ADT has done well for itself by selling home security the traditional way — professionally installed systems and a subscription- or contract-based monitoring service. While they might still have success with that model for a while longer, it looks like the home security mainstay is finally starting to reckon with what home security increasingly looks like — simply DIY systems with smart home connectivity. They started getting with the times last year by enabling some connectivity between their alarm systems and other connected devices, but this year they’re going full bore with their first DIY home security kit.
The ADT Home Security Starter Kit will be sold by Samsung as a SmartThings product. The starter kit includes a hub unit, two door and window detectors, and a motion detector. The hub unit includes a 7″ touchscreen that can be used to arm the alarm system or function as a SmartThings hub to control any other smart home devices you use in your home. The hub also includes a siren and can use cellular connectivity as a backup if your home Wi-Fi network is interrupted. Samsung and ADT will also sell an expansion kit, which is more focused on safety than security — in that kit, you’ll find fire, carbon monoxide, and water detection sensors.
But, nothing there is new — we’ve seen similar DIY kits from the likes of SwannOne and SimpliSafe over the years, both of which have sold for far less than the eye-watering asking price of $550 for this ADT-Samsung starter kit (the expansion kit starts at $200, but can go up if you want to add more sensors). The extra money is probably going to the ADT name, which isn’t nothing. The company has offered home security services for over 100 years, so their professional monitoring service is very well established. That monitoring service extends from security to safety — if the carbon monoxide sensor is triggered, ADT will call you and tell you. It would probably make a lot of sense if you wanted to set older relatives up with a security and safety system without paying a heftier price for a professionally installed system.
Those monitoring services will cost extra. ADT charges $15 per month for safety monitoring and $25 per month for security monitoring ($35 for both), so the cost of this system really adds up fast. The good news is that as of last year, when the company introduced their Canopy plans, ADT has been de-emphasizing their older contract-based model. The safety and security plans that go with this DIY kit are month-by-month, and can be deactivated at any time with no termination fees.
Both the ADT Home Security Starter Kit and Home Safety Expansion Pack should be available for preorder soon (UPDATE: preorders open now!) and should ship by November 3. The kits are expected in Best Buy stores on October 29, and they’ll also be sold online through Samsung, SmartThings, and Best Buy.