This is an active device that gets its power over the same Cat 5/6 cable that connects it into the system. It can connect directly to the centrally-located controller or via a Cat 5/6 “daisy chain” with a LyncPad, AIP, or DIP.
The BIP can be mounted where it is visible, or even hidden inside the wall cavity. Simply pair your bluetooth-capable device (i.e. smart phone, tablet, etc.) within 30 feet of the BIP and begin streaming audio wirelessly into your whole-house audio system.