Weatherproof Keypad

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I am looking for a weatherproof keypad for use as an outside mounted garage door opener. Enter the correct code, door opens. Weather: Freezing rain, sub freezing to ~100'F.

Quanty is 1, (well, one plus a spare...), with any interface, Matrix, I2C, other.

I found many commercial products, but am having trouble just locating the keypad or keypad in a lided enclosure to do the rest myself.

Anyone have a unit that they have played with and liked?

JC

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Try Digi-key.

Also look at the Grayhill site They make some nice weatherproof stuff.

Google weatherproof keypads.

-100/F???
I did not know it got that cold in Ohio

Jim

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Google gave me lots of hits for full PC style keyboards, and full alarm systems with keypads. I'll keep looking.

I'll check out Grayhill.

The temp was supposed to be a range: below zero extending upwards to approx 100 'F. If it gets to -100'F in Ohio I'm moving!

Thanks for the reply!

JC

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Storm Interface has some nice ones, although a bit pricey. Allied, Newark and Digi-key distribute them.

Kurt

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Thanks Kurt,
I'll check it out

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Hi Doc

What about a CapSense KB, either from Quantum/QPROX, or roll your own with an AVR. I've seen some notes over on the "dark side" website, at http://www.microchip.com/stellent/idcplg?IdcService=SS_GET_PAGE&nodeId=2599&param=en531501.

That would allow you to create your own keypad in whatever format you want. You could even put it behind a piece of vinyl or frosted glass/plastic, and people wouldn't even know there was a keypad there.

Randy

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Thanks Randy,
I've seen several articles on CapSense, and it looks like it would be perfect,... but...
I hate to switch to another line of chips right now, new programmer, another version of Basic, etc., (I'm not a C programmer).
It sure would make a nice interface, however!

I've found several high end keypads, devices that would be suitable for an ATM machine, etc.; and custom design keypads, ($ setup fee for quanty 1 exceeds my budget...).

I'd like to find the OEM for the garage door opener keypads for Genie, etc., but haven't located them yet. It would provide an inexpensive keypad in a weatherproof enclosure, some with a hinged lid.

All Electronics has several indoor/outdoor 16 key vinyl covered, sealed keyboards, easily tied to an AVR. High on the list of options for now.

I appreciate everyone's thoughts!

JC

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The keypads for the two Genie remote openers that I am familiar with are integrated into the PC board along with the micro controller and RF circuitry, and I would expect the same in other similar products, as that is the least expensive way to manufacture such an item.

Preston

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I thought for sure that I had seen a vertically oriented keypad, in a plastic enclosure, with a flip up cover, in a catalog. I can't seem to locate it in any of my catelogs, or on line.

Your explaination may be the best reason. That, or Altzheimer's is setting in...

JC

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Hi Doc,

I have used Secme S - Series IP67 keypads in the past. They are very durable. They aren't too terribly expensive, either.

Check out:

http://www.eao.com/global/en/switches-keyboards/keypads-metal-vandal-resistant/vandal-resistant-keypads.asp

And:

http://www.eao.com/eus/en/products/condensedcatalogue/byseries//S.SERIES.pdf

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Hi Carl,

Good evening, and thank you for the link! I had not seen their products. I also learned what IP67 means! They are clearly much more durable than what I was looking at.

One of your 2313's is earmarked for this project!

JC

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DocJC wrote:
Hi Carl,

Good evening, and thank you for the link! I had not seen their products. I also learned what IP67 means! They are clearly much more durable than what I was looking at.

One of your 2313's is earmarked for this project!

JC

Unfortunately, it was back in the mid-1980s when I last used the Secme' brand keypads. This was when I lived just outside of Tulsa - over in Tom Pappano's neck of the woods.

I used these keypads in a computerized Asphalt metering system. Those asphalt guys will break a steel ball with a rubber mallet.

I'm sure the web-link that I provided will have some contact information to inquire about authorized dealers in the United States.. Maybe Newark, Carlton Bates, or the like will carry the Secme' line.

These are very high quality keypads and almost indestructible.

You can avoid reality, for a while.  But you can't avoid the consequences of reality! - C.W. Livingston

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JHJ

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Tomcat
Your name makes me think of Top Gun!
Thank you for the link, I did not even think of searching eBay, it has not been a usual source for my components.

JC