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Today we will be comparing home security providers Frontpoint and Cove, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, and more!

There are a lot of great reasons for why you should get a home security system for your home. One of the top reasons why homeowners decide to get home security is because they have just experienced a home break-in. These types of crimes can cause a lot of psychological and financial harm to homeowners and their families (no one should have to experience this type of trauma in their lives). There are many companies out on the market who can keep your home and family safe with their personalized security solutions, and today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Frontpoint and Cove have to offer.

Frontpoint Control Panel

Frontpoint’s control panel is simplistic in design and has a pretty basic layout. It comes with the base station, and a wireless keypad. Frontpoint decided to make a separate keypad for their system to provide it with more security. Having your keypad in a separate location from your base station decreases the chances of it being damaged by an intruder. Frontpoint’s keypad is powered by an AC power source, but does include a rechargeable battery.

The Frontpoint Control panel has Crash and Smash protection which will keep your base station safe. Crash and Smash is a great feature to have built into their base station because if the base station is damaged by an intruder, it will still transmit a signal to your monitoring station.

The Frontpoint control panel has cellular chip built-in which means you don’t have to have a landline or internet connection for it to work. The Frontpoint control panel has a backup connection with it being able to connect to your home’s WIFI network just in case you live in an area that doesn’t get great cell coverage or your internet goes down. The panel comes with a rechargeable 24-hour back up battery in case your power goes out, and it also has a Z-Wave protocol that allows you to use other branded devices with it, making it pretty expandable.

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Cove Control Panel

Cove offers a control panel that is packed full of features, and has a great modern-day design. Their control panel is called the Cove Touch Alarm. All your security and other devices connect wirelessly to it. It has a full colored touchscreen that easily lets you arm and disarm your system with a push of a single button. The Cove Touch Alarm is a wireless panel that is powered through an AC power source. It comes with a 24-hour backup battery. It also includes a built-in audible alarm that will be triggered when your Cove security system detects an event. You can have up to 20 customized user codes for the Cove Touch Alarm panel, and they can easily be disabled and enabled at any time. It also includes a 2-way audio feature that allows you to directly communicate with your central monitoring station. Another really cool feature of the Cove Touch Alarm is that is includes Crash and Smash technology. What this means is that the Cove Touch Alarm has a cellular chip that will still transmit a signal to your central monitoring station even when your control panel has been damaged. The Cove Touch Alarm will make sure your system is working properly by using its self-diagnosing software that constantly makes sure your hub and security devices are working properly.

To see our Crash and Smash enabled control panel by Qolsys, check out Link Interactive »

Who wins?

The control panels that are offered by Frontpoint and Cove are pretty different from one another. Frontpoint’s control panel has a separate keypad for you to control its functions while all the functions from the Cove’s control panel can be accessed right from the full-colored touchscreen. However, both Cove’s and Fronpoint’s control panels have Crash and Smash protection built-in. Due to Cove having a more modern control panel with more updated features we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint Equipment

Frontpoint has a huge selection of addon equipment for you to choose from. 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’s 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 offers key fob remotes that sport a 4-button design that allows consumers to arm and disarm their system with only a push of a button. Frontpoint’s panic buttons will allow you to instantly trigger your system, and you will get a response for your central monitoring station. Their panic buttons can be carried around with you so that you can always be prepared for an emergency.

Frontpoint also offers 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.

Click here to read our full Frontpoint product review »

Frontpoint Home Automation

Frontpoint has really got you covered when it comes to addon equipment. They offer everything you need to really expand and personalize your security system. They offer smart LED bulbs which are great at saving you some money on your energy costs for your home. You can turn these smart lights on and off 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 it. The small appliances connected to Fronpoint’s light control can be controlled remotely through the Frontpoint app. Fronpoint’s 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’s 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 HD 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.

Cove Equipment

Cove offers all the sensors you need to give your home total security protection. The first type of security sensors that Cove has to offer are door/window sensors. Their door/window sensors are battery-operated and wireless. They can easily be installed on either your door or window frames due to their adhesive double-sided stick tape backs. The next sensors that are offered by Cove are motion sensors that are also wireless and battery-operated. You generally want to install motion sensors in large rooms that you want coverage for. Cove’s motion sensors are pet immune which means that as long as your furry friend are under 45-pounds they will not trigger these sensors. Cove offers glass break sensors to help protect the windows of your home. Cove’s glass break sensors are also wireless and battery-operated. Cove’s glass break sensors have a range of 360-degrees allowing them to cover multiple windows. Cove has keychain remotes that are battery-operated. Their keychain remotes have a four-button design, and you can arm your system in stay, away, or home mode with this keychain remote. It includes a built-in panic button that will immediately alert your central monitoring stations that there is an emergency.

Cove offers wireless and battery-operated smoke, CO, and flood sensors. Their smoke and CO sensors will detect rises in smoke and CO gas, and they will make an audible alert and trigger an event with your system if these rises are detected. Their flood sensors will detect rises in water, and it will also trigger your system when rises or leaks are detected. All the equipment that purchase from Cove is DIY (do it yourself), but Cove does include a step by step guide on how to set up everything quickly and easily.

Cove Home Automation

Cove doesn’t have a huge selection of add-on equipment for you to choose form, and when it comes to home automation, they don’t currently offer any of those types of products on their website. You will need to call them directly to find out about their home automation products. They do offer the Cove Medical Alert System which is a medical alert device that has a portable design that allows it to easily be transported from place to place. The Cove Medical Alert System would be a great addition to your Cove security system especially if you have someone in your home who has medical issues. The Cove Medical Alert System is a wireless push button sensor that is battery-operated. It has an LED indicator light to let you know that a distress call has been made. When the Cove Medical Alert System’s button has been pushed your central monitoring station will be immediately notified.

Cove Video Monitoring/Cameras

When it comes to video surveillance equipment Cove Smart is a bit limited. Cove Smart does not offer their own branded video surveillance camera, but they do offer the YI Indoor Camera. The YI Indoor Camera is packed full of features. It has a video resolution of 1080p HD with a 107-degree wide viewing angle. It has night vision technology that allows you to capture images even when there is no light around. You can use the YI Indoor Camera’s zoom feature to zoom in on images up to 4X which allows for crystal clear images. One really cool feature of the YI Indoor Camera is its Baby Cry Detection technology. With YI Indoor Camera’s Baby Cry Detection technology, it will listen for the distinguishing sound of a baby’s cry, and ignore background noise. If this noise is detected by your YI Indoor Camera, it will alert you. It also includes a 2-way audio feature that allow to hear and respond to whomever is around your camera. The YI Indoor Camera is powered through an AC Power source, and it works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network wirelessly. Video clips can be stored on a Micro SD card or viewed through the Cove app.

Who wins?

Frontpoint and Cove offer a lot of the same type of basic security equipment. They offer wireless and battery-operated security and environmental sensors. We like that Frontpoint offers a temperature sensor which is really hand if you live in an area where rises in humidity levels could damage your home. We really like that Cove offers flood sensors due to their ability to help prevent thousands of dollars in flood damage. There isn’t a clear winner for this category so we are calling it a tie.

There is a drastic difference in what Frontpoint offers with add-on equipment and what Cove has to offer. Unfortunately, Cove doesn’t offer any home automation equipment, but we really love the YI Indoor Camera that they offer due to all of its advanced features that a lot of other cameras out on the market don’t have. Frontpoint however has a ton of home automation equipment for you to choose from, and they offer some really nice Alarm.com cameras. Because Frontpoint offers so much more add-on equipment than Cove, we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint vs Cove App

Frontpoint and Cove offer professional, self, and video monitoring services. Their self-monitoring service are done through their apps. Their apps are free to download and work for Windows, Apple, and Android devices. There are some similar features between their apps. Their apps allow you to remotely arm and disarm your system, view live and recorded video, and receive push notifications for events. Frontpoint’s app however does include more in-depth features, and lets you do more with home automation equipment along with a lot more customization features that you can use with your other devices connected to your Frontpoint system. Their professional monitoring services work the same where you have a professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7. Their prices per month for their monitoring are about the same as well. They also both offer contract and not contract options for their services.

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Frontpoint and Cove are great security providers. We really like the modern full colored touchscreen that Cove offers due to all the features that are packed into it. We love the fact that Frontpoint offer so much home automation equipment that really lets you expand and personalize your system. Because Frontpoint’s system has more expandability, and they offer a more in-depth app, we are choosing them as our overall winner.

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