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ADT Pulse Capabilities

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.

  1. June 6, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I was contacted by “Mike” at Reviews.com. He provides transcript information from ADT indicating they advised him ADT pulse does not have an outdoor option. There is obviously a communication problem between ADT and Reviews.com The ADT pulse interface provides the user with options to install cameras in to the system. One of the cameras is the OC810. This is described as an outdoor, wireless video camera. Perhaps it is not available in all areas? Perhaps Reviews.com was talking with a non-corp ADT installer? Hard to tell. Mike has been great to deal with. Hopefully we will resolve the communication issue.

  2. Kevin Lindahl
    July 11, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    You mention that you have a garage tilt and recessed door sensor working with the Pulse system. Do you also have the ability to open/close it via a relay? I just purchased the Ecolink Z Wave garage door tilt sensor and can’t get the system to recognize it. I also bought the Linear Z Wave isolated contact fixture module in hopes of remotely opening and closing the door. I DON’T have a recessed door sensor. What’s the purpose and do I need one of those to tie all this together?

    • July 11, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      I don’t have a recessed sensor. Just the tilt sensor. The tilt sensor had to be added via the security panel. You will need the installer code for your particular panel. I used a relay to simulate the push of the door open button combined with a rule in the pulse system to turn off the module to the relay when it sensed the door was opened or closed.

  3. Jonathan
    February 18, 2016 at 1:16 am

    Can you please provide us with the brand and model of the flood detector? Also with the steps you had to do in order to set it to work with the system?
    I just purchased one from lowes the brand is utilitech and I couldn’t find a way to add it to my pulse system.

    Thank you a lot!

    • February 23, 2016 at 5:23 pm

      You would need the installer code for the alarm system. Once you have that, you can add it as a security device. I moved away from pulse. I am now on vera. Much more freedom and it does all the same things as pulse plus more. Not as refined as pulse for sure. I have the same brand as you on my vera system. The pulse system had GE flood sensors. I still have them running on my vera system however, they are part of the security end of the system. IN other words, they are attached to the alarm panel.

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