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Controller Pro

Controllers are the heart of the access control system as the central hardware unit that enables access to the doors. Kisi Controller Pro devices are IP-based devices responsible for sending the signal of unlocking to the access points.

Kisi Controller Pro inputs and outputs

To know what controllers you have, query the controllers endpoint.

curl -X GET '' \
-H 'Accept: application/json' \
-H 'Content-Type: application/json' \
-H 'Authorization: KISI-LOGIN {authentication_token}'

Controller Pro 1.0#

The Kisi Controller Pro 1.0 is no longer sold, but it is still supported and receiving firmware updates. For more information, check Installing Kisi Controller Pro 1.0.

Controller Pro 1.1#

The Kisi Controller Pro 1.1 is the latest version of our controller sold to new customers. Our latest controller offers significant improvements to robustness, making the controller safer and more stable by preventing problems should cables be wrongly wired. In those cases, red warning lamps will indicate where the cabling problem is located.

The rest of this article is focused on the Kisi Controller Pro 1.1.

Main characteristics#

  • Power: Built-in power outputs to supply power to electric strikes or combine with external power supply.
  • Connectivity: WiFi and/or Ethernet and automatic failover.
  • Door trigger: Connect standard wired electronic locks to the door trigger relay.
  • Door open/close: Connect exit buttons or motion sensors to track when the door opens or closes.
  • Fire safety: Compatible with typical Fire Access Control Panels (FACP).

Dimensions and housing#

  • Height: 12 in / 30.48 cm
  • Width: 9 in / 22.86 cm
  • Depth: 3 in / 7.62 cm
  • Mounting: Screw-in wall
  • Color: White
  • Material: ABS

The Kisi Controller Pro is designed to be flexible and have multiple data in/outputs:

Kisi Controller Pro inputs and outputs


  • Relays: 4 dry or wet door relays
  • Request to exit (Rex): 4 request to exit inputs
  • Contact sensors: 4 door contact sensor inputs
  • Internet: Wired (Ethernet) and 2G + 5G WiFi

Power and connectivity#

  • Power consumption: 24VDC (included)
  • Wet relays: Supply low voltage power for electric strike. Total amount pulled from relays not to exceed 2A.
  • Connectivity: Wired (CAT6) and/or WiFi

The Kisi Controller Pro works with any existing electronic locks: Mortise Locks, Electric Strikes, Magnetic Locks, or Panic Bars.

The administrator experience benefits include Plug & Play connection and absolute control with the Kisi Dashboard for easy managing and programming of in- and outgoing connectors.

Kisi Controller Pro 1.1#

The Kisi Controller Pro 1.1 is the latest version of Kisi Controllers. The difference with previous versions is that it cannot break, meaning that it is safe if something is not correctly plugged and it won't get damaged.

Tools needed for installation#

  1. Phillips and Small Flathead Screwdrivers
  2. Wire Cutters
  3. Low Voltage Cables (e.g. 18 Gauge)
  4. Ethernet Cables (CAT6)
  5. Wire Connectors
  6. 3/16-inch (5mm) Drill Bit for Wall Anchors
  7. Working Internet Connection (Ethernet or WiFi)

Structure and pieces#

Mounting the Controller Pro 1.1#

Using the provided mounting plate, drill two holes for the wall anchors, then insert the wall anchors into the holes. Next, screw the mounting screws into the wall anchors and then hang the Controller Pro 1.1 on the screws, using the holes in the back of the Controller Pro 1.1 case.

Wiring the system#

Here we present an overview of a wiring with external power supply. For more details about wiring, check the support article Wiring Requirements for Installing Kisi.

Following this, there is a series of examples showing how the Kisi Controller Pro can be wired, depending on the type of lock, contact, and power used.

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 we are using a wet contact, it means that the power will be supplied by the same circuit where the contact is connected.

For a fail secure electric lock with wet contact, here is how the connections must be made:

Standalone fail safe magnetic lock with wet contact#

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

For a fail safe magnetic lock with wet contact, the connections must be made like the following:

External power supply & fail secure electric lock with dry contact#

When using a dry contact, an external power supply will be needed. A fail secure electric lock with external power supply and dry contact should be wired as follows:

External power supply & fail safe electric lock with REX and motion sensor with dry contact#

If you want a setup like the previous one, but to add a request to exit button and a motion sensor, the wiring should be as follows:

For more on how to install the Kisi Controller Pro 1.1, check the support article Installing Kisi Controller Pro 1.1.