How to Reset an FC Code on ADT Security System

Resetting an FC code begins at the control panel keypad. But even before that, you need to know what kind of alarm control system you’re working with. Let’s start with the FC code designation itself. This code is short for Failed Communication and you can reset it by following very simple steps. For instance, if you have a A910 control system, the first thing to do, as mentioned above, is locate you keypad.

Often this first, and seemingly obvious step is the part that trips homeowners up; they call ADT, they google the answer, they even try flipping through the manual. Now, all these solutions are very good steps, however, they come later. One of the important rules of problem solving is: doing it in order. As an illustration, lets say you’re on a flight. The pilot passes out and the plane goes into a crazy dive, the air masks drop from the ceiling (which freaks everyone out even more), and you recall the safety protocol demonstrations instructing passengers to put on their masks first before attempting to help someone else. But you feel like a hero and try to help the cute girl sitting next to you with her mask first and…

And that’s all you remember. Reason: you passed out while trying to help the girl. So now both you and the girl are passed out, which is not good.

Now back to the A910. Locate the keypad. Next, Press and hold the #9 button for three full seconds, which will sound off three beeps, then enter your master code, then 9, then #, and finally *. And that’s all there is to it. So remember: with any problem solving, do it in the proper order.

What is ADT

ADT which stands for American District Telegraph dates back to 1847 when it was an American telegraph delivery company. In other words, ADT delivered telegraphs. When people started using phones more as the 1900s approached, ADT slowly saw its messenger business drawing down. So between 1910 and 1930, ADT started looking into providing nearby homes with fire alarm and home burglar alarm systems. The rest is history.

What is ADT
Through several acquisitions and the such, ADT became a household name in home security. Sources show that by 1964 ADT had almost 80% of the market in home security – and in some cities like New York and Memphis, they were the sole provider! They were like the Google of search and Facebook of social media back in the sixties! ADT also provides security to corporate facilities as well.
ADT’s reputation continues through the generations, and is still a household name. Just ask anyone what ADT is, and most people will tell you that they think it is a security company. And they would be right. ADT is today the largest security company in both the US and Canada with over 6.5 million customers, and as of 2013 ADT has 25% of the home security market and 13% of small business security in the United States.


Security Tech at CES 2013

The recent CES was host to some amazing new security-related innovations–both in terms of new upstarts bringing sleeker and more cost-effective solutions as well as security industry titans upping their game by forging relationships with other sectors, as well as adopting newer technologies in their monitored systems.

ISmart Alarm Home Security – The Upstart

This interesting new product allows you to monitor your home through your smartphone.  With a starting cost of $75 and no monthly fees, they may be poised to make a dent in the more expensive options.  The ISA is going to be especially attractive to renters living in spaces where owners won’t allow for security system installation.

ADT – Home Security Titan Expands

Not to be outdone by more cost-effective (but less security-effective) options, ADT gives people more reasons to pay for their monthly monitoring services.  With recent upgrades to ADT Pulse (adopting a voice app, remote garage control and wireless platform), and partnerships with Ford, McAfee Continue reading

DIY Home Security System

This is my personal and budgeted DIY home security.  It’s worth noting that I am self-employed and work from home (if I worked long hours in an office, I would also have some sort of home security monitoring service).


The items here are as follows:

  • Shotgun (Mossberg 500) ($200 + $35 stock)
  • Wireless IR Cam (Foscam nVision FI8918W) ($240 for 3 cams)
  • Smartphone (Samsing Galaxy S4) (“free” with my continued indentured servitude to Verizon)
  • Eskrima Stick ($15)
  • Door Stop Alarms ($10 for 2)
  • Window/Door Alarms ($5)
  • Pepper Spray ($15)
  • Samsung Galaxy 2 Tablet ($100)
  • Knife (Kabar) (This was a gift…but a decent knife can be purchased for $20).

Total: $505 (excludes the unnecessary shotgun stock and Samsung Galaxy tablet). Continue reading

How to Remote Monitor Home Video Security Camera

So you went out and bought your first (or not your first) home video security camera. Congrats. Now you’re stuck there trying to figure out how to remote monitor it, right? It’s actually pretty simple, let’s check it out.

Right now the trendiest home video security camera is Dropcam, a wireless camera that can be remote monitored. However, there are many excellent alternatives that can suit your needs. ADT, for example, offers great options for remote monitored home security cameras

The best part about these cameras is that you can check in to see live feed from the camera anytime you want. How do you do this? You can remote monitor it from anywhere around the globe, so long as you are on a computer or your smart phone. In some cases, you will have to download an app that will give you full functional control over your camera, but this is easily done, and can provide you with that extra peace of mind while you’re away.