Paxton Access Control Company Profile

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 07, 2015

This note profiles access company Paxton, our 3rd installment in an ongoing series, following our profiles of Tyco Kantech and DSX.

Inside we examine Paxton's overall strengths, ideal customer market, pricing, and biggest gaps.

Profile

Paxton is an independent access company based in the UK. The platform is typically used by small-medium clients looking for a network/edge controller based platform. Paxton is primarily offered by a dealer resell/install channel, although direct web resellers are common and the channel is not strictly enforced.

Comparison Graph

The table below contrasts Paxton versus relative competition based on common differentiation factors like system size, platform 'openness', ease of video integration, and how the product is sold or available:

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Comments (17)

Thanks Brian. Thorough and fair assessment.

You mentioned license-free software. Paxton does not charge, but is it fair to say that those charges are accounted for in other areas (higher hardware prices)?

Edit: It is also worth mentioning that they have a related product (PaxtonBlu) that is access-in-the-cloud, and it looks pretty good, and reasonably priced.

Thanks for pointing out PaxtonBlu! I'll add a short section to the post about it.

Video integration is available in Net10, HID 13.56 MHz can be done via HID using Wiegand, we often use HID on it on take overs etc. You can setup custom card template to read the card codes.

The intercom is good, but not perfect the software doesn't allow scheduling, so you cant have the front door to ring the handset between 9-5 at phone a but then go to phone b at a different time. it can ring groups, but that's a bit fiddly to setup. Being also SIP you could use a SIP phone and add it to a phone system and then do what you want when you want. As a standalone it is what it is.

Net2 Plus can be POE as we have fitted it several times. http://www.paxton.co.uk/docs/DataSheets/PoEDS.pdf

Overall they have solid products, the best support we deal with and are a great company and no I don't work for them :)

Thanks for the comment! Re:

"HID 13.56 MHz can be done via HID using Wiegand, we often use HID on it on take overs etc. You can setup custom card template to read the card codes."

This is true, but you lose all the other data possibilities/features on the card by using it in unencrypted, CSN only 26 bit wiegand format. It essentially becomes an expensive 125 kHz Prox card.

Thanks :)

Your thoughts on Lennell Access Control Systems would be beneficial as well.

Thank you

Frank Potempa

Thanks Frank, noted. You may find our OnGuard test useful too.

Brian, do you know if they plan to support OSDP readers?

The company does not support OSDP now, and they still focus on 'clock & data' for their own branded reader options.

However, I will ask them directly what plans they may have for future OSDP and report back here.

Brian, How clock & data differences from wiegand ? is it a proprietary standard ? is there any benefits of clock & data over wiegand ?

Sundar,

Clock/Data & Wiegand are physical-layer interfaces, and not "protocols" in the traditional sense of the word. Clock/Data is usually associated with magnetic stripe card readers, and Wiegand generally with prox cards.

Both of these technologies are 1-way communication methods: Data flows only from the reader to the controller, but not from the controller back to the reader. This limits the ability to encrypt the card data. Over time, I expect these to be replaced by OSDP and other bi-directional reader communications methods.

Thanks Jonathan.

I seen wiegand is used for some magnetic stripe card reader aswell. I guess Clock & data must be older standard then wiegand.

Brian- What other Access Control lines do you plan looking at?

Hello Steve:

This list is subject to change and likely will, but here are platforms that we are thinking about profiling in the short term:

  • Keyscan
  • Avigilon Access
  • Honeywell WIN PAK
  • RS2
  • Keri Systems

Of course, reader feedback is an important piece of this decision. So, like Frank, if you or anyone else has interest in a platform please let us know.

Your information on Paxton is outdated. The net2 controller can indeed be powered through POE. There are other errors as well in your feature capabilities narrative but I will let you address that yourself . Do some research into PAXBLU and Net 10

Hello Gene:

Thanks for the feedback.

Net10 is a separate offering designed to incorporate access control and video into a building management application. Paxton BLU is a separate cloud based managed access services platform.

I added a section summarizing these offerings, but they do not crossover or replace Paxton's Net2 offering.

I also clarified the point on PoE power not being a feature of the wireless and RS485 panels, not the 'Pro' unit that includes a RJ45 jack.

Regards,

Would be nice if you can make an assement of some of the major Asian access control companies such as IDteck . They are quite popular in the Middle East.

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