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31 Mar, 2023
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ADT Self Setup is a DIY home security system that works with Nest devices and can be controlled through Google Home app.

After investing $450 million in ADT, a home security company, three years ago, Google has finally integrated its smart home devices with ADT's Self Setup system. This marks the first time that the two companies have offered a complete software security integration for a DIY product. Users can now control ADT's sensors and Google's cameras directly through the Google Home app or on a Google Nest Hub, as well as through ADT's app. The system can be armed and disarmed using a Nest hub, and can be professionally monitored with ADT SMART Monitoring for $24.99 a month, including the option for video verification. However, users will also need to pay for a Nest Aware subscription, bringing the cost to $34.99.

ADT's Self Setup hardware, which includes door and window sensors, motion sensors, flood and temperature sensors, and a keychain remote for disarming the system, requires an ADT smart hub that acts as the brains for the sensors. The system can be purchased with Nest products, such as the Nest Doorbell (battery, not wired), Nest Cam indoor and outdoor, and both of Nest's thermostats, through ADT's website.

Although ADT's press release implied that the starter kit, which includes the Nest Doorbell, the hub, and a handful of sensors, would cost $219.98, ADT's Chief Technology Officer, Raya Sevilla, confirmed that this is an introductory offer and that eventually, the starter package will cost $479.99. As of now, the "Starter" is on sale for $380, not $220, despite repeated requests for clarification. This pricing puts ADT Self Setup hardware higher than popular DIY security systems from Ring and SimpliSafe.