Proximity Card Readers Proximity Card Readers Installation

Proximity Card Readers Proximity Card Readers Installation
Proximity Card Readers
This guide is a basic reference to ensure all connections are properly made. Installation and wiring of systems must be in accordance
with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.
A proximity card reader is a key component of an electronic access control system based on RFID technology. In operation it is capable
of reading data stored on a proximity credential without physical contact and then passes the data obtained to the access control system.
Access control systems typically manage and record the movement of individuals through secure entry points into a building or area.
Mounting Provisions
Each reader may be installed either indoors or outdoors.
Installing on or near metal may cause a reduced read range.
Mullion Mount
Single Gang Wall Mount*
*Plastic or metal
Reader Wiring
DC (5-16 VDC)
*Single Line LED:
Data 0
This is the standard operating mode and does not make use of the orange conductor.
Data 1
Red LED*
The LED is red when the reader is idle and flashes when a card is presented. The LED turns
green when the brown conductor is pulled low by the access control panel.
Green LED**
**Dual Line LED: This mode makes use of both the brown and orange conductors.
Card Present
The brown conductor controls the red LED and the orange conductor controls the green LED.
LED states are determined by the access control system option and capability.
Shield Ground
Cable Requirements
24 AWG minimum, multi-conductor stranded with an overall foil shield, for example Belden 9535 or similar. Per the SIA’s Wiegand specification, maximum cable length is 500 feet (152 m).
Output Formats
Wiegand (industry standard 26-bit Wiegand and custom Wiegand formats). 5355R is also 8-bit Burst
Shield (drain) continuity must run from the reader to the access panel.
Shield (drain) and reader ground must be tied together at the access panel and connect to an earth ground at one point only.
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Reader may be powered by the access panel Linear Power Supply or switch mode (provided the switching frequency is not 125kHz).
5 to 16VDC. 12VDC at the reader is recommended for best operation.
Current Draw
fleaPower™ Control Line
To reduce the average current required by the reader, connect the purple conductor to ground. This will turn the LED off when inactive.
Connection must be done in accordance with NFPA 70. Do not connect to a receptacle controlled by a switch.
Listings & Certifications
FCC compliance Statement: This device complies with part 15 of the FCC rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Product can be used without license conditions or restrictions in all European Union countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark,
Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as
other non-EU countries, including Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland.
1. When the reader is first powered on it will beep 4-times and the Red LED will be on.
2. Presenting a supported access credential will result in the reader beeping and the LED flashing once.
NOTE: The access panel controls LED functionality, such as switching the LED to Green.
If the reader does not recognize the card or fob (no beep, no LED flash) or exhibits short read range, please see the table below for
possible causes and solutions.
Possible Cause
Corrective Action
Incorrect cabling
Verify gauge, connections and cabling length
Not enough power
12VDC recommended, 5VDC at reader is minimum
Incorrect card used
Verify if card technology is supported
Reader/access panel not properly grounded
Earth ground needed-verify shield and reader ground are tied at
access panel and connect to ground at one point
Supply generating interference
Verify switching frequency of power supply
Should any of the corrective actions mentioned above not improve performance, disconnect the reader from the access panel and power
it with a separate power supply or 9VDC battery and re-test card functionality. By powering the readers separately, most variables that
may lead to reduced performance can be eliminated. Should the problem persist, please contact RCI directly.
AWID is a trademark of Applied Wireless Identifications Group. HID is a registered trademarks of HID Global Coporation, an ASSA
ABLOY company. Belden is a registered trademark of Belden Technologies, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective
owners. RCI reserves the right to change specifications without notice.
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