Preparing ELK for Network Communication
The first step is to configure the network for the ELK panel. Please ensure the following before continuing:
- The ELK panel has an ELK M1XEP Ethernet Interface
- The ELK panel is connected to your network via the M1XEP
- The ELK panel is powered up
- The M1XEP is powered
Once the above requirements are met, configure the M1XEP to communicate on your network.
- Please refer to the following video on how to configure the M1XEP. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nAFXdsmO_U
Once the M1XEP is configured, ensure that there is a user with Master access and write down the code for it. This code will be needed when configuring the panel in UnityIS.
Preparing ELK for UnityIS Web
The second step to adding ELK panels to UnityIS Web is to program your ELK controller(s) to send events automatically to the host. There are 2 ways to program the ELK controller(s) to send events to the host software, one is through the ELK panel keypad, and the other is through the ElkRP software.
Preparing ELK for UnityIS via Keypad
- Enter the Installer Programming Mode.
- Press "ELK" Key + 9 (menu 9) followed by the right arrow key.
- Enter the Installer Code when prompted. (Default Installer Code 172839).
- Display should read "01 - Bus Module Enrollment".
- Use the up-arrow key to scroll to Menu 07 "07 - Global System Definitions". Note: You can also go directly by entering 07.
- When the display shows Menu 07, press the right arrow key to enter this menu.
- Use the up-arrow key to scroll to Option G35. Set this Option to “Yes” by pressing the right arrow key to place the cursor under "No" and then press 1 to change to “Yes”.
- Press the "ELK" key to move the cursor back.
- Scroll up to review the settings for options G36, G37, G38, G39, and G40. Confirm that these settings are set to "Yes".
- To exit the Programming Mode, Press the " * " Key.
ELK Set-up in UnityIS Web
The final step is to add the ELK panel into UnityIS Web.
- From Hardware Manager in UnityIS Web, add a new ELK Driver, followed by an ELK controller.
- Set the following ELK controller properties in Hardware Manager.
- Connection Type: 4- Network (IP Server)
- Password: Enter the applicable user code for the panel. This user code needs to have master access.
- IP_Address: Enter the IP address of the panel. Note: If the ELK controller is communicating via TCP/IP, confirm that port 2101 is not blocked and the non-secure communication port is enabled using the Elk RPS software's M1XEP Setup.
- Start the ELK Driver. Upon successful communication between the ELK driver and the controller, the driver will import Keypad, Input, Output, Area Descriptions, as well as User Names and update the status screen within a minute.
- Once the import is completed, the time should update in the Controller Status Screen.
Note: The ELK Driver polls up to 32 ELK panels/controllers per driver. If you wish to poll more than 32 ELK panels/controllers, then please add another ELK driver on another PC.
ELK Card Formats
To define the card formats for ELK, please create a text file called ELK_CARD_FORMATS.ini in the RemotePath. Below is an example of the ELK_CARD_FORMATS.ini file where card formats 133 and 992 will get recognized.