CRC400 Universal Reader Interface

CRC400 Universal Reader Interface

'Versatile Membership Access Control'

The CRC400 range of Universal Reader Interface (URI) products enables access control/membership software running on a PC to communicate with multiple card readers and manage access via barriers and turnstiles.

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Product Features & Benefits

CRC400 Universal reader enables a membership system to link to as many as 31 reader interface modules through a single RS232 or USB port, or via a TCP/IP network connection. Up to 4 interface modules can be provided in a single enclosure. Each module is capable of managing a card reader or keypad and an associated barrier/turnstile.

The CRC400 series is ideal for use in the leisure industry when combined with third party membership software. For example a gym access control system for different type of memberships. The controllers are compatible with all Nortech’s reader technologies and can support many third party readers and keypads.


  • Supports many reader technologies and output formats
  • Convenient communications allowing up to 31 access points to be managed via a single connection on the PC
  • Flexible support of PIN code formats
  • Simplifies software development by using a simple command structure
  • Compatible with several third party database/membership management systems
  • Modular product family enables easy and cost-effective installation
  • Supports card capture and external device control



Supply Voltage:

Enclosures: 240V AC

Current Requirement: 200 mA maximum per module
Reader Supply:

12V DC or 5V DC (100 mA max.)


Local settings:  DIP switches for setting node identity
Dimensions (mm): Enclosure: 325 x 300 x 135 (H x W x D)
Cable Termination:  RS232 to PC: 9-pin D-type connector
TCP/IP (special variants): RJ45 socket
Other: Plug-in terminal blocks
Output relays: Voltage free changeover relay per reader, rated at 2A @ 30V DC
Variable output times driven by software 
Request to Exit: Ground activated input per reader, 0.5 or 5 second operation 
Auxiliary Outputs: Open-collector output per reader

Cabling Requirements

PC connection: RS232 cable (25m max) or TCP/IP (special variants) - follow standard data networking recommendations
RS485: Cabling Belden 9729 or equivalent (1200m max)
Reader Cabling: Belden 9536 or equivalent (25m max for RS232 reader, 100m max for C&D or Wiegand reader)


Operating temp.: 0°C to 40°C 
Storage temp.: -20°C to 70°C 
Relative humidity: 95% non-condensing