This article is targeted at integrators that are familiar with Mercury controllers, but not BluSKY. With this focus, it will not go into detail in some areas but gets to basic steps needed to quickly build the system. For additional information, please consult our formal documentation found in our knowledge base. If you are following along with the knowledge base and you come across a term you do not fully understand we have provided a dictionary of terms, available via the footer section or by pressing F2 on the keyboard.
We hope you get a feeling of just how quickly a two-door demo can be assembled and deployed with BluSKY.
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- 1x EP1502.
- 1x 12 VDC Power Supply (FPO75 if available)
- 2x Wiegand Card Readers
- 2x Door Contact Sensors
- 2x Release Buttons
Optional: Add physical locks to the system. We must configure Outputs for the locks in BluSKY, but this does not require them to be part of the actual demo. If you want to have physical locks you may do so.
- 2x Locking outputs
- 1x Lock power output board - M8P by LSP or similar
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Wiring the Two Door Demo
Wiring the demo should be fairly straightforward for experienced Integrators. If this is your first time, we have supplied instructions below and a wiring diagram. It will be very important that you follow our directions exactly if you plan on using the line by line instructions included in this demo.
- Mount the EP1502 and the power supply.
- Connect the EP1502 power.
- Ensure that the EP1502 is set to 12V , if not, set the jumper at J7 to the rightmost two pins. (The standard orientation is with the battery at the top left.)
- Note: Setting the jumper to PT(pass through) can damage equipment, please consult card reader specifications to ensure that the card reader and/or other devices can handle the power being supplied.
- Wire two door contact sensors (DPS) to Input 1 and 2 on the EP1502.
- Wire the two switches that will be used as Request to Exits (REX) Input 3 and 4 on the EP1502.
- Wire the two card readers to Reader 1 and 2 on the EP1502.
- Connect the EP1502 to the internet via an Ethernet cable.
- Power on the boards.
- Wire Output 1 & 2 to lock power.
- Wire lock power to the two physical locks.
Connecting the Controller to BluSKY
The process of connecting a controller to BluSKY is straightforward with minimal networking experience. We have provided detailed instructions on how to connect to BluSKY in our Network Configuration for Controllers guide. This process may cause you to lose connectivity for a short while.
- Connect a computer to the network and set its IP address to 192.168.0.250. This computer will serve to confirm connectivity.
- Enable the factory default network & user settings of the Controller using the dip switches as follows
- Set all the board's dip switches to OFF,
- Then set dip switch 2 to ON. You will need to restart the controller by removing, then re-adding power or pushing the black button on the controller.
- After the board has reset, set dip switch 2 to OFF and set dip switch 1 to ON. This enables the board's default user name and password (i.e. admin/password). Note: Once you set the dip switch to ON, you have 5 minutes to login, otherwise you timeout and have to reset the dip switch off and then on again.
- Ping 192.168.0.251, the default IP address, to confirm the device is connected.
- Enter 192.168.0.251 in the address bar of your computer's browser.
- Push past any browser alerts; (these are only warnings from your browser).
- Log-in using the default user name and password (admin/password)
- Add your own administrative user.
- Click Users in the leftmost menu.
- Add an administrative user by filling in the required fields.
- Select "Apply Settings" from the menu on the left side of the screen.
- Set dip switch 1 to OFF to disable the default login.
- Login again using the browser on your computer and the login credentials you just created.
- Configure the controller to communicate on the host network.
- Click "Network" on the left side of the screen.
- Configure the IP address, Subnet, Default Gateway and DNS Server, as required by the local network.
- Note: This configuration is dependent on the local network's parameters. If needed, request an acceptable local network configuration for your controller from the IT department that supports.the network.
- Click "Accept".
- Reconfigure your computer to connect to the local network.
- Ping the new controller's IP Address to ensure connectivity.
- Login to the controller again using the browser on your computer (At this point, they should both be devices on the local network).
- Push past any browser alerts.
- Log-in using the newly created administrative user.
- Now, connect the controller to the BluSKY service through the "Host Comm" menu.
- Enter the following data exactly unless specified otherwise.
- Connection Type: IP Client
- Data Security: TLS Required
- Host IP: "blub0x.cloudapp.net" - This URL may need to be white-listed depending on the local network configuration.
- Port #: 3011 for TLS Required
- Note: If you are connecting a BluBØX demo kit the Port # should be 3002. Also set the Data Security field to TLS Required
- Note: The local firewall must not filter the port you are using.
- Connection Mode: Continuous
- Retry Interval: 5 sec
- Update the Auto Save
- Apply Settings and Reboot to complete the setup.
This process makes the important connection from the physical hardware to the BluSKY. This connection will be used to update the onboard database of the EP1502. This architecture makes sure that the system operates properly even if the system loses connectivity, but adds the ability to manage a system remotely.
Now that the hardware is in place, let's take a look at the configuration in BluSKY.