ADT Outdoor Cameras Review: What Are Your Options?

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2 ADT cameras side by side (caption: ADT Outdoor Camera Review)ADT offers two outdoor cameras for your home security needs. Depending on your home’s specs and your preferences, you may opt for one model over the other. The key deciding factor is the strength of your WiFi signal or whether you prefer hardwired cameras. We’ll help you decide between the two and learn more about their features and how they’re installed.

If you don’t have ADT service yet, you can sign up here with one of our recommended providers.

ADT security systems are sold through authorized resellers*. This means the company you use to get your ADT system could be different than someone who lives in the neighboring county. Therefore, your costs and customer service will vary, even when the equipment, contracts and general installation tend to be similar.

*Our ADT links take you to Protect Your Home, which is an authorized reseller for ADT.

Article Overview

Pros

Cons

  • Infrared night vision and motion detection up to 35 feet
  • Sends notifications when motion is detected
  • Watch live and stored video
  • Capture clips of events
  • IP66 weather-resistant
  • Operational down to -40°F
  • 720p video quality (not 1080p)
  • Only 75º or 95º viewing angle
  • Requires AC power

Price

On average, these are the prices for ADT’s outdoor cameras, but please know they can vary based on your reseller.

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Technical Specifications

ADT Pulse Dome Camera MDC835ADT Pulse Dome Camera MDC835

  • Dimensions: 4.33″W x 3.62″H
  • Video Quality: 720p
  • Field Of View: 75º
  • Operating Temperature: -40°F to 122°F
  • Motion Detection Range: 35 feet
  • Night Vision Range: 16 feet
  • Lifetime equipment warranty through the Quality Service Plan

ADT Pulse OC835 CameraADT Pulse OC835 Camera

  • Dimensions: 3.9″W x 5.3″H x 7.3″D
  • Weight: 0.95 lbs
  • Video Quality: 720p
  • Field Of View: 95º
  • Operating Temperature: -40°F to 122°F
  • Night Vision Range: 20 feet
  • Lifetime equipment warranty through the Quality Service Plan

Installation

If you already have ADT, you can add these cameras to your system without a professional. If you don’t, sign up with one of our recommended providers.

ADT Pulse Dome Camera MDC835

  1. Connect the camera to the internet.
    1. Wired: Use an ethernet cable (not included) to connect the LAN port to the control panel.
    2. Wireless: Launch an internet browser and log in to the Pulse portal. Select the Systems tab and click Manage Devices. Click Cameras -> Add Using WPS button at the bottom of the screen. Enter the PIN (located on the camera) in the WPS PIN field. Make sure the camera is powered on and click Continue. A screen appears. Press and hold the WPS/RESET button on the camera for 5 seconds. (Be sure to complete the WPS connection within 2 minutes, or it will time out.) The Network/WPS LED flashes amber as it attempts to connect to the camera.
  2. Run the AC Wire to the spice connector.
  3. Screw the red wire onto the positive (+) terminal of the adapter.
  4. Screw the black wire onto the negative (-) terminal of the adapter.
  5. Plug the adapter into a power outlet.
  6. The Power LED turns on briefly and then starts blinking. It will continue to blink during startup for about 1 minute. After startup the Power LED should remain on.
  7. Enroll the camera in ADT Pulse (page 9 here)
  8. Mount the camera near a power source.

ADT Pulse OC835 Camera

  1. Attach the camera stand to the camera.
  2. Connect the camera to the internet.
    1. Wired: Connect a USB to ethernet adapter (not included) to the USB port of the camera. Then use an ethernet cable (not included) to connect to the control panel.
    2. Wireless: Launch an internet browser and log in to the Pulse portal. Select the Systems tab and click Manage Devices. Click Cameras -> Add Using WPS button at the bottom of the screen. Enter the PIN (located on the camera) in the WPS PIN field. Make sure the camera is powered on and click Continue. A screen appears. Press and hold the WPS/RESET button on the camera for 5 seconds. (Be sure to complete the WPS connection within 2 minutes, or it will time out.) The Network/WPS LED flashes amber as it attempts to connect to the camera.
  3. Connect the 12V power adapter to the camera and power up. The Power LED turns on briefly and then starts blinking. It will continue to blink during startup for about 1 minute. After startup the Power LED should remain on.
  4. Power LED should be on by now, and the Network/WPS LED should be solid green.
  5. Enroll the camera in ADT Pulse (page 11 here)
  6. Mount the camera near a power source.

Is ADT The Best?

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ADT is a home security industry giant, but that doesn’t mean it’s your only option. There are many other companies that offer outdoor cameras.

We cover more of ADT’s home security features. If you want to explore other options, we recommend reading about the best home security systems, where we review more than a dozen companies and compare prices, equipment, features and more.

What ADT features do you like best?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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