How to connect your barn controller/generator to the BarnTalk system:

We have two dry contact ports inside each BarnTalk gateway. This allows the use of a low voltage wire to hook up other equipment like the barn controller, generators, feed augers, etc.

Note: You can also use one of our Wireless Dry Contact sensors to monitor this equipment as well. 

Quick Resources:

  • Watch this Dry Contact video on YouTube for a quick walkthrough of wiring into your Gateway Dry Contacts. 
  • Watch this video to learn how to Setup Dry Contacts in the BarnTalk App and how to alarm. 

Step 1: Locate the grommet opposite of the 110 volt plug in.

Step 2: Poke or drill a hole through the rubber.

Step 3: Unscrew the Gateway top (6 screws on the face of the Gateway)

Step 4: Look up the user manual that corresponds to the controller, generator, etc. that you are hooking up. You may need to consult an electrician depending on your application

Step 5: Find the common wire and the normally closed wire in the circuit.

Step 6: Wire the common to the comm (red) port and the error wire to the DIN1 (blue) port on the gateway.

Step 7: Open the app and see the state it says your wiring is and select to be alarmed opposite of that state.

  • If it currently shows open you would want it to notify you when it is closed or vise versa.


Step 8: You can choose whether to be alerted via app notification or via SMS text & phone call immediately once the state is changed .

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If you have any issues or feedback, reach out to our support team via email at or call 515-272-5122 during the hours of 8am-5pm CST Monday-Friday.