Networx is very reliable and was introduced to the marketplace more than two years ago, after a year in-field beta testing and two years alpha testing in our labs-- so roughly five years of work have gone into field-proving this product. And, again, the platform is Trilogy, which has been produced and field-proven since 1994. Also our parent company, Napco, has been using and developing wireless RF technology for the last 15-20 years, so we have tremendous experience in this field, too. Plus, Networx uses DL-Windows software, and Alarm Lock and Trilogy Lock dealers have been using that since 1998. So, not only is the platform backwards compatible to all Trilogy3 platform locks, it also manages Networx --so, it’s not new to those who are already familiar with Trilogy and DL Windows, it’s a breeze.
We have a FREE full factory-training on our website at http://www.alarmlock.com/trainingvideos-list.asp. We basically videotaped a field software training seminar and divided it into 4 logical sections. The classroom comes to your shop, and is available 24/7. We developed tests for each of the 4 segments that you can take and receive a certificate of completion. My blog is another source of Frequently Asked Questions, and locksmiths/dealers can subscribe to that Free and get FAQs and my latest top tips: http://alarmlock.typepad.com/my_weblog.
Bottom line, Alarm Lock prides itself on being a very market responsive company dedicated to customer service, we are not a huge bureaucratic behemoth like some of our competitors, and our customers know we are always here to help. I don’t do corporate-speak: I was a locksmith myself, many years ago and know exactly where my customers are coming from first hand.
Besides the two door controller, what else is new, and is there anything else forthcoming you care to divulge?
Networx is our latest addition to the Alarm Lock Trilogy family, and with the wireless keypad series, you have an extension of the Networx line for narrow stile doors, magnets, electric strikes and EL exit devices.Another way to sell the Networx wireless keypads is as a single- or two-door wireless access control system. The only wiring is localized at the opening from the Networx control panel to the keypad, to the electric strike. The control panel contains all of the electronic firmware, the radio communicator and power, so it’s wireless from the control panel to the gateway, with an average range of 200 feet in any direction on a horizontal plane. So, for a locksmith/dealer, not typically in the electronic access control business, they can very easily get into this business, offering access control of a door or so, using a product they are very familiar with and know is reliable, that also minimizes wiring and GUI complexity. As far as new products coming to market, we are also working on introducing both the HID iClass and FIPS Prox card solutions to the Alarm Lock line.
Are there any restrictions regarding proximity credentials used?
We currently use an HID standard 125k reader, so we can read all 125k cards from 26 - 48 bit formats. Multiple bit formats can be used in the same lock/system, multiple facility codes can also be used in the same lock/system
What types of readers are supported?
With Networx, we have our own DK and PDK readers plus we can also utilize readers with a standard Weigand output as we have Weigand inputs inside the NETWORX NetPanel Control Panel. We offer the HID Pin Prox narrow stile reader for those applications with aluminum glass doors.
What is the total number of doors in a system?
We support 2,000 locks across 50 gateways in one system. DL Windows V4.1.96 (free software) can manage 200 of these systems.
Can doors be hardwired?
For power sure, but we specialize in standalone access, so there is no hardwire between the locks and gateway…it’s all RF technology
Does Networx integrate with any Continental Instruments products or vice versa?
Yes, we are working on that integration now and should be available soon with Continental’s next software release CardAccess v.2.8. It will provide seamless integration of Alarm Lock Networx Wireless Access Locks in an enterprise-class Continental software environment. This will provide real time event reporting of networked PIN/Prox Alarm Lock access locks included among controller, door and security activity etc. It will give the end-user the best of all worlds by offering global lockdowns initiated from the Alarm Lock lock, a card reader, and/or the Continental server. Plus the server running CardAccess v.2.8 will house a singular robust database with standard Continental access devices and functions, as well as Alarm Lock’s Networx locks, Networx Gateways and lock users and schedules seamlessly combined.
What are applications for the NetPanel 2-door controller?
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