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Relevant section: Wire the reader
This article relates to the Kisi Reader Pro, as seen here. For more details on the Kisi reader, check the overview of the Kisi Reader Pro article.
Powering the Reader
The Kisi Reader Pro can be powered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) or Low Voltage.
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
We have 2 readers, an interior reader and an exterior weatherproofed reader. The only difference in the wiring is that the weatherproofed reader has an Ethernet cable with an RJ45 connector and low voltage wires pre-installed on the unit and the interior reader has a standard RJ45 input connector. We highly recommend the use of an ethernet coupler when installing the exterior weatherproofed reader.
This option allows you to provide both power and network connectivity to the Kisi Reader Pro. To power the Reader Pro, run an ethernet cable from the Reader Pro’s ethernet port to either a PoE-enabled access point or the PoE port on a PoE injector.
If you run to the PoE injector, you must run a separate ethernet cable from the LAN port on the PoE injector to a network-enabled device.
24V passive PoE will power the reader for up to about 50 meters (100-150 feet).
Low Voltage Power
The second option allows you to use existing wires if any are present at the door. You can connect wires to the AUX and GND inputs in the back of the reader. At the other end of the wire run, connect a power supply that is between 5 and 12 VDC. Please note: Connecting a VAC power supply will result in damage to the Kisi hardware.
After you've provided Low Voltage power, the Kisi Reader Pro will still need internet connectivity. If you choose to power via low voltage cables, you can connect the Kisi Reader Pro to your WiFi network.
Mounting the Reader
General mounting steps are:
- Mount the back part of the enclosure on the wall
- Pull the cable through the hole in the back part and plug it in the front part of the reader
- Mount the front part of the reader onto the back part using the screw holes underneath the endcaps on the top and bottom of the reader.