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Wire the controller

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, although it will also work on WiFi)
  • Power (110W 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 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

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 the 12V or 24V (Depending on your lock) and negative to NO (Normally Open).
  • Be sure that you do not connect the door lock to GND and NC (Normally Closed). Such a configuration will burn out the fail-secure lock over time.
  • Configure the jumper wire to run from GND (Ground) to COM (Common).
  • Please note: The Kisi Controller Pro only supplies up to 4 Amps 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 Amps for each Kisi Controller Pro.

Example: If you have two electric strikes that draw 12V/2 Amps from Kisi Pro, you cannot power any more locks from the circuit board. You can still wire another two door locks to the Kisi Controller Pro, but only from their own separate power supply and as dry contacts.

  • The Kisi Controller Pro does not support AC wiring, so make sure the lock can work on DC.
  1. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
  2. 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.

Check the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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 12V or 24V (Depending on your lock) and run negative to NC (Normally Closed).
  • 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.
  • Configure the jumper wire to run from GND (Ground) to COM (Common).
  • Please note: The Kisi Controller Pro only supplies up to 4 Amps 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.
  • Kisi Controller Pro does not support AC wiring, so make sure the lock can work on DC.
  1. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
  2. 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.

Check the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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

When using a dry contact, an external power supply will be needed. In this scenario you need to wire the controller as follows:

  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 a dry contact, you will start by wiring the relay to the power supply from COM (Common) and NO (Normally Open) on the Kisi relay to the GND (Ground) and IN (Input) of the power supply.
  2. Next, run the negative wires to COM (Common) and run positive to NO (Normally Open) back to the lock.
  3. Once complete, power the Kisi Controller Pro using provided power supply and input. A blue light should come on if powered.
  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

Check the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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-safe lock on your door. Since you will be wiring the relay as a dry contact, you will start by wiring the relay to the power supply from COM (Common) and NO (Normally Open) on the Kisi relay to the GND (Ground) and IN (Input) of the power supply.
  2. Next, run the negative wires to COM (Common) and run positive to NC (Normally Closed) 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

Check the video below for a step-by-step tutorial.

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, the wiring should be as follows:

  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 Common (COM) 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.

For more details about wiring, check the support article Wiring Requirements for Installing Kisi.

Typical wiring with external power supply

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 channel inputs in the contact sensor and/or REx relays.
    1. Once the contact sensor and/or the REx has been connected, navigate to your admin dashboard to configure them.

Connect Kisi to an alarm panel

  1. Run low voltage cables from Common (COM) and Normally Open (NO) on the Kisi relay to Input 1 and Ground (GND), respectively.
  2. Wire the lock to the Kisi relay. Common (COM) and Normally Open (NO) for fail-secure, Common (COM) and Normally Closed (NC) for fail-safe.

On to the next step

Now that your controller is up and running, it's time to install the Kisi Reader.