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Outdoor Motion Sensor With ADT Pulse

ADT Pulse requires an “event” to trigger a recording.  Some of the cameras compatible with the system can record detected motion to a DVR.  These cameras will not record to the ADT Pulse system with the same detected motion stimulus.  With the Pulse system the user has to base recordings on a triggering event.

An example of a trigger could be a door opening, light coming on, an alarm event or motion detection via a security motion sensor (not camera).  When I first obtained my ADT Pulse system, I was somewhat disappointed to discover I could not record video of people who came to my door when I was not home.  The solution seemed obvious, create a “trigger” based on a tripped motion sensor by the door.  The problem, ADT Pulse did not offer or support outdoor motion sensors with any of the Pulse packages.  ADT may offer outdoor sensors independently of the ADT Pulse system.  Unless already have an outdoor sensor or request one installed with your ADT Pulse there is NO ADT pulse package that will enable you to record events outside your home, based on motion.

A motion detector is technically a security module.  Triggers and alerts can be created for any motion detector that is part of your security system.  In my case, the security panel is a Concord 4.  The Concord 4 panel integrates with the ADT Pulse IHub to present the end user with an integrated security/home control system.   Any module that is supported and controlled by your security panel is observable and manageable through the ADT Pulse interface (web portal or touchscreen).  While ADT Pulse does not come with an outdoor motion detector module, the Concord 4 panel does support this type of motion sensor.    Any outdoor motion sensor that is part of a Pulse compatible security system should work with ADT Pulse.



The VX-402R is a heavy duty, outdoor motion detector that utilizes a variety of transmitters.  For my solution I used the Caddx NX-650.  Joining a VX-402R to the Concord 4 panel requires the user to join the module via shortcut option on the security keypad or utilizing the installer code.

Once the outdoor motion detector is installed, the user can set up automations based on motion, via the ADT Pulse web portal.  Most security panels support some sort of outdoor motion sensor.  Make sure the sensor you choose is compatible with your security panel.   This may seem obvious to some.  I get about one email a month asking how to set this up.  Hopefully, this blog post will help end users tweak their own system.  Good luck.

  1. Dan
    February 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Thanks for your informative posts regarding ADT Pulse.

    I would like to know if anyone has figured out how to access the internal configuration of the iHub unit. I need to configure the local network IP address of the unit so that it can communicate thru the router to the internet–it’s stuck on 10.1.10.x and I need to get it on the 192.168.0.x network.

    • February 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      I have not tried to access the internals of the IHub. There are probably configuration options. If you try and access the Ihub from its IP you get a web based interface that allows for activation. I have no idea if entering information on this page will get you any further.

  2. David Nickerson
    May 24, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Thank you for your post and your input regarding outdoor motion devices used as a trigger through the ADT Pulse system. I happen to have the Pulse system as well, and I work for ADT Security. This conversation has come up on several occasions with my Pulse customers and colleagues. It is a greatly needed request. Some of us at ADT are pushing to get this feature approved wih the proper devices. More to come.

    • May 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      Any news on when adt will offer centralized, in home music?

  3. JohnD
    September 1, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    I would like to do this too. How did you connect the Caddx NX-650 to the VX-402R and how did you register these to the ADT central system?

    • September 5, 2013 at 6:16 pm

      Sorry, I was on vacation and just got to this. You have to know the installer code for your system. The motion sensor is part of the security end of your system. It has to be entered via the security panel interface.

  4. JohnD
    September 6, 2013 at 9:18 am

    And is the “installer code” a single code used as a sort of password entry into the system or an ID specific to the installed device?

    • September 9, 2013 at 1:09 pm

      Installer code allows you to add “security” devices like motion sensors, door sensors, etc…. If you do this, make sure you test your system after the install to guarantee it works and alerts ADT. Some have said that user installed sensors do not send a signal to ADT. That has not been my experience with window and door sensors. If you are adding a motion sensor to trigger a camera, that will work fine. FYI, ADT now has cameras for pulse that “detect motion.”

  5. David Nickerson
    September 10, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Guys, ADT has recently released the Pulse Wireless Outdoor Motion camera that responds to movement. It has a built in motion detector that works with Pulse. This device is a non reporting device which makes it very convenient to monitor movement on the property without alerting the authorities, and it records a 30 second video of any movement in question. I have installed this specialty device with one of my customers. It works fantastic. Part number is OC810. Talk with your local ADT rep. They are readily available.
    Nick Nickerson, Small Business & Residential Rep. ADT Security

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