How to add an ADT Pulse Camera to your ADT Pulse System

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How to add an ADT Pulse Camera to your ADT Pulse System

We have been getting calls, asking if they can buy an ADT Pulse Camera from us and install it themselves.  If you already have ADT Pulse with Video, you can do it. If you don’t have ADT Pulse with Video abilities, you’ll need to upgrade your system first.

It’s very easy to add, and most people should be able to follow these instructions in order to add it. But keep in mind that you can only add one camera at a time.

Step 1

Login to your ADT Pulse Web Portal.

Step 2

Click on System Tab and then Manage Devices.

ADT Pulse Home Screen
Step 3

Click on Cameras. (If you don’t have this option, it’s because you need to upgrade your ADT Pulse Service Level first. Call ADT at 1-800-238-2727 to do this.)

ADT Pulse Add Devices Screen Manage Devices

Step 4

Plug your camera into power. (You should see a blinking green light on the back)

***Old instructions only if you have the iHub and dont have a WPS button – Attach the bracket and antenna to the camera first. Connect the camera into the devices port on the back of the iHub (you will need a cat5 patch cable to do this and it doesn’t come with the cameras). The camera may be wireless but you must plug it into the ADT Pulse iHub in order to enroll it. Wait two minutes for both green lights to be green before moving on to the next step. (The portal will not be able to find it if it is not connected to the iHub yet.)

Step 5

Choose “Add using WPS”. Type in the 8 Digit Pin. Then hold down the WPS button for 5 seconds and you will see the alternating green and amber light.  It will find the camera and add it to your ADT Pulse system. This can take up to 5 minutes, but it usually takes less. Once it’s added, you can unplug the camera and then plug it back in where you want to place it. You can choose to mount it on the wall (using the screws and anchors supplied), or you can choose to place it on a flat surface.

Add ADT Pulse Camera using WPS

Some things to consider are that you can add up to 10 cameras and that there are only 3 camera options available right now. (A fourth if you consider the converter that can turn any analog camera into an ADT Pulse Camera. But it’s wired, not wireless.)

Don’t forget that you can also add lights, thermostats, and deadbolts very easily to your ADT Pulse system. Just buy them from this website and then follow the instructions to install. Any questions just give us a call.

    Posted at 16:18h, 05 March Reply


  • Victor
    Posted at 20:59h, 18 August Reply

    How many cameras can be added to a single ADT Pulse system? 4, 5, 6, or more?

    • Zions Security Alarms
      Posted at 15:05h, 07 September Reply

      You can have up to 10 cameras added to your ADT Pulse system. (assuming we are talking about ADT Pulse Cameras and not IP Cameras or Analog Cameras)

  • Pat Corcoran
    Posted at 22:37h, 04 October Reply

    How do you additional cameras for indoors

    • admin2
      Posted at 14:20h, 09 October Reply

      If you already have one or more adt pulse cameras you can just purchase an indoor camera from our shop and then add it yourself. You just need to login to adt pulse from a browser and click on the system tab on the top right and then manage devices. Then there should be an add using WPS button.

  • Melvin Patterson
    Posted at 14:24h, 08 March Reply

    Can you add a camera back once you removed it

    • admin2
      Posted at 15:43h, 08 March Reply

      Yes you can, but you might have to factory reset it first

  • Randy Shetye
    Posted at 18:08h, 13 April Reply

    Does it have to be a ADT pulse camera or any wired IP camera from any other vendor will work ?

  • Elaine Jones
    Posted at 14:16h, 15 June Reply

    I need instructions to set up my doorbell camera

  • Robert Carbery
    Posted at 21:27h, 01 September Reply

    Will adt finance the equipment? I went with Vivint and it’s been a long lost of issues since the install 2 yrs ago.

    • admin2
      Posted at 10:24h, 12 September Reply

      They don’t finance the equipment necessarily, but you can get around $850 in free equipment when you sign up for a 36 month agreement oac, Sorry to hear about your problems with Vivint. Please let us know if we can help with anything.

  • KEN
    Posted at 13:39h, 16 September Reply


    • admin2
      Posted at 15:42h, 27 September Reply

      No, unfortunately Nest is not compatible with ADT

  • Jen Fec
    Posted at 07:40h, 26 September Reply

    Hi- If I have an existing camera on my front door and want to add a second camera, can I pigtail off off the power wires going to the exiting camera, or does this camera need it’s own plug?

    • admin2
      Posted at 15:36h, 27 September Reply

      If you do that you will most likely need to replace your power supply (plug) with a 12v 2amp instead of the 1amp or 1.5 amp one.

  • Karla
    Posted at 11:35h, 27 December Reply

    Can I add ADT Pulse cameras that I already own? I have a couple of indoor cameras and one outdoor camera from another home that I removed. I got a new ADT system installed in the current home but only got 2 cameras included. Please advise as to what models are compatible right now. I can’t afford to pay what they are asking for 3 more.

    • admin2
      Posted at 14:52h, 27 December Reply

      Yes you should be able to add your ADT Pulse Cameras from the other house to the new house. (As long as the new house has ADT Pulse and not ADT Control)

  • Heather Washington
    Posted at 08:20h, 12 March Reply

    How much do it cost to add cameras to an already ADT account

    • admin2
      Posted at 16:21h, 13 March Reply

      If your ADT account already has cameras it is really easy, you just purchase a camera from us that is compatible and add it. ($200-$250) If you do not have any video yet I would recommend you call ADT and tell them you want the ability and see what options they have to upgrade your monitoring level. Usually the monthly amount is $5-$10/mo more for plans that have video.

  • Norma Cardenas
    Posted at 22:24h, 27 June Reply

    Does anyone have a list of compatible outdoor cameras that can be added? I can’t seem to find anything online except $200-$300 ADP only cameras.

    • admin2
      Posted at 10:01h, 15 July Reply

      The ones on our site are the only compatible cameras that work with ADT Pulse and they are priced between $199-$275 that is correct.

  • Ryan S Thompson
    Posted at 21:52h, 16 January Reply

    Can I or is there a way to add more than 10 camera’s to Pulse?

    • Kelsey McCallister
      Posted at 12:51h, 03 February Reply

      10 cameras is the max that the Pulse system can support.

  • Janet Hill
    Posted at 09:31h, 01 July Reply

    How do you talk through an outdoor camera. Seems not to work when I try speaking through it from my phone.

    • Jacob Menke
      Posted at 18:57h, 01 July Reply

      This only works with ADT Control with the newer ADT Outdoor Camera.

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