Lever, so I’m not sure precisely how I can make it stronger but I have a few ideas to make a picker very unhappy
Primarily I think lll just screw a small metal placard over the key way, and put like 8 tiny screws on it if I’m feeling sassy, maybe 1 or 2 normal size but with as weird of a security drive as I can find
Nothing that will stop someone from picking
But I can make it take a while to even get access to the keyway, because it will also take me a long time to get to it if I ever need lol
Remember, a beefy angle grinder would eat most safes either way
The 2 large solder connections below the solenoid I was very carefully able to hold everything together, punch in a combo and hold multimeter probes
Got a reading of 3.5v when the lock fires, new to solenoids so not sure if that sounds right but I was able to verify that reading multiple times
I figure I’ll run wire in the side of the lock and solder directly into those points so I can apply voltage directly to the solenoid,
Question is, can the xEM access controller control a solenoid like this? I would assume so
This is more or less what I’m thinking for mounting
Red will be a block that replaces the dial, but matches original screw holes in the corners
Blue is new lock module which I’ll connect to
That adapter block, I’ll trim that sliding bar to mate up with the lock pivot
One point that I may have made a bad assumption is I assumed the hole that goes thru the door would be the same size as most other digital safes, a 1” hole… I have concerns the hole will only the size of the combination dial rod… 1/4-3/8”
I’ll likely need to drill the hole much bigger, that may get interesting depending on the hardness and thickness of the front door
Depending on how it’s setup, it may be giving it the full 4.5v and the solenoid is pulling it down to 3.5v. Kinda like how the lights on your car dim down when you start it. You could unhook the solenoid and measure the output without it, but I doubt 1 volt is gonna kill anything.
Easily. You have two choices though.
First Remove the circuit board entirely and just use the lock’s mechanical mechanism with the xAC.
Second, leave the circuit board in place, but put a diode on the positive side of the circuit board output. Then add the xAC wires to the solenoid AFTER that. This prevents xAC power from backfeeding the circuit board and potentially mucking it up.
Also, the xAC runs on 9-12 volts. You’ll need to reduce that to the solenoid. You can get a voltage regulator which is just a simple small chip to drop it down. Some come with preset voltages and 5v and 3.3v are pretty common. I think the solenoid should handle 5v.
Also, Also, You need to consider some way for the xAC to “sleep” when not in use or it’ll suck the batteries dry over time. It doesn’t use much power, but it’s a constant drain. Or, you could run A/C power into the case and just use batteries as a backup.
Made some progress
Got the new lock mostly installed, still needs to polishing of the locking bar and the ribbon currently blocks too much of the backup keyway
(I want it hard to see and hard to get to, but not impossible)
Once this is fully good to go, I’ll start trying to tie a xAC v2 directly into the solenoid
I think it might be a little molex. But there is just so many of them.
Magnets near the antenna will reduce range / effectiveness.
You can build a new antenna, but it has to have the same inductance. It takes a special meter to check inductance, then you wind a coil that’s too much and check, remove a little, check again. Repeat till it’s right.
If x series read best when perpendicular to the antenna, would a smaller actually be beneficial, since I’ll more easily be in that position if I sweep my hand across the center?
Also made a bit more progress last night
Soldered in a few leads straight into the solenoid,
Still works with the digital combo for a nice secondary option
(I’ll plan to put that in a secondary secure location)
Apply 4.5v (as someone suggested not the 3.5 I metered) and it pops the lock
Just wondering does a bigger antenna equal more range typically for x series?
I’m assuming with the xAC, it’s not going to change amount of power going into the antenna, just change field shape
Range is likely a combination of field shape and power right?
yes this is true… but it’s tricky… the larger your antenna is, the more conductor length there is, and the more length there is, the more power you need to overcome both internal resistance of the added conductor length, and the physical space the magnetic field now needs to permeate… so just making a bigger antenna is not going to cut it… and adding a smaller antenna might result in it being overpowered, distorting the field such that your reader can’t really “hear” the tag trying to talk… basically if you overpower your field then you get this cascade of noise as the field collapses on each polarity change… that can happen 125,000 times a second for 125khz readers and 13.56 million times for 13.56mhz readers…
Basically the best approach is to design something from the ground up to get the best performance from an x-series chip vs a flat card or fob… but that’s just not happening out there in the real world, so we try tricks to improve performance as best we can. Sometimes simply changing the antenna to a different shape might do that, or adding another passive antenna coupling to the existing antenna to change how the field is shaped…
These videos show just how malleable and strange magnetic fields can be. The LED device in the center of a Bullseye NFC tag works great at range but gets choked to death at close range with the addition of the larger Bullseye tag’s antenna around it.