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Home Security Cameras Complement Your Home Alarm

Posted by Greg Barker on Wed,Feb 28,2018 @ 01:22 PM

We have installed over 70,000 ADT monitored security systems and now more than ever our customers are wanting security cameras. For some of our customers, the ADT Pulse Cameras that are part of the ADT monitored security system meet their needs with small 30 second video clips of triggered events and an ability to view live video. However, more and more people want 24/7 ability to record all that is happening and desire superior quality home security cameras and images.

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Tags: ADT Pulse Cameras, Security Cameras and Video Surveillance Systems

Should You Get WiFi Security Cameras? Are They Reliable?

Posted by Greg Barker on Mon,Feb 19,2018 @ 09:24 PM

More and more homeowners are interested in getting security cameras for their home. Over 35% of our customers who have an ADT monitored security system installed get at least one security camera as part of their alarm system. With home automation and smart home Apps becoming ever so popular... customers are really trying to figure out what cameras will meet their needs. Wireless cameras are fast becoming the solution for DIY (do it yourself) customers. But are they reliable? Are wireless cameras or hard wired cameras better? There are so many different brands, how do you pick what is best?

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Tags: ADT Pulse Cameras, Security Cameras and Video Surveillance Systems

ADT GO > Your Personal Protection Now Everywhere

Posted by Greg Barker on Fri,Feb 16,2018 @ 08:17 AM

For over 140 years ADT has been leading the way in security and protecting America. In 1920, ADT pioneered the use of centralized emergency call centers and customer owned security systems. In 2016, ADT hits an industry milestone with 2 million ADT Pulse home automation customers. What's next....?

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Tags: Mobile Home Security (Mobile Apps)

ADT Security Pre-Wiring For Your New Construction Home

Posted by Greg Barker on Thu,Feb 15,2018 @ 12:15 PM

When I work with local customer home builders and architects, they tell me that there are very few security companies that will do security pre-wires. Most security companies today, including almost all ADT Authorized Dealers, install wireless security systems and do not have the expertise or experience necessary to custom design or install a hard wired security system. To get help, schedule a free home security review and our security experts will help you design your custom home security solution.

Learn more >>> So if you are building a custom home or doing a major remodel down to the frames, let's look at the steps of planning security for your home and family.


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Tags: Security Cameras and Video Surveillance Systems, ADT Hard Wired Security Systems, ADT Home Security Systems

ADT is Your Best Choice for Home Security System Monitoring

Posted by Greg Barker on Mon,Feb 12,2018 @ 03:00 PM


I recently attend ADT's Dealer convention and the most impressive part of the event was learning about the transformation ADT has made in customer service. As an ADT Dealer, over the years the customer service of ADT as a national company has been weak at times. Although the the monitoring service centers for alarm events have always been quick to respond, getting a customer service representative to help you for billing or a service call often took way to long. We had to tell our Security Pro customers to call us if the ADT Corporate is not giving them the service they deserve.

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Tags: ADT Authorized Dealers, ADT Installation

Protect Your Home from the Grinch with these Holiday Safety Tips

Posted by Greg Barker on Fri,Dec 01,2017 @ 12:30 PM

Protect your home from the Grinch this Christmas holiday season. The Grinch who stole Christmas reminds us of all the reality of burglaries during this time of year. 

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Tags: Safety Tips

Six Safety Tips to Help You Prevent Home Burglary

Posted by Greg Barker on Mon,Nov 06,2017 @ 09:53 PM

This information was posted on to give homeowners in the San Ramon area safety tips for burglary prevention during the fall season. It was posted in September and written by Kyle Madison, Regional Manager for Security Pro Group. It is definitely worth the read and very informative to help any homeowner complete steps to protect their family.

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Tags: Safety Tips

I Love My ADT Touchscreen Control Center

Posted by Greg Barker on Tue,May 09,2017 @ 08:17 AM


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Tags: ADT Pulse Security System, ADT Pulse Equipment and Packages

What is the ADT Monthly Cost for Home Security vs ADT Pulse Cost?

Posted by Greg Barker on Wed,May 03,2017 @ 11:11 PM

There are so many different options when you try to understand the ADT monthly cost for home security, life safety monitoring for protection from fire or carbon monoxide and the integration of ADT Pulse including remote interactive services for mobile devices, cameras and home automation. It can be quite overwhelming but it is nice to have options and find a security solution that fits your needs and budget.

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Tags: ADT Monitoring Service, ADT Prices and Cost of ADT Pulse

Alexa Has a New Skill: ADT Pulse Security and Home Automation is Listening

Posted by Greg Barker on Mon,Apr 24,2017 @ 09:56 PM

I just added the ADT Pulse Skill to my Echo Dot from Amazon and Alexa is now controlling my ADT Pulse Security System including my ADT Pulse home automation devices. I have learned from experience that you must give Alexa the right commands exactly as she wants to hear them for the actions to smoothly work.

For example , I was asking Alexa to "Ask ADT to lock the front door"... she said I can not lock the front door. I tried several more times and she basically just said NO. Well, after a little reading about the ADT Pulse Alexa skill commands I realized I need to say "Alexa, ask ADT to lock my front door lock". It worked perfectly! 

Why this happened was because the wireless door sensor was named Front Door in my ADT Pulse Portal and my ADT Pulse Automated Door Lock was named Front Door Lock. So it is important to have the items you will use Alexa to command... named with what makes sense to you. Login to your personlized ADT Pulse web portal to make the name changes of devices to match the commands you will be giving to Alexa. Once you get open the web portal go to the SYSTEMS tab and click on the device you want to rename. You will be able to rename home automation devices and cameras. You can not rename door window sensors, motions, glassbreaks, smoke, etc because they match the zone chart ADT has for the security portion of your security system. The naming of the security devices are programmed by the installer at the time of your initial installation. If you want certain names for the security system devices, let the Technician know when they are installing your system.

After reading the list of ADT Pulse commands, I was able to ask Alexa to to check the status of my security system, arm and disarm my security system, lock my front door and control the lamp in my living room. I did like when I asked Alexa to arm my security system, that she told me which doors and windows were open and if I still wanted to arm the security system. It is an easy setup and once you give Alexa the right commands, she controls the ADT Pulse system quite nicely.

I did decide to rename my light in my living room so it will be easy for me to remember when asking Alexa to control the lighting. I went to my ADT Pulse Portal Login and renamed the lamp module in my living room. On the Alexa skill setup you will also need your ADT Pulse login user name which is your email for the account and your ADT Pulse login password to link Alexa with ADT Pulse. Alexa will also need you to enter a PIN number. This PIN number can be different than the code you use for your alarm panel or the same... your choice. The Alexa PIN will be needed to disarm your security system, unlock your door locks or open your garage door. Other commands do not need the PIN number.

It is important to note that you will need to have ADT Pulse Level III monitoring service for all the above to work with Alexa. See how to upgrade your ADT security system to be compatible with the Alexa Skill for Amazon's Echo and Echo Dot.


Here are some of the commands Alexa will listen to:



Customer FAQs about ADT Pulse Alexa Skill 

Discover answers to the most frequently asked questions from ADT customers with the click of a button.

Below is from ADT's website

1. What can I do with the ADT Pulse Amazon Alexa skill? 

With the ADT Pulse skill, you can enjoy the convenience and security of home automation while getting the most out of your ADT Pulse system. For example, you can say commands such as:

"Alexa, ask ADT to disarm the system with 8675." 
"Alexa, ask ADT the status of the Front Door Lock."
"Alexa, ask ADT to turn on the porch light."
"Alexa, ask ADT to unlock the Back Door Lock with PIN 1431."

Please note that the device name must match what is in the Pulse portal or Alexa will not be able to understand the command.

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Tags: ADT Pulse Security System