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Help With the Blinkies! SWIFT Wireless LEDs Explained

SWIFT Wireless devices contain multi-colored LEDs the combination of color, blink pattern, and duration will give you the status of the device.  While these charts are included in the Gateway manual they are also included in the Help files of the SWIFT Tools software. These files can be accessed in one of two ways, from the main screen click “Learn More” or from any screen the “Help” icon.
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From the Help menu you can choose Gateway, Driver, or Device LEDs
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Each page shows the LED pattern specific to the device the condition of the device and an action required if applicable.

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About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

FREE Application Support

Need help configuring your system or cross- referencing from another manufacturer, Fire-Lite Applications Support can help!

From your device count we can provide a Bill of Materials using the most common parts, providing alternatives where available, and add-ons when necessary.  We will determine how many NAC power supplies, or amplifiers are needed while maintaining the 80% load guideline, while also allowing for future expansion, and provide battery calculations.

Email your project to firelite.tech@honeywell.com and see how we can help you!

Have questions? You can reach Fire-Lite Technical Support Monday through Friday, 8 am to 7 pm Eastern,  at 800-627-3473

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

 

Spotlight on Software: Lite-Configurator Now Supports SWIFT™ Wireless

Lite-Configurator is an easy to use FREE program that allows you to configure a bill of materials for Fire-Lite’s addressable and conventional control panels. The Lite-Configurator tool Version 2.6.2 has been updated to include the new SWIFT™ Wireless addressable devices. In addition to SWIFT™ Wireless support, we have improved the support for low frequency by updating the B200SR-LF Low Frequency Sounder Base and the new ISO-6 Six Fault Isolator Module.

With the Lite-Configurator tool, you can:

  • Create a bill of material for addressable and conventional control panels
  • Select and edit parts from the parts catalog
  • Generate a formatted report with a customized header from your bill of materials
  • Export your bill of materials to MS Excel or MS Access
  • Create a full set of battery calculations based on your configuration
  • Print data sheets from the Bill of Materials screen.

To get started with the latest version of Lite-Configurator, click here to download the software.

Visit our website to learn more about Windows®-based software tools designed to assist Fire-Lite customers in the day-to-day business of selling and supporting fire alarm systems.

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

Spotlight on SWIFT Wireless: Retrieving Site Survey Data using the SWIFT Tools Software

In my previous blog, we learned that the SWIFT Wireless Site Survey results can be determined visually by the LED color and blink pattern. What if more detailed results are required? SWIFT Tools can provide these results!

After completion of the Link Test and or RF Scan the devices used for the test must be brought within 20’ of the PC with the USB adaptor running SWIFT Tools and removed from the bases.

From the main screen choose Site Survey:Site Survey Image 1 From the Communicator window select the devices that you want to retrieve data from, and click “Retrieve Data”:Site Survey Image 2

When the “Progress Status” shows Data Retrieved, click the “Next” button:Site Survey Image 3

The basic informative is displayed for the 3 categories, with a “Detailed View”for each and the option to “Export to Excel”:Site Survey Image 4

Detail View – Link Quality
Shows one excellent link  between detectors 101 and 102.Site Survey Image 5

Detail View – Channel Availability
Shows no problems, during test period (1 hr.) Site Survey Image 6

Detail View – Background Noise
Shows no problems, during test period (1 hr.) Site Survey Image 7

If you would like more information on SWIFT Wireless products, please visit www.firelitewireless.com.

Have questions?  Give Tech Support a call: 800-627-3473

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

PDF of Blog: Spotlight on SWIFT Wireless – Retrieving Site Survey Data using the SWIFT Tools Software

Spotlight on SWIFT™ Wireless Tools: SWIFT™ Tools 1.5 USB Update

Fire-Lite has recently updated SWIFT Tools to version 1.5.

If you currently have the SWIFT™ USB, we recommend visiting www.firelite.com to update your tool version.

 

When upgrading to version 1.5 you may get the following message:SWIFT Tool Image 1

Go to Extras\Firmware Update\USB Adapter:SWIFT Tool Image 2

Browse to the location of the firmware file (USBAdaptorV1.1B4.bin ) click Open and then Update.SWIFT Tool Image 3

When complete you will receive the following message.SWIFT Tool Image 4

 

For more information on the SWIFT™ Wireless product line, visit: www.firelitewireless.com or our video library.

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

Spotlight on SWIFT™ Wireless: Site Survey

One of the many free and useful tools offered by Fire-Lite is the Site Survey Tool for SWIFT™ Wireless.  In a previous blog, we gave you an overview of the tool and what each pieces does for the system.

Let’s dig in a little more:

A Site Survey can be performed with as few as 2 detectors and we encourage a Site Survey to be performed “Pre-Installation” or possibly before quoting a job. The two part procedure (Link Test and RF Scan) will identify possible signal strength and interference issues due to construction and environmental issues.

With the first detector in Link Test mode, your second detector can be moved to different locations to check for potential signal strength problems between rooms or floors. The results can be visually determined by the number and color of the LED flashes. If using the SWIFT™ Tools software with the W-USB adapter, the results can be visually displayed as well as saved and printed.

Conducting a RF Scan will test for existing background noise and interference which could affect signal strength and communications.

For more information on the SWIFT™ Wireless product line, visit: www.firelitewireless.com or our video library.

 

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support, and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

Spotlight on Tools: PS-Tools 8.1 Now Available

A very useful and often requested feature is now available in PS Tools 8.1 PS-Tools_8_1.zip. The Central Station Report now contains a “CS Address” field, which shows the actual address as received by the Central Station, for example module address 1 reports as address 160.

From the Main (Customer) screen, go to Reports\ Central Station Report and export either to Excel or PDF.

PS-Tools 8.1

For more information on PS-Tools and more FREE tools and software from Fire-Lite, visit www.firelite.com.

Do you have questions about this topic? Ask below in the comments!

 

About the Author:

George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.