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I bought this to use as a hidden lock on a cabinet I was making. It would be mounted on a wall with no other access other than the panel door it would be holding closed. After reading the instructions I realized that "IF" the batteries should die while it was closed, there was no way what so ever to open the panel without tearing it off its hinges. It would stay locked. What a design flaw! After reading other reviews, (which I should have read before buying) it's my fault for buying this. The instructions say the lock is supposed to start beeping when the batteries are low notifying you to replace them but there's no way I would trust the batteries to last long enough for me to notice. I ran a test with this lock uninstalled with low batteries in it and it did alert me to that fact but it did not last the 50 opens it said it would prior to completely locking you out. Maybe ten times I opened and closed it before it locked up.
Otherwise the product is solid and works as described. I tested on the cabinet without actually installing it and it would release the lock through 3/4 inch of solid hardwood with the RFID card, but not the key fob. I would have really like to have included this in my project but instead went with some round neodymium magnets mounted into the base frame and cabinet door that hold it solidly closed.
I loved the idea of locking my armoire with a lock that is invisible when it's closed. The RFID reader did a great job of picking up the opening card from outside the cabinet. I spent hours testing, aligning, and adjusting this lock to fit inside my beautiful antique solid-wood armoir, and I got it to work and lock and unlock!
That's where the happy part of this story ends. I then made sure it would keep out nosy visitors/kids/etc. I gave a moderately hard yank on the locked armoir door ... and the whole plastic lock body blew apart with only a modicum of force. A five year old child could break this lock on with the leverage of a solid-wood cabinet door.
This lock might keep prying eyes out of a lightweight drawer or light cabinet drawer, but it doesn't provide any real security.
I ended up going with a visible brass hasp outside the cabinet doors with an antique-looking brass padlock.
The ID cards are useless pieces of plastic. They have no identifying unique number on them. When trying to program the lock using the cards it does nothing - using either the batteries or the USB. The 2 included ID tags however work great. The tags are the only reason I’m giving this product 2 stars; otherwise I’d be returning and asking for a refund.
The instructions and battery low defaults to open is the largest reason for my low stars. Just not very secure but I guess neither is this level of 125hz card. That all said this reader works okay for basic purposes but if the surfaces get thick dont expect smaller chips to be detected
The entire unit is plastic, making this not very secure. used to keep kids out of a filing cabinet, this would be fine, but locking up valuable? not a chance. Instalation was togher than I thought, but I used it on a chest, not a cabinet. batteries last a very long time, which is great.
I was excited about getting this lock and it worked great before I installed it, it worked when I semi installed it, but when I had it fully installed it wouldn't work. I had to take my cabinet apart to get it off. Luckily I had put it on something that I could dismantle (not that I wanted to) without destroying it. It would have been a cool item if it had worked.
It is very difficult to trust this thing. Depending on the source of power, the cards will not work properly: with USB they work OK, with rechargeable batteries work randomly (depending on the thickness of the cabinet) and with alkaline batteries they work at the beginning but the batteries die very fast. So now I have to figure out a way to install it providing a constant source of power with the USB. And the tags do not work at all with any source of power and with any kind of wood, material. They are just useless.
Does not work for a sliding door like it says. I got too swamped with work to install it right away and now I can’t return it. The direction are not clear and incomprehensible. Definitely made and written in China with no American translation team to go over instructions. It may work for thin drawers or filing cabinets but it doesn’t work on walls or thick wood