ADT’s Essentials and Essentials Plus security packages require a landline to hardwire into your home. According to NPR, more than half of all households are cellphone-only homes and don’t have landlines. If you don’t want to pay for home phone service just to get a security system, you can upgrade to a more expensive package that connects to the ADT monitoring network via a cellular system.
There were some break-ins in my area so I got the alarm system from ADT. The rep (who installed the system) disucced my concerns with me and (in addition to their system), he suggested I get a dog.I got a very large and vicious looking german sheppard (who is actually a sweetheart…) and the combination of both the alarm and wolf have given me a sense of safety. It works!
If for any reason you’re unhappy, you’ll get a full, hassle-free refund* on installation and monitoring. *Subject to certain restrictions If during the six months following installation ADT is unable to resolve any installation/service-related concern, you may receive a refund of the installation price and all monitoring fees you paid within the first six months. Certain restrictions apply.
The camera's auto-record function is based on motion sensors tuned to ignore small animals. The cam will record a 30-second video clip, then pause for four minutes before it records again. Auto-recorded clips are stored in ADT's Pulse cloud and can be accessed via the Pulse app. The camera operates at 720p resolution and you can record either a manual video or a still snapshot using the Pulse mobile app. All video clips, your own or the ones the camera takes automatically, are stored in ADT's cloud for 30 days. If you want to download anything to save long-term, it's doable, but only using the ADT web portal, not the mobile app. All this functionality comes with your Pulse service contract, none of it costs extra. You can check out the night vision image quality in the screenshot below.

ADT’s main downfalls are high monthly costs and strict contract requirements. You can pay anywhere from around per month to nearly , depending on the level of monitoring you choose and the equipment and feature add-ons you select. The company also requires a three-year contract—and if you want to opt out early you’ll have to pay 75% of your remaining contract.


Netgear Arlo Q: The video resolution and frame goes for 1080p/30 fps. Field of views goes up to 130 degrees. Night vision covers up to twenty-five feet. Connectivity measures at 802.11 b/g/n. The Netgear Alro Q comes with a built-in microphone & speaker. Cloud storage holds up to seven days of footage for free. Further storage starts at $10/month. The pros are simple, trouble-free setup, intuitive, flexible scheduling, unusual level of control over motion detection, scheduling, excellent video quality, generous free cloud plan, and easy social sharing of videos. The cons are single-user mobile app, difficult Custom Mode setup, activity Zones not part of motion-detection controls, and timeline requires expensive subscription.
Your review helped a lot for deciding in favor of ADT as my home security system choice. I was unable to decide which one to go with as I was contacted by many companies after I gave into an ad online. Then my friend suggested me to check out your site. Here, I saw the reviews of all those companies which approached me and after measuring the pros and cons of each one, I decided on ADT. Thanks for your very well researched data.
*$99 Customer Installation Charge. 36-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 per month ($1,331.64), 24-Month Monitoring Agreement required at $36.99 ($887.76) for California, including Quality Service Plan (QSP). Form of payment must be by credit card or electronic charge to your checking or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Premier Provider customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer.
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Your review helped a lot for deciding in favor of ADT as my home security system choice. I was unable to decide which one to go with as I was contacted by many companies after I gave into an ad online. Then my friend suggested me to check out your site. Here, I saw the reviews of all those companies which approached me and after measuring the pros and cons of each one, I decided on ADT. Thanks for your very well researched data.

When I moved to Fuquay Varina, they kept calling and knocking on the door until I finally gave in and signed up. Since then - NOTHING - no contact or follow-up whatsoever - even when I've twice requested a new book to replace the one I was given. When I agreed to sign up, they were offering service for about $27.00 per month. When the installer visited, I was sick with a lupus flare that also affected my cognition. Turned out, they took advantage of an elderly, ill woman, charging me not 27 but 47 dollars per month. In addition, when I could think clearly again, I discovered I had signed for THREE years and not the one year the salesman had told me.
They sit at the top of the table for a reason. Besides the legacy, their quality is unmatched by any competitor by far. I have tried numerous security systems in the past from rival companies but kept coming back to ADT and now have finally settled with them. The main pro of them is the nationwide reach and exceptional service at any point of time in the day or night. Big kudos!
Installation: Some companies offer professional installation while others send you equipment to install yourself. Both options are fine—it really comes down to personal preference. Most companies that offer professional installation don’t charge huge installation fees, and some companies that have you install equipment yourself still charge activation fees.
I've been pleased with their customer support for the 2 years I have had an ADT alarm system installed into my home. What I like is from the research I have done separate of this review, ADT has not raised their monthly price in years. I guess because it effects so many people nationwide if they do, it tends to be a stable price. Much better than going with a company who runs promotions and 6 months later you are paying double for what you initially agreed upon.
Our experience with professional installation was mixed. Our tester said the technician provided solid customer service: “He dropped a few unnecessary window sensors from my bill after deciding that the motion detector was sufficient for the entire front half of my home.” However, there were some issues with connecting the command hub to our tester’s network.
One day, I burned some food on the stove and set the fire alarm off.  The phone rang immediately.  I mean, I didn’t need any help or anything, but the speed of their response was impressive.  The one time I did need this alarm was when I got robbed.  Some kids apparently walked out of my house with my most valued posession in broad daylight on a weekday.  Unfortunately, like I said, I hadn’t been setting the panel anymore.  So I had to make an insurance claim.  I’ve had no problems with the product or the monitoring service.  The only thing I would warn people about is in making the habit of using it.  I’m now considering adding video cameras, which has brought me here so I wanted to leave my 2 cents behind.  Thanks.
*$99 Customer Installation Charge. 24-Month Alarm Monitoring Agreement required at $33.99 per month ($815.76). Form of payment must be made by credit card or electronic charge to your checking account or savings account. Offer applies to homeowners only. Local permit fees may be required. Satisfactory credit history required. Certain restrictions may apply. Offer valid for new ADT Authorized Dealer customers only and not on purchases from ADT LLC. Other rate plans available. Cannot be combined with any other offer. 24 month applies to California. All other states require 36 month alarm monitoring agreement ($1223.64). Offer not available in all areas.
ADT-monitored security delivers comfort through constant connection. The ADT-monitored security network is a complete group of committed and interconnected Customer Monitoring Centers, supported by trained professionals and dynamic high-tech ADT-monitored home security equipment. Our comprehensive Protect Your Home installation process includes a system that utilizes ADT's-monitored security home security Tailored to your home and your specific needs, choosing a home security system has never been easier.
As far as home automation goes, ADT Pulse helps you automate lights, thermostats, and door locks. The ADT system integrates with Alexa and Nest. Alexa integration lets you use voice commands to arm and disarm your system, control lights, lock and unlocking doors, while Nest integration allows you to control your thermostat. You can also adjust the temperature manually using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

I bought a house back in 2015 and decided to have a security system installed since I wasn’t going to be home much and would like some peace of mind. ADT was a pretty well known security company in my area and a few families in my neighborhood have ADT so I gave them a call. I ended up selling the house after a year and a half since I travel too much for work. I called to cancel my service to be told that I signed a three year contract and that I’d have to pay the remainder of the contract or I wouldn’t be able to cancel. I told them that I did not sign a contract and I was not made aware of there being a contract. The contract that I supposedly signed was emailed to me and the “signature” on the contract was nowhere close to mine. I was told to fill out a fraud package, to which I did. I filled out and sent in a fraud package only for the fraud department to say that my signature was “confirmed” and that it was me who sign it. How could I have sign a contract I was never informed about or seen? The only form I signed was the installment agreement and nowhere did it say I have to have the service for three years.
Their security has a major loop-hole that could get you killed or your house could burn down and no one will ever be called. 1. If your home phone line goes down the word “communication” shows up. And that’s it. No call to secondary phones, nothing! That single word with no other warning as to what it means is all they do. That means: a home invasion break in could happen, you’re being raped or murdered or stealing all your valuables and no one is coming because no one knows. ADT says “...this is a low priority signal...” 2. Power goes out in your house or just the ADT system. A prerecorded message is left on your home phone but no secondary numbers. Message says,”...your power is... Read More
Even though they tend to be more expensive than unmonitored systems, they do give you peace of mind. That’s because when your system is tripped, a signal will be sent to the company via your phone line, alerting them that there’s an intruder in your house. Within approximately 10 seconds you’ll receive a phone call from the security company (via the intercom system or your telephone), where you’ll be asked to verify who you are by using an authorization code. If you’re unable to do this, the police will be sent straight to your home.
We purchased our ADT Security System 12 years ago, and we have been very pleased with the professionalism and quick response in the few times we have had to use it. Their was a break-in in 2009 while we were out of town on vacation. They called us immediately and the people were caught running down our street thanks to the quick response from ADT and the Sheriff’s Department. Of course, our teenagers have set the alarm off a few times while we were at work, but ADT handled it for us and were completely understanding and professional! We are so Happy and feel so Secure whether we are at work or on vacation!
Ranging from $9/week* to $14/week*, find an ADT alarm monitoring solution that fits your lifestyle and security needs. Call to speak to a monitoring professional who will help you find exactly what you’re looking for, whether you prefer easy-to-use equipment or advanced remote monitoring. And if you order today, you’ll get a $100 Visa® Reward Card. **
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