Kaba E-Plex 2000: Curb Appeal Without The Sticker Shock

The E-Plex 2000 combines the strength, simplicity and reliability with the enhanced security and convenience of electronic access control.


Kaba has provided strong, powerful security solutions since 1862. Today, the company’s worldwide operations serve millions of customers in more than 150 countries. Kaba defines the future of access control as Total Access, the integration of all access control devices, from door hardware to...


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Kaba has provided strong, powerful security solutions since 1862. Today, the company’s worldwide operations serve millions of customers in more than 150 countries. Kaba defines the future of access control as Total Access, the integration of all access control devices, from door hardware to mechanical locking systems, to electronic access systems and data collection.

The E-Plex 2000 is part of the Kaba Access Control family of products which includes:

  • Peaks patented key control systems
  • Simplex mechanical pushbutton locks
  • PowerLever self-powered electronic locks, 4000 Series
  • E-Plex 5000 electronic pushbutton locks
  • Solitaire magnetic card locks online access control systems.

The new E-Plex 2000 offers many of the features of the E-Plex 5000 but at a lower price point to suite a larger variety of applications. Like the E-Plex 5000, the E-Plex 2000 is a PIN (Personal Identification Number) based entry system, but unlike the E-Plex 5000, the E-Plex 2000 does not provide audit trail and software support. It does, however, provide the most often sought after features of the E-Plex at a low list price.

The new E-Plex programs almost identically to the E-Plex 5000, which was evaluated in the January 2005 issue of Locksmith Ledger. It is programmed at the lock keypad without using any software. Installation is quick and easy as there are no wires to, or through the door, eliminating the risk of damage from pinched wires. Here’s a rundown of the features, installation and programming.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and cosmetics of the E-P2K. It features a heavy-duty housing and telephone style tactile keypad. It also has key override and bright LEDs and loud sounder. The unit is designed for indoor or outdoor applications, and our unit arrived with a weatherproofing gasket.

The lock components seem different than those used on other Kaba products, but they do not seem to be lower quality. The override key cylinder in our demo was a six-pin Stage ‘C’. The cylinder is in the lever and is protected by a plastic insert.

The lock ships as only a few major components and may be field adjusted for door hand and swing, and the cylinder may be removed for rekeying or replacement with your preferred keyway.

The electronics and batteries for the EP2K are in the faceplate of the unit. The escutcheon which mounts on the interior face of the door only serves to hold the interior lever and provide physical mounting of the system to the door. Only three screws go through the door to hold the two halves together, but they seem totally adequate. Therefore door prep is even easier than for most other standalones.

The E-P2K uses three ‘AA’ type batteries, which are placed into a battery holder which slides up into the housing and is secured with a security screw.

The original E-Plex 5000 used a unique method to reset the electronics (return the programming to the factory defaults) which involved turning the override keyswitch, and depressing buttons on the keypad. The E-P2K requires that one of the mounting screws be removed and a concealed switch be actuated in order to default the unit. This procedure is not difficult.

Programmable features of the EP2K will probably meet the needs of 95 percent of your applications, and if you encounter a project that needs more, Kaba has a corral full of horsepower ready to be unleashed.

All programming for the E-P2K is via the keypad. The degree of difficulty is proportionate with the number of users you need to enroll, the length of the access codes, and how quickly you need to get it done.

A bit of customer training may be required to familiarize the client with enrollment and deletion of user codes, etc., unless you’ve sold them a service/maintenance contract to perform all the programming and housekeeping duties.

Essentially no training is required for end-users to gain access, beyond their needing to memorize their code.

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