I'm trying to work out how to Iris-enable my gun safe. The safe has a small hole in back you can run power in and out of.
Obviously i can do a motion sensor externally, or a camera, or even a proximity open/close switch (useless tho).
Has any figured a way to make the antenna of a sensor external?
I'm pretty sure the steel and construction of the safe will block the ZWave signal. Unless, I put a range extender right beside the safe maybe
Contact sensor on the safe door exterior?
An interior sensor would be much more difficult although depending on the space available you could put a camera inside (run the ethernet cable and power through the hole in the back).
I tried installing one inside a gun safe and it always disconnected a short time after closing the door. I tried installing a smart plug near the safe with same result. I ended up installing it on the outside.
Yes, it can be defeated when mounted externally. You can remove the cover of the battery part of the sensor and run a screw into the safe to help make it more secure.
for what is worth, I have mine setup on the outside door frame and paired with a silent care alarm that will call me and notify when the safe is opened.