Earth-Grounding Keri NXT Controllers

Earth-Grounding Keri NXT Controllers

1.0 Introduction

You should make a quality earth ground connection to all Keri NXT 2D or 4D controllers to ensure the best possible operating conditions for the controllers. An earth ground brings all electrically neutral lines to the earth's surface potential (essentially to a zero potential). Without a quality earth ground connection, the access control system may appear to operate correctly, but can be extremely susceptible to transients and electromagnetic interference on data and power lines. In addition, while the system may appear to work correctly now, improper or non-existent earth grounding can cause erratic system reliability in the future, resulting in possible equipment failure and/or more frequent service calls.

This document applies to the following Keri products:
  1. Keri Standard NXT 2D/4D controllers.
  2. NXT-MSC (Mercury-Powered) 2D/4D controllers.

2.0 Proper Earth Ground Benefits:

  1. An earth ground protects a controller from electrical transients such as power surges (which also provides a degree of safety for an installer).
  2. An earth ground provides a path to ground for electrical interference helping to minimize data and communication problems for controller to host communications.

3.0 Typical Sources for an Earth Ground are:

  1. copper shrouded ground rod
  2. cold water pipe (must be a metal pipe, galvanized or copper – it cannot be PVC)
  3. steel building framing member (however, the building's frame must be embedded in the earth)
  4. electrical system ground (at the breaker/fuse box)
  5. telephone system ground

4.0 Earth-Ground Cable Type

  1. a single conductor, solid strand, AWG 18 wire (a larger gauge is always acceptable)
  2. green with a yellow tracer (but are also often solid green)

5.0 When Making an Earth-Ground connection:

  1. Each controller should have its own, unique earth ground. Do not daisy-chain earth ground connections between multiple controllers.
  2. When routing the earth ground wire, make it the shortest path to ground as possible.
  3. Verify a solid earth ground connection has been made before turning on controller power for the first time.
  4. Periodically verify the quality of the controller's earth ground connection.

6.0 Make the Earth-Ground to Controller Connection at:

NXT controllers have Ground Lug J6 at the top of the PCB near the TB10 power connector. Make your NXT earth ground connection directly to this lug.



Earth Ground Connection on NXT Controllers


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