Understanding the Difference between Wireless, Wired and Cloud-Based Access Control

At R3 Access, we’ve been around every type access control system across residential, commercial, government, and industrial properties. Each warrants a system that is reliable, meets the unique security needs for that environment, and is compatible with the structure and power sources available. It’s helpful to understand the differences between hard-wired, wireless and cloud-based systems when designing a facility or purchasing access control systems.

Before technological advances, most security systems were hard-wired—meaning they required being connected directly to an electrical power source.

While wireless access control systems do require a power source, they are increasingly replacing hardwired systems because of technological advances that rely on ethernet, internet and or cellular towers for carrying signals and collecting date.

However, there are still situations that warrant hard-wired access control such as larger facilities. For one thing, as long as a building’s power supply is uninterrupted, hard-wired systems are very reliable.

Still, Wireless Access Control has major advantages over wired systems:

  1. Total Wireless Property Solutions: Wireless Multi Point Access Control Systems use Ethernet or Verizon/ATT.No long-distance data wires are required – the only wires are for power and local wires to the card reader and lock.
  2. Wireless Access solution gives you the ability to control all products from a single portal. This is ideal for any property management company or anyone who oversees a secured property with multiple, locked access doors and/or gates 
  3. Wireless access systems put control into the hands of residents, property managers and other individuals directly from their cell phones or computers. The app is used on your cell phone and gives you access to every door that is secured on a property.Visitors use a directory to call their cell phone directly.  A resident can see visitors in real time from their cell phone and control who gets in. Plus, the Units will also call a land line using VOIP as well if needed.

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Cloud-Based Access Systems

Just like backing up your computer files to “the cloud”, wireless access systems are cloud-based. Basically, cloud computing refers to humongous data storage centers. The reason this technology enhances wireless access control is because it helps ensure the continuity of service with few interruptions and ever-increasing data security measures. Plus, it is also a low-cost solution as a cloud-space can be shared by many businesses.

R3 Access experts can help determine which type of system that’s best for your needs.

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