbed or tampered with, or if there is significant force placed on the door. \u00a0The alarm can also be set to emit two audible beeps when the door is opened, alerting you to activity at your front door.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAnd if simply unlocking your door with a touchscreen isn't enough, the\u00a0\u00a0Schlage Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is also smartphone compatible. \u00a0But not out of the box. \u00a0You'll need to sign up for a Nexia account and purchase a compatible Nexia bridge that plugs into your home's router. \u00a0Once installed and the lock's Z-Wave radio has been connected to the system, you should be able to unlock your front door using your smartphone. \u00a0And much like other smart deadbolts, you can share access to friends and family, receive\u00a0notifications\u00a0when select pins are entered or the alarm is sounded on the door, as well as set lock code access to specific times and days.\r\n\r\nEven though I installed the Schalge Touchscreen lock a few weeks ago (more now), I'm still impressed when I don't have to fumble for my keys, especially if I'm already carrying a few things. \u00a0It's also particularly convenient when I go for a run and I don't want to be encumbered by a fist full of keys rattling around in my pocket.\r\n\r\nArguably, a touchpad, or PIN, compromises the security of my front door; anyone with a view of the keypad could break in. \u00a0However, with the proper precautions, which involves standing in front of the keypad, much of this is negated. \u00a0By default the keypad lights up, so punching in my PIN is only made easier at night. \u00a0Battery life is a cause for concern, but if replaced once a year - it takes just 4 AAs - you shouldn't run into a problem. \u00a0Regardless, you should provide a friend or family with a copy of the dead bolt key. \u00a0That being said, the touchpad will flash a red X mark when the batteries run low, and it's important to keep in mind that battery's longevity will be greatly reduced if the Nexia system is used since this requires a wireless signal.\r\n\r\nBottom line: provided you've got a compatible deadbolt system, the Schlage\u00a0Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt is easy to install, easy to use, and only has one pitfall, which is the same among all smart deadbolts; battery life.