Wireless / WiFi Access Lock Guide

By Brian Rhodes, Published Nov 12, 2019, 12:03pm EST (Info+)

For some access openings, running wires can add thousands in cost, and wireless alternatives that avoid it becomes appealing.

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But using wireless and WiFi locks can have drawbacks over hardwired alternatives.

In this guide, we examine key aspects of both types, including:

  • The differences between Wireless and WiFi access
  • WiFi Drawback: Power Hungry
  • Wireless Drawback: Lockdown Feature Often Difficult
  • Repinning locks is often still needed
  • Battery costs can be hundreds per year
  • Replacement Costs

WiFi/Wireless ***** *******

** ******, ****/******** ***** *** ********** a ****** ********** **** **** **** key ******* *** *** ** **** integrated ********** *******. ** ********** ****** database ** ***** *** ********* ** the **** ******* ***** ******* ** provide ****** ******* ******* ************ ******* (albeit ******* ***** **** ** ****** the ******** ** ******* ********).

* ****/******** **** *** ** ********* much ******* **** ******** ******** **** lock ******* **** * *********** ********* access ****** ******** ** ******** ****** that **** ************ ** **** *** wired ** *** *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** **** ********:

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****/******** *** **** ** **** ** network ********** ****** ********** ******** ******************** ********* ****, ******** **** ************** ** not ** ******.

Wireless ** ****?

**** ** ***** ** ********* ********, it ****** **** ******** ******* *** locks *** ********* ********. *** ***** distinctions *** ******, **** ***** *****:

  • *********** ********
  • ****

*********** ********

*********** ***** ******** ******* ** *** lock, ******* ** *** ****** - *.* ******** ******* * ****** *** ** be ******* ** *** ***** ** every ****. *** **** ***** ******* $200 - $*** ****, **** ******** of ***** ***' ** *** *********, line ** *****.

****** ***** ** *********** ******** *******:

  • ****'*******
  • *******'*******
  • ***** ****/**************
  • ***'* ***** (****** *** *****)
  • *-**** **** (****, *******, *** **** residential *****)

*** *** ******* ****** *** ***** wireless **** ************ (***) ******:

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802.11 ****

**** ***** ***** **** ***.** **** connections, *** **** ** ***** ** IP *******.

**** **** *****, ******** **** ******** generally *** ** ****, **** ************* bandwidth ******.

****** ***** ** ***.** **** ***** include:

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WiFi **** *********

*******, **** ***** *** **** ********* per ****. *******, *** ********** **** of ****** ********* ****** *** * separate ******* *** ****** ***** ******** cost **** ***** **** ****.

**** ***** *** ********* *** ******* by * **** ******* ** *** number ** ******* ***** ** * network, **** ******* ** *** ****** of ********** *********** *** **** ******* can ********.

***** ********* *** **** ******* ********** of ******* **** ** ****** *** can ****** *** *** **** *** how **** ***** *** **********.

*** ******** *******, *** ***** ** often ****** ** ******* *****, *** multiple **** *** ***** ** '******' together *** ****-******* ************.

WiFi/Network ********

** **** *****, ******** ***** **** locks ***** ******** *** ****** ****** the ***** ** ********* ** ****** by ***** **********, ********* * ******* of *** *** ***.

********, **** **** ***** *** ******** WiFi *********** *** ************** ** ******** network ** ******* ********** ****, *** the ***** ********** *** **** ******* networked ******.

*******, *** **** '**********' ** *** encryption **** ** ***** ***** *** often *** ***********. ** **** *****, the ******* ****** ******** *** ********* buying ******** ***** ** ** ***** cost, *** ***** ********* ******** *****/****** may *** ** **********.

Repinning *****

** **** *****, ******* * ****/******** lock **** ***** ********* *** ********** locks ** ***.

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** ***** ** ****** ****** **** existing **** *** ****** *******, *** locks **** ** ** ****** ** comply.

***** *** **** ** ********* * lock *** ** **** **** $** and ** ****** **** *** ***** of ***, **** ******* ******* ** frequently ********** *** *** ** ******** of ******* *** * ****** ** a ****** ****** ** *****.

Battery *****

** ***** ***********, *********** ******* ***** in ***** *** **** ******** ** even ********* *** ****. ***** **** lock ******* *** ******** ******* **** at **** ****-**-********* ** ******, ******* life ** ********** ***** ******* ********* conditions *** *****.

******** ** * ****** **** ******** a ($** *****/*****) ******* **** *********** once *** ****, * ****** ******** of **** *** ***** **** **** $500/year.

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*** **** ** ******* ***** * lock **** *** ***** **** * specialty ******* **** ** *** **** may ** ******** ** *** ******** commercially ********* *********** *********, *** ** either ****, ********* **** **** ***** not ****** ** ******** ******* *****.

**** * ******** ********** ** **** door *** ********** **** **** ** binding ** *** **** ****. **** additional ***** ** ******** *** ******* drain ******** *********.

*** *********** *** *** **** ** the **** *** ******* ****** ******* life, **** ** ************ **** ******* lasting ****** **** *** **** *******. If *** ******** ******* ***** ***** is ******* ******* ** ******, *** battery **** *** **** ** ******* to **** ******** ******* ******, ***** one **** ********** **** ***** ******* because ** ******** ***, *** **** because *** ******** ******** ** ***** is ************.

WiFi ***** *** **** *****

** *******, *** **** ** ***** used **** ******* ******* ******* ****.

* ******** *** **** ***** ** because **** ****** ** ******** ******* with ****** ******, **** ***** ***** battery **** ******* ******** ** ***-***** wireless *-****/****** **** *** ************ *******.

************, *** ****'* ******** **** *** radio ** *** *** ************* ****** battery ****, **** ***** ******* **** and **** * ****** ****** ****** to **-********* * ********** ** **** the ******* **** *****.

Wireless ******** *** ****** *********

*******, * ******** *** ******** (*.*.: not ****) ******: ****-********* ******** **** emergency ******** *** *** ** *********.

*** ****** ** **** ******** ******* a ******* ***** ** **** ** simultaneously **** *** ***** ** * system, *********** *********** ****** ** ********* threats **** ****** ****** ** ***** unauthorized *****.

**** *** ******** ******, ******* *********** and ***** *** * *******. **** 'Lockdown', **** ******* ** ********* ******* an ************ ** **** **** *** leave ********* ** ****.

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********** * ******** **** ****** ******** 'lockdown' ******** *** *** ***** ****, but **** ********* *** ******** ******* and *********** ****** ** *** ****** the ******* ** ***** ** ******* is *** ****.

** ****** ********* ** ******* *** a ********* ******* ** * ******** command ** * ******** ****, ********/**** locksets ****** *** ** **** ** all.

Replacement *****

*******, ** **** ***** *****, **** replacement ** *** ***** **** ** required? ****** * ********* **** **** many ******** **********, ** ** ********* device ****** ** ************, ** *** be ******* ***.

**** * ********/**** ****, ** * routine ******* **** **** * ****** or ******** ***** (******* **** **** $100 *** ********), *** ****** **** often ***** ** ** ********* ** a **** ** $*,*** *** ** more.

Comments (11)

Brian,

I am curious why a Salto Geo lock appears to be clearly displayed in this articles "lead picture", yet you did not mention Salto in the article? Due to the fact that Salto has a completely different approach to "wireless" locks with serious advantages over the products you did cover, I find it odd and disappointing that you did not include Salto. So......why were they not included?

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Thanks for the comment.

Salto is not the only system to use credential-based lock provisioning if that is what you mean by 'completely different approach'. Most hospitality access systems use the same concept.

To be clear: member interest remains low on Salto. The platform does not get mentioned as a Favorite Access Control Manufacturer even compared to other WiFi/Wireless locks.

We have plans to renew our six-year-old Salto Access Control Profile next year.

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A refreshing article on Wifi access lock guide.

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Usually access cards and credentials are wireless.

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True, but the effective range is typically inches and the throughput is ultra low (i.e.: 26 bits), so it's a little incongruent to consider them 'wireless' in the same manner as the other access components.

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Any update coming on wireless locks for access control?. With so many brands out there now it would be great to get a little head to head comparison. In Europe we have so many door types that many of the US brands are not compatible with so maybe some international solutions would be good in that comparison. I would agree that off line locks are not really something that should appeal if looking at a security system rather than perhaps a locker system.

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Any update coming on wireless locks for access control?

As a point of fact, this was published less than a year ago. I've asked Brian to respond on updates.

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Hello Andrew: As you mention, there are many 'wireless' access or lock brands in the EMEA like Paxton, SimonsVoss, and Salto.

Which brands specifically are you seeing in the commercial access space?

I'd also mention that many 'US' offerings include European style lock options (and vice versa) so those platforms can be fitted to more than only 'US-style' (mortise lock) doors.

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We would mostly see Assa Aperio, Salto, Simons Voss, I do agree that some US offering do include some offerings for non US doors , but you might be surprised how few that is. It does seem quite staggering how many different SKU's Aperio have in their range to cope with all the different European door thicknesses and styles.

Also the range that they work at seems quite varied and not helped perhaps by the thickness of some older European walls in their buildings. this also can lead to battery life issues.

I guess i was just looking for some more comparisons on real life experiences if there are any out there.

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Assa Aperio, Salto, Simons Voss

Thanks for the feedback. Specifically, SV is an interesting company that we will queue up for a profile post.

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We were considering using some wireless units in a residential building that had been turned into an office, but we ended up going with no cut strikes. Are wireless units being used regularly?

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