I have been installing DoorKing residential telephone entry systems for over 22 years now. They’ve changed a lot over all those years! The newest model is the 1812 Access Plus or 1812 A+. There are many differences between the previous models, but the most notable are these:
Ethernet ready: Local or remote programming over the internet. Supports DynamicDNS services.
Five digit entry codes only
Holds set from keypad cannot be released by phone.
Holds set by phone cannot be released by keypad
Strike time tone fixed to one second.
Expandable to a total of six relays.
All six relays can be assigned “tone-open” numbers!
RS-485, three wire network for linking additional Card readers, radio receivers and weigand devices.
Lighted Call Button.
27 preprogrammed phone number calling.
Super-nice synthetic dialtone for No-phone line applications
I’ve mixed the features I like with some I don’t. I liked being able to release holds. I guess most people didn’t. I think one thing that struck me most odd about this product is that it’s not backward compatible to older models. The entry codes are fixed at five digits. If you’ve got plans to upgrade a single entry system in a multiple system setup, be warned, you may need to prepare the customer for replacing all of them. I feel that one thing lacking on this unit would be some kind of web interface. There is none. So if you think it would be cool to control your gate from an iPhone, like I would, this product won’t do it.
If you’ve got a Mac, Forget it. The software is Windows only.
This post also reminds me that I shouldn’t have given away my camera in favor of my iPhone. The Iphone takes lousy pictures!
We’ve started updating and adding fire locks to our existing commercial accounts. This consists of installing a new “Fire” lock which enables the fire department to enter properties that are enclosed by access control devices using a key that only they have.
We recently added these locks on the properties of two of our customers using MGO post mounts. They are high visibility yellow powder coated aluminum posts anchored to a concrete slab. They are pretty hard not to see.
Call us to get an estimate to install or update your Fire lock today. Also, call us if you are interested in getting a post of two.
We started and finished a new installation. It’s always a challenge to update an existing installation but a new install presents interesting issues of it’s own. This job had us installing a pair of LiftMaster LA 400’s. What’s neat about these operators is that they are 24 volt DC operated. That means that the operators can be powered off a low voltage circuit which requires less costly low voltage wiring. This system can also be converted to a solar power hookup at a later date. Although the customer here opted to go with an AC (home power fed) solution, updating to solar in the future would be no problem. IF you were considering solar from the start, we’d probably go with the LA412S option as it’s 12 volts DC and comes set up for solar right out of the box.
This customer had no available high voltage (110 volts AC) at the gate location. We were able to run a low voltage wire to the gate operator from a weather tight location on the outside of the house.
These linear actuators are very slim and almost disappear into the metal work of the gate. We also top mounted them in order to take advantage of the frame as a structural attachment point.
Mostly for us that involves fixing something that is broken, fixing something that no one else wants to fix or can fix or even fixing something that someone else has fixed to the point of being a disaster.
Another challenge for us is getting requests for custom items. We like to be able to be a little creative from time to time. Even if it is something simple like a gooseneck, telephone entry post.
In the future, if you need something fixed or want something fabricated from scratch, give us a call!