Ideas for unlocking a dog kennel remotely?
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We have one of the metal kennels in which we contain our dog anytime we have company. As we now have a housekeeper coming in occasionally in the mornings, I would like to be able to lock him up until she leaves on certain days. She will get there early in the morning and I don't want him to be locked up all day.
I figure I could probably somehow hack a deadbolt to do this, but I really don't wanna spend $200 on it. Any ideas of a cheaper way? I'm thinking there might be some way to do it with a smart plug and some sort of relay, but I'm just not sure where to start.
He is smart enough I could probably train him to push against the door when he hears the sound of the crate unlocking.

Thoughts?

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Unfortunately that $16 one on jet looks like it is only battery powered.
The deluxe is AC powered, but much more expensive.
I would imagine it should be easy to adapt the cheap one that takes 4 AA batteries to utilize a 6v power supply and put it on an iris plug-in smart switch....

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Bad start to this project... I ordered the opener from jet and received the wrong product. 6870971466b717e3ba1490b8786981a5.jpg


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So I just won an auction on ebay for one of these. In fact, it's the dual latch version... so technically I have 2 to play with.
I'm thinking it shouldn't be hard to straight wire an AC adapter to the solenoid inside and plug it into a smart switch.
Apparently the guy that makes these has a large stock of the old versions that he is converting from battery only to AC powered... so it shouldn't be that difficult.

I also plan on setting a rule so that if an alarm is triggered, the smart switch for the kennel is turned on. This way if there is a burglary while he is locked up he would be immediately set loose.
Also, he could get out the kennel if there was a fire.

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