Today we will be comparing home security providers Frontpoint and Scout Alarm, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, and more!
You may be one of the thousands of homeowners shopping for a security system right now. The process can feel overwhelming due to the amount of security products on the market. We are here to make your shopping experience much less stressful by providing you information on the top security products and companies. Today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Frontpoint and Scout Alarm have to offer.
Frontpoint has a really nice and easy to use control panel that connects all your devices to one place. The control panel that Frontpoint has to offer has a simplistic design and even simpler functions. The Frontpoint control panel comes with the base station and one wireless keypad which is used for you to control the base station. The Frontpoint Control panel has Crash and Smash protection, which is a great feature to have built into a control panel because if the control panel is damaged by an intruder, it will still transmit a signal to your monitoring station. The Frontpoint control panel has a 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 live in an area that 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, and it has a Z-Wave protocol that allows you to use other branded devices with it, making it pretty expandable.
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Scout Alarm offers a high-quality control panel that connects all of your security equipment and other devices wirelessly. Their control panel is called the Scout Hub, and it works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network but also includes a cellular backup just in case your internet goes down. The Scout Hub doesn’t have any features that can be controlled directly from the control panel, instead you will use their app, separate keypad, or key fob to arm and disarm your system. You can also use a RFID tag to quickly arm and disarm your system. The Scout Hub includes an internal 105-decibel alarm that can be easily heard no matter where you are in your home. Their control panel is powered through an AC power source, and it does include a built-in backup battery just in case your power goes out. The Scout Hub is very expandable and has lots of zones. The control panel will tell you exactly which zone (sensor) has been triggered which will give you a better idea of where and what is exactly happening in your home. The control panel also includes Z-wave technology which will allow you to expand your system to include the use of some smart home devices.
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Frontpoint and Scout Alarm both offer simplistic control panels that are easy to set up and use. We really like how the zones work with the Scout Hub due to its ability to let you know exactly what area of your home is being triggered. We like the fact that that Frontpoint offers smash and crash protection built into their control panel. Frontpoint and Scout Alarm both require the use of a separate keypad to control your control panel, but Frontpoint includes it with their control panel while Scout Alarm makes you buy it separately. Because the Frontpoint control panel allows you to arm and disarm it using a keypad that is already included, we are giving Frontpoint the win for this category.
Frontpoint has all the basic equipment you need to give your home total coverage. 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 offers motion sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their motion sensors are pet immune, and can detect motion in a large area. Frontpoint also 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 has wireless and battery-operated temperature sensors. These sensors will detect changes in temperature and will alert you to abnormal 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’s 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 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 can be carried around with you and include a band so that you can.
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 Home Automation
Frontpoint has a ton of add-on equipment that really allows you to expand your system to use a lot of home automation devices. They offer smart LED bulbs which are great at saving you some money on your energy costs for your home. 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. 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 Video Monitoring/Cameras
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 your Frontpoint system such as their outdoor and doorbell cameras.
Scout Alarm offers a nice variety of basic equipment that you can use with their control panel. Scout Alarm offers a Door Panel which is a pretty different type of intrusion sensor compared to other intrusion sensors that are out on the market today. The Scout Alarm’s Door Panel is a larger sensor meant to be placed on the outside of an entryway door. This sensor will alert you to anytime it has been opened and closed. This sensor can also be used to quickly arm and disarm your system tapping a RFID sticker to the Door Panel or using a Scout’s key fob. These stickers can be placed on anything that is easy to move around. When you tap these stickers on your control panel or Door Panel, they will automatically arm or disarm your system. The Door Panel also includes a 105-decibel alarm built in.
The next basic sensor that is offered by Scout is their Access Sensor. These sensors are used to protect the door and windows of your home. They are battery-operated and will alert you to anytime a door or window has been opened. Scout also offers motion sensors that a wireless and battery operated. Scout’s motion sensors use PIR technology to detect motion and have a 90-degree field of view. Scout Alarm offers glass break sensors that are wireless and battery operated. Scout Alarm’s glass break sensors are used to detect the sound of glass breaking within a 15ft range of the sensor. Scout Alarm offers key fobs remotes for that are batter operated and have a push button design. Their key fob remotes allow you to quickly arm and disarm your system with the touch of a button.
Scout Alarm offers Smoke, CO, and Flood sensors to help protect your home from environmental disasters. These sensors are battery operated and wireless, and they will make an audible alert anytime they are triggered. These sensors along with Scout Alarm’s other sensor will all trigger your system to cause an event anytime they are triggered. All equipment that is sold to you by Scout Alarm is DIY (Do it yourself), but everything is included for a quick installation.
Scout Alarm Home Automation
Scout Alarm has a limited variety of what they actually offer on their website for add-on equipment so it is important to keep in mind that Scout’s control panel has Z-Wave technology which means you can use other branded home automation and security products that are not offered on the Scout Alarm’s website. They do offer Yale Automated Door Locks. The Yale automated door lock offered by Scout has an illuminated touch pin pad that allows you to create custom user codes. It is battery operated and allows for quick one-touch locking and unlocking of this lock. The Yale automated door lock offered by Scout Alarm can be unlocked and locked on the go, and any user codes for it can be enabled or disabled at any time. Scout Alarm also offers an indoor camera as a part of their add-on equipment.
Scout Alarm Video Monitoring/Cameras
When it comes to video surveillance equipment Scout Alarm offers an indoor camera and video doorbell camera that work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. Scout Alarm’s indoor camera is powered through an AC power source, but they do not state how their doorbell camera is powered. Their indoor and video doorbells camera record in full 1080P which lets you capture crystal clear video clips. Their indoor camera has a 155-degree field of view while their doorbell camera has 180-degree field of view. They both come with night vision built-in so that you can view video even when there is limited or no light around the camera. The Scout indoor and video doorbell cameras have built-in motion detectors that will trigger the cameras to start recording whenever motion is detected near them.
We like the smaller size of Fronpoint’s door/window sensors due to their size allowing them to be placed in a larger variety of styles of door/window frames. With Scout, we like the Door Panel sensor due to its built-in siren. Scout offers some fancy sensors Frontpoint doesn’t, and due to this we are giving Scout Alarm the win for this category.
There is a pretty big difference between what Frontpoint has to offer with their add-on equipment, and what Scout Alarm has to offer with their add-on equipment. Frontpoint has a huge selection of home automation equipment for you to choose from which allows you to really expand your Frontpoint system. We really like the Yale smart locks that that Scout Alarm offers due to their tamper resistant design. Because Frontpoint has a much larger selection of add-on equipment for you to choose from, we are giving them this win for this category.
Frontpoint and Scout Alarm offer professional, self, and video monitoring services. Their self and video monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download and work for Apple, Window, and Android devices. To use both of their self-monitoring services you will have to have a month to month plan, with Scout Alarm’s month to month plan being much cheaper than that of Frontpoint’s. Their apps will send you push notifications for events, allows you arm and disarm your system on the go, check sensor history, add and customize devices, and stream and view live and recorded video all while on the go.
Fronpoint’s app however has more in-depth features because it is powered by Alarm.com services. You can use Geo Fencing technology with your Frontpoint system which is a feature that will automatically turn on/off your different security, home automation, and video surveillance equipment when you leave or return home. Frontpoint’s and Scout Alarm’s professional monitoring services work the same, but Scout Alarm’s month to month price is much cheaper.
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Choosing a winner between Frontpoint and Scout Alarm is a tough decision. Frontpoint provides a decent amount of security, home automation, and video surveillance devices. Scout Alarm offers a newer system that is really expandable, and their month to month cost are much cheaper than that of Frontpoint’s.
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