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DYI ADT Pulse Add-On . . . How to install and some additional product info
June 20, 2015
I wanted to automate the door locks in the house to be part of our ADT Pulse home automation system and my biggest interest was being able to see if a door is open or closed from my iPhone. My concern was finding the right model that would be compatible with my existing system. The reason I picked this model to start with was the fact it was compatible with ADT Pulse AND we already had Scalage locks on our house.
To be clear, you do not need ADT Pulse to use these, nor do you need any home automation system. They will work as standalone door locks with a code, or if you turn on the antenna and they hook into a Z-wave based home automation system.
These locks require batteries but seem to not use much power to operate. The finish is very nice looking and matched our existing Scalage handles well.
I was a little skeptical of the security of these being digital on your home, but after I saw how they work I feel much safer, plus my alarm would still go off if someone got in the door. Additionally, you can turn the code access OFF when you are on vacation using a long 6 digit master code set by the factory. (I recommend you keep the manuals so you have the codes in a file drawer somewhere for programming, otherwise you have to take the lock on the inside of the house off to get in and see the code label)
Despite me being skeptical I loved the one on my garage entry door so much, we added one to the front door now as well.
A few things to note:
-The numbers on the pad are painted on, so they do not "turn off" or anything when you are not using them.
-The locks can be rekeyed by any locksmith for a couple bucks.
-Comes with everything you need to install the lock in the door as well as the door frame. (Some pieces can be repurposed from a previous Schlage lock I found, but just make sure the lock is still snug and tight in the door.
-This provides a single click "lock" option, which can be disabled (all of the main settings are programable). I found this to be fantastic as I just shut my door when I am leaving and push my finger on the "Scalage" logo and it locks the door. GREAT FEATURE!
ADT Pulse/Installation Instructions:
-First get them rekeyed if you intend to get the key to match the rest of your house or for multiple purchases of these.
-Power up your lock with the batteries and plug the cable connecting the two pieces together.
-I recommend you then bring the lock up to the location of your ADT Pulse main box as the pairing process needs to happen in close proximity.
-Login to ADT Pulse on a laptop or available computer and go and add a new device. Pick the Scalage locks and start the pairing process in the web browser.
-After you have the ADT Pulse system looking, quickly enter the master code and then the 2 additional numbers for pairing (in the manual it explains the number for pairing). At this point I highly recommend holding the lock right up to the ADT Pulse box. (note I had to repeat this step with the first lock I did more than once to figure this out, second lock was smooth sailing)
-Once the browser says they are paired, go ahead and unplug the two pieces from each other and go back to the door you are installing it onto.
-At this point in the installation you will need to simply follow the lock instructions in the manual for putting it into the door. NOTE: I tried to reuse the bolt from an existing Scalage Lock to save time, and while it did fit, I noticed it didn't leave as much room for the small cable that has to run through the door to connect up the pieces without pinching it too much. Because of this reason I took out the old deadbolt and put in the one that comes with this lock.
-The key for me was placing the keypad onto the door first and aligning it with the deadbolt and running the little cable through to the inside of the house FIRST. Then come and put the plate on the back and screw it all together. After that it becomes pretty easy to place the back piece on and plug it in before putting in the final screws.
-IMPORTANT NOTE: The one flaw in the instruction manual that threw me for a serious loop was I couldn't get the lock to totally lock with the key during install. I kept checking the lock to make sure it would work with the key, worried that I wasn't doing it correctly. What I found is as long as all the pieces fit in the grooves (which there is only one way), don't worry about if the key turns all the way yet. Once the lock is fully installed in the door, you need to use the power mechanism of the lock and unlock the door, lock the door, and unlock again. This seems to do to some extent some calibration of the motor and the gears with the way the lock is in the door. After this, the keys have worked great every since!
-Once you have the lock in the door and successfully power up and screwed in tight, go back to the ADT Pulse website and under the additional devices, click "Refresh Mesh Network". Z-wave devices use each other as nodes on the network to talk to one another and by doing a refresh, while it may take 15 minutes or so, it will get your lock the best signal possible and make it have the best reaction for time when you control it through ADT Pulse.
Thats it, your lock should work great and if your like me you will be a very happy customer! I can't tell you have much this has made leaving the house easier as well as checking to make sure the home is locked up before bed.