Access Startup Multi-Mount Aims To Streamline Reader Installs

By Brian Rhodes, Published Dec 03, 2019, 10:28am EST (Info+)

Startup Multi-Mount claims it makes installing access readers 'Fast', 'Secure,' and fit 'any size frame.' The company states its bracket 'fits most major brands, including HID, Lenel, Keyscan, Isonas, Schlage, Kantech, and many more!'

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In this profile based on discussions with the founder, we examine Multi-Mount's bracket, including:

  • What Difficult Reader Application Multi-Mount Addresses
  • How Much A Multi-Mount Costs
  • The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Multi-Mount
  • The Background Of The Locksmith Developing It
  • Why Full-Sized Readers Are Needed Over Mullion Units
  • Which Competitive Alternatives Are Available

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Machined Aluminum Bracket

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Multi-Mount Bracket Dimensions

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Provides Hard   Flat Surface on Masonry

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Comments (15)

Love the idea. Can't wait to try it. It's been a long time coming.

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This looks to be a really good product. On a typical install you will only need a few of these at most. With that said then you really aren't spending that much extra when you consider the labor and time to devise such a way to mount a reader to a mullion.

Actually more importantly would be mounting an intercom door station.

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Actually more importantly would be mounting an intercom door station.

The founder mentioned future brackets will be designed specifically for this application. No firm deadline, but larger units will be designed for door stations.

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This product is a great idea and once the price comes down with volume, should be an easy go-to solution for mounting single gang-sized readers on storefront doors and doors with glass sidelites.

We just did an Isonas project with two doors that were like the ones this bracket was designed for. We used a single gang waterproof back box in the duro finish and it actually came out looking ok for lack of a better solution ... the backbox attaches to the inside edge of the door frame instead of the front of the frame and the wiring cutouts (which for Isonas IP readers are substantially larger than for a regular reader) are made into the side of the frame and covered by the box.

Those are vertical blinds behind the glass, so the back of the box being visible want't an issue in this case(!). The color of the back box sort of blended into the door frame anyway.

I was just going through the paces of getting together a materials list for installing these readers onto storefront doors with the narrow mullions .... 60 bucks is still a bit steep, but again, this product definitely addresses a common problem for readers (and intercoms as S. Davis said ... very common problem at schools with glass/aluminum banks of entry doors).

I hope this product is successful .. it makes a lot of sense and you can tell it was invented by someone who needed a "better way".

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Just an added comment for this product when used on uneven surfaces like exterior brick, etc. ... much needed since the mounting backplate that comes with the ISonas readers (or any of the readers designed/made by Wavelynx)

The single gang sized mounting plates are stamped out of stainless steel which is flexible enough to bow/bend when the mounting screws are applied with seemingly enough torque to securely hold the mounting bracket in place. This bowing/bending of the backplate causes two issues that disrupt the install process:

1. Makes attaching the reader to the backplate via sliding the "slots" on the back of the reader body over the tabs on the bracket a real pain sometimes, and

2. Make lining up the tiny hole for the security screw a real exercise in futility when the security screw tab at the base of the bracket doesn't line up perfectly with the threaded hole in the bottom of the reader.

Lastly, since the mounting bracket is stamped and otherwise not refined as far as the exposed inner edges of the cutouts go, I can't count the number of times I've been installing these readers and suddenly notice a stream of blood running down my hand (here comes the electrical tape) because the cutout for the pigtail and Cat6 cable has scalpel-like sharpness and can make a nice little slice in your finger without you even feeling it.

Multi-Mount = product designed by someone who installs readers for a living

Wavelynx (Isonas) backplate mounting bracket = not designed by someone who installs readers for a living

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suddenly notice a stream of blood running down my hand (here comes the electrical tape)

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Oh .. you've got the enhanced field applied first aid kit ... looks to have the added folded up paper towel jammed in there.

I've often wondered if the nasty chemicals probably in the PVC used to make electrical tape actually works indirectly as a temporary antiseptic. How long before you lost feeling in that bad boy (the wrap looks pretty tight!)

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no pus = no fuss

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You haven't even started working until you bleed on everything!

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Nice idea...still don't understand why a huge notch was taken out of the frame instead of a 3/4" hole.

Can anyone elaborate?

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The large notch was specifically for the Isonas reader. Majority of your large-format readers will only require the small hole. The Isonas has two pigtails coming out of the back. Have a great weekend!!

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That is a pretty big notch. The challenge with mounting the Isonas readers is the large diameter RJ-45 connector that is permanently attached to the back of the reader along with the reader's control pigtail all fitting through a hole in the door frame large enough to easily tuck both cabling components back into the door frame. This is impossible with a 3/4" hole and even a bit tight with a 1" hole. I usually use a 1 1/8" hole saw as a minimum.

From a service standpoint, if you come back a few months later and need to remove the reader after the cables have become set in shape/bend and try to pull them out through a hole barely large enough to fit them through initially, it can take some patience/time to pull them back through enough to get a service loop.

It looks like he made cutout easy by making 4 straight cuts, but it does appear to be a bit larger than absolutely needed.

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A giant chunk of metal, behind an antenna. While you're worried about read range. What could go wrong? And what's this about Bluetooth requires a 1-gang reader?

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If you are mounting it on a mullion there is going to be a giant hunk of aluminum anyway. Not ideal but if it's where it needs to go it's where it needs to go.

Multi-class plus keypad = single gang mount.

It would be nice if HID and others would step up and make a mullion mount version (also through in Bluetooth) it would make everyone life easier.

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Hey Ty! You don’t have to remove the chunk out of the frame for the majority of readers it’s only for readers that have double pigtails like Isonas. Appreciate the feedback!!

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