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Four Ways to Arm Your ADT Home Security System


Arm your ADT Security SystemThere are four different arming modes for your ADT Monitored Security System. To get the best use of your security system, it is important to understand the advantages of each arming mode. Depending on your family's lifestyle, what size your pets are or how to arm your ADT Security System when you are traveling, your family has it's own unique needs when it comes to the best way to arm your home security system.

The four arming modes are STAY, STAY NO DELAY, AWAY and AWAY NO DELAY. Let's take a look at what arming modes will best serve the home security needs of your family.  





What is the Best Mode to Use When Arming Your ADT Security System?

STAY Mode:

You should arm your ADT Security System to STAY mode when you are in your home and want to arm the doors, windows and glass break sensors you have installed. This gives you perimeter protection with free roam of your home because in STAY Mode your motion sensors will not be armed. But if someone breaks through a sensored door or window or breaks through a glass door or window in a room protected by a glass break sensor your alarm will go off.

In STAY Mode your enrty and exit zones which typically include the front and garage entry door have a "delay". This allows you to have your system armed in STAY Mode but if one of the family members arrives home they can enter the front or entry garage door without sounding the alarm. It gives them a "delay" to go to the security keypad enter the access code and disarm the security system. They can then rearm the security system.

STAY mode is often used when people are away from home but have large dogs in the home. This provides perimeter protection of sensored doors, windows and glass breaks but does not arm the motion sensor. Arming the motion with large dogs roaming in the home would obviously cause false alarms, therefore you need to arm your ADT Security System to STAY Mode so the motion sensor is turned off.

Some security systems do have a ability to arm only some of your motions in STAY Mode and leave other motions unarmed. For example, if you have a motion in an outdoor shed or detached garage, you may want to have that motion armed anytime you have the system armed even when you are home. I personally have a motion in a storage room behind my garage with bikes, golf clubs, etc which is armed in both stay and away mode. My motion inside the living area of my home is only armed when no one is home in the AWAY arming mode.


This mode is the same as STAY Mode, with one difference. With the "No Delay" the entry and exit zone which typically includes your front and garage entry door no longer have a delay. This is most often used at night's end when all family members are home and in for the night. You should definitely use the STAY NO DELAY Mode when everyone is going to bed. You do not want a burglar to have the 30-60 second entry delay if they break-in through the front door in the middle of the night. You want all your armed openings to sound your ADT alarm immediately when you are sleeping.

STAY NO DELAY is also used when you are home and have a hostile situation. If there is someone you are afraid of coming to your home while you are there and breaking in the front door, then arm your system to STAY NO DELAY. Just remember to disarm your system or hit the one touch exit button to open the front door for any guests or family members arriving home.

AWAY Mode:

Arm your home security system to AWAY Mode when you are leaving your home. This arms your perimeter protection devices including sensors for doors, windows and glass break sensors, it also arms your motion sensors giving you backup interior protection.

Most motion sensors are pet immune for pets up to 45-60lbs. There are pet immune motions for 85lb pets but they are special order items. Obviously you can not go beyond this level or burglars could walk around without being detected. If you do let your large dogs roam freely in the home when you are away, you may want to put a motion detector in your master bedroom and close the door when you are away to keep your dog from going into the master bedroom. This protects the room where burglars first head once inside your home and where most people keep valuables like cash, jewelry, guns, etc. 


This arms everything the AWAY Mode does but makes the entry and exit zones which are typically the front and garage entry doors armed to "No Delay". Most often the AWAY NO DELAY arming mode would be used when traveling or going on vacation. It makes the alarm sound immediately for both the front door and entry garage door along with all other doors and windows that have sensors. It does not give a burglar the 30-60 seconds of entry delay time.

You must be careful when arming your system to "NO DELAY". Remember, your alarm will immediately go off when you open your front or garage entry doors and not give you any delay time to go disarm your security system. You must disarm your security system from your ADT key chain remote before you enter your home or the alarm will immediately go off. If you have ADT Pulse you can also disarm your security system from your smart phone before you enter.


What Does the Bypass Function do on an ADT Security System?

The BYPASS function allows you to arm your security system with a sensored door or window open. When you go to arm your security system and an opening that has a sensor on it is left open the system will not allow you to arm it. You either need to go close the opening for the system to be ready to arm or bypass that opening. For example, you may want to leave your upstairs master bedroom window open and arm everything else. Use your keypad to scroll through the different door/window zones and bypass the zone that you want to leave open.

With an all wireless system you can BYPASS each individual opening. With most hardwired security systems, 3-5 openings are in one zone. When you BYPASS a zone, you leave all the openings in the zone unprotected. You can get hardwire zone expanders to add more zones so each opening can be independent and bypassed individually.

For more information on ADT Monitored Home Security Systems call 1-800-310-9490.



I see no way to are my pulse system with no exit delay. How is that done and can it be done remotely over the web portal or iphone app?
Posted @ Friday, August 16, 2013 9:52 PM by Gary Stockton
Arming your security system with no exit delay must be done from the security system keypad. Remote arming with your ADT Pulse system allows you to arm in stay or away only (this also applies to arming/disarming with your key chain remote).
Posted @ Saturday, August 17, 2013 11:53 AM by Greg Barker
Great information! Using the "no delay" feature clearly increases the effectiveness of the security system
Posted @ Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:29 PM by Dorelle Kemp
My system is 2 months old. No where do I see a 'no exit delay' mode. Why is my system not set up with this or am I not aware of how to arm it this way....?
Posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 6:49 PM by Charlotte Massey
We install mostly DSC security systems. The "no exit delay" is not a one touch button. After you arm the security system to STAY MODE you press *9 on your DSC keypad to arm to "no exit delay". I do this every night and it makes me sleep better:)... Hopes this helps.
Posted @ Friday, October 25, 2013 7:26 PM by Greg Barker
very useful info. How do I arm certain motion detectors in both stay and away mode? When we are sleeping, I want my basement and garage motion to be armed but would like free roam of the living room.
Posted @ Saturday, March 29, 2014 11:26 AM by Ron
Hello Ron, 
You can arm your security system in away mode to arm your motions when you are home. However, you can not walk in front of any of them as they will activate your alarm and potentially cause false alarm issues. I know of customers who arm their security system from their bedroom at night and have all their motions armed. Just don't forget and go get a midnight snack. Surprise! 
Some security systems have the ability to program some of your motions in stay or away. I have a motion in my detached garage that arms in stay and away mode while the motion inside the home arms only in away mode.
Posted @ Monday, March 31, 2014 11:48 AM by Greg Barker
how do i set a away mode alarm 
Posted @ Monday, July 14, 2014 3:18 AM by mahlomola
With the security panel we install you would arm your security system to AWAY MODE by pressing down on the keypad away button for two seconds. You can also arm your alarm system to AWAY MODE by pressing the away button on your keychain remote and with ADT Pulse security monitoring service you can arm your system to AWAY MODE from your mobile device or a computer with an Internet connection.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 15, 2014 7:19 AM by Greg Barker
How do i set my entering time delay. I got my ADT alarm system installed less then a year ago. Now when i enter my premises,before i can reach my panel to enter my code, the alarm go off. I did contact ADT regarding this, but why should i pay a call out fee just to set my timing delay . Please assist in this matter.
Posted @ Wednesday, August 06, 2014 2:50 AM by Johannes
The alarm time delay is programmed using the installation codes and can not be done without the assistance of someone in the installation department. For ADT customers installed by California Security Pro we will help them make changes over the phone if they do not want a service technician to come out. For California Security Pro customers we would charge just a $25 trip charge to come out for reprogramming the entry delay for you.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 12, 2014 1:18 PM by Greg Barker
why does the alarm siren when i put the correct password what causes this to happen?
Posted @ Saturday, August 30, 2014 7:11 AM by moe
Great info! How can I change the delay time to 15 seconds instead of 30?
Posted @ Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:55 PM by Cassie Salinas
The entry delay is programmed using installer codes. Please see further information posted on August 12, 2014 above.
Posted @ Friday, October 17, 2014 6:35 PM by Greg Barker
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