Frequently Asked Questions - A D S Security

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Here are some frequently asked questions.

If you still need help, feel free to contact us.

General

  • What is the AT&T 2G Sunset?

    In August of 2012, AT&T Inc. announced that the shutdown of its second-generation, or "2G," wireless network will be complete by the end of 2016. Why does the 2G Sunset affect alarm systems? Wireless alarm systems communicate via cellular networks like the 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. Many wireless alarm systems were installed with a 2G compatible GSM (Global System for Mobile Communication) device that can only communicate via the 2G wireless network. Therefore, when the 2G network ceases to exist, these alarm systems will no longer be able to communicate alarm signals. What do you need to do to make sure your alarm system will not be affected by the 2G Sunset? If your system will be affected, we will discuss the next step in making sure your alarm system will be protected from the elimination of the 2G wireless network. Visit our ATT 2G Sunset page to learn more.  Contact ADS online or call 866.837.8110 and we can determine whether your system will be affected.

  • What are your security packages and pricing?

    We know no home and business are alike. We custom build security and automation packages to meet your specific and individual needs. Fill out the form on our Contact page or call us at 800.297.9311 so we can start designing the system that is right for you! To view residential packages, please click here.

  • Am I in your service area?

    Visit our Locations page to find the branch nearest you.

  • What products and services does ADS offer?

    ADS offers a wide range of products and services, including surveillance camerasburglaryfireaccess control, wireless monitoring and much more. Depending on your location the exact manufacturer and product may vary. Please contact your local ADS branch to find out which products and services are available in your area.

Monitoring Center

  • Will the fire department always show up if my fire alarm goes off?

    Due to the rapid spread nature of fire, we need to get emergency services to your home or business as quickly as possible to limit costly damage and save lives. Upon receipt of a fire signal we will contact emergency services first and then we will attempt to contact you and your contact list as needed.

  • What happens if the Monitoring Center loses power?

    Our Monitoring Center comes well supplied with commercial grade generators and uninterruptible power sources.

  • Is the monitoring center UL-listed and CSAA certified?

    Yes, the ADS Monitoring Center is UL-listed. Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is the leader in the certification and listing of Monitoring Centers. In order to receive UL listing, Monitoring Centers must meet demanding requirements for architectural and physical security features as well as emergency power, computer hardware and software and operator training. Many insurance companies require alarm monitoring to be performed by a UL-listed Monitoring Center in order to qualify for significant premium discounts.

    Visit Underwriters Laboratories for more information.

    Yes, the ADS Monitoring Center is CSAA Five Diamond certified.

    "The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA): The CSAA Five Diamond Program is a balanced certification program providing a differentiation in the central station monitoring marketplace because it signifies five points of excellence:

    1. Commitment to random inspections and quality criteria standards by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as FM Global, Intertek/ETL and UL.
    2. Commitment to the highest levels of customer service.
    3. Commitment to ongoing job-related education and testing by having 100% of its central station operators certified using the CSAA online training series.
    4. Commitment to raising the industry standards through CSAA membership and participation in its activities.
    5. Commitment to reducing false dispatches.

    The CSAA Five Diamond 100% Operator Certified Central Station designation is granted to central stations that:

    • Have 100% of its central station operators certified by the CSAA Central Station Operator Level I Online course.
    • Further pledge to continue all future certifications through CSAA.
    • Are CSAA members in good standing.
    • Satisfy all of the requirements of the five points of excellence.

    This certification, and its annual renewal, demonstrate a commitment of the CSAA Five Diamond Central Station to the continual upgrade in the performance levels of the central station operators who are the first line of defense in private sector emergency response."

    Visit CSAA for more information.

Customer Care

My System

  • How do I control my system when I’m away from home?

    It depends on your system and the types of services you are signed up for. ADS Smart Security systems allow you to control your system from a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This service does require a cellular or internet compatible system to be installed. Anytime you will be away from your home or business for a few days please contact the Monitoring Center at 800.866.6486 and let them know what dates you will be away. You can assign keycodes and false alarm ID/passcodes/passwords for neighbors or family checking on your home. Before you go out of town make sure your contact list is updated. If any other problems arise when you are gone, please call the Monitoring Center.

  • What happens if my power goes out?

    All ADS security systems have a backup battery that should power your security system for several hours in case power fails. If you choose, we can configure your system to automatically send a Critical Power Fail signal to our Monitoring Center which will be recorded in your alarm history. Ask your ADS Sales Representative about Critical Power Fail signal options for your system. This additional service will notify you if power is lost. This is especially useful if you have a large food freezer, medical equipment, or special pets (tropical birds, fish, etc.).

  • If my alarm system is not armed are my fire and carbon monoxide detectors still monitored?

    Yes. The Monitoring Center will receive fire and carbon monoxide alarms even if your alarm keypad is not armed. These are 24/7 monitored sensors.

  • Keypad code, false alarm ID/passcode/password - What are these and how can I change them?

    Your false alarm ID/passcode/password is used by the Monitoring Center. It identifies you or any other person is given access to your security system as an approved user. Approved users are able to make decisions about further action once an alarm is received. Your false alarm ID/passcode/password may be changed by calling the Monitoring Center at 800.866.6486.

    Your keypad code is the code you type into your keypad to arm or disarm your system. This code should not be the same one used for your false alarm ID/passcode/password in the Monitoring Center. You can change your keypad code from your keypad and assign others accessing your home their own unique keypad code.

    Changing your keypad code will depend on which ADS manufacturer made your keypad. Please click the appropriate keypad guide. Before changing any codes call the Monitoring Center and put your system in "test" mode 800.866.6486 to avoid error.

    Lynx Touch Keypad Guide

    DMP Keypad Guide DMP Keypad Guide

    2GIG Keypad Guide 2GIG Keypad Guide

    If you are still having trouble or do not see your keypad above, please call the ADS Monitoring Center for assistance at 800.866.6486.

  • My keypad says "FC", what do I do?

    If an "FC" or "Failure to Communicate" signal appears your system needs to be reset. Call your local branch office to schedule service.

  • What do I do if my system says "low battery" or "Low Battery CPU"?

    If the system displays a Low Battery, or Low Battery CPU (Central Processing Unit) please call your local branch office and they can give you instructions on how to change the battery yourself or they can schedule a service call for a fee.

  • What do I do if I accidentally trigger a false alarm?

    Please call the Monitoring Center at 800.866-6486 as soon as you trigger the alarm. This will prevent emergency services from being dispatched. If you do not call the Monitoring Center, they will attempt to contact you to make sure you are ok. Do not leave without calling or receiving a call from a Monitoring Center Operator. Be prepared to give the Operator your false alarm ID/passcode/password. False alarms occupy emergency services and could slow their response times to actual emergencies. False alarms can also be costly as some local authorities will charge fines for false alarm dispatches. To learn more about preventing false alarms please view this document.

  • How do I test my system?

    ADS recommends monthly testing of your system. Call the Monitoring Center at 800.866.6486 and they will assist you. You need to call to place your system in test mode. Once placed on test, arm your system and trigger an alarm. When an alarm is triggered call the Monitoring Center back. Be prepared to provide your false alarm ID/passcode/password to put your system on test.

  • How do I know my system is being monitored?

    To determine if your system is being monitored you need to do a test. ADS recommends monthly testing. Call the Monitoring Center at 800.866.6486 and they will assist you with performing a test. It is your responsibility to test your system on a regular basis. Be prepared to provide your false alarm ID/passcode/password to put your system on test.

  • What is a Periodic Timer Test?

    Ask your ADS Sales Representative about a Periodic Timer Test. This additional service sends a test signal from your system to our Monitoring Center automatically on a regular schedule. If our computer does not receive the signal when expected, you and your local ADS branch are notified. Please note that periodic timer tests will test the communication path from your system to our Monitoring Center, but not the devices themselves.

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