Back in 2018, I was working in a huge hotel downtown Austin. The company I was working for was the security apparatus provider of the video observation apparatus and smart entryway access for the hotel. While installing the control panels, I often happened to be in the same space with other installers like network installers and all kinds of construction guys. But back then, I met other smart entryway access installers. In fact, they were installing wifi smart entryway access apparatus. For the hotel was installing a traditional apparatus in corridors and perimetric entryways which I was in charge of. And a wifi apparatus on the guest spaces entryways.
In this article, I will explain the wifi smart entryway access. How it works and the differences between the two setups: cabled and wifi.
Wifi smart lock – Before approaching the wifi smart entryway access apparatus. Let me give anyone a brief overview of a cabled apparatus.
Cabled Smart Entryway Access
I am calling traditional in this article, works through running a cable from the panel to every setup installed on the entryway. That hardware is the entryway contact. The request to exit. The lock and the card scanner.
Wifi Smart Entryway Access
It has the same build except that there is no cable to the setup.
The picture below shows a wifi smart entryway access build. As anyone is able to see, there is no cable to the entryway set up and there is also no request to exit and no entryway contact as well.
In the hotel where I have been working. There is a cabled hub on the ceiling on top of every guest space entryway. The hub receives the guest card’s credentials for authentication when it is swiped.
The scanner transmits the swiped card credentials to the controller through the hub. Then the latter sends back the granting or the refusal access after comparing credentials in the database.
The wifi smart entryway access locks the entryways with electrified handles, not with strikes. The electrified handles are energized with batteries which pose the problem of changing the batteries periodically.
Advantages of Wifi Smart entryway Access
Saving cabling and setup effort
Support standalone and offline and internet mode
Challenges of Wifi smart entryway access
Walls and setup can further reduce the range of wifi setups.
The locks work with batteries, so, dying batteries is can be an issue, and servicing them could take some effort when it comes to huge premises with several entryways.
What if I already a cabled apparatus?
Wifi smart lock – The wifi apparatus is perfectly integrable with the cabled apparatus. As a result, anyone is able to set up both systems, however, the wifi system can be installed in a non-accessible place where it is difficult to run a cable.