This article shows how to connect a Secure IO to a reader as well as add and configure it in BioStar 1.
Connecting a Secure IO to a Reader
- To determine which wires from your reader to connect to your secure IO, please refer to the reader’s installation guide. Installation guides can be found here.
- To connect the reader to your secure IO, we’ll use RS485 cables, whose names contain either 485 or TRX. Connect the corresponding cables from my reader to the TRX+, TRX-, and TRXGND ports. *NOTE: TRXP = TRX+ (positive) and TRXN = TRX- (negative).
- To give your Secure IO power, be sure to use a 12 volt power source. Connect the red wire to PWR+ and the black wire to PWR-.
- On the Secure IO, you should see the PWR light up red, and RUN should be blinking green. As well, you should see RX and TX blinking red quickly. This means that the Secure IO is receiving from and transmitting to the reader. You now have the option to attach up to two relays and up to four inputs that you can configure in BioStar.
Adding a Secure IO in BioStar
- To add your Secure IO in BioStar, first click on the Device tab.
- Find the device that your secure IO is connected to and click on its Network tab.
- Look under serial setting, and ensure that the mode is “Host”.
- Click Apply in the bottom right corner of the window to save this setting.
- Next, find your device in the Device pane, right click, and click Add Device(Serial).
- Click Next.
- BioStar will now search for your device.
- Once it is found, select it and click Next.
- Check the box under Device ID, click Add, and then Finish.
Configuring a Secure IO
- To configure your Secure IO, first click on the Doors tab.
- Click on the door that is using your device.
- Ensure that the door’s IO device is the one that is connected to your secure IO. If your device isn't available to select and you don't know how to add a device to a door, refer to this article.
- You now have three options for door relay: direct connection from the device as well as the two relays on your Secure IO.
- If you select either of the Secure IO relays, the exit button and door status menus will allow the Secure IO’s inputs to be selected.
- Ensure that the switch types are correctly configured for your exit button and door sensor.
- Also ensure that you have connected your mag lock or strike to the correct port; only either normally closed or normally open should be connected based on the type of lock or strike you have.
- Click Apply in the bottom right corner to save your settings.
- If this configuration is correct and you have a mag lock or door strike connected, you can view the status of the door from the Monitoring tab.
- If your lock is normally open, when the Door Relay is On, the door will be locked. If it is normally closed and the door relay is on, it will be unlocked.
- When the Relay is on, the corresponding light should light red on your secure IO.
- To unlock or lock your door, use the buttons at the top of the tab.
- When you unlock or lock your door, the status of the relay should change and you should hear a click from your Secure IO.
If Your Relays Aren't Working
- If your relay light isn’t changing when you unlock or lock your door or you don’t hear a click, you’ll want to reset your Secure IO. First, check the Realtime Monitoring tab to see if anything unusual is going on. When relays aren’t working, you will often see relays being fired every second. This means that your Secure IO and reader are out of sync.
- You might also notice on your Secure IO that the lights for RX and TX are blinking twice at a time instead of blinking constantly.
- To fix this issue, on the Secure IO, hold down the reset button for three seconds and then hold down the sync button for three seconds.
- Once you do this, you should hear a chime on your reader. This means that it is in sync with the secure IO. The relay, TX, and RX lights should be working properly and the unlocking and locking abilities should be restored.