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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:26 pm    Post subject: Newbie question about ABN alarm adapter hookup Reply with quote Back to top

I bought my house from someone who had ADT install a simple security system (DSC 1555). I'm trying to leverage Vonage and NextAlarm for monitoring the system instead of resubscribing with ADT. I'd really like to avoid the hassle of dealing with [new] wiring, so I wanted to find out if this seems reasonable:

1) Disconnect jacks in exterior terminal unit box (i.e. no connection to phone company lines)

2) Only plug phones into Linksys Voip router (i.e. plug no phones into built-in telephone jacks)

3) Leave alarm system *as is* (i.e. connected to existing phone line/wiring)

4) Plug ABN adapter into a built-in telephone jack (i.e. instead of interfacing directly with alarm system) and Linksys Voip router.

BTW, my alarm control panel is nowhere near a power outlet nor an ethernet connection, otherwise I'd do it like the accompanying documentation suggests.

Thanks in advance!
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

Depends on how your alarm system is connected to the phone wires. Generally, alarm systems are connected in front of the phone jacks using an RJ31X connection. With an RJ31X the alarm system seizes the phone line, by disconnected all jacks from the incoming phone line, effectively disconnecting the ABN adapter if it's plugged-in to a wall jack. The ABN adapter needs to be connected to the incoming side of the RJ31X. Unless you are going to rewire one of your wall jacks to connect to the incoming side at your panel, you must located the ABN adapter next to the alarm panel and connect the alarm panel using the provided RJ31X to RJ11 adapter.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

I just remembered the easy trick to get this working. At the alarm panel you should see 4 phone wires. One pair is labeled Phone line or so and the other pair House or so. Switch the two pairs.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Back to top

superswiss wrote:
I just remembered the easy trick to get this working. At the alarm panel you should see 4 phone wires. One pair is labeled Phone line or so and the other pair House or so. Switch the two pairs.


Or just hook them together in parallel.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 8:57 am    Post subject: Re: Newbie question about ABN alarm adapter hookup Reply with quote Back to top

psuthar wrote:
I bought my house from someone who had ADT install a simple security system (DSC 1555). I'm trying to leverage Vonage and NextAlarm for monitoring the system instead of resubscribing with ADT. I'd really like to avoid the hassle of dealing with [new] wiring, so I wanted to find out if this seems reasonable:

1) Disconnect jacks in exterior terminal unit box (i.e. no connection to phone company lines)

2) Only plug phones into Linksys Voip router (i.e. plug no phones into built-in telephone jacks)

3) Leave alarm system *as is* (i.e. connected to existing phone line/wiring)

4) Plug ABN adapter into a built-in telephone jack (i.e. instead of interfacing directly with alarm system) and Linksys Voip router.

BTW, my alarm control panel is nowhere near a power outlet nor an ethernet connection, otherwise I'd do it like the accompanying documentation suggests.

Thanks in advance!


I'm successfully using the ABN (works very well with NextAlarm). What is powering your alarm panel if there is no outlet near by? There has to be 110v somewhere close.

You can use a wireless bridge to connect the ABN to your home wireless network, eliminating the need to get a wire run.

If you go the wireless route, all you will need to do is plug the wire that comes from the alarm panel and goes to your RJ31 jack into the ABN adapter (usually using the RJ45 to RJ11 adapter they provide).

Once set up you can pretty much forget about it. I have my alarm panel set to do a self-test every morning, and with NextAlarm, you can receive an email of the alarm panel signals to know that it is working. I get my daily 'everythings alright' email from NextAlarm which is something ADT and most (all?) of the others won't do for you.
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