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Old 08-05-2019, 08:39 PM
 
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I've noticed in some upscale hotel and highrise condos these days they are starting to install FOB readers in the elevator so that you can only go to your own floor. If you don't have a FOB or a card key the elevator doesn't go anywhere. Ok it makes sense but what a pain because the one at the last hotel I was at kept bugging out and I had to spend 10 minutes each time to get a new card key just so I could get to my floor. It was very frustrating.

Since I am considering living in a high rise, I have a question for anyone who lives in a high rise with a FOB in the elevator, what do you do when you have visitors or guests? Does the security desk call you to verify the person and then let them up to the floor, or do you have to physically leave your unit and come down to the lobby and escort your visitors back up? And when they leave do you have to escort them back out? I read that Allure makes you escort your guests out, which seems like a real pain if you are having friends or family over for dinner, having to go back and forth leaving your unit to escort multiple people in and out even after their ID has been checked and/or signed in with security. Or what if you have guests staying with you for a few days, are they trapped in your unit if you have to leave or go work while they are there? I am really curious how all this works now since I am considering living in a high rise. I am all for good security but this seems really over the top to me if this is what it has come to...
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:14 PM
 
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Sent you a PM. There aren't restrictions on leaving for the most part, but usually you need a keyfob to get to your floor and into the amenity areas. They're pretty reliable HID fobs so it's not a problem most times.


If it's someone staying with you for a few days, you can give them an extra key and fob, so it shouldn't be a problem. If it's just having people over for dinner, they'll generally need to go to the main lobby, and then you can either have the front desk call up, or go meet them.


The extent to which this seems like a hassle will depend entirely on what you're used to. Coming from NYC, my experience here has been pretty easy, but if you're used to living in a single-family house that'll be different.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:25 PM
 
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Yes this would be my first time living in a high rise so this is all new to me. Thanks again for input...
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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I’ve lived in luxury high rises (2) for 6+ years and I never once had any issue with the fobs. They always work. They’re not like hotel cards at all that demagnetize or whatever. Also I never went down to get guests, I’d either call ahead and tell them so and so is coming, please let them up when they get here, or I’d wait for the front desk call and tell them send them up. Never left my unit. I think any secure facility controls access by floor.
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Old 08-09-2019, 02:21 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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Any kind of "apartment or condo" fob or card will have MUCH better "magnetism" than hotels...shoot, your cell phone will "de-magnetize your room key or even, a magnetic clasp on a purse will do that...Big PIA.

You won't have that issue in an apartment or condo. Their fobs are designed to last.
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Old Yesterday, 09:54 PM
 
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I’ve lived in luxury high rises (2) for 6+ years and I never once had any issue with the fobs. They always work. They’re not like hotel cards at all that demagnetize or whatever. Also I never went down to get guests, I’d either call ahead and tell them so and so is coming, please let them up when they get here, or I’d wait for the front desk call and tell them send them up. Never left my unit. I think any secure facility controls access by floor.
Correct, fobs are not magnetized, so fobs are really dependable. Shouldn’t have an issue.
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Old Today, 07:48 AM
 
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I'd add that our fobs are not floor-restricted, which doesn't really matter because I rarely have any reason to go to any floor other than the amenities floor or my own, but it means that (1) if you're carrying stuff someone can buzz you up and vice versa, and (2) if you do have to go to another floor (I have friends/co-workers in the building that I occasionally visit) it's not a problem.

As far as having to go down, it's technically not ever required, but some buildings, mine included, have more than one entrance, so sometimes it's easier to go down and meet someone instead of messing around with having them go to the manned lobby.


On reliability, the only time I ever had a concern was when mine physically broke down -- after a couple years, the thing just basically fell apart. The bigger reliability issue is the readers; sometimes the lobby one will turn itself off (in which case the doorman can just manually buzz you in, which is more annoying for them than for the residents), or one of the multiple elevators will go down. It's never prevented me from getting in or out.
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