Lock Schedules Explained

Lock Schedules

Lock schedules affect the locking and unlocking behavior at specified times of the day/week. There are two kinds of lock schedules; Auto-lock (also known as Passage Mode) and Lock Action Schedules. These two types of schedules are set independent of each other, but both can be working on the lock at the same time.

To create and set Lock Schedules, select the Schedules Tab from the left-hand menu.

To set the Auto-Lock and Lock Action Schedules, access these fields by going to the Lock Management page, then select Settings.

Auto-Lock Schedules

Before discussing the Auto-Lock Schedule, let’s first define what auto-lock mode does. This mode determines how the lock behaves after it is successfully unlocked by a code. The door can either remain unlocked (Passage Mode), or, much like a hotel, it can be set to re-lock a short time after unlocked. If you want to ensure that a door remains locked, enabling Auto-lock mode is helpful. Disabling Auto-Lock mode is more often done in residential uses where you often want to leave your door unlocked when home.

However, there are situations when you want a lock to switch between Auto-Lock and Passage mode. For example, an office may want to switch into Passage Mode at the start of business hours, say 8 AM. This way, the first person to unlock the door after 8 AM will cause the door to remain unlocked for the remainder of the business day. Then at 5 PM, the business may want to switch back to Auto-Lock mode to ensure the door remains locked after business hours. To switch between enabling and disabling Auto-lock, a schedule can be created to accommodate these changes at specific times on specific days of the week, such as Monday - Friday, 9-5.

Lock-Action Schedules

The second type of Lock Schedule is a Lock Action Schedule. This schedule can be used to physically lock or unlock a door at a specific time of day. We don’t typically recommend setting a schedule to automatically unlock a door, but it may be appropriate for some situations.

In the previous example of the business setting an Auto-Lock schedule to remain in passage mode during business hours, this business also wants to make sure the door physically locks at 5 PM. To do that, they will need to create a Lock-Action schedule that triggers the door to lock Monday - Friday at 5 PM.

Working Together

In this case, the Auto-Lock and Lock-Action Schedules, while set separately, are working together. At 5 PM the door will physically lock due to the Lock-Action Schedule. It will also switch into Auto-Lock mode at the same time so that if anyone unlocks the door after 5 PM, it will relock behind them. After Friday at 5 PM, the lock will remain this way over the weekend until 8 AM on Monday. However, it will remain locked until the first employee enters after that time.

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