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Wire the reader

As the reader is an essential component of the Kisi access control system, it's imperative to ensure that it's wired correctly. Follow the instructions below based on your reader type.

The Kisi Reader Pro 2.0 requires access to both power (Power over Ethernet or auxiliary) and the internet (Ethernet and Wi-Fi).


The way the reader receives power (Power over Ethernet, or auxiliary) does not affect the reader's ability to use Ethernet and Wi-Fi for internet connectivity – it will use Ethernet and Wi-Fi independent of power source.

Using Power over Ethernet (PoE) for power

The Kisi Reader is a Power over Ethernet (PoE) based access control reader compliant with the IEEE 802.3af standard. It operates on standard Power over Ethernet voltage: 44-57 volts direct current (VDC).

For Power over Ethernet wiring, please connect a CAT6 or newer cable to the connector at the end of the reader's pigtails.

Splicing a CAT6 Ethernet cable

In some installations, there may not be enough clearance for an RJ45 coupler where the Kisi reader is mounted. In this situation, it may be desirable to splice a longer run of CAT6 Ethernet cable to the end of the Kisi reader.


If you splice without permission, your warranty could be canceled. Before splicing, make sure it's needed by contacting Kisi Support via email, through a ticket or by calling us at +1 (646) 663-4880 #3.

Like most network equipment, the Kisi Reader Pro 2 uses a straight through RJ45 pinout, however the color of the individual wires may not be consistent. Make sure to record the positioning of the wires in the RJ45 connector before you begin.

Follow the steps to ensure the device is functional before and after you make the splice.

  1. Test the reader directly connected to a switch, and ensure it can come online
  2. Disconnect the reader
  3. Record the positioning of the wires in the RJ45 connector before removing it
  4. Splice a longer Ethernet cable to the reader
  5. Test the reader again, connected through the extended run of Ethernet cable

Kisi Support cannot instruct you in splicing Ethernet cables. If necessary, please involve a qualified IT or low voltage cabling professional to be certain this is done properly.

Using low voltage

To connect the reader to the power supply using the two low voltage wires, please follow these steps:

  1. Identify the red and the black wire of the reader
  2. Identify the two wires of your power supply: 12 volts direct current (+ IN) and ground (- GND)
  3. Connect the red wire of the reader to the 12 volts direct current (+ IN) on the power supply
  4. Connect the black wire of the reader to the ground (- GND) on the power supply

As an alternative to the power supply, the reader can be powered by low voltage from the controller itself, if there are unused relays.


Never connect both Power over Ethernet and two low voltage wires at the same time to the reader. The Reader Pro 2 must be powered over either PoE or two low voltage wires.


Please refer to our list of recommended equipment for optimal door security.

On to the next step

  • If you want to connect Allegion Wireless Locks to your Kisi environment, you can set it up in the next step.
  • If now you want to connect your Kisi devices to the internet over Wi-Fi, it's time to do the BlinkUp in the next step.
  • If you'll be using Ethernet, you can jump directly to setting up your Kisi account.