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Internet Explorer 11 Windows 7 and ADTPulse

November 11, 2013 1 comment

Be cautious before you download the latest version of IE 11.  After installing the new browser I have been unable to view clips or watch live video via the web based interface.  I have all appropriate “add ons” enabled via the add on manager in IE 11.  Quicktime and Java add ons are all set correctly.  ADT has no answer.

Adding the ADT Pulse portal to the compatibility mode list does allow for the viewing of video clips however, live viewing still does not work.

Hitting “f12″ on IE 11 brings up a console at the bottom of the page.  Going to “emulation” and selecting “document mode 10″ appears to resolve the issue with ADT Pulse’s web portal.  The problem is you have to manually do this each time you want to view video.

This problem is not unique to the ADT Pulse web site.  WordPress is not allowing me to post all the cool pics I have of the above issue.  My untrained opinion is this is some sort of issue between Java and IE 11.  I am not able to tag this post since the “tag” option is one of the features not working on WordPress with IE 11.

Going to publish….and look for an old computer to edit with.

More info: it would appear. Explorer 11 is not recognized as Explorer, causing functionality issues. It is more complicated but basically that is what is occurring. WordPress is aware. In talking with ADT they are not aware of any issue.

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ADT Pulse Upgrades

September 28, 2013 7 comments

ADT Pulse has added the ability to trigger recordings based on a camera’s detection of motion.  This eliminates the need to base recording events off  motion detectors.  At this time, this ability is only available with ADT’s wireless cameras.  Those running the video decoders will not be able to build triggering events based on the camera’s detection of motion.

Weather alerts have also been added.  The user can go into their alert tab and subscribe to the alert along with subscribing to “tips.”

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This upgrade has been mentioned in a number of comments in various posts on this blog.  It is nice to see ADT adding features to the pulse.

What am I waiting for?  The media upgrade.  This will allow the user to control music and video in the home.  No idea when this is scheduled for release.  ADT also has YET to release a thermostat that can manage a HVAC system with humidity control.  At this time, if you use any of the ADT thermostats on a HVAC system with this feature, you will loose the ability to control the humidity levels in your house.  There are a few ZWAVE thermostats that have this function.  I have heard you may be able to “trick” ADT Pulse to accept one of these other systems.

ADT Pulse Update for Android App

June 16, 2013 1 comment

Earlier this week ADT updated their application for the android based smart phone.  You can download the update by the usual method on your smart phone.  This Link will also take you to that update.

What’s new?  They enhanced the thermostat graph for heating and cooling activity.  Video issues associated with sprint/android phones were resolved.  Not much was done.

Stay safe.

ADT Pulse Capabilities

May 26, 2013 3 comments

I came across this link the other day while looking for the latest information on the Pulse system.  The site is called “Reviews.com.”   I was amused at what the writer of the blog claimed the Pulse system would not do.  I have run into this type of mis-information before.  Most seem to read the technical specs and assume if what they are looking for is not listed, the system is unable to perform the task.  To be fair, the website advises they make every effort to provide accurate information but do not guarantee the information provided is correct.

The review claims the system does not include glass breaks, recessed door sensors or garage door sensors.  While it is technically TRUE that these options are not included in the package the system CAN support these types of sensors.  I have a garage tilt and recessed door sensor (hard wired).  I do not want glass breaks due to my belief they generate false alarms.

The review rightly claims PULSE does not provide cameras that pan or tilt.  The writer WRONGLY claims Pulse does not offer outdoor cameras.  I have two of them.  Both came with the original install and are hard wired.  I believe Pulse also offers a wireless outdoor camera.

The review’s information on other areas of the pulse system seems good.  They advise the system does not offer monitoring of carbon monoxide and flood detection as standard.  I have worked around those issues by adding a carbon monoxide detector and flood monitors to the system.  They work within the Pulse environment just fine.  The problem is since I added the modules myself, ADT will not respond to those alarms.  Given the automations and alerts I have set up in response to those two events, I am covered.

If you are considering the pulse system make sure you do a ton of research on what it can and can’t do.  Good luck and stay safe.

Door Bell Ditch….

March 16, 2013 Leave a comment

Future ADT Pulse Features

March 14, 2013 Leave a comment

I stumbled across a link to CES 2013.  ADT was at showing off the future of the ADT Pulse system.  In the future you can look forward to health monitoring, smart meter options and most importantly in home music control.

Other home control system users have been critical of the ADT Pulse for not having the ability to control your in home audio.

Samsung smart TV’s also have the ability to utilize an app so you can access your home control system. Very nice.

CEPro Story.

ADT Pulse Adds Features

March 2, 2013 1 comment

One of the criticism’s of the ADT Pulse system was a lack of “Scenes.”  Other automation systems provide the user with the ability to set up automations as a group.  Rather then making a series of individual automations a user can select a “scene” or “mode” that triggers a list of user defined automations.

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ADT has sent an email to Pulse users.  See below:

Dear Valued ADT Customer,
In the next few weeks, we’ll be adding several new interactive features to selected ADT Pulse® Interactive Solutions packages – features that take ADT Pulse® simplicity and automation to a new level:

Modes: At the touch of a button, ADT Pulse “Vacation Mode” can lock the doors, turn off the lights and adjust the temperature. Or, arm the system and set your lights to turn off in 30 seconds when you select “Sleep Mode.” You can customize a total of eight different modes to tailor your environment to suit your lifestyle.

New – Home View now available for Android™ mobile devices: Previously available to IOS users, Android device users can quickly create a unique floor plan that indicates the placement of the devices connected to the ADT Pulse system in your home or business.

Home View “Zoom In”: Zoom in or out with simple gestures like pinching or double-tapping to easily view the details of the ADT Pulse devices in your home or business.

Auto-Delay Settings: Control the sequence and timing of your automations. For example, when you enter the front door, multiple automations can be set to turn on all lights immediately, lock the door after 10 seconds, then adjust the temperature after 30 seconds.

A web page with a video is available here.

From the looks of it you will know when you have the upgrade based on the addition of a added button by your alarm indicator on the portal.  Stay tuned.

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