Shop&Lock's Signals Magazine — Cable for Access Control Applications

Avoid Using Network Cable to Connect Card Readers and Door Locking Hardware

Posted by Dan DeMerchant on

I spoke with a customer on the phone that was having two problems. First is that their electric strike is not always releasing when energized and second, the Wiegand card reader is not reporting a card number on the controller reliably with every swipe. Being familiar with these issues after outfitting hundreds of door installations, it's obvious to us through our technical support notes that the correct cable type may not have been used for the application. We asked the installer..."what type of cable was used to wire these two devices to the controller?"  Answer...CAT5 cable. We then asked, why didn't...

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