What is ADT Pulse and how does it work?

How does ADT Pulse work? You are not alone if you are asking questions like that about ADT Pulse. We provide answers below to the most frequently asked ADT Pulse questions. And, we show you how to save money on ADT Pulse service.

Why are people asking about ADT Pulse?

ADT, the country’s oldest and largest residential security company, has joined its younger, more nimble competitors in the smart home space. ADT Pulse uses Z-wave wireless technology to help home security and automation systems communicate with each other and with you.

What is ADT Pulse?

ADT’s Pulse interface lets you control to your home security and automation devices through any web-enabled device – your cellphone, laptop or tablet. Launched in October 2010, the service, which is controlled through a mobile app or your personal web portal, lets you do the following.

  • Connect with ADT’s monitoring stations.
  • Arm/disarm the security system remotely.
  • Monitor fire and smoke alarms.
  • Receive email and text alerts of system events.
  • Control and schedule lighting.
  • Control and schedule small appliances.
  • Control and schedule thermostats.
  • Monitor video surveillance remotely.
  • Create scenes that engage services and devices when a pre-determined circumstance happens.

How does ADT Pulse work?

ADT Pulse uses Z-waves, a wireless technology that can educate regular household products and systems to respond to remote commands over web-enabled devices. Z-wave technology uses low-cost, low-power radio frequency transceiver chips that let devices communicate using a common protocol. Z-wave devices use different frequencies (908.42 Mhz.) than other home devices like wireless phones (2.4 Ghz.), so systems and devices don’t interfere with each other.

An ADT installer connects the ADT Pulse gateway to an open port on your router. If a port is not available, and you have broadband, ADT will add a network switch to provide additional connection capability at a nominal charge. Then, the installer sets up a personal portal, in essence an online control panel that lets you remotely control your GE or Honeywell security system and home automation.

Icontrol’s ConnectedLife platform is the software that unifies the Z-wave systems and allows you to monitor and control your home through broadband, cellular and other networks.

Special ADT Pulse Features

Many monitored home security systems have jumped aboard the automation/remote control bandwagon. But ADT Pulse offers some unique features that make a smart home, well, brilliant.

Is ADT Pulse compatible with IFTTT?

ADT Pulse lets you automate your home in ways limited only by your imagination and “recipes” created by IFTTT, an app that tells home automation features like lights, cameras, appliances and thermostats to respond to specific scenarios: If this happens, then take that action.

For instance, you can tell your Nest thermostat: If the temperature drops below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, then adjust the temperature to 71; or tell your Z-wave connect oven, “When the roast is finished cooking, flash the Philips Hue Lights;” or instruct your smart garage door, “If it starts raining, then close.” The IFTTT feature also connects users to Internet content, such as Craigslist postings and the latest headlines from the New York Times.

What is ADT Pulse Voice Control?

Instead of having to hunt and peck each security system and home automation command, ADT Pulse Voice Control lets users control systems and devices through spoken commands. You tell your home what to do by speaking select key words, device names and phrases into a web-enabled device. Three personal “checkpoints” — a secret phrase, voice recognition and confirmed identification of a mobile device – make the service secure.

Personal Security

Canopy is an ADT Pulse personal protection and networking application for iOS and Android devices that acts as a mobile security system that watches over and connects you when you’re away from home. At your command, the app:

  • Lets friends and family know where you are and that you’re in danger.
  • Sounds an audible alarm and blinks lights on your cellphone camera to chase away trouble.
  • Calls 911 with one touch.
  • Connects you with a live “chaperone,” an ADT agent who can, virtually, accompany you in dicey situations, like walking alone in a deserted garage at night. If the worst happens, the chaperone can send help to your exact location.
  • Lets you and people in your “circle” discretely check in with just a screen tap, making it easy for you to keep tabs on teenagers, who’d rather die then let Mom know they’re still alive.

Protect Data

ADT Pulse, which protects your home, is syncing up with McAfee, which protects your digital devices and data. The companies are developing a cohesive platform that protects a customer’s physical and digital lives from one central portal. In 2014, ADT Pulse combined with McAfee LiveSafe, a service that safeguards consumers’ data, identity and digital devices.

Smart Car

ADT Pulse and Ford are partnering to create a smart car that, when you speak the command, the garage door opens and the thermostat lowers the temperature.

Watch Over Loved Ones

ADT is hooking up with Ideal Life, a leader in remote patient monitoring, to provide real-time health management services for people with chronic ailments while at home or on the go.

Pulse Package Details

Only an ADT authorized dealer can tell you exactly what an ADT Pulse package will cost, though the basic Pulse monitoring package starts at $47.99, according to the company’s website. All packages come with a lifetime warranty on equipment. Install costs $199, though many promotional packages wave installation fees.

Here is what each package includes.

Remote Arm: 24/7 monitoring, cellular connection, smoke and fire monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring, water detection and temperature monitoring, remote web and mobile access, email and text alerts notification, Quality Service Plan lifetime warranty, 6 months money back guarantee.

Control: 24/7 monitoring, cellular connection, smoke and fire monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring, water detection and temperature monitoring, remote web and mobile access, email and text alerts notification, remote lock/unlock door control, lighting and thermostat control, Quality Service Plan lifetime warranty, 6 months money back guarantee.

Live Video: 24/7 monitoring, cellular connection, smoke and fire monitoring, carbon monoxide monitoring, water detection and temperature monitoring, remote web and mobile access, email and text alerts notification, remote lock/unlock door control, lighting and thermostat control, remote video, Quality Service Plan lifetime warranty, 6 months money back guarantee.

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