DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking

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So, after getting out of the industry I find myself setting up and improving  
the control system on my shop.  I am still a fan of Napco and I am  
implementing some access control solutions to an x255 in my shop.  Setup,  
cards, readers, keypads, etc.  I have all that covered.

My issues is that every single NL-MOD I ever installed when I was in the  
business eventually started acting flakey and had to be replaced.  It would  
take a few years, but a customer would complain that they couldn't update  
cards or schedules or some other thing over the network.  I'd go power cycle  
the NL-MOD and order a new one.  The NL-MOD would work for a while after  
being power cycled, but each time it would work for a shorter time before  
needing to be power cycled again.  A new unit would cure the problem for  
atleast a couple years.  Even at dealer price they are kind of pricey.

Now my thought is simply to eliminate that network connection and implement  
a direct serial connection.  I've got a couple different working computers  
within a reasonably short distance of the X255.  The problem is none of them  
have serial ports.  I do still have a couple old slowly deteriorating  
laptops that have serial ports and even have Napco software installed, but  
they really don't have much life left in them.  I'd actually like to shred  
them and dispose of the carcasses, but for now they are locked in the safe.

So what's the answer?  Anybody know if Napco has improved the NL-MOD design  
or if its still got a short life span?  Is there a solution to legacy serial  
communications on newer 64bit systems?  I've got a couple USB to RS232  
adapters, but even on 32bit systems they were not 100%.  They took a bit of  
fiddling from time to time.

I'd like to stick with Napco if only because I have no real incentive to  
learn a whole new line now that I am out of the business.  Its not like I  
would be installing more of them.

Bob La Londe
The EXCON-tractor



Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking
Dang-It!  I didn't think I would be out of the "club" so quick.  LOL.  


Bob La Londe
The EXCON-tractor


Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking
na..  your  still in,  but,  Not using Napco products,  I couldn't give  
any meaningful reply...  Sorry...
RTS

On 8/9/2017 3:42 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking
On 8/9/2017 4:42 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Gee whiz Bob, your are a lifetime member of "Da Club".

I can't respond to your quest since I am totally clueless to da stuff  
you got's.

Sad to think that "Da Club" can't help.  There should be someone
out there to lend an assist to you.

Now. if you are thinking of replacing the "Napco" stuff with something
else................... well then............. but you wasn't asking.

Good Luck,

Les



Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking

On 8/9/2017 4:42 PM, Bob La Londe wrote:
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Gee whiz Bob, your are a lifetime member of "Da Club".

I can't respond to your quest since I am totally clueless to da stuff
you got's.

Sad to think that "Da Club" can't help.  There should be someone
out there to lend an assist to you.

Now. if you are thinking of replacing the "Napco" stuff with something
else................... well then............. but you wasn't asking.

Good Luck,

Les

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ACH-ULLY!  It seems there are cheap USB to RS232 adapters of which I have a  
couple and there are good ones that typically run $40 or so as opposed to  
$8-15.

Ah-wreck-ons ahm a gonna have to try wun ub dem dur good-uns.

I can probably do all my initial setup with a cheap one anyway, and then  
just swap out to a good one later.  Since I'll have zero turn over in my one  
man machine shop I probably won't have to update stuff often anyway.



Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking
HI Bob,

I'm coming in a little late on this one but although I've been a Napco advo
cate for 40 years I never got involved with access control. Since I've most
ly been a one man company, I never took on Telephone systems or access cont
rol because if those systems go down, help is needed instantly and one guy  
can't be in two locations at the same time.  

However, if I would have read your post earlier I would have said that ....
... in my other endeavors I've discovered that there is likely a converter  
from anything to anything now days. I'm sure there must be a USB to serial  
port or vice versa converter for about $10 to $20.00 that's available.  





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Re: DIYer Seeks Free Professional Advice With X255 Access Control Networking
Maybe this will help. A link to go to. $13.99



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