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Wire the Controller Pro 2

Since the Controller is the heart of the Kisi access control system, it's crucial to wire it properly. Please take a careful look at the below recommendations, then look up your lock/power setup, and follow the instructions.

Required connections​

  • Low Voltage Wires (18-2 gauge)
  • Ethernet (CAT5/CAT6 recommended)
  • Power (60W 24V Universal Power Supply included)

Recommendations:

  • Do not exceed 125 feet (38.1 meters) for your low voltage wiring (18-2 gauge wire) runs
  • Do not exceed 300 feet (91.4 meters) for your ethernet (CAT5/CAT6) runs

Wiring instructions​

The Kisi Controller Pro 2 can be wired with different types of locks, contact, and power used. Depending on your setup, the wiring might differ a bit. Find your setup and follow the instructions:

  1. Standalone fail-secure electric strike with wet contact
  2. Standalone fail-safe magnetic lock with wet contact
  3. External power supply & fail-secure electric lock with dry contact
  4. External power supply & fail-safe electric lock with dry contact
  5. External power supply & fail-safe electric lock with REx and motion sensor with dry contact
  6. Wiring contact sensors and request to exits (REx)​

1. Standalone fail-secure electric strike with wet contact

With a fail-secure electric lock, if the power is interrupted or fails, the door stays locked. If you are using a wet contact, it means that the power will be supplied by the same circuit where the contact is connected.

For this scenario, follow the illustration below.

  1. Wire one of the four relays to the fail-secure lock on the door. This is a wet contact relay which will require positive wires to run to NO (Normally Open) and negative to GND (Ground).
  2. Position the jumper next to the relay into the correct wet position: 12 volts or 24 volts.
  • Example: If you have two electric strikes that draw 12 volts / 2 amperes from the Kisi Controller Pro 2, you cannot power any more locks from the circuit board. You can still wire another two door locks to the Kisi Controller Pro 2, but only from their own separate power supply and as dry contacts.
  1. Plug in the Ethernet cable. You should see a green blinking light on the top right-hand corner of the board. This indicates that the Kisi Controller Pro 2 is online. If the light is not green, please refer to this troubleshooting guide.
  2. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro 2 using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
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The Kisi Controller Pro 2 does not support alternating current (AC) wiring, so make sure the lock can work on direct current (DC). Also, the Kisi Controller Pro 2 only supplies up to 4 amperes total for the door locks that are drawing power from the circuit board. If you wish to power up more doors, do not exceed a total of 4 amperes for each Kisi Controller Pro 2.

2. Standalone fail-safe magnetic lock with wet contact​

Magnetic locks are an easy to install and quick to operate option. They only work as fail-safe as they require a power supply to work. Fail-safe means that if the power is interrupted or fails, the door automatically unlocks.

For this scenario, follow the illustration below.

  1. Wire one of the four door relays to the fail-safe lock on the door. Since you will be wiring the relay as a wet contact, you will need to run the positive wires to NC (Normally closed) and run negative to GND (Ground).
  2. Position the jumper next to the relay into the correct wet position: 12 volts or 24 volts.
  • Example: If you have two electric strikes that draw 12 volts / 2 amperes from the Kisi Controller Pro 2, you cannot power any more locks from the circuit board. You can still wire another two door locks to the Kisi Controller Pro 2, but only from their own separate power supply and as dry contacts.

  • The wiring should also run to a keypad outside the space and a REx (Request to Exit) inside the space. A keypad should be used as a back-up mode of access in case internet goes down. A REx allows an occupant to exit the door without using Kisi, and would refer to either a motion sensor or a push-to-exit button. Wire your REx to IN1 (Input 1) and GND (Ground) in the REx component.

  1. Plug in the Ethernet cable. You should see a green blinking light on the top right-hand corner of the board. This indicates that the Kisi Controller Pro 2 is online. If the light is not green, please refer to this troubleshooting guide.
  2. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro 2 using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
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The Kisi Controller Pro 2 does not support alternating current (AC) wiring, so make sure the lock can work on direct current (DC). Also,the Kisi Controller Pro 2 only supplies up to 4 amperes total for the door locks that are drawing power from the circuit board. It is highly recommended if you have more than one maglock that you power your maglocks through an external power supply.

3. External power supply & fail-secure electric lock with dry contact​

When using a dry contact, an external power supply will be needed.

For this scenario, follow the illustration below.

  1. Wire one of the four-door relays to the external power supply and the fail-secure lock on your door. Since you will be wiring the relay as dry contact, you will start by wiring the relay to the power supply from GND (Ground) and NO (Normally Open) to the GND (Ground) and IN (Input).
  2. Next, you will need to run the negative wires (-) of the lock to COM (Common) of the external power supply and run positive to NO (Normally Open) of the external power supply back to the lock.
  3. Position the jumper next to the relay into the Dry position.
  4. Plug in the Ethernet cable. You should see a green blinking light on the top right-hand corner of the board. This indicates that the Kisi Controller Pro is online. If the light is not green, please refer to this troubleshooting guide.
  5. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.

4. External power supply & fail-safe electric lock with dry contact​

  1. Wire one of the four-door relays to the external power supply and the fail-secure lock on your door. Since you will be wiring the relay as dry contact, you will start by wiring the relay to the power supply from GND (Ground) and NO (Normally Open) to the GND (Ground) and IN (Input).
  2. Next, you will need to run the negative wires (-) of the lock to COM (Common) of the external power supply and run positive to NC (Normally Close) of the external power supply back to the lock.
  3. The wiring should also run to a keypad outside the space and a REx (Request to Exit) inside the space. A keypad should be used as a back-up mode of access in case the internet goes down. A REx allows an occupant to exit the door without using Kisi, and would refer to either a motion sensor or a push-to-exit button. Wire your REx to IN1 (Input 1) and GND (Ground) in the REx component.
  4. Connect the external power supply to a fire alarm system. This is in accordance with safety code - when the fire alarm triggers, power to the Kisi Controller Pro will be interrupted and the doors will automatically unlock. Kisi recommends connecting fire alarms to the external power supply as that unit has its own fire alarm control panel (FACP) which shuts down the locks when the fire alarm is triggered.
  5. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
  6. Plug in the Ethernet cable, you should see a green blinking light on the top right-hand corner of the board. This indicates that the Kisi Controller Pro is online. If the light is not green, please refer to this troubleshooting guide.

5. External power supply & fail-safe electric lock with REx and motion sensor with dry contact​

If you have the same setup as the previous, but you want to add a request to exit button and a motion sensor, follow the illustration here.

  1. First, connect the negative (-) lead from the Maglock to the Normally Closed NC connection on the Push to Exit button.
  2. Next, connect the Common (COM) connection on your Push to Exit to the Common (COM) connection of the Motion Sensor.
  3. Then, connect the Normally Closed (NC) connection of the Motion Sensor to the Common (COM) connection of the Power Supply's output.
  4. Connect the positive (+) lead from the Maglock to the Normally Closed (NC) output connection of the Power Supply's output.
  5. Lastly, connect the low voltage wiring from Ground (GND) on the Kisi controller to Ground (GND) on the Power Supply's input, and Normally Open (NO) on the Kisi controller to In (IN) on the Power Supply's input.

6. Wiring contact sensors and request to exits (REx)​

If you want to add contact sensors or request to exits (REx), i.e. a push to exit button or a motion sensor into your Kisi system, you can wire them directly to your Kisi Controller.

  1. Connect the contact sensor and/or the REx leads to the controller's channel inputs. There are 12 inputs on the Controller Pro 2.
  2. Follow our guide on how to configure your contact sensors
  3. Follow our guide on how to configure your request-to-exits