OJAI, Calif., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- NextAlarm® Monitoring Services, Inc. today announced a new wireless bridge for its Alarm Broadband Adapter. The bridge is a low-cost add-on to the existing Alarm Broadband Adapter, allowing it to connect easily to Wi-Fi networks. Compatible with the entire line of NextAlarm services, the bridge and adapter combination uses NextAlarm's patented Alarm Broadband Network to allow home and business security alarm systems to communicate over broadband Internet connections. Unlike other IP alarm solutions, the Alarm broadband adapter is compatible with nearly all existing alarm systems, and does not require a new system to be installed. The new wireless bridge adds support for residential and business Wi-Fi networks, and shares a power supply with the Alarm Broadband Adapter, allowing both parts to be powered from a single wall outlet.
Using ABN, any alarm system that supports the Contact ID reporting format can send alarm signals over broadband Internet, rather than over standard phone lines. Because alarm systems cannot reliably send signals over digital phone lines or Voice over IP services, alarm owners who use these phone services previously had no options but to maintain a standard phone line dedicated to the alarm system, or install an expensive cellular dialer. The cellular dialers carry a large hardware price and high monthly cost for airtime. An Alarm Broadband Adapter allows the system to communicate again at a much lower price, while adding features. Alarms are sent from the system into NextAlarm's cloud-based signal processing platform. Customers can choose whether to have signals relayed to their existing monitoring service, or switch to NextAlarm's own service, which is competitively priced and in most cases can help the customer save even more.
The wireless bridge connects directly to the already available Alarm Broadband Adapter to allow for a wireless network connection. NextAlarm CTO Bryan Field-Elliot explains, "Wi-Fi support was our number one most requested feature. Most homes have their alarm main control panels installed in an attic or closet, where it's not easy to run an Ethernet cable for Internet access. Although we have offered wireless bridges in the past, the new hardware comes at a lower cost, it's easy to set up on any Windows PC, and it saves on wiring hassle by sharing the broadband adapter's power supply."
Owners of NextAlarm ABN hardware enjoy a number of new features added to their alarm systems. The adapter enables alarm notifications by email, smartphone app, text message, or automated phone call, as well as by phone calls from live monitoring personnel. The device also gives the system true line security, in that it will trigger a notification to the customer if its Internet connection is lost. Because standard phone lines cannot maintain a constant connection to a monitoring service, alarm systems connected to standard phone lines have no way to notify their owners if communications are interrupted, unless a dedicated backup unit is installed.
The new wireless bridge for Alarm Broadband Adapters is available now from NextAlarm resellers.
About NextAlarm® Monitoring Services, Inc.
NextAlarm® Monitoring Services, Inc., The Broadband Alarm Company®, was established in 2000 by a team of alarm industry experts with more than 50 years of collective experience. The company provides service to thousands of homes and businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean, including those who have switched to Voice over Internet Protocol telephone service. For more information about NextAlarm, visit www.NextAlarm.com.
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