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Standalone or PC Based Access Control Systems

A standalone access control system such as Paxton’s Compact or Switch2 is ideal for controlling access on one or many independent doors in a building.

Access is gained by using a numeric code, PIN with a keypad, or by presenting a proximity or magstripe token. These systems are programmed at each door.

If a token needs to be barred or if codes are changed, this must be completed at every door on the system.

Typical applications of standalone access control:

  • Small business premises
  • Sports clubs
  • Storage units
  • Any small or medium-sized site requiring access control

Standalone systems are great for smaller sites with a relatively small number of users, where token management is simple. This type of system can be easily be extended as requirements change.

Networked access control

A networked access control system is used where control is required at a central point. These systems are ideal for medium to large sites providing simple management control of users and large numbers of doors.

Systems such as Paxton’s Net2 and Net10 are highly scalable and have advanced features such as event reporting and integration with CCTV and other business management systems.

Access is gained by using a numeric code, PIN with a keypad, by presenting a proximity or magstripe token, or by ‘possession’ with handsfree tokens depending on which type of reader fitted.

Control instructions are made using a PC and are sent to each of the doors. A token can be barred from all of the doors instantly. Flexible control allows for different access permissions to be granted for individuals or groups of users and at specified times of the day.

The latest Paxton Net10 product delivers out of the box access control, IP video management and building automation to streamline the management of buildings.

Built with elegance and simplicity in mind, the system is suitable for projects of all sizes, from the smallest shop to the largest university campus.

Networked systems can also be integrated with a range of building and facility management systems, such as intruder alarms, payroll, time and attendance systems.


Typical applications of networked access control:

  • Small/medium premises
  • Large corporate premises
  • Multiple-site premises
  • Government buildings
  • Universities
  • Sports clubs
  • Car parks