[hackerspaces] Access control RFID pinpad enclosure halp

Rubin Abdi rubin at starset.net
Wed Dec 23 01:24:16 CET 2015

Our problem is someone "hacked" the payphone by drilling through the lock
to initially get inside because they were too lazy to ask around about a
key. Which means to lock it now you need access to the back. To prevent
others from accessing the back, there's the back side of another dead
payphone used as a mounting plate, sandwiching the gate between it. Since
the holes aren't threaded we did some other horrible hacks involving epoxy
and nuts to provide something to grab onto when threading the bolts in.

All in all our setup is jank as fuck. I would like to keep the aesthetic of
the payphone, but in order to not paint ourselves into a corner again I
believe we'll need to acquire a new one, which will take longer than we

rubin at starset.net
On Dec 22, 2015 15:35, "Pete Prodoehl" <raster at gmail.com> wrote:

> Agreed! the payphone approach is awesome... I've seen weatherproofing
> accomplished with generous applications of Silicone caulk...
> Pete
> On 12/22/15 5:26 PM, Derek H wrote:
> I say you should absolutely work on getting that payphone enclosure fixed
> up, because it's badass.
> For the reader,  why not just pick up an off the shelf solution that's
> already waterproofed? In order to find one, I first need to know your
> requirements. What type/frequency RFID cards are you already using? How are
> you connecting to your access control board? Wiegand?
> On Dec 22, 2015 5:21 PM, "Rubin Abdi" <rubin at starset.net> wrote:
>> Noisebridge's trusty gutted payphone turned into an outdoor access
>> control pinpad/RFID reader has died today. After initial observation it
>> seems the rain that everyone's been asking for has finally shown up and
>> gotten inside the thing. We can open it up and clean it out and most likely
>> get it running again, but remounting the thing is a pain and the process of
>> weatherproofing it isn't going to be easy.
>> I am looking for one of two things...
>> 1. Recommendations on an affordable out door enclosure, can be securely
>> attached to a gate ( <https://goo.gl/photos/YgMhVAGUasEtDWoB8>
>> https://goo.gl/photos/YgMhVAGUasEtDWoB8), has a weatherproof pinpad,
>> plastic window to read RFID through, and potentially another window for a
>> small display to be mounted against. Bonus points if we can order this and
>> get it delivered soon.
>> 2. Such a thing as the item above, that your hacker space has a spare of
>> and is wanting to either get rid of it or sell it to us for a reasonable
>> cost.
>> Any help would be appreciated.
>> Also if you're curious how our system works...
>> https://github.com/hzeller/rfid-access-control
>> Thanks!
>> --
>> Rubin
>> rubin at starset.net
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