In this article, we will explore the intricacies of configuring access control doors to ensure a secure and efficient entry system. The process involves a series of steps that require careful consideration of hardware prerequisites and a systematic approach to door setup. Let's delve into the comprehensive workflow for establishing door access control.
Before embarking on the access control door configuration journey, you must ensure the following prerequisites are met:
- Hardware Installation: Essential hardware components like DC20, DR40/DR20, (or approved third party readers) and others must be properly installed.
- Wiring: All necessary wires and cables should be in place to establish seamless connections.
- Network Cabling: Ensure that your network cabling is set up correctly to enable communication with the access control system.
- Rhombus Unit Installation: Once all essential wiring is complete, you can proceed to install and register Rhombus units. This includes the installation and registration of the DR20, DR40, DC20, DPI Sensor, and Request-To-Exit (REX) Sensor on the DC20 as needed.
Door Controller Settings - Creating a Door
Step 1: With the hardware and network cabling in place, you can commence the door setup process through the console. After registering the DC20, it will become visible in your "Door Controllers" settings page. Follow the path below to find the "Door Controllers".
Rhombus Web Console > Settings > Door Controllers > "Click on Door Controller name"
Upon clicking the desired named Door Controller you will be taken to the DC20 digital layout page. Below is an image of a blank layout.
Below is an image of a completed four door layout.
Step 2: To create a door, initiate the process by selecting "Create Door."
Below is what the "Create door" option looks like.
This action will prompt you to name the door and select associated ports viewed below the door areas. Below is a quick video on how to create a door and a relay and a reader.
After naming and creating the door, you will have a few options (Add Label, Go to Door, Delete and Edit). Note: If you have already created a door you can press edit to change the port configurations of the door.
Step 3: Now if you did not already add the relay ports to the from the previous step you would do so now. To do this just click on the "Quick Add" option under the numbered port. The number port added should match the same port the relay is connected to on the DC20.
Optional Step: You can follow this with "Quick Add" for DPI (Door Position Indicator) Ports. DPI's are optional because they are there to monitor the state of the door (open, closed or left open). You should only have these ports active if you have a DPI installed and connected to the DC20. Below is an image of the DPI ports in the UI. To learn more about DPI please go Installing a DPI Sensor on the DC20.
When you click "Configure" you will be prompted with additional information for normally open (NO), normally closed (NC), supervised, or unsupervised. To learn more about supervised locks go here.
Optional Step: Similarly for REX (Request to Exit) Ports using "Quick Add" will associate the port to the door. Please make sure the REX is installed and connected prior to adding to the door. To learn more please go to the Installing a Request-To-Exit (REX) Sensor on the DC20 article.
Clicking "Configure" will allow you to assign a port type of supervised or unsupervised. Or a port state of normally closed (NC) or normally open (NO).
Step 4: RS-485 Ports, select "Quick Add" and follow the prompt to either configure a Rhombus Reader or a Third Party Reader. Rhombus readers should automatically register to the correct port you can confirm this by serial number from the reader to the serial number seen in that port. To learn more about the installation of a Rhombus reader to a DC20 please see either DR20 or DR40 installation article.
Click Create Door once all ports are selected. Once created, hover your mouse over the Door to see the respected color coded items connected to the door.
Door Setup Through Door Controller Devices
Step 1: After ensuring the installation of hardware and network cabling, you can proceed to set up a door within the console. Start by navigating to "Devices > Access Control" and selecting "Add Door".
Selecting "Add Door" will open a window allowing you to choose your desired location.
Step 2: Once a location is selected, all controllers associated with that location will appear. Pick the relevant controller and provide a name for the door you intend to create.
Step 3: After naming the door, click "Next" and explore the option to create door labels. Once done, click "Next" to progress to the step where you assign reader ports based on the type of readers installed, be it OSDP or Wiegand.
Step 4: Once the port is selected, click "Next" to choose the relays to associate. It's a best practice to configure the door controller on a 1:1 basis with ports for ease of use. This same workflow applies to DPI Ports and REX Ports.
Step 5: Upon assigning the ports, click "Create," and your door will be successfully added.
- Installing/Registering the DC20
- DC20 Overview
- Installing Magnetic Locks with the DC20
- Installing Electric Strikes with the DC20
- Installing a DPI Sensor on the DC20
- Installing a Wiegand Reader to the DC20
- Installing/Registering the DR40
- Installing a Request-To-Exit (REX) Sensor on the DC20
- Installing/Registering the DR20
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