About readers


Readers used in today's door access systems are almost exclusively RFID (proximity) type. Card doesn't have to be swiped or inserted into the reader but rather just waved in front of it. Reader powers up a card chip and chip returns serial number of the card in over the air transmission.

It is importnat to understand that readers do NOT open the doors. Door controllers do. Reader just sends serial number of the card to controller.


We carry a wide selection of card access readers from various US and Canadian manufacturers. Please use the menu on the left to select the brand or technology readers needed.

The largest selection comes from Rosslare (Southlake, TX, USA). There is whole variety of:

• PIN pad standalone readers
• low cost interior PIN pad and prox readers
• prox readers, regular, mid range, long range
• Mifare readers
• High security Mifare
• long range UHF readers
• long range with active transmitters readers
• biometric readers
• standalone biometric stations

So there is a suitable reader for every situation. For about $100 one can get standalone PIN pad reader for up to 500 users. The installation is very simple with only 4 wires to connect. It can’t be simpler than that!

Prox readers require cards and tags. We carry that as well. Low cost, quality made, numbered credentials. Again look at menus on the left to order cards.


Highest level of security is achieved by using Mifare / DESFire card and reader technology. Cards and readers must have matched secret keys. Otherwise reader will not recognize card at all. For ultimate security Mifare + biometric readers should be used. Also, CCTV camera system should be installed to look at every door protected by card access.


We prefer Rosslare readers because of the quality, and cost. They are also attractively backlit and they didn’t cut corners on features. Readers include a built-in optical tamper switch.

Also there are “convertible” readers. What does that mean? It is a reader or PIN pad (or both) that is normally connected to a door controller, but could be used as a standalone card access as well. Typically they would have 500 users card or PIN capacity and be easily programmable using a PIN pad.

This flexibility means a user can have card access for one door for about $170, and if the system ever grows to a full card access system, the reader can be “converted” to serve as a regular reader. No extra cost is required.