Access Control: Query the Access Control Expert

Wires and Networks Q: Do I run wires for all types of networks in the same way? A: No. Some use a bus or backbone layout, others connect to each other, and others all connect to a central point. Still others mix portions of each type to form...



Wires and Networks

Q: Do I run wires for all types of networks in the same way?

A: No. Some use a bus or backbone layout, others connect to each other, and others all connect to a central point. Still others mix portions of each type to form a network.


Choosing Factors

Q: How do I choose the type of network to use?

A: Your choice may be made for you when you select the type of access control system to use. But some systems will allow you a few options. When you select or evaluate a network, you should look at a few factors, including: how easy the system will be to manage, maintain and update; how easy is it for the users to operate; how does it impact the speed at which data is sent; how easy is it to add to the network; how does it handle faults; and, finally, how secure is the network from tampering.


Dial Direct
The Simplex 1000 Series mechanical pushbutton lock from Kaba access control is now available with the popular lockout feature directly from the factory. Previously, the feature required ordering an add-on kit. Lockout allows users to prevent combination entry by activating the lockout feature from the inside of the door. When lockout mode is active, entry is only possible via the lock's key override. Lockout is available on all 1021 and 1041 key override models by simply adding the letters LO to existing part numbers. For more information, call 800-849-8324


Compatibility is Prime
Q: What should I consider when choosing a topology?
A: Compatibility with your equipment is the prime consideration. When you have a choice between topologies there are a few considerations. Cost of connectors and equipment can vary; hubs, concentrators or routers may be required to process the signals and others require no additional equipment. A bus or backbone network will use less wire than one which requires a dedicated run to a central point from each device. Consider what is required to add additional devices. Also examine the cost and availability of the type of cable required for your system.

Not all systems are compatible with standard local area networks. While many systems are designed to connect to standard networks or the Internet others use proprietary formats to communicate.


Missing Lynx Found
ASSA ABLOY says it has found the missing electromechanical hardware link sought by installers since the advent of the electric lock. Dubbed ElectroLynx by company engineers, the new advancement is a wiring system with simple plug-in connectors that allow electromechanical hardware to be installed in seconds. The discovery will simplify hardware installations and make electromechanical locking solutions practical for any opening.

The ElectroLynx wiring system for doors and hardware is offered by CURRIES, McKINNEY and SARGENT and is compatible with electromechanical products from HES and SECURITRON. Each component of the ElectroLynx system the frame, hinge, door and locking hardware comes pre-wired with plug-in connectors that snap together to create a fully wired electrical opening. The plugs and wiring are concealed within each of the components to preserve the aesthetics of the opening and facilitate any future hardware changes.

The emergence of ElectroLynx represents a move toward universally wired opening components. The system will be offered as a feature on doors, frames and hardware produced by ASSA ABLOY Group companies.

The plug-in system provides flexibility for customers who may want to upgrade a mechanical opening with electromechanical hardware at a later date. Using the ElectroLynx system, an opening can be pre-wired from the frame to the door. The final plug-in link is concealed safely within the door, allowing the opening to be ungraded by simply plugging the electromechanical locking hardware into the hidden connector. The alternative is to tear apart the walls, frames and doors to run wiring not easy, not pretty and not cheap.


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