Doors.NET - Door/Reader Settings

Doors.NET - Door/Reader Settings

1.0 Introduction

The Setup Doors process allows you to configure door operating parameters, view event history, audit changes, view current status, manually lock/unlock, configure reader type (as applicable), and mask/unmask certain door event types.

 Under the Hardware Setup tab, Click the Doors tab. The Selected Hardware tab is loaded on the ribbon.


2.0 Display Door Information by Column

The left pane of the grid lists all recognized Doors in alphabetical order, prioritized by column. Drag column headers above the header field to filter and display information per your specific needs and priorities. Select a door listed in the left pane and all its configuration parameters are displayed in the right pane.

Information displayed in sortable columns:

  • Gateway - the gateway type/name for the controller to which the door is connected
  • Controller - the name assigned to the controller
  • Panel Description - the type of controller panel (by manufacturer and physical characteristics)
  • Description - the names assigned to the individual doors on that controller
  • Security Level - the level of security needed for that door: Low, Medium, High
  • Door Type - the physical type of door: i.e., interior, exterior, gate, turnstile, etc.
  • Door Class - the classification assigned to the door, typically a department name or area
  • Manufacturer Model - the manufacturer and model type of the reader controlling that door
  • Auto Unlock Schedule - Allows you to select a schedule to automatically unlock and re-lock the door at specified times.
  • First Person In - Where available, this option allows you to set a 'look up' time for access granted prior to the unlock time. For example; if the FPI settings is 15 minutes then the door will not automatically unlock unless an access granted event has occurred at that reader within 15 minutes of the automatic unlock time. This ensures someone is in the building when the door unlocks.

3.0 Review/Edit Door Configuration Parameters

The right pane of the grid lists all information and configuration parameters for the door selected in the left pane. If an item in the grid is grayed-out it is not changeable.


  • Description - enter a descriptive name for this door (128 characters max)
  • Enabled - enable or disable this door
  • Door Type - group this door by its physical type: interior, exterior, gate, turnstile, etc.
  • Door Class - assign this door a classification, typically a department name or physical area
  • Security Level - assign this door a security level (Low, Medium, High) based on the kind of security needed at that door; typically an exterior access door may have a higher security level than an interior door separating an office area from a manufacturing area
  • Manufacturer Model - identify the manufacturer and model type of that reader; certain reader types have special features that are enabled when that reader type is identified in the grid
  • Serial Number - enter a reader serial number if desired
  • Dual Verification Schedule - set a schedule during which dual verification is required
  • Second Credential Timeout - set a timeout value for dual verification such that the second credential must be presented within that timeout period
  • Auto Unlock Schedule - set an Auto Unlock time schedule for the reader; a time schedule that defines when that door should be automatically unlocked and then relocked
  • First Person In - set an offset period of time to allow an early arriving credential holder to gain access through a door that is on an Auto Unlock schedule


Door Contact

  • Enable Door Contact - enable/disable monitoring of the door's contact switch
  • Held Open - set the amount of time a door can be held open before a held open event is generated
  • Door Forced Alarm - Where this option is available it allows you to select an available control point that will activate when the door is forced open.
  • Door Held Alarm - Where this option is available it allows you to select an available control point that will activate when the door is held open.
  • Alarm Shunt - Where available this option allows you to select a control point that will activate following a valid card read.
  • Alarm Shunt Delay - This setting delays the activation of the alarm shunt and follows the door held-open event.
  • Beeper Control - When using MSC controller, by default there is no beep when the door is forced or held open. Once you have enabled Beeper control you can select for the reader beeper to sound when the door is forced, held or both.

    MSC Beeper Control


Strike Control

  • Strike Mode - set the behavior of the strike relay with regards to the type of door strike installed
  • Strike Timing, Maximum - set the amount of time a door strike is active - 0 to 255 seconds
  • Strike Timing, ADA/DDA - set the amount of time a door strike is active for ADA and DDA standards - 0 to 255 seconds added to the Maximum Strike Timing

REX 1 Properties

  • Operating Mode - set the REX operating mode: momentary or continuous
  • Do Not Pulse Door Strike - mask the door contact switch and do not energize the door strike; typically applied when an exit door has a crash-bar


Primary/Secondary (In/Out)

  • Reader Function - set if this reader is a solo reader or if it is a Primary/Secondary reader used in an In/Out door application
  • Paired Reader - set if this reader is the paired reader used in an In/Out door application



  • Enrollment Reader - configure this reader to be an enrollment reader; card presentations that generate an "Access Denied - Not In File" error message will cause the presented card number to be entered into the cardholder menu



  • Use This Filter - select a custom filter which controls which events are displayed, acknowledged, or recorded (in the case of video applications)
  • Global Trigger - select an event trigger that will be tested when this reader creates an event - if the event matches the trigger, the trigger will activate.

4.0 Selected Hardware Door Operations

The Selected Hardware tab displays four operation groups with manual operation commands that can be applied to selected doors in the grid.

Note:  As is typical with Windows based programs, you can select multiple, random doors or consecutive sets of doors using the standard Windows Ctrl-Click and Shift-Click commands.



Selected Items

  • History - list an event history for selected doors; the pull-down menu beside the History option allows you to select a specific event on which to display door history
  • Audit - list the changes made to and operations performed on selected doors
  • Request Status - returns operational status for the door and the controller to which it is connected; the status is displayed in the Quick-Open Status tab at the bottom of the program window 



  • Lock - locks the selected door
  • Unlock - unlocks the selected door
  • Card And PIN - sets a combination key-pad/card reader device to requiring both card presentation and PIN entry, if not enabled then Card Only operation applies
  • Lockout - locks the selected door and disallows valid access requests



  • Temp Unlock - unlocks the selected door for a period of time, then re-locks the door; select the unlock time from the pull-down menu
    NOTE: Different unlock times will be available depending on the hardware type being used.



  • Mask/Unmask Forced - mask/unmask door forced events from being posted to the event buffer
  • Mask/Unmask Held - mask/unmask door held open events from being posted to the event buffer
  • Mask/Unmask Both - mask/unmask both door forced and door held open events from being posted to the event buffer

Note: A quick method of applying manual door operations is to select your doors in the grid and click the right-button on your mouse. A context menu with pull-down options appears allowing you to quickly and easily perform these operations.

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