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I Love My ADT Touchscreen Control Center

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

 

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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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Five ADT Pulse Must Have Programed Events

Posted by Greg Barker on Mon,Apr 17,2017 @ 05:37 PM


When you get your ADT Pulse security system installed the next step is to decide what you want to program it to do. Now that you have cameras, door locks, thermostat, lighting and garage door control.... NOW WHAT?

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

ADT Pulse Upgrade: Essential to Family Security

Posted by Matt Ricca on Fri,Apr 14,2017 @ 05:44 PM

                

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Tags: ADT Pulse Security System, ADT Pulse Equipment and Packages, ADT Pulse Cameras, Security Cameras and Video Surveillance Systems, Mobile Home Security (Mobile Apps)

Upgrade to ADT Pulse: Include Cameras and Home Automation

Posted by Greg Barker on Sat,Apr 08,2017 @ 10:07 AM

ADT Pulse cameras and home automation are becoming very popular. We have current ADT customers calling daily to find out how they can upgrade to ADT Pulse. With the ADT Pulse App giving customers the ability to remotely control their security systems, door locks, thermostats, lighting and garage door, many customers want this new technology in their homes. So if you currently have ADT security monitoring service and do not have cameras or home automation, how do you order the upgrades and have them installed?

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Tags: ADT Pulse Security System, ADT Pulse Cameras, Home Technology Management and Automation

New Alexa Skill Let's You Show ADT Pulse Who's Top Dog

Posted by Taniqua Pino on Wed,Jan 04,2017 @ 02:30 PM

Update: As of April 19th the ADT Pulse skill for Alexa is available. Enable it here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NARHJWE?ref=skillrw_dsk_new_gw_1.

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Like millions of families across America, we invited Alexa into our home last year. We're flat out smitten with her! In January, like many others, we heard the exciting news that the ADT Pulse skill was coming to Alexa and our ADT Pulse system, would have limited voice control through Alexa.

If you haven't met Alexa, she is the personality and virtual assistant for Amazon. She is most commonly found on Amazon's devices Echo and Echo Dot. If that still doesn't ring a bell, you'll recognize her very popular, distant cousin Siri. Siri's the personality and virtual assistant for Apple. Alexa is the personality and virtual assitant for Amazon's Echo devices. 

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Home Automation: The Fastest Growing Segment of Home Security

Posted by Greg Barker on Wed,Sep 14,2016 @ 09:53 AM

 

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ADT Pulse : What Is Home View and How Does It Work?

Posted by Taniqua Pino on Fri,May 06,2016 @ 02:30 PM

The exclusive Home View from ADT Pulse makes managing your home simpler than ever.

The hurdle with new technology is often the learning curve of each and every new device you install. Often, the AMAZING features that we saw on a commercial or an in-store live demo simply take too much time to figure out. 

ADT has taken that all into account and designed Home View to look like your home. What could be easier? You don't even need instructions to know what your house looks like. 

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Control your ADT Pulse System via your Ring Doorbell App...

Posted by Taniqua Pino on Tue,Mar 22,2016 @ 10:57 AM

Use ADT Pulse features from within your Ring app. Why would you want to you ask?  Because as the ring video put it:

"When you leave home each day,               

you leave your most valuable asset

           vulnerable to unwanted visitors"

Your Ring doorbell already alerts you when someone is near your front door and offers you live video to see what's going on. You then are able to respond to that person, giving the impression you are home, whether you are or not.

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Top Alarm Companies in California (Best Home Security Alarm Company)

Posted by Taniqua Pino on Thu,Mar 03,2016 @ 11:58 AM

It's 3am, you awake to the sound of breaking glass followed by silence.

Even laying still, your heart is doing the Indy 500. Adrenaline stores up, you're ready for flight, you're ready for fight. The adrenaline actually sharpens your hearing.

Then there's nothing. For 10 minutes, there's nothing but a distant dog barking. You still can't get back to sleep, someone's waking up to a broken something, you hope it's not you.

You go secure the house, check the kids, peek outside and make sure everything is okay on your property. There's no rolling back over and drifting into sound sleep tonight. 

Neighborhood gossip alerts you that was John & Marie Poblanski's house.  Some creep broke the glass and grabbed some electronics and a marble elephant. Luckily no one was hurt... this time. It's time to get alarm system

You think, "Who do I call?" 

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Tags: ADT Pulse Security System, ADT Authorized Dealers, ADT Security System

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