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Alarm Grid is now proud to offer the Alarm.com ADC-VDB750 Wired Video Doorbell. This doorbell supports video analytics and two-way audio. It also offers an improved operating temperature range over older doorbells. No power module is required with mechanical chimes, for a simple installation.


The ADC-VDB750 will be replacing the silver SkyBell ADC-VDB105X Slimline II, which has been discontinued. As of this writing, the above-referenced Skybell is still available in Bronze and Satin Nickel from Alarm Grid. The operating temperature range of -58°F - 122°F (-50°C - +50°C) means that users in more extreme climates can now have access to the safety and peace of mind a video doorbell provides.

Also improved is the ADC-VDB750's field of view. With a 165° horizontal and 145° vertical field of view, users will be able to see more of the area surrounding the door. You can now capture all of the activity in the area surrounding the entry to your home. Package thieves, beware!

Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing? Sure, sometimes, but not when it comes to the field of view on this video doorbell. With Alarm.com's unparalleled video analytics, the ADC-VDB750 offers People Detection. With this powerful analytics engine you can be sure that when you receive a notification that someone's at the door, it will actually be a person. Not the neighbor's basketball, or your friendly neighborhood squirrel.

The ADC-VDB750 can use either AC or DC power. It can accept 16VAC to 24VAC at 10VA minimum and 40VA maximum (16VAC, 10VA is recommended), or 15VDC to 24VDC at 6W minimum to 20W maximum. If an AC power supply is being used for the existing doorbell, be sure it has the proper specifications to support the ADC-VDB750. A DC power supply can also be used, we offer the Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-PSU-DC which provides 16VDC at 20W. If you aren't replacing an existing doorbell, this might be the easiest way to go. Any DC power supply used will need to provide at least 15VDC at 8W. Be sure to remove power from the doorbell by turning off the breaker, in the case of an AC transformer, or unplugging the DC power supply, before beginning a doorbell swap.

If the existing doorbell uses a mechanical chime, you can replace that doorbell with the ADC-VDB750 and you won't have to use any type of power module. If you're replacing an older Alarm.com video doorbell that used a power module with the mechanical chime, you can remove it. If you will be replacing an older doorbell that uses a digital chime, you will need to install the ADC-VDBA-PM-750 power module.

This power module differs from the power module for the ADC-VDB770 because it only has two (2) wires instead of four (4). The two (2) wires for this power module will connect in parallel to the same terminals the doorbell wires are already connected to on the chime. For example, digital chimes commonly have screws with markings of FRONT, TRANS, and REAR. If your installation has wires connected to FRONT and TRANS, the wires for the power module will connect to these same two terminals, right on top of the existing wires. This connection does not observe polarity.

If you are replacing a Slimline I or Slimline II (Skybell) doorbell, you can use a backplate adapter for ease of installation. Power down and remove the old doorbell, but leave its mounting plate in place. Make sure that all wires are well connected to the screws on the plate and that the bottom set screw is backed out far enough that its threads don't stick up above the plastic. Attach the Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-750-BPA (sold separately) to the back of the new ADC-VDB750, then attach this entire unit to the existing Slimline doorbell mounting plate. Tighten the set screw and return power to the unit.

There is a wedge mount kit available for the ADC-VDB750. This kit contains a 5° downward angled wedge and a 15° left or right-angled wedge. Using these wedge mounts allows you to dial in and improve your doorbell's downward and/or left/right viewing angle for the perfect line of sight. The wedge mount kit, Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-750-WMK, is sold separately. Please note, if you are replacing a Slimline I or Slimline II Skybell Doorbell, and you wish to use the wedge mount kit, you will need to remove the Slimline doorbell backplate and use the one that comes with the ADC-VDB750 instead.

Finally, if you will be replacing an older and larger video doorbell with the new ADC-VDB750, and there's an area you need to cover such as a larger wiring hole, or an area where older, non-matching paint may show, you can use the Alarm.com ADC-VDBA-WPU. This is basically a trim plate that you can install behind the new doorbell's mounting bracket. This trim plate is larger than the mounting bracket and will cover any unsightly old paint or other marks from previous installations.

So, say hello to the Alarm.com ADC-VDB750. The latest, but surely not the last, entry in Alarm.com's impressive list of video doorbell offerings. It joins the Alarm.com ADC-VDB770 wired video doorbell and the Alarm.com ADC-VDB780B and ADC-W115C bundle, which includes the wireless doorbell camera with rechargeable battery, and a wireless chime module. When it comes to video doorbell cameras, Alarm.com has got you covered.

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Qolsys has done it again, leading the industry with a first-to-market product that suits nearly any need. They've taken the IQ Panel 4 and merged it with the DSC PowerSeries NEO. The result is a hybrid system. From a small home to a school, church, or hospital the IQ Pro can protect them all.


The Qolsys IQ Pro jumps right into the market with a Qualcomm SnapDragon 8 Core SOM (System On a Module) processor and 16GB of NAND Flash Memory. It supports up to 128 zones, 8 partitions, 1000 users, and 16 keypads (wired or wireless). All IQ Pro panels offer PowerG and some also have an optional, built-in legacy wireless receiver.

It also has Dual-Path LTE and WiFi or Ethernet internet communication capability. It is available with an AT&T, Verizon, or Telus(Canada) cellular option. Also, as pictured above, it comes in either a plastic enclosure (left front) or a metal enclosure (right rear). The metal enclosure is the only enclosure option that will accept an external antenna.

The IQ Pro communicates through Alarm.com. When dual-path communication is enabled, it will send every alarm signal through both available paths. The signal that reaches Alarm.com first is processed, and the slower signal is disregarded. In this way, Alarm.com always ensures that each individual signal uses the fastest available path to communicate.

For Alarm Grid customers, a plan that includes cellular communication is required to activate the IQ Pro. Use of the WIFI or Ethernet path is optional, but the LTE cellular communicator must be registered with Alarm.com in order to activate the system for any type of monitoring. With Alarm Grid's Self Monitoring, all signals are sent from Alarm.com to the end-user via text, email, push notification, or any combination of those options. There is no central station involved.

For Full Monitoring customers, each signal is sent to Alarm.com and they forward the signals to the appropriate central station, and to the customer via text, email, push notification, or some combination of those options. The Alarm.com website or app is also how the customer can log in and control their system, check system status, and control automation devices, including Z-Wave devices that are connected to the panel. Alarm.com also offers many third-party automation options, such as the use of MyQ garage doors, Rachio or Rainbird irrigation, Sonos whole-house speaker systems, and many more. Both Self Gold and Full Gold Alarm Grid customers will have remote control options. Customers who aren't interested in remote control and automation options can choose the Alarm Grid Cellular Alarm Monitoring Plan.

The IQ Pro panel can be expanded by adding hardwired zones, an addressable wired loop, and/or variable wireless options. Adding hardwired zones requires an HSM2108 module. Each of these modules added provides an additional eight (8) hardwired zones, up to the max of 128 total zones. An addressable wired loop is usually used in a situation where the wire run for the devices is longer than usual, and may be more spread out. If you are replacing a system that has some type of addressable loop in place, you can choose to keep those points protected with wired devices by purchasing the corresponding compatible MX device (see table below) or replace them with PowerG wireless sensors.

There are multiple keypad options. The panel can support up to a maximum of sixteen (16) hardwired, or DSC NEO touchscreens (with a firmware update to the keypad via SD card), up to five (5) wireless or PowerG IQ remotes, and up to three (3) WIFI IQ Remote touchscreens.

For those who only plan to use the PowerG long-range, encrypted sensors, there is the PowerG-only IQ Pro. Or in addition to PowerG, users can also choose either a 345 MHz Honeywell or 2GIG compatible, 319.5 MHz Qolsys or Interlogix/GE compatible, or 433 MHz legacy DSC compatible model. With each also having a choice between a metal or a plastic enclosure.

The IQ Pro can also support up to ten (10) PowerG PIR Cameras such as the PG9944 Outdoor Motion Camera, or the indoor PG9934P PIR Camera. It has four (4) onboard programmable outputs and is expandable with up to 148 outputs. These relays are customizable according to your needs.

The IQ Pro has incorporated an addressable MX loop. By adding an HSM3105 module to the system, you can build out an addressable loop with up to 124 devices. In low-power mode, the MX addressable loop will get its power from the IQ Pro Corbus, which is how the MX module connects to the panel. In this configuration, the HSM3105 can be mounted inside the IQ Pro cabinet or in an approved external cabinet. In this mode, the MX Loop can have a maximum current draw of 67mA at 40V (equivalent to 360mA @ 11.3V or 325mA @ 12.5V). Wiring between the IQ Pro and the HSM3105 must not exceed 3' (1m) using 22 gauge wire, regardless of which power mode is used.

There is also an option to add an HSM2300 or an HSM2204. The HSM2300 is a power supply module that provides an additional 1A of current. The HSM2204 is a power supply and PGM module combined. It can provide an additional 1A of current and four (4) high-current programmable outputs. When used with either power supply, the power supply and the HSM3105 should be mounted in an approved auxiliary enclosure next to the main panel. This configuration is called high-power mode where the power supply connects to the Corbus, and the HSM3105 connects to the power supply. The HSM2300 and HSM2204 can only provide up to 228mA @ 40V (1000mA @ 12.5V) or 260mA @ 40V (1000mA @ 11.3V).

The HSM3105 has four (4) terminals for the MX Loop. This allows you to set it up in either a 4-wire "loop" configuration or a 2-wire "spur" configuration (see image below). The 4-wire loop configuration starts at one set of (+) and (-) terminals on the left side and terminates at the other set of (+) and (-) terminals on the right. The 2-wire spur configuration uses the left and/or right set of (+) and (-) terminals and terminates in the field at the last device.

Configuring the HSM3105 is done via the IQ Installer app, which is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The family of MX devices includes a wide range of sensors to protect almost any environment. Each MX device uses the connection from the HSM3105 to get its power, whether the loop is in low-power or high-power mode.


MX Devices

Compatible Addressable Loop Devices

Model # Description
MX945 Universal Input
MX916 Smoke/Heat Detector
MX862 360 Ceiling Mount PIR
MX920 Line Isolator Module
MX922 Glass Break Detector
MX926 Smoke Detector
MX936 Heat Detector
MX975 Door/Window Contact
MX974 PIR w/ Pet Immunity
MXBASE 4" Fire Base
MX916KT Smoke/Heat Detector w/ 4" MXBASE
MX926KT Smoke Detector w/ 4" MXBASE
MX936KT Heat Detector w/ 4" MXBASE

Qolsys IQ Pro Panels with Verizon LTE Communicator:

Qolsys IQ Pro Panels with AT&T LTE Communicator:

The Qolsys IQ Pro is sure to be a crowd pleaser! With support for PowerG wireless, legacy wireless, multiple keypad types, wired expansion when it's needed, dual-path communication, including LTE wireless, optional Bluetooth disarming, and support for Z-Wave Plus, it has just about every feature you could want in a modern alarm system. If you've been looking for the perfect system, you can stop, it's right here.

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Alarm.com announces the addition of Tuscon Electric Power, Modesto Irrigation District, and American Municipal Power (AMP) to the Give Back, Get Back Demand Conservation Program. Customers with a qualifying smart thermostat, like the Alarm.com T2000 Thermostat, can earn incentives for participating in the program.

In different areas, these incentive programs are called different things. Demand Conservation, Give Back, Get Back, and others. Basically, they all boil down to one thing. During peak usage times, usually, in the summer months, when demand is at its highest, you give the utility company permission to make minor adjustments to your temperature settings, which allows them to lessen the demand on the power grid during peak usage.

If you sign up for the program, you have the ability to opt out of a single event, and you can opt out of the program completely at any time. However, if you do opt out, you will give up any further incentives that may be available through the program.

Tuscon Electric Power customers can earn a $50 Mastercard e-gift card for each eligible thermostat (up to two (2) total) for enrolling in the Smart Rewards program and earn another $40 Mastercard e-gift card for each year of participation. That's $90 for one thermostat or $180 for two. Between these incentives and the savings provided by a smart thermostat, this is an upgrade that will pay for itself in no time!

Modesto Irrigation District customers will receive a $50 bill credit when they enroll in the MID Power Smart program. Then, receive a $20 bill credit for each year that you remain in the program. If you're adding a new Energy Star® smart thermostat to your home, you can also apply for up to a $50 rebate toward the purchase of the thermostat. The rebate is limited to two (2) qualifying thermostats per household. Visit their website for full details.

American Municipal Power (AMP) operates in several states, including Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Maryland, and Delaware. According to Alarm.com, customers receive $55 when enrolling in the program with AMP. However, according to the AMP website, participants who sign up will be entered into a drawing for a $250 gift card at the end of each peaking season. So, do your research if you are an AMP customer looking to sign up. You can check out the program at AMP here. When in doubt, give them a call and get the details.

Not a customer of one of the utility companies listed above? Never fear! There are many, many companies that have been participating in some variation of this program for years. Not an Alarm.com customer? That's ok too. Most utility companies have a list of smart thermostats that are compatible with their version of the demand conservation program. Find your utility company's site and search "smart thermostat." You'll likely come up with the information specific to your area. If not, give them a call. There's a reason these companies are willing to pay incentives for participation in this program. It's good for everyone involved.

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Google is ending support for conversational actions via their Google Home and Google Assistant platforms as of June 13, 2023. This will end Alarm.com users' ability to control their Alarm.com home automation devices using voice through the Google Assistant feature and Google Home devices.

It seems like yesterday, but it's been a couple of years since we brought you instructions on how to set up Alarm.com automation to be controlled using your voice via Google Home. Now that Google is deprecating its conversational actions feature, this integration is going away. This is a shame because we had many customers, and employees, who enjoyed this capability.

This is not something that is within Alarm.com's control. Google giveth, and Google taketh away. As of this writing, it doesn't appear that any new functionality will be replacing what is being removed. If you enjoy controlling devices using voice commands, and assuming you have an Android phone, your best bet for voice control moving forward is to use Amazon Alexa. Apple users also have the option to use Siri Shortcuts to achieve voice control.

We've had no word from Resideo as to how this change may affect the Total Connect 2.0 integration with Google Assistant and Google Home, so we reached out to technical support to ask them. According to their development team, "The sunset of Conversational Actions has no impact to our integration".

What do you think of this latest Smart Home functionality being deprecated by Google? Are you planning to move to Amazon Alexa or Apple Siri for voice-activated home automation? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. We're always happy to hear from our readers.

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Alarm.com has made some nice feature enhancements for video customers. They will now have support for some 3rd party cameras. They've bumped up the maximum number of supported cameras to 64. They have introduced clip limit Auto-Restart. And perimeter guard is now available for ADC-VDB770 customers.



Alarm.com offers a wide range of video products. These include many different cameras and video doorbells. They continuously work on strengthening their video portfolio. Alarm.com, besides continuing to release new products, also focuses on improving current offerings. This announcement is proof of their dedication to their video customers.

Alarm.com has announced it will now support some 3rd-party camera setups. This enhancement is available for business accounts only. They will now make it possible to integrate hardwired cameras that use ONVIF Profile S and VAPIX communication protocols, to allow for operation with the Pro Series CSVR (ADC-CSVR2000P, ADC-CSVR2008P, or ADC-CSVR2016P). Businesses with those current video setups do not need to replace their entire camera lineup in order to begin using the features of alarm.com. This allows customers to begin taking advantage of things such as live view, 24/7 recording, and the SVR timeline, all accessible via Alarm.com website or mobile app (available for iPhone and Android devices).

Alarm.com will also allow twenty-five (25) live video feeds on a single Live View tab. Now you can live stream on more cameras, all at once. Making it easier to monitor or follow desired activity.

They have also bumped up the total number of cameras per location. Previously, it was 40 cameras max. Alarm.com will now allow a maximum of 64 cameras before requiring a second "location" to be set up. This enhancement is available for residential and commercial video services. Alarm Grid video customers still receive a max of eight (8) cameras per video package, but will no longer require the addition of a second location on their account for cameras 41-64.

Alarm.com still imposes a clip limit per service package. So, it is still important to set up your recording rules so that your cameras are only capturing the desired activity. For Alarm Grid Video customers, if you are surpassing your monthly limit every month, please contact us to discuss your options. For those customers who run into a "high" activity month from time to time, Alarm.com will auto-restart your recording rules on the first day of the following month. Previously, customers would have to log in on the first of the month to manually restart their recording rules. This update will only apply to cloud-saved clips. Clips will always continue to record on SVRs and onboard recording cameras.


Also, for customers with an ADC-VDB770, Alarm.com will now offer the Perimeter Guard feature. Perimeter Guard uses video analytics to detect people and then react with attention-grabbing audio alerts (for supported cameras) and blinking LED lights. The purpose is to alert unwanted guests and deter malicious activity. This has been available for some time on certain cameras, but will now be available on the ADC-VBD770 video doorbell. This feature is configured using the Customer Website or Customer app as part of the Video Analytics rules. There you choose your audio alert and LED options, for when the detection occurs.




Alarm.com has also updated their latest WIFI cameras to include manually-triggered warning sounds. Use this on-demand feature to deter potential intruders when you spot them in real-time. It can also be used after receiving a notification about unwanted activity. Access the desired camera from the customer website only, to manually activate warning sounds. This will sound an alert for thirty (30) seconds or until you manually turn it off. This feature is now available on ADC-V523, ADC-V523X, ADC-V724, ADC-V724X, ADC-VC727P, and ADC-VC728PF (LED only) cameras. This option is not offered on the mobile app at the time of this writing.

To round up our list of features and enhancements, there are improvements that will be coming to the Alarm.com mobile app. These are not yet available but will include bottom navigation for easier accessibility. The purpose is to provide a faster, more streamlined, and more intuitive experience for all. An all-new activity feed with video clips and grouped events will also be added. Alarm.com will also include more modern, easy-to-use controls that better utilize the entire mobile screen, with refreshed action sheets. They will also provide additional performance and visual enhancements to improve the overall app experience. This provides us with some cool stuff to look forward to.

Check out some of the new enhancements and let us know how you are enjoying them. Please feel free to comment below and share your experience.

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Alarm.com has added a new product to its video doorbell lineup and Alarm Grid is proud to offer it. It is the ADC-VDB780B wireless video doorbell. This is the first video doorbell we've offered that is wire-free. It's powered by a rechargeable battery and does not require an existing wired chime.


The ADC-VDB780B wireless video doorbell uses the Alarm.com ADC-W115C as its chime. Because at least one (1) wireless chime is required, the doorbell is only being sold as a bundle. Alarm.com ADC-VDB780B-W115C-BNDL is the SKU for the battery-operated doorbell with one (1) wireless chime. The ADC-W115C plugs into any standard interior wall outlet.

Alarm.com is well known for its lineup of video cameras, including its video doorbells. But, the ADC-VDB780B doorbell is a game changer. Its wire-free setup does not limit you to installing only where existing, working, doorbell wiring exists.

Doorbell wiring is usually thin and solid core wiring. What happens to solid core wiring after bending it too many times? SNAP! It breaks. Having experienced this myself, I was left dead in the water unless I wanted to hire someone to re-run the doorbell wire.

But that is no longer the case. If your doorbell wire has broken or become damaged and you do not want to invest in fixing it. Or, if you have a side or a rear door where no doorbell was ever installed in the first place, and you would like a doorbell camera in that location, this new battery-operated doorbell from Alarm.com could be your new best friend.

The ADC-VDB780B wireless doorbell comes with a bracket that locks the doorbell into place. The doorbell has a battery that is expected to last up to six (6) months on a single charge. When it does need charging, just unlatch the bottom of the doorbell mount, remove the doorbell, then pull down and separate the battery pack from the main unit. Then, you can charge the battery with the included micro USB cable. The actual plug-in wall charger is not included. You will need to provide your own 5V/1.5A USB charger. This is similar to what you probably use to charge your phones and/or tablets. A fully drained battery takes around seven (7) hours to fully charge.

The operating temperature for the ADC-VDB780B is -4°F to 122°F (-20°C to 50°C). If the doorbell's temperature gets too low, or too high, it will shut down in order to prevent damage to the unit. You can set up low and/or high temperature notifications through the Alarm.com app or website. Colder temperatures are known to have a negative impact on lithium-ion batteries, so users in colder climates may notice that they need to charge the battery more often than advertised. A rapid drop in temperature may cause the battery to discharge more rapidly, and the battery indicator to provide incorrect information. Users in colder climates should plan on charging the battery more often.

The included ADC-W115C smart chime gets plugged into a standard, unswitched interior wall outlet near the doorbell. The chime is not rated for outdoor use. It connects to the local WIFI router and can provide an access point for the video doorbell. It can be customized with the desired chime sound through the Alarm.com app or website. At least one (1) ADC-W115C must be configured for each ADC-VDB780B, but from there, you can add as many of the wireless chimes as you like to the account. Once a wireless chime is added, and the "Send button press notifications to Alarm.com Smart Chime" option is enabled for the video doorbell all wireless chimes associated with the account will sound when that doorbell's button is pressed.

This bundle utilizes a 2.4GHz WIFI network. A router with an internet connection and 2.4GHz capability is required. This bundle also features HD video quality, two-way audio, a wide viewing angle, and a Li-ion rechargeable battery. The ADC-VDB780B video doorbell is also equipped with video analytics and night vision.

We expect many who were limited in installing a video doorbell only where they had a current working doorbell, to be excited about this new product. In fact, even one of our own, upon seeing this release, said "Oh wow. That’s what I want. Battery powered!!"

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A New Rules Builder feature has been added for customers who have a monitoring plan with Alarm.com. It was designed to simplify the process of automating actions for scenes and rules. The feature can easily be accessed using either the customer website or the iOS or Android app.

A benefit of modern-day alarm systems is the ability to add smart devices to them. This allows for control directly from your alarm panel, remote app, computer, or by using your voice (when connected to Google Home or Alexa). Rules allow you to automate many of these actions rather than having to manually activate your devices over and over.

Previously, there was only an option to create event triggered rules, which is still a thing on the customer website, but Alarm.com has also made this new rules builder available. Alarm.com can be accessed via an app on a mobile device or a web browser on a computer. The Alarm.com mobile app is available on iOS and Android app stores. On a computer, navigate to alarm.com to log into the website.

If you always want the connected lights to come on when you enter a room that has a motion detector, you can set up a rule for that to occur any time the motion detector is activated. In an attempt to make building these types of rules easier, Alarm.com created the New Rules Builder to assist.

For example, to set up a light to turn on when motion is activated:

After logging in and selecting Automation, select +ADD NEW RULE then New Rules Builder.



Select "when." When is the trigger or what initiates the automation rule to run. In this case, when motion is detected in the Living Room. Next, you select "then." Then is the action(s) that the rule will perform after it is triggered. In our example, we want the Office Hallway light to turn on. Next, decide if the rule will run at all times or only during specific time windows. Finally, don't forget to "Save" your work.

The creation of rules can automate many repetitive functions to save time and make life easier. Rules can also go a long way toward going green and becoming more energy efficient. They provide convenience and can save you precious time and money.

Try out the new rules builder and let us know what cool things you are doing with it, and what you think of the feature.


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Alarm.com partners with electrical power companies all across the country to offer a demand response program they call "Give Back, Get Back". They have recently announced they will be adding AEP I&M to this program. AEP I&M is the power company for some Indiana and Michigan customers.

When summer comes along and temperatures rise, so does the demand for energy. Managing this energy consumption and controlling energy use during high-demand periods, allows the power company to rely on more renewable sources of energy. These high-demand times are called "Peak Energy Use Events". According to the program, there are usually up to fifteen (15) of these events per summer.

When you opt into the program, you will receive notifications when any Peak Energy Use Events occur. Each event typically lasts between two (2) and three (3) hours. During these times, AEP I&M will make slight adjustments to your thermostat in order to decrease overall energy demand. Before a peak event, AEP I&M may alter your set point to help with an expected increased demand. You still maintain control of your thermostat, and you can adjust your thermostat during an event. You also have the ability to opt-out of a particular energy event, or out of the entire program. If you manually adjust your thermostat during an event it may affect your ability to obtain credit for that particular high-demand event.

Alarm.com customers with a compatible thermostat can now enroll in this rewards program through AEP I&M. Upon enrollment, Give Back Get Back participants will receive a $25 credit per device for up to two (2) devices. Plus, Michigan customers will receive a bill credit of $1.95 and Indiana customers will receive a bill credit of $2.40 per Peak Energy Use Event when your participation is at least 50% of the event’s duration.

To be eligible for the program, it does require a compatible WIFI-Connected Smart Thermostat with central air conditioning. Compatible thermostats are listed in the chart below.

AEP I&M Qualifying Thermostats:
Manufacturer Approved Thermostats
ecobee ecobee3; ecobee3 Lite; ecobee4; ecobee Smart; ecobee SmartThermostat with Voice Control
Honeywell Home WIFI Smart Color Thermostat; WIFI 7-Day Programmable Thermostat; WIFI 9000 7-Day Programmable Thermostat; 9000 Smart Thermostat; 7-Day Programmable Smart Thermostat; VisionPro 8000 Smart Thermostat; Round Smart Thermostat; T5+ Smart Thermostat; T6 Pro Smart Thermostat; T9 Smart Thermostat, T10 Smart Thermostat
Amazon Amazon Smart Thermostat

Thermostats and discounts vary, based on your utility provider. If you have Alarm.com and a WIFI thermostat, check enroll my thermostat to see if you qualify for the program in your area. Check our website, to look into adding a compatible thermostat.

To opt-in from the customer website only, login and click the > symbol on the Thermostat card. If you have an eligible thermostat, you should see an option for "Give Back, Get Back". Click this option, then click Settings and Notifications and follow the instructions. Alarm Grid customers needing additional assistance, please email us at support@alarmgrid.com. Our support hours are from 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM Eastern, Monday - Friday.

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"That's Brilliant!" You will soon be hearing that a lot in automation circles. Brilliant Smart Home System has managed to gain a lot of ground in a short time. This is due to their many company relationships. Alarm Grid is pleased to offer the complete line of Brilliant Smart Home System products.

Brilliant Smart Home has designed an in-wall Smart Home Controller or Hub, an in-wall Smart Dimmer, and a Smart Plug. The smart home controller incorporates voice control with Alexa built-in. It can also be used with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, which offers voice control using Siri. At least one (1) Brilliant Smart Home Controller must be installed in a location in order to use their services.

The convenient thing about Brilliant's Smart Home Hubs is that they replace an existing in-wall switch. A Brilliant hub or dimmer can replace a toggle, paddle, Decora, rocker, or an existing dimmer. These modules are eye-catching and go with just about any decor. Since the Brilliant Control is installed in the wall it eliminates messy, exposed wires, which you usually have with traditional smart hub setups.

Brilliant's line of smart Home Controllers or Hubs includes four (4) options. Each adds a different level of switch control. There is the 1-switch panel, 2-switch panel, 3-switch panel, and 4-switch panel. The hubs each contain a 5" LCD Touchscreen. The 1-switch panel has on/off and dimming for a single light via the touchscreen. The 2-switch panel has on/off and dimming for 2 separate lights. The 3-switch for 3 lights and the 4-switch for 4 lights. These 2, 3, and 4 switch panels, all have separate touch sliders for on/off and dimming capabilities. Each Smart Hub will install in a standard electrical switch box. This should already be in place for retrofit installs.

These smart hubs can do so much more than just operate the lights or outlets they are wired to. They have a built-in camera, a motion detector, and ambient light sensors. They can also integrate with a compatible video doorbell, and allow viewing of the doorbell, and interaction with your visitor, right on the Brilliant 5" touchscreen display. They can connect and control your smart locks, compatible garage door openers, and smart shades. You can utilize the video and audio intercom feature to communicate between rooms. As long as each room has a Brilliant Smart Hub installed.

You can use these smart hubs to control a compatible smart thermostat, a Sonos speaker system, and many other options. They also integrate with Resideo's Total Connect 2.0 remote control platform for alarm systems. This allows for system arming and disarming, notifications, and Z-Wave device control. With this integration, the user can also view TC2 video cameras via the smart hub.

A monitoring plan with Automation enabled is required, and for camera viewing, a plan that includes video. However, the Brilliant integration is included with those plans at no extra cost. For Alarm Grid customers Automation is included with Self Silver, Silver, Self Gold, and Gold plans. Video surveillance is included in our Self Platinum and Platinum plans.

When you are away from home, even if you haven't yet set up scenes to automate your devices, you will still be able to remotely control them using the Brilliant Smart App. It is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. Automation scenes can be created based on events, schedules, or a combination of both.

Brilliant expands its range of smart home devices with the Smart Dimmer Switch that can turn on/off, dim, or run a scene based on the user tapping the capacitive touch plate. It has built-in motion detection, allowing the system to automatically turn lights on or off. Alarm Grid offers these smart dimmer switches in White, Black, Light Almond, or Gray. At least one (1) Smart Controller Hub must be installed in order to use the Brilliant Smart Dimmers.

To round out its family of Brilliant Smart Home Products, they offer a Smart Plug. It adds the ability to control nearly any plug-in device along with the option to integrate that device into scenes. Use it for lamps, coffee makers, fans, heaters, and more. At least one (1) Smart Controller Hub must be installed before you can use a Brilliant Smart Plug.

The Brilliant Smart Controller Hubs, and the in-wall smart dimmer switch, both require 120VAC, with a neutral, and a ground, and line and load wires for multi-way switches. They can be set up in a single pole or 3 or 4, multiway configuration. The smart hub can share control with a standard switch as long as there is no dimming capability on it. For the Smart Dimmer, all switches would need to be replaced with Brilliant Switches in a 3 or 4, multiway configuration.

Brilliant is compatible with the following manufacturers, and the list is growing all the time:
  • Voice Assistants:
    • Alexa built-in
    • Apple HomeKit
    • Google Assistant
  • Lighting & Switches:
    • Leviton (via SmartThings)
    • Lutron(via SmartThings)
    • LIFX
    • Philips Hue
    • tp-link
    • WEMO
  • Climate:
    • Ecobee
    • Google Nest
    • Honeywell Home
  • Video Doorbell:
    • Google Nest
    • Ring
    • SkyBell (DBCAM-TRIM2 via Total Connect 2.0)
  • Cameras:
    • Google Nest
    • Ring
    • TC2 Cameras via TC2 Integration (IPCAM-WIC1, IPCAM-WIC2, IPCAM-WOC2)
  • Security (Including Locks & Garage Doors):
    • August Smart Lock
    • ButterflyMX
    • EMTEK
    • Genie
    • Kwikset
    • Overhead Door
    • Resideo (Total Connect 2.0)
      • Vista Panels that support TC2
      • ProSeries Panels
      • Lyric Panels
      • Lynx Panels
    • Schlage
    • Yale
  • Music:
    • Sonos
  • Hubs:
    • SmartThings
  • Property Management:
    • Entrata
  • Motorized Shades:
    • Somfy
    • Hunter Douglas
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Alarm.com first reported issues with remote commands failing or being heavily delayed at 3:40 AM this morning 10/10/2022. The delay in receiving commands at a customer's system, would also result in notifications being delayed. Alarm.com assured dealers that they were working on the issue.

At 5:10 AM, Alarm.com notified that commands were being processed at that time. When an issue like this occurs, commands that aren't immediately processed aren't necessarily lost. Often they are queued, and once the issue is resolved, those queued commands must then be processed in order. This can make it seem as though an issue still exists when in reality the delay is caused by those queued commands.

At 6:35 AM Alarm.com advised that there was still some delay in remote commands being processed. We can't say for certain these delays were caused by earlier queued commands that were working their way through the system, but that could very well be the case.

At 7:45 AM, Alarm.com provided another update. According to them, the situation had improved, but at this time, there were still some delays in remote commands being received at the alarm system. This was still causing some delays with notifications as well.

At 10:00 AM Eastern Time, Alarm.com advised that this issue has been resolved, remote commands are being processed normally. They are still monitoring the system, and if any issues should appear, they will begin the resolution process immediately.

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