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Today we will be comparing ADT with the Alarm.com provider Guardian Protection Services and see how they match up. Let’s dive right in!

Homeowners around the United States want to make sure that they feel safe in their homes. Unfortunately, many homes across the United States fall victim to home burglaries every year. One of the best course of actions to protect your home from this type of crime is to invest in a home security system. And so today we’ll review ADT and Guardian Protection Services and see how they stack up. Keep reading to find out!

ADT Control Panel

ADT offers two control panels that connect all of your devices to one place. They have a basic panel that doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles and works by connecting directly to a landline. It is powered through being directly wired into your home’s power source. This basic panel is controlled through the ADT app or the separate push-button keypad.

The other control panel offered by ADT is their digital keypad. Their digital keypad has a full colored touchscreen, and it displays time, temperature, and system status. The panel can be wall mounted or you can place it on a desktop. ADT’s digital keypad allows you to connect up to 250 total devices including 16 cameras, 32 key fobs, 8 touchscreens or alpha keypads, and up to 224 Z-wave devices. You can create up to 99 personal user codes for this system. The panel also gives you the option to include a cellular backup chip. It is powered through an AC power source, and it includes a backup battery just in case the power goes out.

Both of ADT’s panels offer 2-way communication with ADT’s central monitoring station which allows you to quickly take care of any emergency.

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Guardian Protection Control Panel

Guardian Protection has a few different control panels to offer you. They offer the Guardian IQ 2 Panel or their Wireless Control Panel. The Guardian IQ 2 Panel has a 7-inch full HD touchscreen. It has a very thin design which allows it be placed practically anywhere. The Guardian IQ 2 Panel is powered through an AC power source, but it does include a backup batter just in case your power goes out. The Guardian IQ 2 Panel works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network wirelessly. It also includes a built-in cellular chip so that if your internet connection is down, the panel will still work. The Guardian IQ 2 Panel also has Bluetooth technology allowing you to use compatible Bluetooth devices with it.

Unlike other control panels the Guardian IQ 2 has a front facing camera that can be set to take a snap shot when your system is being armed and disarmed. You can control all the features and devices for your Guardian Protection security system right from the Guardian IQ 2 Panel’s touchscreen.

The next control panel that Guardian Protection has to offer is their Wireless Touchscreen Control Panel. The Wireless Touchscreen Control Panel has a full colored touchscreen as well. The touchscreen allows you to control your system’s features along the devices connected to it with the simple push of a button. The Wireless Touchscreen Control Panel’s touchscreen displays the time and temperature, is powered by an AC power source and comes with a backup battery. It works just like the Guardian IQ 2 Panel by connecting to your home’s WIFI network, and comes with a cellular backup chip. This panel also has a rapid response feature that allows you to contact emergency services with the push of a button.

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Who wins?

ADT and Guardian Protection offer some really great control panels to choose from. We really like that ADT offers a very simplistic basic panel, and we think it is great for consumers who may not be looking for a lot of bells and whistles when it comes to control panels. Guardian Protection however offers more control panels that have a bit more features than that of ADT and are powered by Alarm.com (just like our panels). We especially like the Guardian IQ 2’s front facing camera because it will let you know who is toying around with your system. Due to the fact that Guardian Protection offers superior control panels we are choosing them as the winner for this category.

ADT Equipment

ADT has a lot of basic security equipment that can be used with either of their control panels. ADT also offers both wired and wireless versions of the devices that we are about to go over. Their wireless sensors are battery-operated. ADT offers door/window sensors used to protect the entryways to your home. They will be triggered when the door or windows have been open in which these sensors have been placed.

ADT offers motion sensors that are great at providing protection for large areas of your home. Their motion sensors are triggered when motion is detected in a room in which they are placed. If your home has glass windows, ADT offers glass break sensors to provide protection for the glass windows in your home.

ADT’s glass break sensors listen for the sound of breaking glass, and when this sound is heard they will trigger your system. ADT also offers wired and wireless life safety devices. They offer both smoke and CO2 detectors. Their smoke and CO2 detectors make an audible alert any time smoke rises and CO2 gases have been detected.

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ADT additional equipment

ADT offers a large variety of add-on on equipment for you to choose from. ADT mainly offers other branded equipment when it comes to their home automation devices. Today we will be giving some examples of the other branded home equipment ADT has to offer.

For automated locks, ADT offers Kwikset automated door locks. These locks allow you to create custom user codes that can be enabled and disabled at any time. You can remotely unlock and lock these locks through the ADT app.

ADT offers their own branded smart thermostats. ADT’s smart thermostats work for most HVAC heating and cooling systems. Their smart thermostats allow you to remotely control the temperature in your home. You can also set custom timers for when your heating and cooling system comes on and goes off.

To control a garage door, you can purchase a garage door controller through ADT. Having a garage door controller will allow you to remotely open and close your garage door. You will also receive push notifications any time your garage door has been opened and shut. Their garage door controllers work by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network.

ADT also has a nice selection of smart plugs and light switches. The smart plugs and smart light switches offered by ADT allow you to control lights and small appliances remotely. You can set timers as well for when these lights and small appliances turn on and turn off.

ADT’s video surveillance selection is pretty standard when comparted to other security companies that are similar. They offer indoor, outdoor, and doorbell cameras that are all wireless. Their cameras work by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network. All their cameras have excellent video resolution, and their doorbell camera even includes a 2-way audio feature that allows you to directly communicate with whomever is around your doorbell camera.

Guardian Protection Equipment

Guardian Protection offers a variety of basic sensors that will work great with their control panels. Guardian Protection offers door/window sensors that are battery-operated and wireless. They also offer a very similar sensor called the Smart Sensor. The Smart Sensor is pretty much the same as their door/window sensors with the exception that they are primarily meant to be used with doors. When doors or windows in which a Smart Sensor is placed are opened it will trigger your system.

Guardian Protection also offers motion sensors which are battery-operated and wireless. Their motion sensors have an outstanding range, and they will notify you when motion has been detected in area in which they have been placed.

Guardian Protection has glass break sensors that can be used to protect the windows in your home. Their glass break sensors are wireless and battery-operated, and they work by listening for the sound of breaking glass. When this sound is heard they will trigger your system and notify you immediately.

Guardian Protection offers key remotes that are battery-operated. Their key remotes allow you to quickly arm and disarm your system with a touch of a button. Guardian Protection also offers wireless and battery-operated smoke, flood, and CO2 detectors. These detectors will look for rises in smoke, water, or CO2 gases, and they will make an audible alert, and they will trigger your system if these rises are detected.

Guardian Protection additional equipment

One that that makes Guardian Protection stand out from other security companies is the great selection they offer with home automation and video surveillance equipment.

They offer a smart thermostat that has a push button design, and it works for the majority of HVAC heating and cooling systems. Their smart thermostat allows you to remotely control your heating and cooling system as well as set timers for when it comes and goes off.

Guardian Protection offers automatic door locks as well. Their automated door locks allow you to create customize user codes and it can be controlled remotely through the Guardian app.

For those of you who have garage doors can purchase a garage door controller through Guardian Protection. Their garage door controllers will alert you to when your garage doors have been open or shut. You can also remotely shut and open your garage door on the go.

The last type of home automation device that Guardian Protection has to offer is their light switch module. This module is powered through an AC power source. Any lights that connect to this module can have their brightness adjusted, have schedules for when they turn on and off, and can be remotely controlled on the go.

Guardian Protection has a few different options for you to choose from when it comes to video surveillance equipment. They offer a video doorbell, outdoor, and indoor cameras. All of their cameras are powered through an AC power source, and they work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network.

Their indoor, doorbell, and outdoor cameras allow you to capture video in full color, and include night vision technology. Their doorbell camera has a 2-way audio feature that allows you to directly communicate with whomever is around your doorbell camera.

Laslty, Guardian Protection also offers an image sensor. Their image sensors are motion activated and pet friendly. They will snap an image any time motion has been detected around them.

Who wins?

ADT and Guardian Protection offer similar basic equipment. They both offer door, motion, and glass break sensors. ADT however does offer wired versions of their sensors while Guardian Protection doesn’t have this same option. Guardian Protection does offer a few sensors that ADT doesn’t offer like their Smart Sensor. Because Guardian Protection has a bigger selection of basic equipment than ADT, we are giving them the win for this category.

ADT and Guardian protection offer a great variety of add-on equipment for you to really expand your security system as well. We love that ADT offers Kwikset locks due to the fact that they are made from high-quality material and are easy to use. We really like the fact that Guardian Protection offers image sensors which something ADT doesn’t have. Guardian Protection also uses Alarm.com (just like our amazing Qolsys home security system) which means you have more control and features you can use with your home automation, security, and video surveillance devices. For these reasons we are choosing Guardian Protection as our winner for this category.

Guardian Protection vs ADT App

ADT and Guardian Protection offer self, professional, and video monitoring services. ADT’s and Guardian Protection’s video and self-monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download and work for Apple and Android devices. With their apps you will receive push notifications any time any of your devices are triggered. You can stream live and recorded video through their apps as well.

Their apps differ when it comes to customization and features. The ADT app is bit more limited with features than Guardian Protection’s app. Guardian Protection’s app is powered by Alarm.com. What this means is that you will be able to go into detailed customization for all your devices, and use services like Geo-fencing.

ADT’s and Guardian Protection’s professional monitoring services work the same way, but Guardian Protections monitoring service’s month to month cost tend to be a bit cheaper than ADT.

However, if you want a better way to control your safety, look at our security system here at Link Interactive.

Finding the right security solution for your home can be tricky, but we are here to make that process easier for you. ADT and Guardian Protection offer great security solutions to keep your home protected. However, Guardian Protection offers better control panels and their month to month cost tend to be cheaper than that of ADT’s. For these reasons we are choosing Guardian Protection as our overall winner. However, if you’re looking for something better than both security solutions, take a look at our Link Interactive security system.

Why you should get Link Interactive instead

Link Interactive and Guardian Protection are the exact same security solution/system in terms of equipment and monitoring services. At Link we offer the Qolsys control panel just like Guardian as well as Alarm.com self-monitoring and third-party professional monitoring. Also just like Guardian, we too offer home automation control and cutting-edge video monitoring services. The difference is in the experience. With our Alarm.com security system, you get more features at a lower price point, and with renowned customer service. The internet is filled with 5-star reviews complimenting our awesome after-sales support!

We encourage you take a look at our offer here, get a quote and compare. You can also call us direct at 1-877-826-5443 for further details and speak with a rep!