For various reasons, it may happen that you need to identify your ADT alarm system type or model. Let’s say you need to get a replacement part, move the system to another location, hire someone, or even find out if your system is compatible with certain smart devices.
In this illustrated guide we will show methods how for quickly identifying your ADT system. If you’re asking yourself the question “What ADT system do I have”, this is the right guide for you.
How to identify your ADT system
There are a few ways to identify your ADT system and the simplest one is to check the sticker and find out the model number. However, sometimes dealers may have placed their own private label on the keypad or removed the original one which complicates things.
The other method to find out the model of your ADT system is by matching up the pictures shown below. We’ve listed most of the ADT products currently in use, go through them one by one until you get a match.
QuickConnect or Lynx System
The Quick Connect keypad style looks as shown below. There’s no flip door, the speaker is on the left side of the panel, the keyboard is in the center, and the ADT logo is on the right side.
The panel is two inches in width. This system is also known as the Lynx System.
SafeWatch Pro 6150 ( or Vista System)
The SafeWatch Pro 6150 (also known as Vista System) has an embossed ADT logo, a speaker on the top lest, and two LEDs on the left side.
This panel has a door that protects the keyboard. Once you open it, you should see four icons on the left side and the numeric keyboard on the right.
Premise Pro 5500 Keypad
The Premise Pro 5500 keypad has rounded edges, the ADT logo on the left side, and a flip door that protects the keyboard.
If you open the flip door, you should see five buttons on the left side, the numeric keyboard in the center, and five other buttons on the right (as shown in the image below).
DSC Impassa keypad
The DSC Impassa keypad has the DSC logo below the display, the speaker above it, and a flip door that protects the keyboard. has rounded edges, a DSC logo on the left side, and a flip door that opens to allow you to access the keyboard.
The keypad has eight buttons on the left side, a numeric keyboard in the center, and another five buttons to the right.
GE-UTC Concord Keypad
The GE-UTC Concord Keypad has two up/down buttons to the right of the display, and a flip door that covers the keyboard.
Under the flip door, there are three buttons with colorful icons on the left side, a numeric keyboard in the center, and five buttons on the right side.
BHS 3101 Keypad
The BHS 3101 keypad has no flip door, the logo is on the top left, and there’s a speaker and three recessed buttons on the left side.
The display is relatively large the numeric keypad is in the center and you can see a large cancel button. Pic
BHS 3112 Keypad
The BHS 3112 keypad is almost identical with BHS 3101, except there’s no display. Instead, it comes with a row of LED lights across the top.
Lynx 5000 Keypad
The Lynx 5000 is a one-piece keypad and has a full-color large display with four icon buttons in the center and a speaker on the bottom right.
You can also see a Honeywell logo on the top of the panel.
The TS keypad has a removable flip-down door with the ADT logo on it. To the right of the display, you’ll see a set of LED lights.
Under the door, you’ll find an ADT logo to the left of the raised keyboard with four icon buttons to the left of the numbers.
Simon XT keypad
The Simon XT keypad has four buttons below the display and in the lower part of the keypad there are three icon buttons to the left side, a numerical keyboard in the middle, and there are two speakers diagonal from one another.
The Caddx keypad has up/down arrow buttons to the right of the display and four indicators LED lights below the display.
Under the flip-down door, there are three icon buttons on the left side, a numeric keyboard in the center, and five buttons on the right.
Honeywell Lyric Controller
Honeywell Lynx Touch L7000
Honeywell Lynx Touch L5210
Interlogix/GE Simon Xti-5
Why do you need to know the ADT system model
If you know what your ADT model is, then it’s easier to communicate with the ADT or other companies regarding services that you may need such as replacing batteries, replacing broken parts, updating the system, or troubleshooting any issues.
Just compare these images with your panel and you should be able to identify your ADT system.
Do you need Landline, Internet, or Cellular for communication to a central monitoring station
A few decades ago, almost all homes had landlines, but now just a few homeowners have a real landline anymore. It’s possible to use VoIP which is a landline-like telephone service from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) but the line has to be wired to the panel. Also, VoIP is not a reliable communication path to a central monitoring station.
Internet and cellular communication, while more reliable and faster, can also provide interactive services if your control panel supports it.
If your ADT system has an existing cellular communicator it should be 4G/LTE to be activated with AT&T or Verizon. If you have an older 3G model then you have to upgrade an LTE communicator (3G models are obsolete).
Another thing to consider is if you want to remotely arm and disarm your alarm system. Interactive systems provide remote arm and disarm functionality from a smartphone and tablet and allow the user to control smart devices such as lights, locks, thermostats, etc Not all systems provide such functions, so make sure you get the right one.