This thread, and many similar threads on this here forum, as well as my own struggle to find devices that work with my implants, and to find implants that work with the devices I want to interfact with, and to figure out how and how well they work, tells me there should be some sort of community-fed compatiblity matrix on a wiki somewhere.
Something like a table with the following columns:
- Device type [e.g. USB desktop reader, security system reader, battery-powered lock…]
- Device maker [e.g. ACS, HID, Yale…]
- Device name [e.g. ACR122, Proximity Classic Readers 603, Doorman V2N…]
- Mfg product code [e.g. ACR122U-A9, FP-0500A, YL-102…]
- USB VID/PID if any [e.g. 072F:2200, N/A]
- Tested implants [e.g. xSIID, xNT, NeXt, FlexDF, xEM…, other non-DT NFC, other non-DT 125kHz, other non-DT 134kHz)
- Ease of use with glass implants [e.g. Easy, Reasonable, Difficult, Very difficult, Impossible]
- Ease of use with flex implants [e.g. Easy, Reasonable, Difficult, Very difficult, Impossible]
- Relevant DT threads
Why so many fields you ask?
- For the reporter field, you may have several reporters for the same device, with different implants and different implant sites, with different experiences using the device
- For the device maker / device name / mfg product code, USB VID/PID, that’s to identify precisely exactly what device / version version the reporter owns or tried. Manufacturers with bad habits tend to release products with different PCBs and/or firmware that look identical and bear the same name, but don’t all work as well. I have a very expensive desktop USB reader here that’s as useful as a brick, because I have the new version that doesn’t work as well as the older one, but you can’t tell them apart.
For the stuff the reporter doesn’t know, they can just leave it blank.
The matrix would be kind of identical to this one, only much more precise as far as identifying the device, and focused on practical usability rather than just “does it work”. More importantly, it’d filled out by contributors on a wiki instead of being maintained by @Amal, who probably doesn’t have time for that
We all have experience with a variety of devices we use every day, and someone who’s looking at getting an implant to use with a particular device, or conversely, get a particular device to use with their particular implants, could quickly know how it pans out for us who have already tried it.
I know it would have saved me a shitload of time and money perusing websites, then buying devices based on what I read that I was “almost” certain would work but didn’t when I got them in the mail.