Frontpoint is a major provider of DIY (do-it-yourself) home security systems and services. Frontpoint has been in the home security business for over a decade and in this post we will review their latest offer for 2019 and see how they stack up with our offer here at Link Interactive.
The brains of the Frontpoint security system is called the Hub. The Frontpoint Hub has an extremely simplistic design. It’s 100% cellular and comes with an internet-backup feature, allowing you to transmit signals to Fronpoint’s monitoring station and your Frontpoint app without the need for a wired land-line connection. The internet-backup feature gives you the added protection that your system is always connected in case there’s a drop in signal from your cell tower.
Crash and Smash
The Hub also features Crash and Smash protection. Crash and Smash is a security feature built into Frontpoint’s monitoring service (we have it too at Link Interactive) that ensures the panel (the Hub in this case) transmits a signal to the monitoring station even when the panel is tampered with or damaged by the intruder.
The Frontpoint Hub will allow you to create up to 50 unique user codes and comes with Z-Wave technology. The Z-Wave will allow you to connect the Hub to smart home devices that are compatible with Fronpoint’s system. It is AC powered, but it does include a backup battery just in case your power goes out.
The Frontpoint Hub is controlled through the Frontpoint Keypad. The Keypad is what you will need to use to arm and disarm your system. The keypad has a push button design and is battery operated by two AA batteries with a battery life of up to 2 years.
Frontpoint Hub vs Qolsys IQ Panel 2
So basically, the Frontpoint Hub is an extremely simplistic home security control panel; it does not have all of the bells and whistles that some other companies include in their control panels (for example, at Link Interactive our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is feature-packed), but it is well designed to give you the basics. We believe that the Frontpoint Hub is a great option if you’re looking for basic home security controls. Some of the downsides include the fact that it needs a separate keypad for it to work and that it doesn’t have a touchscreen. At Link Interactive, our Qolsys IQ Panel 2 features a gorgeous 7 inch touchscreen.
Frontpoint has an extensive lineup of wireless home security sensors, from intrusion to environmental to life safety devices. In this section, we’ll go over each type of sensor, including surveillance cameras and all compatible home automation devices.
Frontpoint’s door/window sensors, just like any other door/window sensors are designed to secure the perimeter of your home. Their small and compact, making them compatible with a variety of door/window frames and designs and they’re battery operated, which means they’re totally wireless. They will alert you when a door or window has been opened through either a chime from the panel’s speaker or a notification via the app on your phone.
Installation is pretty simple; you can use the double-sided tape and simply stick them on the door or window. You also have the option to mount them using the included mounting brackets.
The next type of basic intrusion sensor is the motion sensor. Fronpoint’s motion sensors have the ability to detect motion up to 44 ft. around the sensor with 90-degree field of view. They are pet friendly so you never have to worry about your four-legged friends setting them off. They are battery operated and easy to install; they work the same as Frontpoint’s door/window sensors, with you being able to install them using the double-sided tape or mounting brackets.
Glass break sensor
Frontpoint offers you a way to protect your glass windows in your home with their glass break sensor. The glass break sensor recognizes the sound of breaking glass around the sensor with a 360-degree and 20 ft. detection range. The sensor is battery operated and wireless, and can be installed by simply sticking it on a wall adjacent to your windows.
Garage tilt sensor
If you have a garage door, the Frontpoint garage tilt sensor will alert you any time your garage door is opened or or shut. The garage tilt sensor is battery operated and can be installed using the double-sided tape or the mounts that are included with the sensor.
Frontpoint’s wireless, all-in-one smoke/heat/freeze sensors will alert you when there’s smoke or a fire, and to drastic rises in heat or low temperatures. Battery life is approximately 10 years.
Carbon monoxide sensor
Frontpoint carbon monoxide detectors will alert you to any time there are dangerous levels of carbon monoxide or CO2 gas inside your home. Battery life is approximately 5 years.
If you live in an area prone to floods or drastic temperature changes which can cause your pipes to burst then it may be a good idea to invest in a flood sensor. Frontpoint’s flood sensors are designed to detect even the smallest leaks that can occur in your home, and will immediately alert you to this event which can save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in flood damage. Fronpoint’s flood sensors are battery operated with a battery life to up to 10 years.