7 Amazing Tricks for Blue by ADT
Today, we’re taking a look at seven tips and tricks to get more out of the DIY home security system Blue by ADT. Last week, I did a video review on Blue by ADT, but today I thought I would dive a bit deeper into the system and give you some tips and tricks for a better user experience.
Starting off, I want to point out that the Blue by ADT system is completely DIY, meaning they do not provide professional installation. I was a little surprised by that because, when you think of ADT, you imagine a tech coming out to your house and installing the system. With Blue, ADT has made this process much easier for those who don’t want the cost or hassle of someone coming to your home.
This DIY version is a much easier solution, and they’ve made it super easy to set up.
When your system arrives, it’s already set up and good to go:
- They’ve connected all of your sensors and devices.
- Everything is already connected to the hub.
Here’s all you have to do:
- Remove the tab to engage the battery, and allow that device to sync with the base station.
- Peel off the double-sided sticky tape.
- Place the sensors where you want them, and you’re good to go.
Intuitive customer portal
You might be familiar with ADT’s mobile app. There’s also a customer portal website that you can use to monitor your system and customize some features and settings.
The website looks and works exactly like the app, so if for some reason you don’t have your phone on you or you’re at work and cannot utilize your phone, you can use their web portal to stay connected to your home security system.
Keep in mind that this is Blue by ADT, which is a separate portal than ADT’s other home security system.
I recommend that you customize your sensors by naming them. When your sensors arrive, they have generic names automatically assigned to them. This can get quite confusing when you start trying to automate things.
If you’re setting up home automation features it can get confusing at first and also later down the road trying to remember “window three,” “window four,” etc. Choosing exact location/names for sensors can take the guesswork and potential frustration out of the equation when you’re remembering sensor names and receiving notifications about them.
By default, your security system is preloaded with basic notifications like these:
- Power loss
- Connection issues
You also have the option to set up your own custom alerts. One that I set up as a demo is for every time the front door opens, Blue by ADT will send me a notification telling me the front door has been opened. It will also record what happened.
Depending on the kind of hardware and sensors you’ve installed, you have many options for customizing your alerts.
Blue by ADT plays well with other devices
Third-party integration is pretty solid with this security system. Within the app, you can navigate to the third-party integration area to connect Amazon, Google, Z-Wave devices, and even IFTTT (If This Then That).
Here’s an example routine:
- You can set up a location service so that when Blue detects that your phone has left the area, the system will automatically arm itself.
- In addition to that, once the system has armed itself, you can have it connect to your iRobot app which will automatically start your robot vacuum.
- You can also have it adjust the temperature of your Z-Wave thermostat when you arm your system.
Another integration that is useful if you have August Door Locks is programming Blue to automatically arm when your door locks.
There are a ton of different features that you can find in the IFTTT app, so I recommend you check IFTTT those out. Blue by ADT is compatible with Z-Wave devices, which include light bulbs, smart locks, thermostats, garage door openers, etc.
If for some reason you try to connect a Z-Wave device that is not compatible with this system, it will designate it as an unknown device. It will let you trigger the device on and off, but you won’t be able to integrate and customize that device into your system as much as you can with a recognized device.
Blue by ADT opens up many possibilities for home automation. As your smart home gets “smarter” and you bring more devices into your home’s ecosystem, you can enable these devices to communicate outside your home security system.
For example, if you have security cameras that are not by ADT, such as Ring, and they detect motion, you can set Blue to have your porch lights turn on when that camera detects motion.