Front Door Electric Lock Part 2

Well after 2+ months of waiting for parts that never arrived I gave up and ordered new ones.
Rather annoying but did mean I went ahead and got better parts instead.

Instead of an all in one RFID/Controller I got a LAN connected controller board that supports up to four RFID readers and two doors.  This allows for more control in terms of users, time in/out and easy lock out of existing tags. Also means when I add in the garage door I’ve already got all the supporting equipment.

One extra feature that I plan on using is keeping an eye on the occupancy of the house so when everyone has taped out can switch off lights, heating, etc to save power.

I had already run a length of speaker wire to the door striker location and a length of CAT5 to the position of the RFID reader so hookup was pretty easy, the RFID reader uses 5 wires in total: +12v, GND, Data0, Data1 and LED

Was then just a matter of installing the software and entering the users. The wizard asks you to tap the tag on the RFID reader and then you add a name, department and any other information you want about the user.  You can then set access privileges on a per door and user basis. Software is quite overkill for this application (can support something like 20,000 users…) but for the price who cares 🙂

And onto the pictures… I plan on making a video showing the door operation as well.

 

Electric Strike lock wired up.
Delivery 😀
RFID Tag
Control board all wired up
RFID Reader connected up
RFID Reader Mounted up

 

Outdoor Kitchen Build Part 1

With summer approaching thought it best to get started on the outdoor kitchen I’ve been planning for the last ~12 months.

Plan is to have BBQ, oven and sink all out on the deck save having to cook inside on the really hot days ahead.

On the electronics side got a 12″ sub mounted in one corner of the kitchen to back up the mounted line array and a 32″ telly mounted on a swinging bracket which will be driven from the raspberry pi inside via HDMI-CAT5 converter.

Most of the construction has been done, have to finish off cupboards, draws and put some paint on and some trim here and there. Also still got power and several runs of CAT5 to do.

Onto the pictures:

Base built
Coming together
Placing parts
All screwed down
Bench all done
Cupboard doors hung
Back all on
TV Bracket
TV Mounted