Today we will be comparing home security providers Frontpoint and Protect America and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, pricing, and more!
You may be one of the thousands of consumers who are shopping around for home security, looking for the best company that fits your specific security needs. When shopping around for home security you want to make sure the company that you go with offers the equipment and monitoring services that you are looking for. There are several really great companies out on the market that offer personalized security solutions, but today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Frontpoint and Protect America 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 is super easy to use. The Frontpoint control panel comes with the base station and a separate keypad for you to control the base station. The separate keypad designed to be separate so that you can place it in another location keeping it more secure in case a home invasion takes place.
The Frontpoint Control panel itself has 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 Frontpoint control panel can also connect to your internet connection just in case you live in an area doesn’t get great cell coverage.
The Frontpoint control panel comes with a rechargeable 24-hour rechargeable back up battery for the times your power may go out. The panel also has a Z-Wave protocol that allows you to use other branded devices with it. Frontpoint’s Z-Wave protocol will allow you to expand your system so it also functions as a smart home automation hub.
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Protect America offers the Simon XTi touchscreen control panel and an upgraded Qolsys IQ Panel 2 (which happens to be the exact same panel that we offer here at Link Interactive). It is a wireless control panel that includes a cellular chip, and it will also connect to your home’s WIFI for a backup connection.
This control panel has 3.5-inch LCD colored touchscreen that displays system status, temperature, and time. You can control all of the functions for your Protect America system by using the touchscreen control panel. The Simon XTi has two-way communication which allows you to directly communicate with your central monitoring station. The Simon XTi is also expandable, and it has 40 wireless zones (two of those zones can be used for wired security devices). You can have up to 8 custom users codes and 1 master code for this panel that can be enabled and disabled at any time. The panel can be wall mounted or placed on a surface and is AC powered with a 24-hour backup battery.
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Frontpoint and Protect America both offer pretty decent control panels. We like the simplicity of the Fronpoint control panel, and we think it is super easy to use. The Simon XTi control panel however has a ton more basic features than the one offered by Frontpoint, and we like the fact it is a touchscreen control panel. Because Protect America offers a more advanced control panel with more features, we are giving them the win for this category. However, we still feel the XTi is pretty outdated in terms of today’s technology. For something more advanced and with a lot more bells and whistles for around about the same price, consider the Qolsys IQ Panel 2 by Link Interactive.
Frontpoint has the basic sensors that you need to connect to your Frontpoint control panel. They offer door/window sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their door/window sensors are smaller than other door/window sensors making them easier to place. Frontpoint also offers motion sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their motion sensors are pet immune, and can detect motion in a large area cutting down on the need for a lot of basic sensors. 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 CO 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 a push of a button. The last piece of basic equipment that Frontpoint 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 set up 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 cutting down on your home’s energy consumption per month. 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 door controllers 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 the Frontpoint app.
Frontpoint offers smart thermostats as well. Frontpoint’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.
Protect America offers Interlogix branded entry sensors to use with their Simon XTi control panel. They offer micro door/window sensors that are battery-operated and wireless. Their door/window sensors are smaller in size than normal door/window sensors making them fit a larger variety of door/window frames. Protect America offers wireless motion sensors that are battery-operated. These sensors are pet immune for users who have pets up to 40 lbs. Protect America offers Interlogix glass break sensors that can detect glass break within a 20-foot radius that are wireless and battery-operated. They offer the Interlogix keychain remotes. Their keychain remotes have a 4-button design that includes a panic button, a light on and lights off button, and an arm and disarm button.
Protect America has several different environment safety devices for you to choose from. Protect America offers Interlogix wireless smoke detectors. These detectors do more than just detect heat and smoke from fires, they will set off audible alarms for anyvtime the temperature drops to freezing point. The Interlogix wireless smoke detector is battery-operated with a battery life of up to 10 years, and connects to your control panel wirelessly. If you are a homeowner who already has smoke detectors in your home and are not looking to replace them but still want to integrate them with your system, you can purchase the FireFighter Sensor. The FireFighter Sensor will listen for the sounds of your current smoke detector’s alarm and trigger an event with your security system.
The last environmental safety devices offered by Protect America is the Interlogix carbon monoxide detector. This sensor will send and make an alert when CO2 levels reach dangerous levels. It will also alert users when it has low battery or if it has been tampered with. The Interlogix carbon monoxide detector is powered by 3 AA batteries with a battery life up to 7 years. All equipment that is sent to you by Protect America is DIY (do it yourself) type of installation.
Protect America Additional Equipment
Protect America offers add-on equipment that allows you to personalize your system. They offer a wide variety of smart locks, and several models from the Kwikset brand. These locks are touchscreen and allow you to remotely lock and unlock doors right from Protect America’s app. If you are not a big fan of Kiwkset locks, Protect America offer the August Smart Lock pro. One really cool feature that the August Lock Pro has is that it will automatically lock and unlock the doors when you arrive and leave your home.
For consumers who have garage doors and are looking to remotely control them, you can purchase the Linear garage door controller. The Linear garage door controller offered by Protect America is wireless and connects to your system via Z-Wave. This controller will alert you of the status of your garage door and allow you to remotely open and close it.
For consumers looking for devices to cut down on their home’s energy cost, they can purchase smart thermostats, smart outlets, and smart switches directly through Protect America. Protect America offers a couple of different models of smart thermostats. They offer the GoControl Z-wave thermostat which works with HVAC heating and cooling system. The GoControl Z-Wave thermostat allows you to set custom timers for when your heating and cooling systems come on and go off. The GoControl Z-Wave thermostat is battery-operated and is powered by four AA batteries.
If you are looking to be able to control small appliances remotely you can purchase the Z-Wave Single Wall outlet from Protect America. This outlet has a two-outlet design and allow users to set timers and remotely turn off appliances. You can also purchase the Z-Wave Light and Appliance Module to remotely control small appliances and also dim your lights. This module is compact so you can easily fit more than one of these modules in a single outlet. This module gives users the ability to remotely control small appliance along with a light dimming feature.
If you are consumer looking for video surveillance equipment, Protect America offers a great variety of this type of equipment as well. Protect America offers indoor and outdoor cameras. The Indoor camera they offer has a video resolution of 720HD p with a 60-degree fields of view. it also has a built-in two-way audio feature that lets you directly communicate with whomever is around your camera. Their indoor camera has a Micro SD slot allowing users to store recorded video. Protect America’s outdoor camera also has a video resolution of 720P. Both their indoor and outdoor cameras have night vision technology, and are wireless and work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network.
Frontpoint and Protect America are very similar when it comes to the basic equipment they have to offer. They both offer the same types of entry sensors which are smaller than normal entry sensors making them much easier to place. They both also have a variety of environmental safety devices for you to choose from. However, Protect America offers the FireFighter sensor which is something Frontpoint doesn’t offer. Because Protect America offers basic sensors that Frontpoint doesn’t offer, we are giving them the win for this category.
Frontpoint and Protect America offer a ton of add-on equipment that really lets you expand your system. We like the Alam.com cameras offered by Frontpoint due to the high-quality designs along with their advanced features. We like all the different smart home automation devices that Protect America has to offer especially their Alarm.com Smart Thermostats which are great at cutting down on your home’s energy cost from month to month. Because Protect America has a wider variety of add-on equipment than Frontpoint, we are giving them the win for this category as well.
Frontpoint and Protect America offer professional, video, and self-monitoring services for their equipment. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download and work for Apple and Android devices. Frontpoint’s app is powered by Alarm.com, which means you can use a ton of more features than other security companies’ apps that are out on the market, including Protect America’s (which uses SecureNet/Smartlink). At Link Interactive, you can get the best of both worlds - the hardware of Protect America, and the app of Frontpoint (Alarm.com).
You can stream live and recorded video, remotely arm and disarm your system, add/remove devices, control home automation devices, and receive push-notifications right through their apps. The Alarm.com app also allow you to use Geo-fencing technology which will automatically turn on/off your devices when you cross a certain point when leaving or returning home. Video monitoring is done through both apps as well. And they both offer 24/7 professional monitoring services that work the same, where you have a professional monitoring service watching over your home 24/7.
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Frontpoint and Protect America offer a lot of similar products and services for you to protect your home. Their control panels are very different however, with Protect America having a more advanced control panel than that of Frontpoint. Fronpoint’s control panel however is very easy to use, and even easier to set up. Protect America has a ton of add-on equipment for you to choose from compared to that of Frontpoint, and due to this reason plus their nicer control panel we are making them our overall winner.
However, if you are looking to purchase a system from neither of these companies but instead want a better bang for your buck without sacrificing on features and quality of service, take a look at our security solution at Link.
Why you should get Link Interactive instead
Link Interactive and Frontpoint are very similar in terms of equipment and monitoring services. At Link we offer a better, more advanced control panel in the the Qolsys IQ 2 Panel with Aarm.com self-monitoring (just like Frontpoint) and third-party professional monitoring. We also offer cutting-edge video monitoring services, all at a much better price than Frontpoint!
We have thousands of 5-star reviews on various reputable third party review sites 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!