Better Way Products manufacturers specialized connectors for the security industry. Our patented connectors provide a more convenient way to make the line seizure connection required for Security and Fire alarm panels as well as Medical Alert units.
Conceived in 1999, the intent of the original design was to provide a way to connect to the telephone company network interface which is the gray phone line enclosure found in most residential and commercial installations. This wiring junction is where the incoming lines from the street transition to the premises wiring.
Prior to the introduction of the BW-1 Line Seizure Connector alarm installers had to improvise and make a splice inside of the phone interface in order to connect the alarm panel properly. The BW-1 connector makes it possible to make this connection without splicing, modifying, or removing any of the phone wiring at the Telco interface. It's truly a plug and play connection.
"Seizing" the line simply means that you are directing the dial tone to the alarm panel and connecting a pair of wires to the phone line input terminals on the alarm (typically red and green wires) and also connecting a pair of wires (typically black and yellow) to the alarm line out terminals. There is an internal relay in the security or fire panel that disconnects the line going to the phones and only maintains the connection to the incoming line, allowing the alarm system to have priority and report the alarm condition to the central monitoring facility. Once the alarm panel communicates successfully, the relay closes, providing dial tone back to all of the premise phones. This is an important function of all security and fire panels and not wiring properly can have disasterous results.
We have found over the years that many cable phone line conversions are made improperly and that the cable installers, in many instances, reconnect the phone lines in such a way that your alarm panel is being fed dial tone on the black and yellow wires and that the dial tone is connected to the wrong terminals on the alarm panel. This "tricks" the panel into thinking that the phone line is there because it senses voltage and this keeps most panels out of trouble, however when the panel tries to communicate to the central station it will have no dial tone and after several attempts to communicate the system will go into a trouble status. This sometimes happens weeks or even months after the conversion to a cable phone source and makes for an unhappy customer, a loss of customer confidence, and usually an unpaid service call for you.
Now that the cable providers are heavily into the business of providing dial tone through broadband cable phone routers, the BW-1 became the only real solution to connecting a security system to a phone router in such a way that you are guaranteed line seizure becauuse when you plug the BW-1 into the phone line output, it provides dial tone to the alarm panel and you use the female jack on the BW-1 to plug in the premises phone line. If you feed dial tone to the closest jack, you will be able to re-feed dial tone to the rest of the house or business easily.
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