I know this is a really old post, but wonder if I can use it as a springboard to a gripe about ADT Pulse, and its slow growth to add additional features...
I was a very early adopter of ADT Pulse, and have had it in the house for quite a while. Every light in the house is connected to a GE/Jasco Z-Wave wall switch, dimmer, or lamp module. I have about 36 Z-Wave devices connected to the network. Over time, I've developed dozens of automations and schedules. The house is very automated -- but only when it comes to alarm system events.
* When we come in the house and the alarm's set, the lights in the hallway near the keypad come on automatically.
* If the front porch camera detects motion, it turns on the porch light for 10 minutes and records a clip.
* When we set the alarm to go to bed at night, it runs an automation that lights the path to the bedroom, sets back the thermostat, turns off all the other lights in the house, then 30 minutes later turns off the bedroom lights, too.
* When the fire alarm is activated, the HVAC and all ceiling fans get turned off and every light in the house comes on.
* If there's a burglar alarm, every light in the house comes on, every camera records a clip, and I get a text.
But what's missing, though, is the ability to manually trigger things without pulling out a phone or computer. I'd love trigger buttons in the house that could set scenes. Seems like such a basic thing for a home automation system, but it's beyond the capability of the ADT Pulse so far as I've found.
ADT Pulse does allow for a very limited number of modes (8, of which only 4 can be renamed), and through automations these modes can be used to create scenes. However, there's no way to trigger them with a switch or voice command. It might work for some, but I don't want to fish out my phone and log into the ADT Pulse app to set the lights in every room I'm entering.
I've purchased several things, thinking they'd be my solution to expand what the ADT Pulse can do.
My first expansion was to add a few GE 45631 Wireless Keypads. These can be added to the ADT Pulse's network as slave controllers. They can't be used to set modes in the ADT Pulse itself, but can talk directly to the Z-Wave switches and set scenes that have been configured on the slave controller itself. However, these controllers have a serious limitation for larger networks. They won't recognize devices above a certain device ID. (I want to say it's 32.) Any device number above that won't program into it, and can't be controlled. This becomes a big problem when your network exceeds 32 devices, and then even more so when you have devices that stop responding and need to removed and re-added to the network. When they're re-added, they get a new ID, and the lower IDs are never re-used. So I'm to the point now where I have to physically move around my earliest light switches to the locations I still want to control with these wall-mounted controllers. That gets old.
I recently purchased an Amazon Echo when I read about its new ADT skill. What a disappointment that interface is! It's not integrated as part of Alexa's Smart Home solution, so you still can't create scenes or scripts. You need to give one awkwardly-phrased verbal command at a time. I swear, it takes me half a dozen tries every time to turn on the ceiling fan in the family room. And a real oversight in the interface is the inability to select an ADT mode through the Alexa skill. If it's out there, I haven't found the phrase for "Alexa, ask ADT to set the mode to Watch TV" or "Alexa, ask ADT to set mode bedtime."
When I read about the Harmony hub and remote, I thought maybe it would provide a better interface to the Echo. Its Alexa skill seemed to provide more options. But alas, that hasn't panned out either. I set it up as a slave to the ADT Pulse, and painstakingly mapped all the switches and devices in Harmony. I haven't spent enough time with it, and need to work on it some more, but still haven't gotten to the point where a simple, "Alexa, watch TV" turns on the TV and sets all the lights in the room to a watch TV scene.
ADT Pulse's IFTTT was promised quite some time ago, but still hasn't materialized. When/if it does, I can look at de-coupling my home automation and home security and get a hub that will actually do what I want.
Is anyone still reading this tome? My bottom line question, I guess, is has anyone found a solution to this? A way to have button-or-voice-triggered scenes AND ADT alarm events both controlling the same devices?