How to check if your proximity card or reader is working correctly

Thankfully having your card or reader stop working is a rare occurrence but when something happens it’s hard to know when your proximity / swipe card is faulty or your card reader is at fault.

Here are some easy ways to check before you report an incident to your strata manager.

Does the card reader have any power or lights?

Our card readers will have a blue/purple light when powered, this will turn green when an allowed card is presented. If there’s no lights it’s a good chance the power has been cut from that reader. Please check any other readers to make sure there isn’t a system wide outage and report to your strata representative.

There are lights, but does it give any beeps when a prox is presented?

So you have lights on the reader, that’s great - there’s power. But does it read your card? Present your card to the reader, what kind of audible sound does it make?

Generally speaking:

1 long beep = User/Prox card Not Recognized - card needs to be programmed

2 short beeps = User/Prox Access Granted - nothing wrong with card

5 short beeps = User/Prox Access Denied - your card is not allowed in that area

If any of the first two of the above, the door is fine but  your card requires programming - contact your strata representative.

If we have a ‘User/Proxy card Access Granted’ scenario, but the door does not unlock, then we have an issue with the lock or door mechanism - contact your strata representative.

In any case if you’re unsure, please contact your strata representative and a technician will be dispatched to review.