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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MobileMe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 10:47am
I'm interested in the wireless deadbolt project and looking for some input.  I haven't purchased the kit yet, but I plan too.  What got my attention was the statement that it had a clean look with no wires behind the door.  The only thing that has been holding me back from this project is making it look clean.  I read the RFID deadbolt chapter in RFID Toys and really liked the idea, but it didn't look very appealing.

I word for a security company that sells high end access control systems.  I really like them, but there is no way I can afford those prices. 

It would be great to get see some pics and maybe a general opinion of the result.  Also, does the project require the wireless modules?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote patterso Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 11:51am
I can only speak for the units that I've been using, but can tell you the following:
-They are low-cost, I cannot remember the exact details, but want to say that they are $28 ea
-The are standalone
-From inside, you can open the know and press a button go enroll an administrative tag
-that administrative tag can then be used to authorize enrolling of new tags
-They are standalone, no wires at all.  no central database, no network connections, etc. 
-It's possible to plug in a USB cable, and pull access logs, but i've never bothered...

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote MobileMe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 May 2012 at 12:26pm
Thanks for the quick response.  The one thing that I would like to have is network connectivity, at least wireless to a PC so I can send commands to the unit.  I was under the impression that could be done with XBee and RedBee. 

My goal is the deadbolt project.  I'm having a difficult time visualizing how this project would come together without a messy looking door.  I sold my wife on the project, but her condition is that I have to make it look good. 

I like the administrative tag concept.  Keeping the database on the unit is what I was looking for. 

What units have you been using that cost $28?  The cheapest RedBee readers that I've seen start at $67. 

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My units are not networked, thus the cost is lower but taking away the functionality you are seeking...
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Networking is not a requirement, but the option would be nice.  I would like to know where you got your RedBee for $28?
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If you can find a V1.0 redbee, they are 39.99. I think trossenrobotics sells them, and i've seen them on amazon. There is a difference though, so read the fine print and make sure you can handle it.
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