If you were asked to name security companies, ADT would likely be one of the first to come to your mind. As the largest surveillance company in the United States, it boasts six monitoring stations across the country and has a full variety of security devices and surveillance cameras. Most other home security businesses frequently compare themselves to ADT because it is so dominant in that market. At TopTenREVIEWS, we have always ranked ADT highly because of its wide range of home security camera equipment. Lately though, it seems that the company is behind the curve on its pricing and hasn't stayed as competitive. ADT has been too comfortable at the top, and has let other companies rise above them.

Where this security service absolutely excels is the security camera options you have to choose from. The company uses in-house Safewatch VideoView surveillance cameras, and you can customize their locations to your preferences. If you choose not to monitor the outside of your home, you can use the indoor camera package and select the IP and wireless cameras. There is also a multi-camera package.

In addition to the indoor cameras we mentioned, you also get to monitor the outside of your home with HD color bullet-style cameras or fully functional pan-and-tilt dome cameras. Both types of outdoor cameras use infrared LEDs to capture footage in night vision. One difference with ADT in comparison with most of its competitors is the addition of a DVR. The DVR holds up to 250GB in storage. The advantage of the DVR over standard web storage is the ease of access if you want to retrieve a video. You don't need to sign in and search around ADT's site for your specific footage.

ADT Pulse is a great tool that this company offers. With Pulse, you have fully interactive control over your entire monitoring system, whether it's turning on lights or integrating a security camera with the motion sensors so that the camera turns on if the motion sensor detects any movement during specific hours in the day. You can verify that your children come home from school every day by setting the security camera to record motion from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on school days, for example. ADT's equipment ranges from fire protection to health alarms. The company is primarily concerned with protecting your family and possessions.

ADT monitoring provides customer service by phone and email. If your cameras or detectors require repairs, you can easily schedule a repair technician to visit your home. Even with a warranty, though, you will pay extra for each maintenance visit. You also have the option to pay an extra monthly fee and receive a discount for the repair technician.

ADT Summary:

As we mentioned previously, ADT is not the cheapest option if you need a full protection plan for your home or business, but it does have an excellent array of home security cameras. The cameras connect to your own DVR system, so you have more control of the footage you store. There are several plans to choose from, but you will have to pay extra for the plans that include both indoor and outdoor CCTV cameras.

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ADT has a wide range of state-of-the-art home security cameras.

These cameras are only available in higher-priced packages.

The Verdict:

You get what you pay for. If you don't mind paying more for ADT's home monitoring service, you will get a great selection of sensors and cameras.