The Return of the Installer Option On The ADT Touchscreen
When ADT Pulse was first released it was possible to add security modules via the ADT GE IS-TS-0700 Touchscreen. Apparently, ADT became aware this option was out in the wild and being used by users to add modules not listed on the ADT portal. They removed the interface with an update. Security modules need to be added through the security panel.
I got my hands on an older GE IS-TS-0700 touchscreen on ebay. I added it to my system. I was surprised to discover the old “Installer” option was on this touchscreen. I looked at the firmware version by pressing the “ADT” logo in the upper left corner. This touchscreen was running firmware 3.5.0-66 from Nov 18, 2010. My older touchscreen is pushing firmware version 4.5.0-780 from March 2012.
This brings up a couple of questions. How long before the touchscreen gets forced to update? Is it possible to reset an updated touchscreen back to factory in order to regain the installer option? If this is done, will ADT force an update to the newer firmware?
Answers in order: 5 minutes, Maybe, yes….you have 5 minutes. So, not really worth it.
A touchscreen with original factory settings definitely has the touchscreen installer option. My attempt to enter installer mode via this menu worked. Within 5 minutes your touchscreen will appear to power off, power on and then you are forced back to the new firmware. I interrupted the download by unplugging the screen and it defaulted to the old firmware with all options intact.
I believe you can reset the touchscreen to factory by holding down the power button while power cycling the screen. I am not sure about this and I am looking for verification in an online manual. I recall reading about this procedure. I don’t want to go through the headache since I am not sure of the impact of a reset. I would caution you before trying this. It might just cause the touchscreen to become a brick.
The easier option is to just go through whatever interface you have for your security panel.
In short, it is not really worth it.
EDIT: I have been told that you may be able to get the Touchscreen to set back to default by simply removing the TS from the network then re-joining the same TS through the web portal, back to your network. Upon the re-install, the TS may default back to its original firmware. If successful, unplug the IHub from the INTERNET to prevent an update of firmware. Once done using the interface, plug IHub back in to network (internet). No idea if this works. To lazy to try at the moment.