When we first moved into our home, it came with a security system in place. However, it was not one I had any experience with or knowledge about. We had ADT equipment and services at our former home so decided to make the switch back to ADT. With the holidays around the corner now is the perfect time to give the gift of security to the whole family, not to mention keep all those perfectly wrapped presents underneath the tree and carefully placed in the front window for all to see, a little safer. I was surprised to learn that not only could our home be more secure, but also a whole lot smarter with Samsung SmartThings and ADT Home Security Systems.
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The ADT Home Security Starter Kit comes with the ADT Security Hub, ADT Motion Detector and Two ADT Door and Window detectors. In just minutes our services were set up. First we set up the ADT Security Hub. It features a 7 in control screen panel, a built in siren, battery and data cellular back up, and dual encryption wireless technology. We installed the batteries (for back up), plugged it in and connected it to our home wi-fi system. While all that is happening we are also installing the SmartThings app to all the smartphones in the house. You can get your SmartThings app on Google Play and iTunes.
Then we added the ADT Window and Door Detectors and Motion Detector. Be sure to follow the instructions included in the booklet. I admit for security reasons I’m not showing where we have them in our house. There are two detectors. I’m no security expert but I would put them where you think people will most likely try to enter your home. For example, many pretend to be a solicitor and then try to enter the home from the front door. Other homes may be worried about doors or windows. But the detectors aren’t only there to detect intruders, but flood, and fire.
Next set up your optional ADT Home Monitoring Service. You don’t have to have the service to have a notification that a a door or window has been opened or that motion has been detected, but you do have to have the service to have the peace of mind of 24 hour home monitoring as well calls for 911 services. You can tailor make your services plan with life services and intruder detection. ADT Services offers month to month rates and no long term contracts!
Save $50 with the purchase of the ADT Security Starter Pack plus get free Geek Squad set up.
I admit as “easy” as it was – as in easier than I anticipated – I wish now I had the Geek Squad set mine up. It can be difficult to make sure the sensors are perfectly aligned so as to make detection possible. It got done, but it could have gotten done faster with the Geek Squad. We were going out of town the next day and I was really determined to get it set up so as to be able to monitor our home from our weekend getaway.
But the SmartThings Hub isn’t just for ADT Services. You can turn your home into a “smart home” as it works with other smart things devices like lights, doorbells, door locks, thermostats, cameras, sensors and more. After adding the app to your phone you sync it with other smart products, as well as designate favorites, like the front porch light you turn on every night, as well as monitor specific rooms and settings. Use “automation” to help you use all your homes “smart things” with your SmartThings App. Add users, so that other people in the home may have access from their smartphones. Get notifications and an activity log. I may regret though telling the oldest daughter who had just seen “Thor Ragnarok” that she could name the security system on our phones though and had to leave that picture out! Apparently our security system is AKA the
Devil’s Anus. You may need to do an add on pack in order to do more rooms, doors and windows as well as other features and we are looking into that. Stay tuned for more news about using the SmartThings app and the ADT Home Security Extender pack. ADT Home Security Starter Kit, from Samsung SmartThings and ADT provides you and your family peace of mind and connectivity customized to your needs, easily, economically and efficiently.