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Today, we're taking a look at the web browsers you can use with Alarm.com. The short and easy answer is that you should use the latest version of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge to access the Alarm.com website. Just remember to update your browser regularly.

By accessing the Alarm.com website and logging into your Alarm.com account, you can control nearly all aspects of your Alarm.com Security System. You can arm and disarm your system, bypass sensors, control your Z-Wave home automation devices, view the live feed for your Alarm.com Security Cameras, and more. It's a great resource to have in conjunction with the Alarm.com Mobile App.

Using a recommended web browser will ensure that you have the best possible end-user experience as you navigate the Alarm.com interface and control your security system. As a general rule, Alarm.com just recommends using the latest version of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge. Alarm.com also lists support for Chromium.

Alarm.com states that legacy web browsers are also usually supported, but there are exceptions. Internet Explorer, Edge Legacy, and Apple Safari Version 10 and lower are no longer supported by Alarm.com. Attempting to use one of those browsers may cause the website to not function as intended.

In addition, Alarm.com listed the following supported device software versions for the mobile app:

  • iPhone with iOS version 12.0+
  • iPad with iOS version 12.0+
  • iPod Touch with iOS version 12.0+
  • Apple Watch with watchOS 5.0+
  • Apple TV with tvOS 11.0 or later
  • Android Phone with OS version 5.0+
  • Android Tablet with OS version 5.0+
  • Amazon FireTV with Fire OS 5.0+

Do you have any thoughts or questions about Alarm.com? Share them down below in the comments section. We hope that this information is helpful in ensuring that you can easily and reliably access Alarm.com to control your alarm system. The website is a great resource to have for readily accessing the service. Stay tuned to our blog for more news and tips for getting the most out of your system coming soon!

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We have learned that Alectra Utilities of Ontario, Canada is the latest partner of the Alarm.com Give Back, Get Back Demand Response Program. This is a great way for customers of Alectra Utilities to save money on their energy bills, especially through the upcoming summer season.

If you aren't familiar with the Alarm.com Give Back, Get Back Program, it serves as a way to mitigate electrical demands during peak use periods, while also providing financial incentives to customers. The service typically goes into effect on the hottest days of the year when virtually everyone is running their air conditioning units to at least some degree. Alectra Utilities is the latest of many ADC Give Back, Get Back partners, including Baltimore Gas & Electric, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, and more.

Customers of Alectra Utilities who enroll in the program are giving Alectra consent to offset their smart thermostat during peak hours in an effort to reduce the strain on the power grid. Alectra may also intentionally lower the temperature first, before anticipated peak use periods, to more effectively sustain user comfort once the peak usage period is in effect and the setpoint temperature is increased.

In exchange for their participation, users are eligible for special incentives and savings from Alectra. Additionally, everyone who enrolls in the service will be automatically entered for a chance to win free electricity service for a year of up to $5,000. Most users of the Alarm.com Give Back, Get Back service have reported that they notice little to no changes when the program is in effect.

Participants are promised to receive advanced notice of any peak use periods in which their thermostat temperature may be offset. There are typically between six (6) and ten (10) of these temperature offset events per summer season. Please note that participants have the opportunity to opt-out of any single peak use period, or the entire program at any time. However, by opting-out, the participant will forfeit their right to any associated savings and/or incentives.

Any Alectra Utilities customer with Alarm.com service is eligible for the program. You just need to have at least (1) smart thermostat set up with your Alarm.com account. This doesn't necessarily have to be an Alarm.com Thermostat, but the Alarm.com ADC-T3000 Z-Wave Plus Thermostat is a great option if you are looking for a model to use with your Alarm.com service.

Have you had an experiences with the Alarm.com Give Back, Get Back Program? How does it compare with any other demand response programs you may have participated in? We would love to hear what you have to say. Leave a comment down below to share your thoughts. And please let us know if you would like to hear more about energy conservation and cost-saving programs in the future. We'll be back soon with more security and home automation news.

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Alarm Grid is here with a video recap! We have four (4) new videos this time, all featuring myself. We have cellular communicator installation videos for the 2GIG GC2 and GC2e and some videos explaining the use of thermostats on Alarm.com. Let's check out the latest Alarm Grid videos!

Upgrading the 2GIG GC2 to LTE

I show you how to upgrade the 2GIG GC2 to LTE. There are two (2) LTE communicators currently available for the 2GIG GC2. These are the 2GIG LTEA-A-GC2 AT&T LTE Communicator and the 2GIG LTEV1-A-GC2 Verizon LTE Communicator. Upgrading to LTE involves removing the system's old 3G or CDMA communicator and installing a new LTE module in its place. It is very important that you do this before the 3G Sunset to prevent any disruption to your monitoring service.


Installing a Cellular Communicator Into a 2GIG GC2e

I show you how to install a cellular communicator inside of a 2GIG GC2e. The 2GIG GC2e Security System does not come with any available communication path by default. You must add a cellular communicator to get the GC2e monitored. The communicator will connect the system with the Alarm.com servers. Alarm.com then forwards important information, such as alarm events and system trouble conditions to a central monitoring station and/or the end user directly via text message and/or email.

ADC-T2000 and ADC-T3000 Thermostats Work with Alarm.com

I explain how you can use the Alarm.com ADC-T2000 Thermostat and Alarm.com ADC-T3000 Thermostat with the Alarm.com interactive platform. Both the ADC-T2000 and ADC-T3000 are Z-Wave Plus thermostats that pair with virtually any Z-Wave controller or hub. If that Z-Wave hub also happens to be an Alarm.com Security System that is actively being monitored, then the thermostat will be automatically pushed over to the Alarm.com platform after it has been enrolled with the system and the system syncs with Alarm.com.


Adding the ADC-T2000 to an Alarm.com Account

I show you how to pair the Alarm.com ADC-T2000 Thermostat with your Alarm.com account. The ADC-T2000 is a Z-Wave device. Like most Z-Wave devices, when you pair it with your Alarm.com Security System, the device will be automatically pushed over to your Alarm.com account the next time that your alarm system performs an automation sync with the server. You will then be able to control the thermostat remotely through the Alarm.com website and mobile app and include it with Alarm.com Smart Scenes.

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You may recall us briefly discussing the Alarm.com Camera Onboard Recording feature when it was announced that the ADC-SVR122 was being discontinued. Today, we're taking a closer look at the feature, what it entails, and how you can get started. Let's check out Alarm.com Onboard Recording!


Simply put, Alarm.com Onboard Recording allows a compatible Alarm.com Camera to record captured footage locally to a micro SD card that is on board the camera. As the camera is connected with the Alarm.com servers, the user can access the footage on the Micro SD card remotely using the Alarm.com website or mobile app. Only footage that is still on the Micro SD card can be accessed. As the camera continues to record and store video, older footage on the Micro SD card is deleted to make space. You must access and save any important footage on the Micro SD card before it is deleted and lost forever. Many Alarm.com users have found that onboard recording is a nice alternative to using a streaming video recorder (SVR) device.

There are many things to keep in mind when thinking about Alarm.com Onboard Recording. The first thing you should consider is which Alarm.com Cameras support the feature. At this time, there are only three (3). These are the ADC-V515, the ADC-V523, and the ADC-V723. It's likely no coincidence that these cameras also happen to be the premier residential video surveillance options offered by Alarm.com. You may also recall that Alarm Grid took an in-depth look at these same cameras not too long ago. Check out that post here. Remember that you will need a monitoring plan that includes both video surveillance and access to Alarm.com to use any of these cameras. Examples of compatible plans include an Alarm Grid Platinum Level Plan (Self or Full) or an Alarm Grid Video Only Plan. Learn about monitoring plans here.

Once you have a compatible camera, you can then start thinking about which Micro SD card you want to use. The Micro SD card you select cannot be larger than 256GB in size, and it should be a high-quality card that has been specifically built for video surveillance. Alarm.com lists the following Micro SD cards as compatible:

  • Micron Industrial Memory Cards (Available in 128GB and 256GB)
  • SanDisk High Endurance
  • WD Purple Micro SD Cards

Additionally, you should check out the following FAQs from Alarm Grid that show you how to install the Micro SD card for each of the compatible ADC Cameras:

After selecting the proper plan, a compatible camera, and a recommended Micro SD card, make sure your monitoring company enables the "Onboard Recording with Smart View" feature on your account. You will not be able to set up the feature on your account until this option has been enabled. Once you have the Onboard Recording feature set up and running, accessing the recorded footage is very simple. You can use the Alarm.com website or mobile app for this task. We recommend checking out our FAQ on Viewing Alarm.com Onboard Recorded Video from an SD Card for more information.

What do you think of the Alarm.com Camera Onboard Recording feature? Would you like to see it become available for more Alarm.com Cameras? Leave a comment down below, and share your thoughts. And stay tuned to the Alarm Grid Blog for more security system news coming soon!

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In preparation for the upcoming 2GIG Edge Security System, Alarm Grid has finished building the product pages for both the AT&T LTE and Verizon LTE versions of the 2GIG Edge Alarm Panel. We now have more information than ever on what looks to be a truly state-of-the-art alarm system.

If you check the two product pages linked above, you will see that the 2GIG Edge is currently marked "discontinued". It will stay that way on our site until we have it available for purchase. But at least now, you can check out the page and see all of its great specifications and capabilities. Needless to say, it has a ton to offer. You could say that we're on the edge of our seats waiting.

We would like to take a moment and discuss some of the more noteworthy specs of the 2GIG Edge. Just like its 2GIG GC3e predecessor, the 2GIG Edge supports the same sensor lineups, included the encrypted 2GIG eSeries Sensors, the 2GIG 345 MHz Sensors, and the Honeywell 5800 Sensors. It also supports up to 100 zones, which is the same as the GC3e. There is a possibility that 2GIG might release a new sensor lineup of devices built exclusively for use with the Edge, but we have not seen any confirmation one way or another.

A very interesting discovery about the 2GIG Edge is that its internal LTE cellular communicator cannot be replaced, much like what we have already seen with the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus. For us, this is a mixed bag, or a double-edged sword, if you will. On one hand, this means that you don't have to buy a communicator separately, and you will not have to install one inside the panel. But unfortunately, this means that you must replace the entire panel in the event that something goes wrong with the communicator. It also means that we may someday see all the 2GIG Edge Systems go offline at the same time due to a possible "LTE Sunset" that may happen someday in the future. That said, such an LTE Sunset wouldn't happen for a very long time.

Other features for the 2GIG Edge include its built-in WIFI, and its integrated Z-Wave Plus V2 700-Series Z-Wave Controller. That's right, this is the first system we know of to support Z-Wave 700-Series. That in itself is really exciting, as we expect this panel to be an unquestioned champ when it comes to automation. Alarm.com connectivity has also returned with the Edge, and you get all of the benefits of that platform once you get the system monitored with a proper service plan. This includes the ability to interface with smart home voice assistants like Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Amazon Echo, Siri Shortcuts, and so much more!

We won't go too in-depth on every new feature right now, but you can expect facial recognition, optional automatic Bluetooth disarming, Alarm.com Camera streaming, one-touch arming, emergency panic buttons, disarm photos, over-the-air (OTA) firmware updates, and so much more to be available with the 2GIG Edge. This is truly a great system to look forward to, and we hope that waiting doesn't push you over the edge of insanity.

We have some other 2GIG Edge accessories you can check out on our site right now, though none are currently available for purchase. We will be expanding upon these product pages as we learn more. These include:

Please comment below with any thoughts or questions you have about the 2GIG Edge. Are you excited about this system? Let us know. And stay tuned to our blog for more security news and updates coming real soon!

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It has been a busy time for new products. We saw some new IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG 2-1 Kits yesterday, some new weatherproof mounting boxes for sirens on Monday, and the new PROA7 and PROA7C Panels last week. Today we have several new products to gloss over, so let's jump right into it!

First up is the Honeywell 4142BLK. This is a removable terminal block for Honeywell Polling Loop Panels, such as the Honeywell VISTA-128BPT, the Honeywell VISTA-250BPT, and the Honeywell VISTA-50P. What's great about this removable terminal block is that if you are replacing your wired alarm panel with a new one, you can keep all the existing devices (sensors, keypads, communicators, etc.) connected, and just remove the terminal block from the old panel, and connect it to the new one. This will save you the trouble of having to disconnect and reconnect each individual wire!

Next, we have some new mounting adapters for the Alarm.com ADC-V723 Outdoor Security Camera. If you want to mount your ADC-V723 on the outside of an outlet box, then you need one of these adapters. There is the Alarm.com ADC-OB101 for a single-gang outlet box, as well as the Alarm.com ADC-OB102 for a double-gang outlet box. A gasket and mounting screws come included for a complete installation.

The Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-PM is a replacement power module for the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 Doorbell Camera. Normally the power module comes included with the ADC-VDB770. But if you lose or damage your initial one, then you can get this replacement to power your doorbell camera. Good on Alarm.com for offering this part!

Lastly, we have a pair of new backup batteries for the PROA7 and PROA7PLUS. We have the Honeywell Home PROA7BAT2 and the Honeywell Home PROA7BAT3. Both are listed as 24-hour backup batteries and will reliably keep your system running in the event of an electrical outage. Remember that you will need to replace your system's backup battery every few years, as batteries only have a limited useful life.

Got any questions or comments about these new products? Leave us a comment down below, as we would love to hear from you. As always, stay tuned to the Alarm Grid blog for new announcements and security news coming real soon!

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New products keep coming! We have two (2) new Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Kits. There is the Qolsys QK9201-AK2P-840 with Verizon LTE and the Qolsys QK9202-AK2P-840 with AT&T LTE. Both are 2-1 PowerG Kits with a 319.5 MHz IQ2+ System, one (1) PG9914 Motion, and two (2) PG9303 Door/Window Contacts.

What makes these new kits different from our other IQ2+ System Kits is that these are 2-1 Kits (2 Door/Window Sensors + 1 Motion) with PowerG Sensors. Our other 2-1 offerings, the Qolsys QK9201-AK2C and the Qolsys QK9202-AK2C include Qolsys S-Line Sensors, rather than the PowerG Sensors included in these new kits. And all the other Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG Kits were in 3-1 or 10-1 sizes. But thanks to these new kits, you can now get a new 2-1 IQ2+ Kit with PowerG Sensors! These are fantastic wireless sensors that can work from up to 2,000 feet away from the IQ Panel 2 Plus System in open air, and they utilize 128-bit AES encryption for great security.

Your one choice with these two new kits is whether you want the 319.5 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus w/ Verizon LTE or the 319.5 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus w/ AT&T LTE. Other than the cellular carrier, these two kits are exactly the same. When deciding between AT&T and Verizon, just go with whichever network offers more reliable service in the area where the system will be used. Check coverage maps if you are unsure. Please note that we do not have 2-1 Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus Kits for the 345 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus or the 433 MHz IQ Panel 2 Plus. Only the 319.5 Mhz version is available in a 2-1 kit.

With the Qolsys QK9201-AK2P-840 or Qolsys QK9202-AK2P-840, you get all of the same great benefits as any other brand-new IQ Panel 2 Plus System. This system supports up to 128 wireless zones, Z-Wave Plus technology, and a plethora of great features like optional automatic Bluetooth disarming, security camera live-streaming, four (4) configurable partitions, and so much more. By activating the system with a cellular monitoring plan that includes access to Alarm.com, you will be able to control the system from anywhere in the world using your phone.

We hope that you find these new 2-1 Qolsys IQ Panel 2 Plus PowerG Kits useful. They are great for any small home or apartment, where only a few sensors are needed. We also recommend these kits for previous Interlogix System users who are looking to upgrade to a newer 319.5 MHz system. Please comment below with your thoughts on these new kits. Remember to stay tuned to the Alarm Grid blog for more security news coming soon!

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If you have been keeping up with the Alarm Grid blog, then you have likely seen us discussing Alarm.com Doorbell Cameras at some point or another. Today, we're breaking down the three (3) most popular options of doorbell cameras for Alarm.com to help you determine which one is best for you.


The three Alarm.com Doorbell Cameras we will be discussing today include the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 Video Analytics Doorbell Camera, the SkyBell Slim Line II 720p Doorbell Camera, and the SkyBell Round 1080p WIFI Doorbell Camera. While we can straight away say that the ADC-VDB770 is the premium option here and offers the most impressive features, some users might not need such a loaded device, and they might instead prefer one of the other options. But if you want a quick and dirty answer as to which doorbell camera is the "best", then most security experts are going to steer you towards the ADC-VDB770. Still, there are so many avenues to explore here, that it's really worth looking at the devices from an in-depth perspective.

Before diving into the specifics of each Alarm.com Doorbell Camera, it important to understand one key aspect. Unlike regular Alarm.com Security Cameras, you do not need a true video monitoring service plan to use one single Alarm.com Doorbell Camera device on your Alarm.com account. This is great news for Alarm Grid Gold Plan members with access to Alarm.com, because you can add a single doorbell camera to your account, without having to upgrade your monitoring plan. There are some video "clip limits" to keep in mind, but most users rarely find them to be an issue.

If you go with the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770, you will get 1,200 monthly and 1,200 total clips. For the other doorbell options, it's just 400 monthly and 400 total clips. Most users find 400 to be plenty and they are rarely in danger of reaching their limit. But getting 1,200 clips with the ADC-VDB770 can be a nice bonus. For more information on Alarm.com Clip Limits, please review this FAQ. Please note that if you do use doorbell devices in conjunction with a true video monitoring plan, then each doorbell will count as a full Alarm.com Camera, with its clips counting towards the monthly limit.

One last thing we want to say is that each of the three (3) doorbell cameras we will be discussing today has its own omni-directional microphone, and you will be able to use the device for two-way audio when configured with Alarm.com. This is universal across all three (3) devices, as is getting push notifications to your phone, so we figured we would address that aspect before getting into the individual specifications.

Now, with that out of the way, let's start actually discussing the devices in-depth. We will start with the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770.

If we're looking purely at recording capabilities, the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 is the clear winner here today, It offers a live recording resolution of up to 1440x1920, though the resolution will often be turned down to prevent any lags or disruptions on a live camera stream due to upload bandwidth requirements. Recorded clips are also available in 1440x1920 resolution. The camera's field of view (FoV) is also quite impressive, at 150° Vertical, 115° Horizontal. It's also the only Alarm.com Doorbell Camera with High Dynamic Range (HDR). Alarm.com also says that it offers "rapid people detection" and a "premium build quality". Infrared (IR) Night Vision ensures that the camera works well in the dark.

But there are a few intangible considerations with the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 that aren't necessarily factors with the other doorbell cameras shown here. First, the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 is often marketed for its ability to be used as a "touchless doorbell". You can add on accessories like a "Do Not Touch" Cover, and a "Stand On Mat To Ring Doorbell" Door Mat. It really changes your experience in using and interacting with the device. Of course, you don't have to set up the device this way, you can keep its doorbell button exposed and fully functional. But in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the need for a "touchless" product makes sense.

The ADC-VDB770 is also the only Alarm.com Doorbell Camera at the time of this writing in March 2021 that supports any form of Alarm.com Video Analytics. To be clear, the ADC-VDB770 is compatible with a very limited form of Video Analytics, in which there can only be one Video Analytics recording rule per device. There can only be one (1) Ground Zone recording rule, and only "People" can be set as the trigger. The camera does not have a motion detector, and you are required to set up Video Analytics to get the camera to function how you want. This is where the "rapid people detection" feature comes from.

One interesting "quirk" for the ADC-VDB770 is that it actually has a noticeably more narrow operating temperature than the other doorbell camera devices we will soon be discussing. For cold weather, the ADC-VDB770 is only safe down to -22°F, unless you obtain the "cold weather collar" accessory (sold separately), which will bring the low-end operating temperature down to -40°F. We've never heard of a "temperature collar" for any security system equipment before, but sure enough, the Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-TC is a real thing. The other doorbell cameras do not have an equivalent "collar". They just work in the colder -40°F without an add-on. Meanwhile, on the other end for "hot" temperatures, the ADC-VDB770 Doorbell Camera is listed at a surprisingly low 104°F. We know that many users live in areas where it regularly gets hotter than that. For that reason, you may want to be a bit wary of the device's operating temperature. Meanwhile, the other two doorbell cameras have "higher" operating temperatures of 122°F and 140°F, respectively. You shouldn't run into many issues there. But 104°F may have you sweating as you wonder if your doorbell camera investment can withstand the heat of a hot summer day.

In our experience, we have seen most customers who get the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 ultimately have good success setting up the Video Analytics feature, and they are highly satisfied with the device's overall performance. But there are some users out there who simply don't care for the fine-tuning and precision setup that comes with Alarm.com Video Analytics.

These users just want a simple doorbell camera that interfaces nicely with their smartphone. Visitors can press the button to ring the doorbell or it also has a passive infrared motion detector that, if enabled, tells the camera when to start recording because someone has walked into the viewing area. If that is the case for you, then we're sure you will be very happy with one of these two (2) alternative options to the leading ADC-VDB770.

The SkyBell Alarm.com Slim Line II Doorbell Camera, also known as the ADC-VDB105X (Satin Nickel) or ADC-VDB106X (Bronze), certainly makes a compelling argument if you are just wanting something slightly more basic but effective as a doorbell camera. We often see this with Alarm.com equipment. Their premium line is fantastic, but then one step below it they have a more "entry-level" option that is actually quite excellent in its own right. And that's really the case with the SkyBell Slim Line II Doorbell Camera. It's a great entry-level doorbell camera, overshadowed by the flashy, high-tech offerings of the ADC-VDB770.

With the SkyBell Alarm.com Slim Line II, you only get 720p live-streaming, and 720p recorded footage. Again, the live-streaming quality can be toned down to adjust for low-bandwidth and whatnot, but 720p is where it maxes out. This is still very clear footage, and you can pair it with the camera's wide field of view (170° Horizontal, 110° Vertical) for some truly excellent results. And you still get features and functions like push notifications on your phone regarding doorbell camera activity. Plus, you get the same great IR night vision capabilities. Overall, you aren't losing out on too much by going with the Slim Line II, so certainly consider it as a viable option. And you can't go wrong with that simple, yet modern rectangular slim design.


Last up, we'll discuss the Alarm.com Round SkyBell, also known as the ADC-VDB101 (Satin Nickel) and the ADC-VDB102 (Bronze). Honestly, there's not much reason to choose this model over the Slim Line II, unless you're particularly fond of the round design. The round model can also achieve a higher live video resolution (1080p vs 720p), though it is still limited to 720p for recorded clips. The camera of the round model offers an impressive 180° Field of View, and the night vision recording range is still about 15 feet in full color. This one doesn't use IR for night vision, so the more ambient light in the area, the better the nighttime images will be. Just like before, you can get push notification doorbell camera alerts on your phone, which is the main benefit of these devices.

Here is a breakdown of the doorbell cameras:


ADC-VDB770
Slim Line II
Round
Image(s)



Video Analytics
- (1) Ground Zone Recording Rule.
- Only "People" Set As Trigger.
None None
Motion Detection
From Video Analytics PIR PIR
Touchless Functionality
Yes (Cover & Mat Sold Separately) No No
Streaming Video Resolution
Up to 1440x1920 Up to 720p Up to 1080p
Recorded Video Resolution
Up to 1440x1920
Up to 720p Up to 720p
Horizontal Field of View
115° 170° 180° w/ auto-scaling
Vertical Field of View
150° 110° 180° w/ auto-scaling
High Dynamic Range (HDR)
Yes No No
Night Vision
Infrared (IR) ~15 Feet Infrared (IR) ~15 Feet
Full Color ~15 Feet
Microphone for Two-Way Audio
Omni-Directional Omni-Directional Omni-Directional
Power Requirements

16-30VAC, 10VA

15VDC, 8W (533mA)

10-36VAC, 10VA

12VDC, 0.5-1A

10-36VAC, 10VA

12VDC, 0.5-1A

Operating Temperature
-22°F to 104°F
-40°F to 104°F (w/ Temperature Collar)
-40°F to 122°F
-40°F to 140°F
Operating Humidity
Less than 95% RH, Non-Condensing 10% to 80% RH 0% to 100% Condensing
Clip Limits w/o Video Monitoring Plan
1 Video Doorbell Device Per Account.
1,200 Monthly Clips
1,200 Total Clips
Cannot Increase w/o Video Plan.
1 Video Doorbell Device Per Account.
400 Monthly Clips
400 Total Clips
Cannot Increase w/o Video Plan.
1 Video Doorbell Device Per Account.
400 Monthly Clips
400 Total Clips
Cannot Increase w/o Video Plan.

Have you used any of these doorbell cameras with Alarm.com? Please let us know about your experiences in the comments section below. Also, let us know if there are any other Alarm.com features you would like us to cover in a future blog post. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Alarm.com announced that they are planning to release a firmware update for the Alarm.com SkyBell Slim Line II Door Bell Cameras. This includes the ADC-VDB105X (Satin Nickel) and the ADC-VDB106X (Bronze). These devices will be updated through an automated overnight FW upgrade process.


You may recall us announcing the release of the Alarm.com Slim Line II Doorbell Cameras just a few weeks ago. It's no surprise that Alarm.com is now working to improve the doorbell camera with a convenient firmware update. While the new update, Version 4083, doesn't include anything too earthshattering, it is still strongly recommended for all users. You won't need to take any special action to have the update applied. Just have your ADC-VDB105X or ADC-VDB106X online and set up with your Alarm.com account. Your doorbell camera will be updated sometime in the coming weeks as part of the overnight updating process. Please note that some of these devices will be automatically updated to an intermediate firmware, Version 4081, before ultimately being updated to the advertised Version 4083.

As we mentioned before, Version 4083 doesn't include anything too noteworthy. The biggest benefit is the new version will do a more effective job of enhancing brightness in shots with dark foregrounds and bright backgrounds. This can be very important if you have noticed that your Alarm.com SkyBell Doorbell Camera was struggling to produce clear shots during certain times of the day. There is no charge for this automatic OTA update, and no action is needed on your part. Just be patient, and remember that it may take a few weeks for the update to reach your particular SkyBell Doorbell device.

This update is for the Slim Line II Alarm.com SkyBell devices only. If you have the older ADC-VDB105 or ADC-VDB106 (no X in the SKU), then this update is not for you. Additionally, if your ADC-VDB105X or ADC-VDB106X is not online when the update is originally pushed down, then you can always have your monitoring company apply it later on by pushing it down manually. You can check the installed firmware for your device by logging into the Alarm.com website (not the mobile app), and choosing Video > Video Device Settings > select the device using the dropdown > Video Device Info. Customers can request the update themselves by choosing Update Firmware next to the displayed Firmware Version on the Video Device Info page.

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We have some exciting news from Alarm.com. The latest version of the Alarm.com Mobile App for iOS (Version 4.18) will make your enrolled smart locks compatible with Siri Shortcuts. This means that you will be able to control your smart locks with spoken voice commands. How convenient!


If you aren't familiar with Alarm.com Siri Shortcuts, they represent an innovative way to control your system and its integrated accessories using spoken voice commands. Each command is customized so that it performs the exact actions you want. Siri Shortcuts are available for iOS 12 and higher, so make sure your iOS device is on a high enough version before trying to set them up. We very strongly recommend reading this post from a couple years prior to refresh your memory on Siri Shortcuts and how they can be used. Overall, we think the Siri Shortcuts feature serves as a nice alternative to Apple HomeKit, which isn't compatible with Alarm.com or its associated security systems.

From what we can tell, the only way that a Siri Shortcut could control a smart door lock prior to Alarm.com iOS Version 4.18 was to do so indirectly through a smart scene. In other words, the user must create a smart scene that tells a door lock to LOCK or UNLOCK, and then create a customized Siri Shortcut to run that smart scene. Of course, a user would need separate scenes for LOCKING and ULOCKING, and they would need different scenes for each individual lock if they wanted complete control over their entire network of door locks. But with the update in iOS Version 4.18, smart lock control is made much more convenient and more easily accessible.

Thanks to the update, users can now create Siri Shortcuts that deal with locks directly, rather than being part of a smart scene. Each Siri Shortcut can control a single door lock, or a user can control all their locks at the same time with one single command. For a single lock, it's as simple as asking Siri to LOCK or UNLOCK a door based on the name of the lock. For example, you might say,

  • "Hey Siri, UNLOCK the FRONT DOOR."
  • "Hey Siri, LOCK the BACK DOOR."

Or if you wanted to control multiple doors,

  • "Hey Siri, LOCK all the doors."
  • "Hey Siri, UNLOCK every door."

Keep in mind that this door lock control for Siri Shortcuts is being made available in Alarm.com iOS Version 4.18. This update isn't available quite yet, but we expect it to be released in the coming days. At the time of this writing, the newest iOS Version we see is 4.17.3. You can check the version you're running by logging into the Alarm.com iOS App, and then choosing the Menu button (three horizontal bars) in the upper-left corner, and then selecting About in the bottom-left, and then About Alarm.com. The App Version will be displayed in white text across the top orange bar.


Remember to check the Apple App Store for the release of Alarm.com iOS App Version 4.18. Then open Settings within the Alarm.com Mobile App to access Siri Shortcuts. That is where you can enable the "Share Activity with Siri" settings and build customized Siri Shortcuts for use with your door locks. Remember that you can only control door locks that are enrolled with your Alarm.com account. Z-Wave door locks work great for this, and we have plenty of options available for purchase on our site if you are looking to get started.

Remember to check out our monitoring page if you are interested in starting monitoring service for access to Alarm.com. And please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you need help getting started with Alarm.com Siri Shortcuts for door locks. We're here to help you get the most out of your door locks and your Alarm.com service.

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