Today we will be comparing home security providers Frontpoint and SimpliSafe, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, pricing, and more!
Everyday there are homeowners across the United States that fall victim to home invasion crimes. These types of crimes can you leave you with a heavy finical loss, but also can leave you feeling less secure in your own home. The best way to protect yourself against home invasion crimes is to invest in a home security system. There are several companies that provide security solutions to consumers like yourself, but today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Frontpoint and SimpliSafe have to offer.
Frontpoint has a really easy to use control panel that connects all your devices to one place. The control panel that Frontpoint uses has a very simplistic design that works well with any style of home. The panel comes with the base station and the keypad for you to control the base station.
The Frontpoint Control panel offers Crash and Smash, which means that even if the control panel is damaged by an intruder, it will still transmit a signal to your monitoring station. The Frontpoint control panel has cellular chip which means you don’t have to have a landline or internet connection for it to work. The panel can also connect to your internet connection just in case you the area you live in doesn’t get great cell coverage. The Frontpoint control panel comes with a rechargeable 24-hour back up battery in case your power goes out. The panel also has a Z-Wave protocol that allows you to use other branded devices with it, making it pretty expandable.
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SimpliSafe has a pretty simplistic control panel that has been redesigned to give it more modern features as well as a more modern look. Their control panel has a cone shaped design with LED indicator lights at the bottom of the base of the control panel that will change different colors to indicate different arm and disarm statuses. It also has an audio voice alert that will let you know when your system has been armed and disarmed or when one of your security sensors has been triggered. It is a wireless cellular system that works by connecting to the intrusion and environmental safety devices that are connected to it through a wireless signal, and transmits the signal for your monitoring for your system through a cellular chip.
The new version of the base also includes a second connection for your system through your home’s WIFI network which gives you a double layer of protection. The control panel is powered through an AC power source but also includes a 24-hour backup battery just in case your power goes out. When a security event has been triggered, the SimpliSafe control panel as a 105-decible internal siren that will give you an audible alert. All the features for the SimpliSafe control panel are controlled by a separated keypad that is battery operated, and has a push-button design. You can customize all the features of your SimpliSafe system through the keypad, and you can also add new devices to your system through the keypad as well.
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Frontpoint’s and SimpliSafe’s control panels are pretty similar to one another. They both have separate keypad that you will need to use to control the functions of your system and equipment. We really like that SimpliSafe’s control panel includes indicator lights due to the fact that it gives you a fast way to know the status of your system. We really like that Frontpoint’s hub has a Z-Wave protocol which allows you to use other branded equipment with it unlike SimpliSafe’s where you can only use their branded equipment with your system. Because Frontpoint uses a Z-Wave protocol making it more expandable, we are giving them the win for this category.
Frontpoint has a lot of great basic sensors that easily connect to their Frontpoint control panel. They offer door/window sensors that are wireless and batter-operated. Their door/window sensors are smaller than other door/window sensors making them easier to place. Frontpoint’s also offers motion sensors that are wireless and battery-operated.
Their motion sensors are pet immune, and can detect motion in a large area. Frontpoint offers wireless and battery-operated glass break sensors.
Their glass break sensors work by recognizing the sound of breaking glass, and they will alert you when this event has happened.
Frontpoint also offers wireless and battery-operated temperature sensors. These sensors will detect changes in temperature and will alert you to drastic rises and drops in temperature. They also offer smoke sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their smoke sensor will detect rises in smoke and will make an audible alert when this is detected.
Frontpoint also offers CO detectors that will alert you to potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas in your home via an audible alert. They offer key fobs that sport a 4-button design that allows consumers to arm and disarm their system with only a push of a button.
The last piece of basic equipment that front point offers are panic buttons. Their panic buttons will allow you to instantly trigger your system, and you will instantly get a response for your central monitoring station. Their panic buttons come with an elastic band and neck pendant so you can always have them with you. All the equipment offered by Frontpoint is DIY (do it yourself) which means you will need to setup up all the equipment by yourself, but they do include a setup guide for fast and easy installation.
Frontpoint additional equipment
Frontpoint offers a lot of great add-on equipment that allows you to expand your system to include some home automation and video surveillance equipment.
They offer smart LED bulbs which are great at saving you some money on your home’s power bill. You can turn on and off these smart lights remotely through the Frontpoint app. If you are looking for a way to control small appliances or light fixtures you can purchase a wireless light control from Frontpoint. Their light control plugs directly into an outlet, and you can control any small appliance that is connected to this smart plug remotely through the Frontpoint app.
Fronpoint also offers automated door locks. Fronpoint’s automated door locks have a fingerprint resistant keypad design that will allow you to create custom user codes.
Frontpoint offers garage controls that will allow you to remotely control your garage doors on the go. If for some reason you forget to close your garage door, an alert will be sent to you through Frontpoint app.
Frontpoint offers smart thermostats as well. Front point’s smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature of your home when a drop or rise of temperature happens past the temperature you have set for your home.
Frontpoint has a great selection of video surveillance equipment that you can use with their system. Frontpoint offers the Alarm.com V622 Indoor Camera. This camera is wireless, and it is powered by an AC power source. The video resolution of this camera is 1080P with a 180-degree viewing angle which allows this camera to capture video in a wide area. The V622 indoor camera also has 2-way audio built-in with Bluetooth audio streaming capabilities. You can also use other Alarm.com cameras with Frontpoint such as their outdoor cameras.
SimpliSafe has everything you need to give you home total protection when it comes to their basic equipment. They offer wireless and battery-operated sensors only. They offer door/window sensors that can easily detect when your door or windows have been open. They offer motion sensors that can detect motion in a large area. They have glass break sensors that can easily detect the sound of breaking glass around them. They offer an external siren that can be placed anywhere around your home, and has an audible alert of 105-decibels.
They offer keychain remotes that have a push button design that allow you to quickly arm and disarm your system with a touch of a button. They have a panic button that is also has a push-button design, and it will trigger your system as well as sending an alert to your professional monitoring station.
SimpliSafe offers wireless and battery-operated environmental safety sensors. They offer both CO and smoke sensors that can easily detect dangerous rises in carbon monoxide gas and smoke. If dangerous rises of smoke or CO gases are detected by these sensors, they will make an audible alert.
All of the basic sensors that are offered by SimpliSafe when triggered by an event will trigger your system. The equipment that is offered by SimpliSafe is totally DIY, but they include everything you need for a fast and easy installation.
SimpliSafe additional equipment
SimpliSafe doesn’t have a lot when it comes to add-on equipment. The only piece of home automation equipment they offer is their smart lock. Their smart lock is wireless and battery-operated, and it fits over you existing deadbolt lock. It has a separate push-button keypad that is also battery-operated, and its keypad illuminates. You can create custom user codes for this lock as well as use your existing key to unlock it. The user codes that you create for your SimpliSafe smart lock can be enabled and disabled at any-time.
When it comes to video surveillance equipment SimpliSafe offers their SimpliCam and their Video Doorbell Pro. Both of these cameras are wireless and work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. The SimpliCam can be used indoors or outdoors, but if you are going to use it outdoors you want to make sure you place it in a covered area. Both of their cameras include HD video resolution quality with night vision technology, two-way audio, and motion sensors that will trigger them to start to record. The SimpliCam is powered by an AC power source while the Video Doorbell Pro is powered by being directly wired into your existing doorbell’s setup power source.
This is another category where you find a lot of similarities between what Frontpoint and SimpliSafe have to offer. The basic equipment offered by both companies is wireless, battery-operated, and DIY. We really like the simple setup for SimpliSafe’s basic equipment, with most consumers being able to setup their systems within an hour. Frontpoint offers a bit more variety than that of SimpliSafe, and they include a temperature sensor. Because Frontpoint has a bit more variety of basic equipment than that of SimpliSafe we are giving them the win for this category.
There is a pretty drastic difference between what Frontpoint has to offer in add-on equipment, and what SimpliSafe has to offer. SimpliSafe has a very limited selection of add-on equipment, but we really do like the fact that their SimpliCam can be used both indoors and outdoors. Frontpoint however has ton of add-on equipment for you to choose from, and you can also use other branded add-on equipment with your Frontpoint system due to it including a Z-Wave protocol. Because Frontpoint has such a massive selection of add-on equipment when compared to SimpliSafe, we are giving them the win for this category.
Fronpoint and Simplisafe both offer professional, video, and self-monitoring services. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which work for Android and Apple devices. With their apps you can control your system and devices remotely while on the go. You can also customize any equipment that is connected to your system through their apps. You will receive push notifications anytime your system or equipment is triggered through their apps as well. You can stream live and recorded video right from their apps while on the go.
The biggest difference between their apps is how they are powered. Frontpoint is powered through Alarm.com which means you have a ton of more features that you can use than that of SimpliSafe’s app. Frontpoint offers Geo-fencing technology which allows you to set an invisible fence that when crossed will automatically trigger you security, home automation, and video surveillance equipment to perform various customizable tasks. Their professional monitoring services work the same in where you have a 24/7 professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7.
One of the biggest differences between Fronpoint’s monitoring services and SimpliSafe’s is the pricing. SimpliSafe is much cheaper than that of Frontpoint’s month to month monitoring costs. SimpliSafe also offers contract free services which means you will need to pay for your equipment upfront while Fronpoint offers contracts from 1 to 3 years which means they give huge discounts on their equipment.
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Fronpoint and SimpliSafe have a lot of similarities when it comes to their control panels and basic equipment. Fronpoint however does have a greater variety of add-on equipment allowing to expand your system more. SimpliSafe however does have cheaper month to month monitoring costs that are contract free, but that also means not-so-good customer service and monitoring. Because Fronpoint has more equipment than that of SimpliSafe with a nicer control panel that is very expandable we are choosing them as our overall winner. If you are looking to purchase a system with either of these companies you can do so by shopping online on their websites or calling their toll-free numbers.
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