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.
For a long time I have wanted to set up my ADT Pulse system to open and close my garage. A vacation from work has given me the opportunity to find a method to control my garage. I also wanted to set up a way for the system to close my garage if it was unintentionally left open.
To set up the system I used a Zwave appliance module and followed the instructions located at the following links:
The link below has a part in it advising how to set up your relay. Power goes into post 7 and 8 on your relay. Posts 5 and 3 are hooked up to your garage door opener.
With the device installed I named my appliance module “Garage Door Opener”. On the garage I installed a GE Design line Garage Door Sensor, model Number TX-8010-1. You will need to “learn” this sensor into your security system. I placed this sensor in zone 1, group 11 on the concord panel.
I then created the following rules in the ADT Pulse system. Garage door open, turn off appliance module (Called Garage Door Opener). Garage door closed, turn off appliance module called Garage Door Opener. These two rules force the appliance module to turn off after being activated. This prevents the module from staying on and possibly burning out your door opener or relay. It also sets up the garage door for the next open or close request. See below:
I tried to create a rule that would shut the garage door by, when left open past a certain time. I wanted to have a ‘fall back” in the event the garage door was left open overnight. I set up a rule to power on the appliance module named “Garage Door Opener” if the garage door was open past 10pm. Despite the garage door being open and the rule time passing, the garage door appliance module is not triggered. I tried to remove the rule for turning off the appliance module “when open” thinking this created a conflict in the system. Deleting this potential conflicting rule did not make a difference.
Unfortunately having a “trigger” to power on the module with the intent of closing a garage door unintentionally left open, will also open the door when it is closed. For example, setting up a rule to “power on the garage door module” when the panel is armed to “stay” mode, will also open the garage door if it is closed.
I was hopeful the GE garage door sensor would “update” its status of open to the panel. I thought that this update would trigger the rule to power on the module, thereby closing the garage door. This is not the case. Perhaps I am missing an obscure setting in the Concord4 panel. Maybe the sensor needs to be in a different security group? I will continue to research. Ideally I would like for the system to close the garage door when it is left open past a certain time. Feel free to throw in your two cents.
EDIT: Once the garage door sensor is added you CAN see it via your Pulse portal. Since it is just an open or closed type sensor you can’t do much with it other than create automations based on its status. In short, the open/close sensor works perfectly with the pulse system.