How to connect wired sensors to ADT wireless alarm system

Do you want to connect wired sensors to a ADT wireless alarm system?

You are not alone since a lot of people have the same concern when migrating from other alarm systems that were installed using only wired sensors.

In this article, I go over this interesting topic. Just keep reading...

How to convert a wired alarm to wireless

You can convert a wired alarm to wireless by using a wireless translator.

The idea is to use a device that connects to the wired sensors to convert them to wireless signals that are sent to a alarm panel such as the ADT DSC Impassa.

The picture below shows an example of the wireless translator device.

Wireless translator

As you can see in the diagram, the wired sensors are connected to the wireless translator that sends the signal to the ADT panel. It's that simple.

How to use the universal wireless translator

The wireless translator work with different systems.

It can be used to connect wired sensors to Honeywell, GE, 2GIG, or DSC systems.

Move the wires from the alarm panel t the translator

Here's the step-by-step to connect the universal wireless translator

  • Install the universal translator close to the alarm panel;
  • Open the alarm panel with the wired sensors;
  • Remove and the wires and label them;
  • Insert the wires to the universal wireless translator.

See the following pictures for more details.

ADT wired sensor connected to an old alarm panel.

ADT wired sensors connected to a panel

ADT wired sensor connected to an the wireless translator

ADT wired sensors connected to wireless translator

That's all you have to do have the wires connected to the translator.

The next step is the configuration.

Chose the protocol and set up the system

The wireless translator allows you to choose the protocol that you want to use.

The picture below shows the options that include the DSC which is used for ADT.

Wireless Translator Options and configure button

Select the protocol and press and hold the "configure" button; you may hear a beep. Release the button only when the beeps stops.

The last step is testing the system.

Go to the ADT panel and activate the tests.

Make sure all the doors are closed and execute the standard tests.


You can use ADT and other wired sensor to connect to a modern wireless alarm system as long as you have a universal wireless translator.

The installation and configuration are very simple and easy.

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