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Today we will be comparing ADT with a new DIY home security company on the block, Alder Security and see how they match up. Let’s dive right in!

If you watch or read the news you probably have seen news stories about home invasions quite frequently. Home invasion crimes happen every day across the United States. The best way to protect yourself from this type of crime is to invest in a home security solution.

There are so many security companies and security products out on the market currently, that shopping around for them can feel frustrating. Here at Link Interactive, we are dedicated to make the process of purchasing security products stress free by providing you with all the information you need to make an informed purchase. Not only that, but we’re security professionals, and our Link Interactive home alarm system is a popular favorite among consumers in the US.

ADT Control Panel

ADT doesn’t just have one control panel for you to choose from, they instead offer two control panels. They have a basic panel that is simplistic in design and function, and it works by connecting directly to a landline. It is powered by being directly wired into your home’s power source. All of features for this basic panel are controlled through a separate push-button keypad or through the ADT app.

The next control panel offered by ADT is their digital keypad. ADT’s digital keypad has a full colored touchscreen. The touchscreen for ADT’s digital keypad displays time, temperature, and your system’s status. ADT’s digital keypad can be wall mounted or you can place it on a desktop, but you don’t have to worry about setting it up yourself because ADT has a professional installer come out to set up all your equipment for you.

ADT’s digital keypad is pretty expandable, and it allows you to connect 250 total devices including 16 cameras, 32 key fobs, 8 touchscreens or alpha keypads, and up to 224 Z-wave devices. You can create custom user codes for this system which can be enabled and disabled at any time.

ADT gives you the option to upgrade their basic panel to include a cellular chip for backup. ADT’s digital keypad works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network, and it also includes a cellular backup just in case your internet goes down. Their digital keypad is powered through an AC power source, and it includes a backup battery. Both of ADT’s panels offer 2-way communication with ADT’s central monitoring station which allows for quick responses to emergencies.

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Alder Security Control Panel

Alder Security has a really nice control panel that is easy to use. Alder Security’s control panel is called the Simple Panel. The Simple Panel has a full colored touchscreen that allows you to control your security system and device right from the panel. The Simple Panel is a wireless panel which means it connects all your sensors and transmits their data and your system’s data wirelessly.

The Simple Panel can be wall mounted, or it can placed on a desk top surface which makes it very portable. Alder Security doesn’t offer professional installation so you will need to setup all the equipment yourself, and they include a step by step guide making setup a breeze.

Alder Security doesn’t list much information about their panel on their website, but we can assume that it has 2-way audio feature due to the picture of the panel on their website. It also looks like the Simple Panel uses cellular data to transmit your security information to their monitoring stations. We can also assume that this is a battery-operated panel which means you will need to have an AC power source nearby to keep its battery charged.

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Who wins?

ADT and Alder Security offer really nice control panels for you to connect all your devices to. We really like the fact that Alder Security offers a full colored touchscreen control panel. ADT however does offer two control panels for you to choose from, and they have more information about their control panels than Alder Security. For these reasons we are choosing ADT as our winner for this category.

ADT Equipment

ADT has everything you need when it comes to basic equipment to give your home full protection. ADT offers both wired and wireless version of the devices that they use to protect your home. Their wireless devices are battery-operated, and they will connect to your security panel wirelessly. As far as intrusion sensors are concerned, ADT offers door/window sensors used to protect the entryways to your home. They offer motion sensors that are great at providing protection for large areas of your home. And if your home has glass windows, ADT offers glass break sensors to provide protection for the glass windows in your home.

ADT also offers wired and wireless life safety devices. They offer both smoke and CO2 detectors. Their smoke and CO2 detectors make an audible alert any time smoke or rises in CO2 gases have been detected. All equipment that is connected to your ADT security system will trigger your system when an event is triggered.

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ADT additional equipment

ADT has a large selection of add-on equipment so that you can use to really expand your system. ADT mainly offers other branded equipment, and today we will be giving some examples.

ADT offers Kwikset automated door locks. These locks allow you to create custom user codes that can be enabled and disabled at any time, and you can remotely unlock and lock these locks through the ADT app.

ADT offers their own branded smart thermostats. ADT’s smart thermostats work for the majority of HVAC heating and cooling systems. Their smart thermostats allow you to remotely control the temperature in your home, and set custom timers for when your heating and cooling system comes on and goes off.

ADT offers garage door controller for those you whom have garage doors. Having a garage door controller will allow you to remotely open and close your garage door. You will also receive push notifications any time your garage door has been opened and shut. Their garage door controllers are wirelessly, and they work by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network.

ADT also offers a variety of smart plugs and light switches. Smart plugs and smart light switches allow you to control lights and small appliances while on the go. You can set timers as well for when these lights and small appliances turn on and turn off.

ADT has a few different options when it comes to video surveillance equipment. They offer indoor, outdoor, and doorbell cameras that are wireless. Their cameras work by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network. All their cameras have excellent video resolution, and their doorbell camera even includes a 2-way audio feature that allows you to directly communicate with whomever is around your doorbell camera.

Alder Security Equipment

Alder Security has a variety of basic intrusion sensors that will work great with their Simple Panel. They offer door/window sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their door/window sensors will fit a variety of window and door frames making them easy to install. Adler Security offers motion sensors that are also wireless and battery-operated. Motion sensors are meant to be used in the upper corner of a larger room to help protect the doors and windows in that room, and they will detect any motion in any area they are placed.

Alder Security also has keychain remotes that are battery-operated and will allow you to quickly arm and disarm your system with a simple push of a button. The keychain remotes also have a built-in panic button that quickly alerts your monitoring station that an emergency is happening, and that you need immediate assistances. All devices connect to your Alder Security system will trigger the system if an event is detected.

Alder Security dditional equipment

Alder Security is limited in what they have to offer when it comes to add-on equipment. They don’t offer any home automation equipment, but they do however offer Arlo security cameras which is brand of security cameras we really like.

Alder Security offers a couple of different models of Arlo security cameras. The first Arlo camera that they offer is the Arlo YI indoor camera. This camera is a wireless camera that works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. It is powered through an AC power source so you want to make sure you have one near by the camera. It has a video resolution of 1080P with a 111-degree field of view. It has night vision technology that allows you to see images in the dark. The Arlo YI also has a 2-way audio feature that will allow to hear and communicate with whomever is around your camera. The Arlo YI also has motion sensors that will trigger the camera to start recording along with sending you a push notification letting you know that this event has taken place.

The next Arlo camera that Alder Security offer is the Arlo Pro. The Arlo Pro can be used indoors or outdoors. This camera also works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. The Arlo Pro can be powered through an AC power source or you can use the camera without an AC power source by using its rechargeable battery. You can stream video in HD with the Arlo Pro, and it has advanced night vision that allows you to capture images up to 25 feet at night. It also includes at 2-way audio feature that will allow you to directly communicate with whomever is around the camera. The Arlo Pro also uses motion sensors that will trigger the camera to start recording and also send you an alert that this event has taken place. The video from any Arlo camera can be viewed through the Alder Home Security app.

Who wins?

Probably one of the most drastic differences between ADT and Alder Security is the selection of basic equipment that they offer. Alder Security only offers very basic security equipment, and they do not even carry some of the basic sensors that most other security companies use. ADT however offers a wide variety of basic sensors, and they offer them in wired and wireless versions. For these reasons we are also choosing ADT as our winner for this category as well.

There is a distinct difference between ADT and Alder Security when it comes to the add-on equipment they offer. ADT has a ton of home automation equipment for you to choose from while Alder Security doesn’t offer home automation equipment. However, we really like the fact that Alder offers Arlo cams due to their high quality and great reviews. Because ADT offers home automation and video surveillance equipment, we are giving them the win for this category.

Alder Security vs ADT App

ADT and Alder security offer self, professional, and video monitoring services. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download and work for Apple and Android devices.

With their self-monitoring services, you can control all devices connected to your system through their apps. Their apps also allow to customize the equipment connected to your system, and you will receive push notifications anyvtime an event is triggered by your system or devices. You can also stream view live and recorded video through their apps.

Their professional monitoring services work the same as well. You will have a professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7, and they will respond to any events triggered by your system or devices.

Alder Security however does also offer medical monitoring which is a service that ADT doesn’t have, and their month-to-month monitoring services tend to be cheaper than ADT’s.

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ADT and Alder Security offer personalized security solutions that will give your home protection from home invasions. Alder Security has really great video surveillance equipment, and their monitoring services are pretty cheap. ADT however offers a really wide selection of video, security, and home automation products, and they offer professional installation of their products. For these reasons we are choosing ADT as our overall winner.

But if you’re looking for something that offers everything ADT and Alder does, but more home automation and smart features at lower price point, check out our home security system here at Link Interactive, powered by Alarm.com.

Why you should get Link Interactive instead

Link Interactive and ADT are very similar in terms of equipment and monitoring services. At Link we offer the Qolsys control panel, Alarm.com self-monitoring and third-party professional monitoring. Unlike Alder, we offer home automation control. We also offer cutting-edge video monitoring services.

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