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BluSKY Connect


On some take-over projects the standard method of connecting to a panel with very old firmware is painfully slow.  There is also an issue with very old firmware where the Integrator can not set the URL. This article will demonstrate a method for upgrading the firmware via the BluSKY connect PC utility. This method is only an alternative method for older equipment and has no additional benefit on newer boards.  Both methods will result in a panel having the latest firmware.


To begin, we need to set up the Mercury controller to be able to connect  to the software we will be using. The utility does not provide a lot of feed back and these steps may take some time to complete, please be patient. Repeated clicks can cause further frustration. As soon as the firmware is updated you will see a noticeable increase in UI responsiveness.


  • Please download the Mercury firmware upgrade utility (MSC  here
  • BluSKY Connect Utility can be downloaded


Setup PC

  1. Prepare a Windows computer, by connecting to the network and setting its IP address to

Bulk Erase

When converting a controller from one OEM vendor to another you will need to set the controller back to factor defaults before starting the conversion process.


This is a mechanical operation and can't be done remotely.

  1. Power down the controller.
  2. Place dip switches 1 and 2 to the ON position.
  3. Power up the controller.
  4. Within 10 seconds from the power up move the dip switch 1 or 2 (of both) to OFF position.

Once this is done power down and backup the controller. 


Bulk Erase Configuration Memory:
Use the bulk erase function to erase all configuration and cardholder databases. When power is applied with S1 switches set to 1 & 2 ON and 3 & 4 OFF, there is a 10-second window that if switch 1 or 2 is changed to the OFF position memory is erased. The LEDs flash the following pattern when in the reset window: LED 1 & 2 and LED 3 & 4 flash alternately at .5 second rate. When erasing memory, LED 2 flashes at a 2 second rate; DO NOT CYCLE POWER. It takes less than 60 seconds to erase the memory. LEDs 1 and 4 flash for 10 seconds after the memory has been erased, then the EP1501 will re-boot.

This will leave your system in the default mode for the EOM code installed. so you will need to go through the next step "Configure Mercury Panel" to ensure it is setup correctly for the BluSKY Connect Application.

Configure Mercury Panel

  1. On the Mercury controller set dip switch 2 to ON and reset or power cycle the controller. This will put the board into its default communication mode and set the IP address to 
  2. In a browser (preferably IE or Edge), enter in the address bar. This is the default connection method set in the step above. 
    • Note: Depending on your browser configuration, you may have to push through browser warnings due to the lack of a HTTPS certificate. This is very common.
    • Note: Some users have reported issues using the Chrome browser. If you experience issues we recommend switching to another. IE and Edge seem to be the most reliable for this connection.
      Lenel Connection PT1.png
      Lenel Connection PT2.pngController Connect Warning.png
  3. Once you see the login screen, set dip switch 1 to ON. Waiting to throw this switch will ensure you have enough time to log in. Otherwise, you may miss the five minute timeout on the default login and password (admin/password). 
  4. Click on the Host Comm. menu.  You might see a pop-up like the following, select OK
    .Connect Site Message.png
  5. Ensure that all of the following parameters entered as they appear below:
    Connect Host Comm Settings.png
    1. Connection Type:  IP Server
    2. Data Security:  None
    3. Port Number:  3001
    4. Click the Accept button
  6. Create an Administrative User
    • Select "Users" on the left Menu.
    • Select "New User"
      Controller Select User.png
    • Add the Administrative user you would like to use.  We like BluB0X.
      Controller Add an Admin.png
  7. Click on the Apply Settings menu option. 
  8. On the board, set dip switch 1 to OFF, then click Apply Settings, Reboot.
    Connect Host Comm Apply Setting PT1.png
    • Note: You will have to push past the pop-up notifications about one of the dip switches still being in the ON position.Connect Close Window.png
      Connect Close Window Tab.png

Run BluSKY Connect Utility

  1. Unzip the file, if not already done.
  2. Run BluSKYConnect in the directory were the .zip was extracted.
    BluSKY Connect Window Protect PT 1.png
    BluSKY Connect Window Protect PT 2.png
  3. Select the correct model for the controller being updgraded.
  4. IP Address: Set to IP Address of controller, if DIP 2 is set the IP address is
  5. Select Connect - See BluSKYConnect Connect png file.
    BluSKYConnect Model PT2.png
  6. Upgrade Firmware
    • Select Upgrade, it will take ~10 minute and reboot.  If upgrade fails, try the upgrade a second time.
  7. Install the BluB0X OEM Code
    BluSKY Connect OEM Code.png
  8. Change Network Settings
    • Select Network Settings, fill in network setting for your site. 
      BluSKY Connect Network Change.png
  9. Configure Ports and Security for BluSKY
    1. Under "Configure for BluSKY" area of the screen set:
      1. BluSKY Port - set to 3010
      2. Security - TLS IF Available
        • Note: Treat "BluSKY Port" and "Security" as a set.
          • Port 3010 needs Security set to "TLS IF Available".
          • Port 3011 needs Security set to "TLS Required".
      3. Select "Configure for BluSKY" - This will set the configuration to start communicating with BluSKY.BluSKY Connect Configure Port.png
  10. Set DIP 2 to "Off" on the Controller.
  11. You should now see your system in BluSKY's MTT Tool (Add URL)


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