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Samsung and ADT have partnered to come out with an ADT-Monitored DIY Security and Home Automation Solution. It’s two brands whose partnership brings together the best of both worlds – Samsung’s robust SmartThings smart home eco-system with ADT’s expertise in home security monitoring. Unlike ADT’s previous offerings, this new system is designed to be an easy DIY system that you can set up all on your own.
In the box, you get the ADT Security Hub with its 7-inch touchscreen control panel and built-in siren, along with easy to install wireless detectors and alarms that can be used on doors and windows.
The system also works as a SmartThings Hub, which means that it’s compatible with hundreds of compatible devices such as lights, cameras, doorbells, door locks, thermostats, sensors, voice assistants, and more. Integration with SmartThings enables you to use the SmartThings app to control not only your smart home system but your home security system too. It means in addition to getting security alerts; you can use the app to do things like unlocking the door remotely and watch video through your web camera.
The new Home Security Starter Kit ($549) from both companies comes with a security hub, two-door and window detectors, and small motion detector. The security hub, which comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display, can also be used to control other SmartThings devices.
While there is a monthly fee required for the ADT Monitoring Service ($24.99 monthly and an additional $14.99 for life safety monitoring, which includes carbon monoxide detection), it is the first time, which ADT has no contract involved. You can subscribe to ADT monitoring service month-to-month. Sign up is easy, right from the SmartThings app.
By default, the security hub operates over wi-fi, but it also has an LTE connection integrated as a backup. Unlike most other security monitoring solutions, ADT is not charging anything extra for the LTE service.
The ADT Home Security Starter Kit retails for $549.99, with an expansion pack retailing for $199. The expansion pack includes smoke, water leak, and carbon monoxide detectors.