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Awning/Hopper Window: The window is hung/connected at the top of the frame and generally opens outwards.
Backcheck: the resistance provided by a door closer as a door is opened.
Backplate: The plate located on the inside of a door, allowing the cylinder connecting screws and tailpiece to pass through.
Backset: The distance from the edge of the door to the centre line of the keyhole, or the central axis of the doorknob or handle.
Bandwidth: The maximum data transfer rate of an internet connection or network.
Barrel: A portion of the cylinder that rotates when the key is inserted and turned.
Bolt: The part of the lock or latch which provides the fastening by extending out from its case to engage in the staple/striking plate, link or other members.
Biometrics: A reader or scanning device used to identify distinct human characteristics for authentication.
Blank key: a plain key before any cuts are made.
CCTV: Short for Closed-Circuit Television, where cameras are used to send signals to a specific set of monitors.
Coupler: A device that is used in conjunction with a trailer ball, allowing your vehicle and trailer to turn corners without disconnecting.
Cylinder: a unit housing disk tumblers, springs, and other necessary parts.
Cylinder rose: Also known as a cylinder ring. This is a metal disc which surrounds the outer face of the cylinder.
Deadbolt: A bolt engaged by turning a knob or key, rather than by a spring.
Deadlatch: Is a spring-bolt latch where the bolt will self deadlock. It can be retracted by turning either the doorknob or key.
Deadlock: A lock having only a square ended deadbolt. Can be operated from one or both sides by key or outside by only key and inside by snib.
Dip switch: A type of garage door remote that is identifiable by a bank of 8,10 or 12 small switches in the remote, matching to the garage door receiver.
Door closer: A device that automatically closes a door or gate.
Electric strike: Usually used in commercial & industrial settings. It is an electromechanical door locking device, that works in conjunction with cylindrical locksets, mortise locks, or rim exit devices.
Escutcheon: The cover for the key hole in a mortice lock.
Fixed code: A type of garage door remote that transmits one fixed code to its matching garage door receiver.
Floodlight: Can have a beam width of up to 120 degrees and as such, are used to illuminate a broader area.
Hasp: A hinged metal plate that is fitted a loop. They are used in conjunction with a padlock to fasten doors.
Hopper window: See Awning.
Hopping code: See Rolling Code.
Hub: A central control panel where users can manage an entire system, such as lights, locks, alarms etc.
IP Rating: Short for Ingress Protection, consists of two digits. The first digit is for solids protection and the second digit is for liquids protection. With 0 being not protected to 8 offering high or complete protection.
Keyed Alike: The same key can operate a set of locks within the system.
Keyed to Differ: Each key can only operate a single lock in the system.
Latch: Is a single bolt to latch or fasten the door. It is not capable of being locked.
Lockset: Is a complete lock system, that includes knobs/lever, plates and other accessories
Master Keyed: The key can operate on all the keys in the system.
Mortice (Mortise) lock: Is a type of lock that is fitted into the door, rather than being attached to one side of the door. This requires a hole to be cut into the edge of the door.
Passage set: a latch set with handles on both sides and no locking mechanism.
POE: Short for Power over Ethernet. It is a technology that lets network cables carry electrical power as well as network data.
Rolling code: A type of garage door remote. Also known as a Hopping code. The remote will choose a new code every time a button is pushed to either open or close a garage door.
Sash/Double hung window: Features two window panes, one is fixed and other can be shifted vertically within the frame.
Shackle: The hinged, sliding or swivelling loop of a padlock.
Sliding window: Features two window panes, one is fixed and the other can be shifted horizontally within the frame.
Snib: A manually operated catch. Using this mechanism prevents key holders from using the lock, or allows the door to be closed without the lock engaging.
Spotlight: Usually casts a narrow beam of light, with a width of no more than 45 degrees. Used to illuminate a specific spot.
TSA Approved: Allows Transport Security Administration to safely open/close the lock where required, through the use of a master key. This type of lock is mandatory for travel within, to and from the USA.
U-Lock: Also known as a D-Lock. A rigid shackle to secure items such as bicycles.
Z-Wave: A wireless network designed by Zensys Inc. to provide a streamlined communication between devices in a home control network.
Zigbee: An open global standard for wireless technology operating on the IEEE 802.15.4 specification. It is designed to use low-power digital radio signals for personal area networks, such as home automation.