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.
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.