The E-Plex 5700 uses 125kHz, 26-84 bit HID Prox cards or tokens which are enrolled using an enrollment unit which connects via USB to the host PC.
Installing the software requires that both the AACS (Advanced Access Control System) Software as well as the PDA software be installed. The AACS software must also be registered with Kaba.
Starting the program for the first time will require that a new user name and password be set for the Level 1 Operator, and also a new master PIN be established.
So no one forgets to do this important step, until this Master Pin is set in both the software and in each lock, programming cannot be performed.
The default Master PIN supplied in each E-Plex is 12345678, which is convenient to use to initially test the functionality of the E-Plex after installation, and it is also easy to remember for the time between installation and programming. While in the default mode, the door can be accessed only using this code. Once the default Master Pin is changed, any and all programming commands can be performed at the lock keypad. For instance, the door may be put into PASSAGE mode so anyone can use the door, or the unit can be placed into Master LOCKOUT mode so no one can use the door.
Master lockout mode is most effective if the Master PIN is changed from the default.
The Master LOCKOUT command is especially useful in an emergency when the door needs to be locked down quickly without using a programmer. Some competitor's systems inhibit manual activity on a door if software is used.
Once the software is running, the interface is easy-to-read and straightforward. As previously mentioned, the Windows-like guide will be immediately familiar to anyone with minimal computer experience, and the Main Menu Items should be easily recognizable to anyone with previous experience with access control programs. Drop down menus are:
File: Backup Restore, export and import users form this menu
Door Groups: Used to define and program door groups
Access Schedules: Used to define and program Access schedules
Holidays/Vacations: Used to define and program Holiday or Vacation blocks
User Groups: Used to define and program User Groups
Users: Used to define and program users. For each user, their name is entered and then the user group user type and PROX card credential ID are specified.
The user PIN is generated automatically by the software, which can be changed by the operator.
Doors: Doors are numbered or named, and the lock function is set. These will be either Entry, Privacy, etc. Specific lock configurations such as Unlock Time, Tamper Count, Buzzer Volume, Manual Passage Duration, Tamper Shut Time and defining the lock model.
Access Assignment: Access schedules, Holidays, users and passage enable or disable are assigned in this screen.
Program: The database is transferred to the PDA (which is sitting in its docking station). You then “hotsync” (transfer) this program data to the PDA and then take the PDA out to each door.
Audit: The PDA's collected data is imported into the program for viewing or printing.
Reports: Offers a selection of reports which enable hard copies and wide dissemination of the various programming you've done can be examined and evaluated.
• Access Schedules Report
• Door Groups Report
• Holidays/Vacations Report
• List Archived PC Activity Report
• List Audits & user Tables Report from Downloaded Doors
• List Door Uploads
• List Door Reports
• List Doors by User Report
• List PC Activity Log Report
• List Users Report
• Operators Report
System Setup: Here is where the system hardware is set up, operators are added or deleted, Passwords are changed, and the PC Activity Log is archived.
Help: The entire software user guide is here to read in electronic form. Technical help is available by contacting the office in Winston-Salem , NC , at 1-800 849-TECH (8324).
A Toolbar directly below the main menus displays icons for each of the Main menu items.
Individuals with limited experience with PC's and handheld programmers should not be reluctant to learn this product. The mechanical aspects of this product are identical for all the units in the line, and the software and programming is well-designed and easy to understand.