Wireless Access Primer

By Ethan Ace, Published Mar 24, 2013, 12:00am EDT (Info+)

In the past few years, one of the most interesting developments in access control has been the introduction and growing adoption of wireless access control devices. These devices eliminate wiring to the door, making retrofit of existing buildings simpler and potentially more cost effective from a cabling standpoint. However, they present some unique challenges of their own which must be realized before implementation.

When considering wireless access control, we recommend you consider the following key items:

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Wireless Lockset**** ****** **** ******** ****** ** considered, *** ********** ******* ****** *** access ******* ******* ** *** **** hardware.  ********* **** ** ** *** form ** * *********** ** ******* lockset, ******* ** *********.  ********* ********* power *** ******* *** *-* *****, which ** ****** ********* **** *** number ** ****** *** **** ********.  Manufacturers ********* **** * ****** ** openings ****** *** ********* **** *****, instead ** * ******* **** ** years.  

** ******* *** *** *******, *** existing **** *** ** *******, * few ************ *** **** ******* *** door *** ****** *** *** **** position ******, *** *** *** ******* is *********. **** ** *** ** simple ** ** ****** *** **** require **** *********** ********, ** **’** discuss *****. *** ******** ** ***** devices *** ********** *** ******** **********. Having ********** ********** **** * ****** lockset ******* *** ****** ** ******* around *** ****, ***** ******** **********. It **** ******* *** **** ** run *** ******* ** *** ****, since ** ** *******-*******, ***** ***** retrofit ** ********* ** ***** ********** much *******.  

********** ******** *** ** ***** ******** at ************* $**** ******, *** *** users ****** ******: ***** *** **** different ******* **** **** ** ** chosen **** ********, **** ****** ** function ** ***** *****, ** ********** a ************ ** ***********.

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*** ******** **** ****** ********* ******** wired ******* **** ******** ******* ** the **** **** ** *******-Wireless Card Reader Interface****** **** *******, **** ******** ********, *** request-to-exit *******, ** * *********** ******** format. These ********** *** ** ****** ** many *****, *** ********* ******* ***** local ** *** **** ** ********.  If ***** **** *** ***** **** the ****, *** **** ************* ** the ******** ********* ** ************.  ********* gates *** ***** ******** **** ******** interfaces **** ****** ******* ** ******, since ********* *** * ********* ********** is **** ***** ****-***********.

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*** ********* ** *** **** ******** design *** *** ****** ** ******* connections **** **** ** **** ** the ***, *** *** ***** **** density ** ***** **********, ***** *** typically **** ** ***- *** ****-**** packages.  ******** ** **- *** **-**** interfaces **** ** ******-********** ********* ** Wi-Fi ******** ***** ******* ** ******** (software ****), * ***** ******** ** doors *** ****** ***** ******.

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*** ******** ************ *** *****-********* ******* utilize **** **** **** *** ** two **********:

  • *********** ********:**** *****, *********** ******** *********** *** used ** ******** ******** ****** ****. These **** ** *** ******, ******, or *.**** ********* ******.  ****** ******* which ******* ******** ********, ***** ******* require ** ********** *********, *** *** intended ** ** ****-***-****. ****** **-** locksets, **** ********* ******** ** ******** (or ***** ** **), ******* ** periodic ************* **** *** *** (*** below), ** *** ** **** *** lockdown *** **-**-***-****** **********.
  • ******** ********:******** ***** ******* ******** ***.** ******** Ethernet *** **** *********. ***** ******* make ** ****** ** *** * lock **** ** ***** **** * wireless ******* ** ******* ** *****.  Due ** *** ***** *********** ** 802.11 ******, ******, ******* **** ** limited ******** ** *********** ******** *******.  To ********** *** ****, *** ****** often **** *** ******** *********** **** in ****-****, ******* ************ ******* ****** to *** ***, ********* ** ********* between ** ******* *** *** *****.  This ***** **** ***** ** *** send ****** (**** ** ****** **** or ****** ******) ** **** ****** nor *** ** ******* ******** ** initiated ********.

** ****** ***** ******** ********** ** used, ******** **** *** ***** *********, substantial ******** *** ******** ******* *** be ********.  ***** **** **** ********* on **** *******, **** ** ******** construction, ******** ******** **********, ***. ******** range ******* ****** ************ (******* *** steel *****) ** ***** ***’, *******.  In **** *** **** ****-**** ********, range *** ** ***** ** * mile.

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*** ****** ***** *** ***** ** $75/hour ***** *****, *** ******** ******* searches, ******** ******* ******** ************: *’ drop ******* **** ******* *****. ***** installation ** ***** ** ****** ***** to ******* * ******* ****: **** hours *** *** *** ** *****, and ******* **** ***** *** *** man ** ******* *******.  ******** ************ is ***** ** **** ***** *** one *** ** ******* **********.

 

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  1. *** ***** ** *** ******** **** only ** ********** **** *** ***** two ** **** ***** ** **** cases, ***** ** **** ****** ******** doors.  ** **** *****, ** ** 16 ** ** ***** *** ** interfaced ** * ****** ********. **** savings ******** **** *** ******** ** doors. ****** ** *****, ******** ****** may **** ***** $****.
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** ***** ****** **** ***** ***** would **** **** ** **** *** more ************* ***** *** **********, ********** if ****** ************* ******* **** ******** OEM’s, **** ** ******* ** *******.  

Manufacturer *********

******** ************* ***** ******** ****** ******* products *****. *** ******* ***** *** Schlage, **** *****, *** *******:

  • *******: ******** *** ******* **** ******** cited *** ******** ******, ******* ****** wireless ******** ** *** **** ** their ** ******, ***** ** *********** from *** ****** ********** ** *******,? as **** ** **** ********** ** wired ** ********.  ******* **** ****** wireless **** ******* **** *** ****** interfaces, *** * ******** ****** ************ designed *** *********.  ******* ******** **** been ********** *** *** *** *** to ******** *************.
  • **** *****: **** ***** ********* ****** **-** locks ******* ***** *******, ****** *******, and ******* ******. ***** ***** **** been ********** ** ******** *****-***** ****** control ******* ******* ***** ***, ********* S2, ***** *******, ***, *** ******.  They **** ***** *** *** ******** with *********** **********, ***** **** ******** **** ******* from ***** ******.
  • *******: ******* ****** ******** ****** ******* their **** *****.  **** ****** ** proprietary, **** *** ******** ********** ******** up ** *** ***** ****.  *** Stanley/Best ****** ******* **** ****** ** that *** ********* *** ******** *******, so *** *** ** ***** ******** a ******* **** ******, ** ** MDFs/IDFs.
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