Are Paxton Net2 Key fobs the UK’s favourite?

Our shelves certainly think so. We sell more Paxton Net2 Key fobs 695-644 than any other kind of proximity card, smart card or token. So what makes them so popular? Especially in an industry where innovation is the norm?

Biometric, smart phone or traditional card reader?

The access control market is awash with solutions, all of which protect your assets, buildings and people in different ways. From biometric entry solutions to emerging trends in smart phone technologies, the industry doesn’t stand still.

The key access control suppliers are hard at work in R&D producing the latest talking point – just recently for example HID Global announced their latest ‘gesture based’ technology, allowing you to open doors with a wave.

But are these systems within reach of most organisations?

Amongst all of this innovation, the Net2 systems continue to hold their own in the market as reliable, robust access control solutions. And from our perspective, the most popular access control products are still Paxton Net2 Key fobs, not smart phone apps or iris-readers.

Paxton Net2 Key fobs
Paxton Net2 Key fobs continue to be our most popular product

Maybe it’s the solid, reassuring feel of a Key fob that people like above key cards. Or their reliability. Or the fact that they come with a lifetime guarantee from Paxton and are simple they are to program. We suspect it’s probably a mixture of them all – and the fact that the Net2 systems are well suited to the majority of organisations’ needs.

Whatever the reason, Paxton Net2 Key Fobs are regularly ordered by schools, sports clubs, housing associations and businesses across the UK, and are our best-selling product.

We are currently selling 10 Paxton Net2 Key fobs 695-644 for £29 for 10.


Which access control cards system do I need?

There are a plethora of access control cards and systems out there on the market, ranging from basic door entry systems for small businesses through to highly sophisticated remote access security systems for larger enterprises across multiple sites. The choice can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not sure exactly what you’re looking for.

Access control card and token
Give your staff different access rights

Look at your own requirements first

Start by assessing what you want an access control system to do. Is it purely to act as a secure door entry system so that you can get rid of your old-fashioned lock and keys? In which case a simple PIN entry system might suffice. Or do you want to provide staff with their own access control card or key fob to increase security so that no-one without a valid card can enter? These standalone systems are easy to buy off-the-shelf and tend to suit businesses with small numbers of users and leisure clubs.

Need something a little more sophisticated?

The next step up from a standalone system is PC based or ‘networked’ access control. This is aimed at organisations who want more control over the various doors onsite and over the people who can open them – often across different sites. These tend to use  access control cards such as proximity cards or magstripe tokens, depending on the kind of reader that’s fitted. This system allows you to easily cancel lost or stolen cards so that they don’t pose a security risk.

You can then set up access privileges through your PC – allowing members of staff access to the areas you specify. These systems can also control other buildings via the computer network, and control services like burglar alarms and exit doors.

These are particularly used by academic institutions, within government buildings and by larger organisations with more than one site.

Which manufacturer?

There are many industry-leading manufacturers of access control cards and systems, including Paxton, Bewator, HID, TDSI, Kantech, PAC, Cotag … the list goes on. Many of these provide starter kits that contain everything you need to get a basic access control system up and running. They include controller, readers and cards, and you can choose to add other items of options to enhance the system.

Even though you cannot buy directly from the manufacturers, the best way to ensure you get the right system for your needs is to contact 2 or 3 of these manufacturers, explain your needs and let them suggest the right solution. Bear in mind the cost of cards or tokens in the future. We sell access control cards to fit most systems, at very competitive prices. To get an idea of how much these cost, visit our access control card section.



The benefits of access control cards over keys

Keys and locks provide limited security

Are you and your employees still using keys in your business premises? If so, how confident are you that your assets are being protected effectively, 24 hours a day? Introducing an electronic access control system and supplying your staff with access control cards will increase security in your building and protect your employees and your property.

Are your premises open to unwanted guests?

The old-fashioned ‘lock and key’ presents a number of problems, for instance when a key becomes lost or stolen. Could it have been copied? You then have to deal with the inconvenience and expense of re-issuing keys and changing the locks.

Then there’s the issue of access during the day. Where a key is concerned, once a door is unlocked it tends to stay unlocked: presenting an open door to any guest that comes to visit, whether wanted or unwanted.

Secure your building, assets and protect staff

Investing in an electronic access control system is the most effective way to protect your assets and your staff. It will enable you to control who has access to your building through controlled locks, making it difficult for the opportunist to gain entry. All doors controlled by the system will automatically lock when the door is closed, making it impossible for anyone without a valid access control card, key fob or token (depending on the system) to enter.

You can even give individual staff different access rights. For example you may want to restrict certain employees from accessing a particular part of the building, or from entering the building at all at certain times of the day or night.

An access control system also ensures you never have to change a lock again. Any access control cards or tokens that are lost or stolen are easily removed from the system, rendering them useless.

What type of system do you need?

There are a number of access control card systems out there. Those that ask for a simple PIN entry offer a lower level of protection. Others that use some kind of access control card or token offer a greater level of security and can be tailored to specific needs. Industry-leading manufacturers include Paxton, HID, Bewator, TDSi, PAC, Cotag, Kantech and many others. Prices vary, but what’s most important is that the system fits your requirements and is easy to use and administer.

In terms of the access control cards themselves, there are swipe cards, key fobs, tokens, transmitters, wrist tags, keyring tags … the list goes on. Some systems also incorporate time and attendance. In general the cards are attached to a device that makes it easy for the user to present the card to an access control reader, such as a retractable badge reel or lanyard.

For more information on the types of systems available, see our blog ‘what access control card system is right for me?’

ID cards & swipe cards: how secure is your workplace, really?

Card products to increase security
Is your business and staff adequately protected?

How confident are you that your building, staff and equipment are adequately protected? And what about your visitors – are you following health and safety regulations?

When talk turns to protecting your business, the focus naturally falls on insurance first. Having the right policies in place covering contents, buildings, employees and professional indemnity is crucial should the worst happen.

But when is the last time you properly looked at your business from a security perspective? Do you have photographic ID cards and swipe cards as protection for example?

How secure is your building?
The larger the building and numbers of staff, the more opportunities there are for unwanted visitors to enter your premises. Having an entry system is a good place to start and doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. There are many access control options out there on the market, and you can choose from swipe cards, key fobs, encoded ring tags, wrist tags, tokens and even time and attendance systems.

Photographic identity cards
Photographic ID cards – step up security

Do your staff have photographic ID cards?
Photographic ID cards will ensure that the right people only access the right areas, particularly if you choose to incorporate further security features such as a magnetic stripe or signature strip. Prices start from just £93.09 for a pack of 10 cards including card holders and clips.

Keep track of visitors and contractors
Keeping track of every visitor to your building is also paramount from a health and safety perspective. We stock packs of Visitor Passes and Contractor Passes which contain everything you need to set up and record the visitor’s information whilst creating a current fire register and future reference sheet.

Parking permits
Specially designed parking passes withstand low & high temperatures

We can even print custom car park passes to ensure the right people are parking where they should.

For your security and peace of mind all Card Network staff are CRB vetted.

Key fobs, wrist tags, smart cards – what do I need?

Help! I need more key fobs but don’t know what to order

key fob / access control card
Which key card do you need?

There are hundreds of access control cards, key fobs, wrist tags, ring tags, tokens, clamshells, mifare smart cards (the list goes on) out there, and a lot of them look the same. If you need to order more for your current system but aren’t sure exactly what to order, give one of our friendly team a call. Simply send us a photograph of an existing card or key fob, or send us a physical one in the post and we’ll tell you exactly what you need.

We sell all makes, including Paxton, Bewator, TDSi, HID, Pac, Cotag, Impro, Indala, Kantech & GenTech.

You can also find a lot of pictures of products such as key fobs within our access control cards section.