How to Operate a Wireless Keychain Remote for ADT

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Bypass your security system's control panel with a wireless remote keychain.
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ADT security systems come with a wide variety of features that can be tailored, depending on the needs of your home. Some ADT security systems come with a wireless keychain remote that you use to arm and disarm your security system. Operating a wireless keychain is a lot like using a car key fob to lock and unlock the doors on your car.


The Basics of Home Security

Most ADT security systems come with a control panel installed on a wall in your home. This control panel allows you to arm and disarm the system and call the police and fire department by pressing a button. The control panel is connected through your home's phone line or over a cellular or broadband connection. When you leave the house you enter your password to arm the system. If the house is entered or broken into without disarming the system by entering the code, an alarm will sound and the authorities will be dispatched.

Bypassing the Control Panel

The ADT wireless keychain remote lets you bypass the control panel to arm and disarm the system. You'll have four options to choose from, arming the system when you're at home, arming the system when you're away, disarming the system and a panic button. Since most control panels are installed inside of the home, a wireless keychain remote allows you to disarm the system before you enter, replacing the need to enter a password on your control panel whenever you come home


Arming the System

The first button on the top left of the wireless keychain allows you to arm the system while you are still inside and don't plan to be away from home. It's useful for times when you are inside the house and don't plan on opening any doors or windows, like when you're going to sleep at night. The second button on the top right of the keychain allows you to arm the system if you plan to leave the house and want it protected while you are gone. You can disarm your system at anytime by clicking on the bottom left button. Your control panel should indicate whenever the system has been armed or disarmed with a vocal announcement.


The Panic Button

Your ADT wireless keychain comes with a panic button on the bottom right highlighted in red. The panic button sounds the alarm and automatically dispatches the authorities whenever it's pressed. The panic button can be helpful if you are in an emergency situation and aren't in range of your control panel. You can order multiple wireless keychain remotes directly from ADT or your local security company for every person in your home. The remotes will be programmed to only work the security system in your home.



Brian Flax

Based in the Washington DC area, Brian Flax holds a Master of Science in education technology, and a Bachelor of Science in entertainment business from Full Sail University. His articles have been published on, where he was a daily writer in the smartphones and tablets section.