If you’re reading TTAG, it’s a pretty safe bet that you have an interest in securing firearms (hopefully more so than Eric Holder). If so, it might be worth your time to take a look at the Lockdown “Smart Puck”.
The Smart Puck (just Puck going forward) is a small sensor box that can be remote monitored from just about anywhere – anywhere you can access an SMS, text message, or e-mail. And, as long as you have a Wi-Fi connection, you can keep an eye on everything from temperature and humidity to movement alerts via the Lockdown Logic app.
That makes it a great option for gun safes, humidors, toolboxes, jewelry cabinets, and similar locations.
Here’s a quick overview.
First revealed at SHOT Show 2020, the Lockdown Puck has now been out in the wild long enough to begin generating a “service record” of sorts, and commensurate reviews and opinions. Running off either AA batteries or a USB power adapter, this is how the Puck is described by the manufacturer:
The Lockdown® Puck™ is a state-of-the-art monitoring and security device that provides true peace-of-mind with real-time notifications and control using the Lockdown Logic™ App. Track temperature and humidity, movement, and when something is opened anywhere in the world. Whether you’re securing your vault, front door, or vehicle, with a touch of a button, Lockdown what matters most.
Utilizing state-of-the-art sensors and our proprietary algorithm to detect tampering, the Puck™ will notify you instantly anywhere in the world. The built-in Wi-Fi and Lockdown Logic App connects directly with your smart home and other Lockdown Devices. From protecting guns and ammo to your family heirlooms, you can trust the Lockdown Puck to keep your valuables safe and secure.
The Lockdown Puck ships with the following:
•1 PUCK™ Unit
•1 Nine-foot Micro USB power cord
•1 Magnetic door sensor
•1 Mounting bracket and hardware
•4 AA batteries
With record numbers of Americans buying guns now, it’s ever more incumbent upon more “seasoned” gun owners to help them understand gun safety – and safe gun storage. Like Plano’s “Rustrictor“, the Puck runs about $100 and is worth some consideration.
Learn more at LockdownPuck.com.
Be sure to read 4 Best Places to Store Firearms for Safety and Home Defense.
Want to see some more? Guns America talked to them at SHOT.
Recent reviews on Amazon are not great. I like the idea but wonder if there is a problem with the execution when it comes to the software. Let me know when version 2.0 comes out.
In all fairness, 5 reviews do not a comprehensive judgment make.
It can’t connect to 5GHz WiFi … for me, that’s the show-stopper since our secured home network is all on that band.
Your point is well-taken. Five reviews isn’t many. But when 3 of 5 are complaining about the software, it’s cause for some concern. I would like it if the TTAG Staff Writer who wrote this would do a comprehensive review of the installation/setup and functionality.
“I would like it if the TTAG Staff Writer who wrote this would do a comprehensive review of the installation/setup and functionality.”
I clicked on the video expecting to learn what it is and left disappointed. The same after reading the TTAG article.
It *hints* at what it is, but never expressly says what it is, and by playing that kind of game with my time, I’m not interested in investing more of it just to discover if it is some kind of alarm system. Fuck them, and their ‘video’ with the ‘majestic’ soundtrack music…
I have the one from Liberty safe. Works great
I’ve had the Liberty Safe model for years and it works great. I recently bought a 2nd Safe and could not find another ‘puck’ on the Liberty site. I emailed them and they said it is no longer available. No info on a replacement. Liberty was using a branded ‘puck’ from Elertus (https://www.elertus.com/). Mine still works fine, I still get my weekly reports, and the Elertus site is still up but you can’t buy their products anymore. Everything is out of stock.
So, let me see if I understand. If you are 100 miles away from your house, and someone breaks in and grabs your Colt Python out of your Puck-monitored drawer, you will know about it right away.
But it’s still stolen.
How is that “secure”? Maybe I’m missing something, I’m not trying to be critical.
It could be helpful if you’re worried about kids accessing your safe
1. Firearms may not be in an tin box an not available for use if/when needed.
2. I did not/am not raising morons.
3. Say NO to nannies.
Well at least you’ll know to pick up another one on the way home.
Kevin, after nearly 25 years in aw enforcement I can say that monitored alarms, and most of the rest of that stuff, is next to useless. We got so many false alarms, mostly initiated by the homeowner who couldn’t be bothered to cancel our response, that alarms were way down on the list of priority calls. Many law enforcement agencies won’t respond to an alarm after the third false alarm and some even fine the homeowner. You want an alarm? Buy one at Radio Shack (not monitored) with a loud siren. Burglars hate noise. Oh, and a good safe. I like my Liberties. BTW. Years ago, before either safes or alarms were common, I was burglarized. Among the items stolen was my 6″ stainless Python. That and one of my wife’s diamond rings were the only things recovered. The Python is in a safe I can see over my left shoulder from my recliner now.
Sorry to hear about your burglary!
Yes, that’s exactly my point. Seems to me that a safe is a better option than a monitor to keep your stuff safe. For example, if I’m out of town and my Python is at home, I wouldn’t sleep any better knowing that if someone swipes it, I’ll know immediately. Why not make it inaccessible in a safe?
I’m sure there are excellent use cases for a monitor like this, and I’m not trying to be critical. I’m just trying to understand. Thanks
How about a camera installed in the device to capture image(s).
Presentation sounds interesting. Let me see if I can understand this product’s premise correctly:
The alleged advantage of this item over other options is that it puts information about my safe onto the Internet, where data travels freely and safely with no concern of interference from bad actors, whether private black hats or Government agencies. Because I set up my safe as an anonymous, private repository to protect my guns and precious metals away from prying eyes, and now wish to actually create an online portal to it.
Hard pass. Like, diamond hardness pass.
I would be concerned about this device being an electronic beacon leading hackers directly to your valuables.
Or… I agree with Haz above (we must have been posting at the same time). Yay for EDIT!
You can get the same alerting feature from a $20 Wi-Fi camera and the free tier of service from the companies app with the added advantage of getting them on camera. My safe has handy dandy power outlets and usb ports on the inside. I imagine most do these days.
Mine is an old fashioned analog safe, with no electronics, heavy construction (not that flimsy bedroom closet installation Made-in-China sheet metal nonsense), and a heavy manual tumbler. Decades old, and I literally inherited it from my grandfather. One of those “back in the day” things that were built to last, by Americans.
I am consistently amazed how people continue to buy into the ruse that connecting things to the Internet provides security. Nothing that connects to the Internet is secure. Period.
I am also consistently amazed by the many people who clearly understand this fact, and yet they still go right ahead (almost gleefully) connecting everything that they can to the Internet. It’s almost like some kind of addiction. Mass hypnosis, maybe? Dunno. But it just makes no damn sense.
“One of those “back in the day” things that were built to last, by Americans.”
If you haven’t already, bolt that sucker to the concrete slab with grade”8″ bolts. Friend of the family had an old safe like that stolen un-opened from their home so the crooks could open it at their leisure…
Literally bolted through the wall. In order to take the safe (which required three people to maneuver), a dedicated person would need to cut through the entire surrounding wall, studs and everything. But first, they’d need to find the safe…it’s purposefully located in a storage area that’s difficult to see, and strategically covered with a large yukky blanket and surrounded by old boxes and junk. Kinda like tossing old gym clothes and McDonalds wrappers on the back seat of your car to hide the bar of gold underneath.
What The Puck!?
No broadband where I live other than cellular so anything that requires an always on connection is not for me.
TTAG reviewed the Simtek Duo a while ago, and I bought one (log shows first activity Nov 2018). It uses some low-rate cell traffic, does not require a cell subscription, but does require a Simtek subscription. I forget how much, $5/month?
It only communicates when it needs to send an alarm. In fact it can’t communicate except when the door is open because its antenna is inside the safe.
I don’t expect it to keep my safe safe; but I would like to know if it’s been opened. Since it cannot send an alarm with the safe closed, it’s pretty … safe … to say it can’t generate any false alarms.
Does it communicate with a device that connects to the Internet? If so, therein lies its weakness.
Look at it another way… do you accept that the manufacturer has access to your information? Do you not believe that they can, with a simple keystroke, access the information from every user that has purchased and activated their product? Of course they can, and do- whether they admit it or not.
That is just one “unauthorized” entity with access to information that most people assume is private and secure. Now, does the manufacturer access the Internet in the course of operating their business? Would anyone have any reason to try to gain access to their database/information? Maybe? There’s no worry though- because they have “security”, right? After all- it’s very uncommon to hear about database breeches thru the Internet, right? Right.
Just a little objectively honest deductive reasoning brings these things into clear focus. Add principles and just a bit of self discipline, and you’ll be free of all of this nefarious technology. And your life will be better for it.
No, please read. It only communicates with cell towers to send an alarm. It cannot communicate when the safe door is closed.
If you are really worried that this company knows when the device sends its alarms, then don’t buy one. I was not addressing that paranoia. The worry was “anything that requires an always on connection is not for me” and this does not do that.
As for information leakage … do you ever worry that outsiders can tell when you turn lights on and off? Do you worry that the power company knows that, and if you have a smart meter, they know a lot more, and in real time?
Do you ever worry that outsiders know when you leave home and when you get back?
Do you ever worry about telephones, that someone knows when and from whom you receive calls, and when and to whom you make calls?
Do you ever worry that TTAG knows what articles you read and what comments you write?
Information leakage is everywhere and constant. You cannot escape it except by dying.
This gizmo sends an alarm over cell towers when the safe door opens. I want to know if the safe door opens. It suits my purposes. Maybe it suits others. It apparently freaks you out. My advice: don’t buy one.
Some geek has probably already written a hack for this thing.
No safe but, a steel door that would take a bulldozer to pull off. To a room that would require the house to be torn down to get in.
A safe dynabolted with 6 12x120mm bolts into rebarred concrete. Even after a decade there is not a millimeter of movement. You would need to destroy the house around the safe to remove it.
Track when something is being opened or moved, anywhere in the world?
And people think the internet is private? Email is private? Your browsing history is private?
If you want privacy, keep it to yourself. Keeping your mouth shut is the best way to do things. Making every little thing in your home IP addressable and internet connected is the same thing as shouting to the world “here I am! Come steal from me. I’m ready for you to hack my stuff.” It really is that “Come and take it” flag sent out to the world. Sooner or later, someone will.
Who dont need cash. You can by it online. Alexis told me *wink*
TTAG, not so sure why you guys keep hyping this thing. Even with all the fake reviews on AMZ, this thing has not fared well there in the reviews.
$$$$ You don’t understand that this once great site was sold by Robert a few years ago? Really went down hill.
That was before I started coming here I guess. So I never saw it the way it used to be.
I don’t see what purpose this serves.
If your safe is open, it’s probably the last thing thieves touched, and by the time you unlock your phone they’re already leaving with your stuff.
It doesn’t confirm a breach to the police, not that they’d care, and does not prioritize their response.
All it does is tell you your stuff just got stolen, and if you aren’t in the house with it, there’s not a whole lot you can do about it.
Honestly, the same effect could be achieved with a $25 wyze camera and proper alerts set up. However, any wifi device can easily be disabled by a deauthentication wifi attack, so if you are paranoid about that, wired network devices would be immune
Agree with you on the wyze (cheap) cameras. A reasonable amount of security at a dirt cheap price with no recurring expense. I have one monitoring my safe and multiple monitoring things I don’t mind sharing, like outside entrances to my house. Over the years, I have found camera occasionally helpful, not reliable. Like alarms, locks, lighting, good neighbors and dogs, they serve as one layer in a system of deterrents.
SpyNet has control. We have given it to it. It’s a monster that just sits there Watching. .
The Puck Remote Monitoring System is a great tool for parents to keep an eye on their children while they’re away from home. The system is easy to use and provides clear video and audio of what’s going on in the child’s room. I would definitely recommend this product to other parents!
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