ZKAccess Control Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Dec 04, 2017

China manufacturer ZKTeco / ZKAcces has been expanding in the West, offering a low-cost access control platform.

But how good is it? And how does it compare to the emerging access control offerings of Dahua and Hikvision?

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

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  • ******* *****: **** *********** ******** with *****, ******* *** limited ** ******** ********* NVRs ** ****, ************* limiting *********** *******. *** linked ****** ** ********* must ** ******** **********. For **** ************, * VMS ** ***** ********** application ** ****** *** deep ******, ********, ** exporting ********.  ***** *********** is **** *** ******** even ****** **** ** typical *** ****** ****** systems.
  • ************* **********: ****** ** **** open *** ****** ******* the ************ ******* ********.
  • **** ******* ** ***** Readers: ** ********* ******** types ** *******, ********* ZKAccess' *** *** *** branded ******, *** *** 125 *** ** **.** MHz ******. *** **** option *** ********** **** of ***** ***** *** basic, **************, ************ ******* using *** **** ********** 26-bit ******. **** ******* systems *** ******* **** ** ** ****** ** increase ******** ** *** reader ***, *** ******** does ***.
  • ** ***: *** **** ** PoE ******* **** ***** that ********** ************** ***** to ** *** ** the ****, * ****** and ***** ********* ************* not ****** **** *** controllers.

ZKAccess **. ****** **. ***** ******

** * **** *****, ZKAccess ** ****** *** more ******** **** ***** ******, *** ***** *** hardware ****** *** ********** of ********* ******. *** ***** ********* are ** *** ***** price-point **** *** ****** control, *** *** ***** are ********* **** ****** to *****, ***** ******* with * ********** ***** number ** ******* ********* doors. 

******** ****** **-***** ********* support, ***** ** ****** several ***** ****** *** test.  ** ********** ** both ********* *** *****, the ******* *** ******** of ******** *** **** better, *** ** *** cases *** ***** ***** we ***** **** *** familiar **** *** ***********, terminology, *** ***** ** our ********* *** ******** them ****** ** ** minutes ** *** ****.

Difference ******* ****** *** ******** ** ********

** ***** ** *** ******/******** ******* *******, ******** ** *** North ******** ******** ** Chinese-based ******:

******** ** ******* ** administrative/ '***** *****' ************ division, ** *** ******* still ********* *****, ***********, and ******** ****** ******** and ********. **** ******* then ** ***** ** high-volume, *** **** ***** manufacturing, *** *** * dedicated ****** **** ************ firmware/ ************** *** ******** it *** ** *********.

******, ***** *** **** involved ******** ******** ********* and *****, **** ** the ******** *** ***** on *** ********* ********* 'ZKTeco' *******, ********* *** large ***** ********* ** the **** *********:

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

****** ***** *** * ZKAccess ** ***-**** ********** and ********* **** ~$***, while * ***-**** ***** offset *** * ****** cost ** ~$***, *** Hikvision's ******* **** ~$***.

**** **** ******** ******** less **** *********, *** over ** **** **** Dahua. *******, ******* *** all ***** ********* ** generally ***** **** ********** western ************ ******** ** ******* ********, ***** ******* $*,*** ** more *** * ***-**** controller.

*******, *** *** ****** options ***** ** *** furnish ************ **** ***** security ******* ** ********** software, ** **** ** outside ************. *** **** pricing ******** ******* ********* two-door ****** ****, *** our ***** *** ********* ******** Access ******* ****.

Managed *** ******* ********* ***** ******

********' **** ********** ********, named******** ***** ********, ******** ****** ******* component ************* *** ********** in *** ***********. *** client **** * *** browser *** ******** ** installed ****** ** **** the ********* **** ****** hardware. ******* ***** ********, the ****** ****** ** accessed ** ******* ** address, *** *** ****** must ** ********* ** machines **** ** ****** the ******.

*** ********** ***** ***** the ******* ********* ******, with *** ******* ********* via **** ** *** screen:

********* ******* **** ************* with **** ************ *** OS *********, *** * familiar ********** *********, *** the **** *** ****** real-time ******* *** ****** slowdowns *** ******* ** pure **** ****** ************.

** ***** ** ******* support, ******** ******** ***** scheduling, *******, ********** *****/****** event ***********, *** ****** door '******' *** '****' controls ******* ** ***** small ****** *********. *******, some ******** *** *******, such ** ** ** Badge ********, *** ** easy ********* ** *****-******** management.

****** ******* ** ***** between ***** *********** ********* and ******* ******* *** panel.  ********* ******* **** user ***** *** ********* are **** ** ************, but ********* *** ****** are ****** ** *** controller.

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

** ***** ** ****** construction, *** ***** ***** illustrates *** **** *** build ******* ** *** controller. *** ********** *** enclosure **** ******* * 'black ** *****' ***** scheme, ***** *** ********** wiring ** ***** *** locations. *******, ***** *****, board *** ******* **** are ******* ** **** access ** ********* ******. 

******** ** ***** ****** controllers, *** ********* ******** an ** **** **** for **** '*******' ******** and ***** ******* ** log ******. 

*** ***** ***** ****** a *****-** ****:

**** ************* ***** ***** in *** **** ********** application **** ** ******* the ********** ******, *********** the ****** *** **** installers/users **** ** ** familiar ****:

C3 ********** ******** ****

****** *** **********'* *******, a ******** ***** *********** CR-2032 ***** *******, **** of ******, *** ******* status **** *** *******:

*** ****** *** ******** of ***** **** ****** to ***** * **** range ** ******** ** system ****** **** *** app *** *** *********. For *******, ****** **** just * ******* '***** On' *** ****** ** most ********, ******** ******** LEDs ** **** ***** that ***** *** ********* or ***********, ** *************** can ******* ****** **** to * ******** ******** point. **** *** ****, Technicians *** ************ ***** hardware ****** ******* ********** a ****** ** *** system.

Door ********** ****-**-**** **********

********' ********* ** ******** smaller, *** ** ******* less ********* ******** ******** to ********* ******.  *** Hikvision ***** ******** * full-sized ******* ******** *****, while ******** ******** ********** connect ******* ******** ** the ********** ***** ***** Phoenix ***** **********. ********' single-door, ***-****, *** ****-**** models ***** ******* ****** layouts, *** *** ************* different, **** *** ******-**** unit ***** ***** **% the **** ** *** two **** *****.

*** ******** ******* ******** and ********* ****** ** shown ** **** *****:

***** *** ******** ** delivered *** ******** ****-******* wall ***********, ***** ********* includes **** ****** *** cabinet. ******* ***** *** use *** *** **** have ****** *********.

ZKAccess User ********** *********

******* ***** ********* ********* to ** ********** **** other ***** ****** *********, including ******** **** ****** status ******, ****** ****** controls, *** **** ********** and **** ********** ******** included. In *** ****, *** features ********** *********, ******** the ****** ********* ** dialog ***** ***** ********* 'real-time' ****** **** ******* until ************. 

*** ***** ***** ***** off *** ***** ********* and ******** ** ********' management *********:

Bad: ****-**** ******* ****** *****

* ***** ** *** browser ********* ** **** nested ****** ***** **** to ** ************ ****** real-time ******* *** *********. 

*** ********* ******* ***** 'OK' ** ************** ** given, **** ** **** activity ** *********. ** example ** ***** ** the ***** *****:

** *** *****, **** time ***** ******* *****, but ** *** ** two ********** ******, *** freezing ********** **** ********* not ******* ** ***, like *** '****** ** send *** *******' ***** noted *****:

*** ***** ****** ******* rectified *** ******* ** rescans, *** *** **** they ******** ** *** is * *******.

Bad: ***-**** ****** **** **********

******* ********* ******* **** the ********* ** *** multiple ***** ******** ** activate ******* ********, ***** on ****** ** ******** or ********* ****** ** other *******.

*** *******, *** ****** unlock **** ******* ** a ***-**** *******, *** just ******** '******' **** not ******* *** ****. A ****** ******, ** establish ****** ******** ** needed ** ** ******** too. *** ********* ***** this:

***** *** * ************ weakness, *** ***** **** these '*** ****' ******* typically **** *** ********** and **** **** **** should ** ****** *********.

Good: ******* ********** ********

** ** ******** ****, ZKAccess ******** * ******* Management ****** ** *** basic **** ********. *** video ***** ***** * quick ******** ** *** feature:

*** *** ***** ** an ********** ****** ** provisioning **** ****** *** repeated ******** *** ******** **** within ****** ****.

*** ****** ****** ***** well, ** **** ******* visitors *** ********, **** delivery ******, **** *** only ***** ******** ******* doors *** *** ****** event **** **** ** specially *******.  ****, ********** headshot ****** *** ***** verification *** ** **** from *** ********.

Good: ******** *******

*** **** ****** *** integrate *** ******* ****** easy ** **** **** and ****** *** ***** access *******.  ****** ******** are * ***** ***** to ********, *** ******* pop-up ** **** *****. The ***** ***** ***** more ******:

***** ********* ********** *** dragging/dropping ***** ** ****, the ********* ******* *** icons ** ***** **** are *******, *** *** size ****** ** ******.  For ***** **********, *** floorplan ***** **** ** needed ** **** ***** may ** *******.

*** ****** ****** ******* are ******* ** ***** and *******. ******* ** display ** ***** ******* like **** ******** ** alarm ****** *** *** available ** *** *** module.

3rd ***** ****** ************* ** *****

** *** ***** *****, we **** ** ******** branded *** *** ******. We **** ****** *** Multiclass ****** ***** ******* integration *** ***** *** controller ******* ********* ***** from ***** *****.

***** ******* ******* ** 'open' ** **** ***-***** units, ******** **** *** support ****, ***** ** * serial, ********* ****** ** handling ****** *************. 

Good: ******** *** ****** *********

*** ****** **** ****** well: ******** ********* ** system ****** *** ****** queries, printing ****, *** ********* them **** ****** *** application ** ******** *** flexible, *** ** ******* tools ** ********* *** needed. We ******** **** ** the ***** *****:

****** **** ******* *******.*** or .*** *****, *** .PDF ******* *** ********* for ***** ******** *** import **** ******** ********. 

Telnet **** ****, ********* ************* *******

*** ********* **** ** trouble *** ******** ******* Port ** **** - commonly **** *** ******, and * ****** ****** of ******** ********:

** *******, ** ***** be ****** ** **** port *** ********** ******, as ****** ** *** needed ** ****** ********* nor ********* **** ****** for ***************.

***** *** ********** *** no ********* *** ******** a ****** *** ****** operation, *** ********** ******* stores *** *********** ************ more ****** **** **** controls *** * ****** door **********. ****** ******** ******* traffic ****** **** ** not ** '**** ****' and ** ******** ******* command **** ********:

******, ************* **** ******* ********* and ********* (*****, *****) ****** *******, and ****** ******** ********* to **** ** ******** them, *** ******** ******** no ******* ** ******* against ****.

*** ****** ** *** unit's ******** *** ************ *** did *** ******* ****** penetration ******* ** ************* examination ** ****** ********, and ***** *** *************** of ******** *******, ** guarantees ** ******** ** secure ****** ****** ** expected.

Premium '***' *** ************* *** ******

** ********* **** ********, the ***** **** ******* observed *********** ** *** platform ** ****** *** addressed ** ******* *********, including'*** ***' ************ ****** *** (*** included ********), ** *** per-door********-***** ************* ********** ************ ******** ***** *****.

************, ******** ***** ** the **** ******* ** tested ***** *** **** under '******' *********** *** a ****.

** **** *** ****** those ******* *********, *** for ***** ************* ************ where ******** ************* ** needed, ******** *** ***** variations **** ******* **** at ********** ****.

 

Comments (11)

*** **** **** ****** the ***** ***** *******, not *** *** ****** which ******** **** ******* & **** **** ************* 3.0 ******* ***** ********. This ******** ******** ******** clients **** ** ******** install ** *** ****** PCs.

*** **** **** ******* ignored *** ***** *********** which, ** ******** ** wiegand / ***** **** readers, **** ******* ********** biometrics, **** *** ********* template ***** ******** *** controller, *** ** *** edge (******) ******. ***** biometric ******* *** **** be **** *** **** control.

*** ****** ** *** limited ** ***** ******, as *** *****. ** fact ** ******** ******** wiegand ******* & *** even **** ********* *** streams *** ********* *****  eg ** *** & 37 *** **** *** same ******.

*** ******* ** ******* for ***, ***** ** an ****** ** ******** the *********** ** * bundle **** *** *******. However *** *** ******* usefulness ** *** ****** control ***** *** ** the ******* **** ** many ******* *******. ********* items **** **** ***** have ** ****** ******* of ** (** *****). This ***** * ****** doors ***** **** ** Watts ** ******* ****.

*****:

*) *** ******* ** tested **** ******** ******** control, *** ** ****** it ** *** ****** distribution ** ******** ********. The ******* **** *** limit *** ******** ** tested ** '***** *****' or ********** *** ********** installs.

*) ** *** *** test ********* ******* ** part ** **** ****. We **** ****** ******** ZKTeco ******* ** *** $*** *********** ****** Tested, *** **** ********* is *** ***** *** and **** ******** * new **** ** *** future.

*) *** ******** ******* credentials *** ****** ** tested ****** ** ** bit. ***** **** ** use ***** ******* *** credential ******, ********* *** Wiegand, ** **** **** different.  *'** ******* **** in *** **** ** needed.

*) ******** *** ***** of *** ******* ** access ** *****, **** it ** ****** **** & ********* ** **** vendors **** *******, ***, and ****. *** ******* limitation *** ******* ** true, *** **** *** common ***** **** ***** is ******** ************* ** controller ***** ***** **** routinely **** **** ******** or ***** ********* ***** wattage.

****** *** *** ********!

 

** **** ********* * couple ***** *** *** clienst **** **** *****. Granted **** **** ***** applications, ***** *** ****.

 

** **** ******* *** client ******** ** * server, **** *** ***** workstation ******* ** ******** can ****** ** *** a ******* **** ** software *********. 

 

***** ** **** * way ** **** ** to ********* *** * 3rd ***** *** *** we ***** ********** ** fully.

****:

***** ****, ******** ***, ********* ** *** report **** **** ********:

*** ******** *** **** software ***** *** **** "frozen" *** * ****. Our ******* ********** ******** is ****** ************* *** has * ******* *** comparable ** *** ***** PAC ******** *********.

** **** **** *** and ********* *************. **** support *** **** ********* and ***** ******, ********* all ***** *******. ** also **** ******* **********, LPR **** *******, *** integration, ******* *** ** to *,*** ***** *** the **** ****** ******* panel ** *** ***** which ****** & ******* fingerprints (** ** **,***).

** ***'** ***** ** report ** **** *********** on ******** . . . ****** **** **** report ** ********* ********* technology. **** ****** ***** ZKAccess **** **** * likely *********** ** ********* and *****... *** ****** picking ** *** ******* isn't **** ** ****** ZKAccess ** **** ***********. 

** ********* *** ******* through ************ (******* *********) and ********* *** ******** with ******** **** ***** via *****.  ** ** point *** **** ******** the ******** ****** *** unsuitable ** ********, **** that ** *** **** where*************** ******** ***** ** fees *** **** (******: ~$40 *** ****). 

********' '** ****' ******* draws * ******** ********** to *** '****' ********* and ***** ****** *********, which ** ***** ** in **** ****.

** ******** ** *******, however, **** ** *** limitations ********* ** *** report *** *** ** comprehensive limitations (**: ***** ***** support), *** **** **** applicable ** *** **** version ** ********.

*'** **** **** ***** in *** **** *****.

***** ******* ******* ** 'open' ** **** ***-***** units, ******** **** *** support ****, ***** ** a ******, *********** ****** of ******** ****** *************.

* ***** **** *** meant ** *** "*********"...?

***, **** *****. "*********' is *******. *****. 

******,

**** ****** **** ** ZK **** ***** ********* unlocking/locking ** ***** **** as ****** ***** ****** etc?

 

 

***, ***** ** **** is **** ** '**** Zones', ***** ******** ***** are *** ** ** unlocked ****** * ******* time *** ********/ ****** to ****** ***** ***** the **** *******.

******* ******.

 

** *** **** ** that ** ** *** free ******* ** *** software ** *** **** version?

 

 

****'* * **** ********.  In *** **** ** 'Time *****', **** *** a ******** ******* ** both ********.

** * ***** *** doors *** ** ********** to ****** ****** ******* mode (**** ****) **** when * ***** **** has **** **** ****** this **** ****. **** ensures ***** *** ** site ***** ** ***** unlocking

*** ******** ** ****** "First ****** ******** ****"

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