ZK Teco Atlas Access Control Tested

By Brian Rhodes, Published Aug 20, 2019, 09:42am EDT

Who needs access specialists?

China-based ZKTeco claims its newest access panel 'makes it very easy for anyone to learn and install access control systems' including 'access novices', and an embedded management app, integrated WiFi, and PoE overcome problems with typical access. Does Atlas deliver on these claims?

** ****** *** ****** ZKTeco ***** *** *** embedded ********** *********** ** see *** ** ****** up ******* *********** ** the ******** *****.

** **** ******, ** cover ***** ******** *** more:

  • * *** ********* *** 5 *** **********
  • ********** ** *********, *****, and **** ******, ********* a ***** **********
  • * ****** ******* ******** build ******* ** *** controller, ******** ** *** app, *** ********** *********.
  • ******** ******** *** ****** explaining *** *****' ******** management *** *****

******, ** ****** *** findings ** *** **** the ****** ********, ***** it ** ****, *** how ** ******** ** previously **********,*****************'******* ******* *********.

Strengths *******

*** ***** ****** ***** key *********:

  • ******** ******** *** *********: *** ***** ***** access ********** ****** ** reliable, ******, *** **** not ******* ******** ********* or ****** ******** ** use.
  • **** **** **** ******** Large **** *********: ***** ***** **** even **** ********** *,***+ user *********, ***** ****' embedded ****** ****** **** and ****** **** ** respond.
  • **** ** ******* *******: ** ****** ***** with **** ******'* *** and *** *******, *** the ***** ********* **** Wiegand *** **** ****** Channel **** ** ********.
  • **** ** ******** ***** Well: ***** ******** ******* to *** ****** (*** or ** *** ************) hard ***** ******** ** integrated ****, *** *** test ***** ****** ****** reliable **** ********** *** LAN.

Weaknesses *******

*******, *** **** ******* and ********** *** ********* to ******'* ********:

  • *** **** '******', ** cloud: **************** '******' ********, ***** *** ** cloud ******, *** ************* outside * *** ******** insecure **** ********** ** potentially ****** ****.
  • *********** ********: ***** ********* ** fixed, *** ******** **** 'Manual **** ******' ** buried ****** ******** ******* and ******** ******* ****** to *******.
  • ** ***** ** ***** Integrations: ****** *** ***** systems ****** ** ***** to *****, *** *** Atlas ****** ** ***** to ***** *******. ************* or ************** ** ******** layout ** *** *********.
  • ********** *** ** ***** IP: *** ********** *** showed ********** ****** **** the ***** **, *** while **** ******* ********* a ********* *** ** use *** **** ** instead, **** ************** ** undocumented *** *** ****** how *** ****** ** installed.
  • ******* *** **** *******: *** ******* ****** RTE ******* ** *** meet ****** ****/****** *****, and **** ********** **** need ** ******* **** with ***** ***** *** install **** ******** ** instructions ** ** **** compliant.

Two ***** ** ***** ******

****** ****** *** ********* versions ** ***** **** vary ***** ** ********** support ** ******** ****** of *********** *******:

************, *** *********** ***:

***** **** *** ***** Bio *** '****** *********, with *** ********* **** Atlas *** *** ***** and ***** **** ***** PLUS ************.' ****** **** us *** *** ******* can ***** ********** *** connections ** ****** ********* and ******* *** ****** them ******** *** *****' interface:

********** ******* *********** ******* via ***** ********** *** need *** ********** ** run *****/*, * *** Time & ********* ***** for **********.

** *** *** **** ZKTeco's **********, *** ********* the '***** ****' *******.

Atlas ** ******'* ******* ******

***** ** ******** ** the ***** ****** ******. ZKTeco *********:

******'* “**********” ****** ******* solution ******* *************. ***** is ******** ** ****** to *** *** ****** (< ** *****)

**** *********** ******** ********* and ******** **** ******** access, ******* **********, *** integration **** ***** ************ systems *** *** ******** with *****. ***** **** need ** **** ** ZKTeco's ***** ********* ** those ******** ******** *** needed.

ZKAccess ******* ********

****** ***** *** * ZKTeco ***** **** ***-**** controller *** ************* ~$*,***, ***** * ***-**** Dahua ****** *** * street **** ** ~$***, and *********'* ******* **** ~$625. *******, ***** ******* also ******* ** ********** workstation ** *** ********* management ********.

** ******** ****** ********** would ** ***** ****** ***** **** ***** Manager******* ~$***, *** **** pricing **** *** ******* a ******* ********* **** will *** ******* ~$** - $**.

**** **** ****** ******* higher **** *********, ******* 2X **** **** ****, and **** ** **** than *****.

*******, ******* *** *** four ********* ** ********* lower **** ********** ****** counterparts ******** ** ******* ********, ***** ******* $*,*** or **** *** * two-door **********.

Embedded ********** ********

*** ** *** ******* appeals ** ***** ** the ********** ****** ** embedded **** *** *****'* web ****** *** ******** no ********** ********* ******* or ************ ** *******.

*** ********** ***** ***** Atlas' ******* ********* ******, with *** ******* ********* via ****** ********* ** links ** *** ******:

***********, *** '****' ****** shows *** **** ****** system ******** *** ****** status, ******** **** ** the **** ****** ******** are **** ********** **** links *** *******.

*************, * ****** '********' button ** ** *** main ******, *** *** doors ** *** ***** panels *** ** ****** with * ****** *****. 'Clearing ********' ** **** a ****** ***** **** the **** ******.

*** ***** ***** ******** the ******** ***** ******* accessed ******:

******* **** * ******* of ** ***** *** be ****** ******** ** Atlas. *** ***** ** designated * ****** '******', and ** ** ** additional ****** *** ** added ** '*********' ****** managed ** *** ****** main.

**** ****** *** **** 'up ** *,*** *****' and ***** **,*** ************, although ** *** ******* we ********* ********* ** those ************ ******** ***** per **** ** ***** out *** ******* *** essentially ******** ****** ********.

Embedded ********** *********

****** ***** ******** ****** software **** **** ***** Manager, ***** ******* ******* to ***** ********* **** of ***** *** *******:

** **** ****** *** process ** ******** *****, credentials, *** ***************** ******* ****** *** Schedules. ** *******, *** process *** *********** ** these ******** *** ******* to *****-*****, ** ******* or ***** ****** ********** systems.

Five ***** ****** ** ******** ******

*******, *** *** ****** functions *** **** ** efficient ** ********. **** different ****** *** ****** to ******** ****** * door, * ****** ******** needed ** '**** ****** in'.

*** *** **** *** test ***** **** ******* using ******** ******* *** dropdown ***** ** *******:

****** ********* ***** **** steps *** '*** ******* way ** ** **', and *** ********* **** not ***** *** ******** of ****** ******* ** macros *** ***** ** add **** *** ***** own.

Responsive **** ***** *********

************, ***** ********* **** and **** **** **** processing ***** **** *********. In *******, ******** ******* tend ** *** **** and *** ******* ** the *****'* ******** *********, but ***** ****** *** not ******* ******* ******.

*** *******, ** ******** more **** *,*** **** records ** *** *****, and ***** ******* ***** be ******* ******** *** shown **** ****** *****:

******** *** ***** *********** in ***** ******** ********* in *** (** ***** needed) ***** *****. ** uploaded *** **** ******** to ** **** *****, and ** ***** ~** seconds ** ***** **** the ****:

*** ******'* ***** ***** ~5 *******:

Free, *** **********, ****** ***

***** ******** * **** mobile ***** *** *** checking ****** ******, ********** lockdowns, ** ******** ********* doors **** **** **** PCs.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ******** *** ****** of *** *** **** testing:

*******, *** *** *** not **** ******** *** had ****** ********** ** the ***** ***** ** the ***** ** *** used. *** ********* ***** shows ********** ********** ** the *****'* ********* ** via *****'* **** ***********:

*** ***** ********* ******** IP ********* ** **** wired *** **** ******** are ******, ***** **** appeal ** ***** ***** for **********. *******, ****** both *** ****** ********** and ******* ********** *** logins **** **** **/******* logins *** ** *****.

** *** ****, *** access *********** *** ************* improved ** *** **** address *** *** *** the *** ** ********** to ***, *** **** took * **** ** ZKTeco ** **** *** no **** ****** ************ this ** *** ******* guide.

Not '******' ******* ******* *************

*** ****, *** ******* issue **** *** *** is ** ** **** able ** ******* ** a ******* ********** ********* panel.

****** **** ************** ******** configure ******* ***** ************ ************ ****** ** ***** expense ****** **** *** between ****** *** ******, remote ****** ** *** supported.

Access ********** ******** ********

** ***** ** ****** construction, *** ***** ***** illustrates *** **** *** build ******* ** ******'* Atlas **********.

*** ***** *** ********* both ******* * '***** on *****' ***** ******, which *** ********** ****** in ***** *** *********. However, ***** *****, ***** and ***** ********* ***** size *** ******* ** most ****** ** ********* boards.

******* ******** ********* ********** are ** ********** **** antenna *****, * ********** tamper ******, *** ***** status **** ******* *** locking ********* ***.

** *** ****-**-**** ***** below, ** ******* ***** to ******* ******** ****** panel,*** **** *****. ***** ** *** same ******* ****, ******** wiring *********** *** ******* on *** ******* ***** of ***** ***** ****** in * ****** ******* inside *** **** *****.

***** ******** ****** *** or ** *** **** an ******** **** ***********. We ****** ********** ** unplugging *** ** *** supply, *** *** ***** automatically ******** **** ** PoE *** ******** ************** after ***** ** *******. Installers *** *** ******** to *** *** *** can *** *** ******* supplied ** *** **** transformer *******.

** *******, **** ********** will **** ***** ****** easier ** **** *** to *** ***** **********, despite *** ***** ****** being ****** ** ***:

Integrated **** ********

***** ******** ********** (*.* GHz) ****. *** ******* shows **** ********** ****** reliable, *** *********** * significant ******* **** *********** hardwired *******.

*** ***** ***** ***** the ******** ********** *** antenna ***** ** *** of *** *********:

** *** *******, *********** range *** ******** ** the ****** ****, *** we ********* ** * Ubiquiti***-**** * ******** ** 300 **** **** ** Sight **** ** ******.

USB **** ****** **********

*** ***** *** **** came ****** ********** ******, ***** ** *** image *****:

******* ***** *** *** reader *********** ** *** reliable ** ******* **** plugged **** ***. ** our *****, *** ********** reader **** * ******* 'card ******' ****** **** did *** ****.

*** ***** ***** ***** an ******* ********** ***** the ****** *** *** populate **** ******* ** claimed:

*******, ** **** ******* USB **** ****** ****** (*** **** *******) *** **** ****** worked, ******** ** ******* not ********* ** ******.

RTE **** ****** *** **** *********

* ********* ***** **** could ****** ****** **** code ********** ** **** installers *** ** ****'* included **** ****** ** RTE. *********** ******* **** component ** *** * timer ***************** **** ******* ******, *** * ********* contact ******* ****** *******.

*** ******* ******* *** push ****** ******** **** the ***** *** ** shown ** *****:

******** ******* ****************** ****** **** ****** into *** *****, *** letting *** ***** ***** count **** *** ** or ** ******* ****** which * ***** ****** power ** *** ****.

*******, **** ********** **** not **** ****/****** ****. The ******** **** ** the ********** ********** ** found **(****) *** ****.*.*.*:

**** ** ***** ** button ******** *** *** fact ** ***'* *****/ uses *** ***** ** indirectly ***** **** ***** is *** **** *********.

** ****** *** ***** with ******, *** *********:

** ** ****** **** to ****** *** ****/****** code ************ **** ** wiring ***** ** ********* the **** *****. *******, we ** *** ****** our *** **********, ** it ** ********** ** the ********** ** *** dealers *** ****** ** familiar **** ***** *****/***** codes. ** ** **** to **** **** ***** a ******* ** ****.

*******, *** ******** '*****/***** codes' **** ****** ********** installers ** ******** **** is ************/************* ******** ******* ******* ******** *** it ****** ** ****. Most ** *** **, Canada, *** * *********** part ** *** ***** uses *** ** ***** codes ** *** ***.

Full-Size ********** ******

*** ******* ********* ******** a ***-********* *** ********** mechanical ****** ******, * better *********** **** *** typically ********, ************, ******* style ****** ******** ** enclosures:

***** *** * ***** buying **************, *** ********** tamper ***** ********* *** factory ********** ** **** as **** ** *** unit ** ******* **. Other ****** *** ********** leave **** ****** *** the ********* ** ***, and *** ***** ***** time *** ****** ** often ******* ******.

Similar *****-***** *******

** ****** ******** ****** management ******* **** ***** are *** *******, *** there *** ******* ********* in *** ******. ****** include:

** ***** ** ***** and *************, *** *** priced ** *** ***** scale, ***** ***** ****** only ** ***** ******* of *****, *** ******** integrations *** ********* ******* compared ** ******, ******-*****, non-embedded *******.

Atlas ** **** ****** & *****

**** ***** ******* *** Atlas **** **** ******** in ****** ** ***** of ***** ****** **********, but ***** *** ********** in ********** ****, ****** hardware *********** **** ***** user *********, *** ***** pricing *** *** ** more *****.

*******, ***** *********** ** a ****** ****** **** does *** ******* *********** with ***** *******, ***** Axis *********** *** **** be **** ** ****** into ***** *******.

**** *****, ***** ******* does *** ******* ***** integration, ******** **** ************ ************ ** ******** **** combine ***** **** ***** door **** ******** ***** ZKTeco ****** ** ******* option.

Atlas ** ********* & ***** ******

*** ******* ******** *** Atlas ******** ** ***** and ********* ** *** embedded ********** ******** ** the ***** **** ******** no ********** ** ** server, ***** ***** *** Hikvision ******** ***, *********** saving ******** *** ****** in ************* ***** *** extra ** *****.

*******, *** ******** ***** and ********* **** **** Atlas ** ********** ***** events. *** ****** ******** does *** ******* *********** video **** *** *****, or *********** ****** ****** into * ***** ******. That ********** *** *** be ** ***** *** all, *** **** ***** 'SMB' ****** ******** ******* this *** *** *********** is ******** *********.

Atlas **** ***** ******* ****

*** *** ******** ** Atlas *** ********* *** those ******* *** ***** installation *** ***** *******.

******* ******'* ***** **** 'anyone' *** ** **, skill *** **** ********* is ******** ** ********* an ***** ******, ********** noting *** ****** ***** similar **** ***** *** RTE ******* **** ***** access ******* ***.

*** ***** ******* *** large ******* *** ********** scaling, *** ***** ***** hardware *** *********** ******* will ********* ** *** limited.

*******, ** ******** ***** design *** * ******* system *** ****** ** lower, **** ********* ****** due ** ******* ************ time *** **** ********* quoted. ***** **** ******** several ******** *** ******* of ***** ***** ****** systems, ********* ****, **** Secure *******, *** *** party ****** *******.

Comments (13)

**** **** ** *** resistors *** ****? ** four ***** *********** *********? First *** ** ******, first **** **** ** the *******.

**** *: **** ***** the ******** *** Ω on ***** ***** ***** supervision.

**** *: *.* Ω Pull ** ** *** inputs.

**** ***'* ** ***** panel, *** ** ***** C3 *** *****. *'** check ** *** **** supervision *** ********* **** specify ** *** ********, but ***** ****'* ********* used *** *******, *****, and **** ******** ********.

****, *** ***** ********* is **** ******* ** the **, **** *** using *.* Ω ** the ***/***.

** **** *****. ** well.

*** * ****'* **** the ****** *** ****** but ***** *** ****** is ***** *** * request ** **** ******* shunt **** ** ** for * *** **** override. ***** **** ****** install * **** ***** with **** *** ******* instead ** ******* *** then *** * ***** glass *** *** ******* if ******. ***** **** sense ***** **** ***'* include * *** ****** of *** ****.

****'* * *** ***** here. ***** *** ****** may ** ********** ** APAC (****-******* *******), ** could ** * *** problem *** *** ****** number ** ***/ ******* code *************.

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*******, ** * *** now!

***** *******, *** ***** you ****** **** * correction ***** *** **** A1001 *****, ** **** support *** *****, *** just ***.

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

"** ******** ****** ********** would ** ***** ****** ***** **** ***** Manager******* ~$***, *** *** Axis *********** *** ****** to ****** *** ***** for * *********** **** of ~$*,*** *** **** pricing **** *** ******* a ******* ********* **** will *** ******* ~$** - $**."

* ********** *** ***** will ******* *** *******, and **** *********** ** two ******** ***** ** many ********** ************ (*** all), *** *** ** check *** *'** ******.

*** ***** ******** *** readers ** *** ******** doors. ** *** *** lock ******* *** *** separate *******, *** ***/** inputs ***.

* *** *** ***** if *** ************* ********* two ********* ****** *** schedules *******, *** ***** checking ** ****. ***********, and * ***** *** report ** ******* ****.

*** ****** ******** *** Innerrange ********* *** ******* WX, **** *** ***** systems.

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