Frontpoint vs ADT

Frontpoint offers 100% wireless and cellular DIY security systems and monitoring plans are reasonable. They use GE equipment and have 2 contract options - 12 months or 36 months.

ADT focuses on professional installation and between installation/activation fees and monitoring plans, ADT works out to be a little more expensive overall. They use Honeywell equipment and only have a 36-month contract option in place. ADT provides a wider range of options - you can choose between a landline or cellular system.

Feature

Frontpoint

ADT

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

6 months

Frontpoint vs Vivint

Frontpoint provides a budget-friendly DIY system that is easy to install on your own. With Frontpoint, you get to bypass having to pay for installation. They have good customer service and don't employ aggressive sales techniques such as door-to-door marketing. Frontpoint has 12-month or 36-month contracts and offer basic equipment compared to Vivint, unless you choose to upgrade.

Vivint is a little more expensive and offers professional installation for a fee. They are known for door-to-door sales and their long contracts - 42 or 60 months. Vivint has better, innovative equipment.

Feature

Frontpoint

Vivint

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

42 or 60 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

3 days

Frontpoint vs Link Interactive

Frontpoint has 12 or 36-month contracts. Their termination fee is 80% of the remaining contract. They offer standard packages with the option to customize.

Link Interactive has 12, 24 and 36-month contract options. Their termination fee is 75% of the remaining contract. They do not offer pre-set equipment packages. Instead they have an a la cart system in place where you can choose the equipment you need. Link Interactive usually has promotional offers going on.

There are many similarities between these two companies. Both companies are DIY. They both use the Alarm.com smartphone app and offer the Crash & Smash feature.

Feature

Frontpoint

Link Interactive

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

12, 24 or 36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

30 days

Frontpoint vs Brinks Home Security

Frontpoint has longer contracts - 12 or 36 months. They also have better customer service. Brinks Home Security has a shorter contract - 12 months. Both companies are DIY and therefore do not charge for installation. Both provide 100% cellular systems.

Feature

Frontpoint

Brinks Home Security

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

12 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

30 days

Frontpoint vs SimpliSafe

Frontpoint uses significantly superior equipment compared to SimpliSafe and has both contract and no contract options in place. They also offer the Crash & Smash feature which gives you added protection in case your security system is ever tampered with. Frontpoint has a 30-day money-back guarantee.

SimpliSafe has basic equipment, no contracts and their monitoring plans are significantly cheaper than Frontpoint's. They have a 60-day trial period and do not offer features like geofencing.

Both companies are DIY.

Feature

Frontpoint

SimpliSafe

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

60 days

Frontpoint vs Scout Alarm

Frontpoint uses GE equipment and requires a 12 or 36 month contract. They use Z-Wave technology. Scout Alarm offers month-to-month monitoring (no contracts) and self-monitoring. They use proprietary equipment and Zigbee Protocol. Both companies require an upfront fee for the equipment and both offer a 30-day risk-free trial. Both have great customer service.

Feature

Frontpoint

Scout Alarm

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

30 days

Frontpoint vs Protection 1

Frontpoint is a DIY security company that primarily uses GE equipment. They have 2 contract options: 12 months or 36 months. Protection 1 systems require professional installation and the equipment is by Honeywell and 2GIG. Contracts are 36 months. Both companies are known to have good customer service and provide intrusion, environmental and video monitoring, in addition to home automation. Both companies use the Alarm.com app for remote monitoring and offer Alarm.com's Crash & Smash protection feature.

Feature

Frontpoint

Protection 1

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

Frontpoint vs Protect America

Frontpoint only has cellular equipment and getting started with them comes with a greater upfront cost compared to Protect America. However, with Frontpoint you're getting a better value for money because the equipment is cellular. Frontpoint offers 3-year warranty on its equipment. They have multiple contract options - 12 or 36 months. Return policy is 30 days.

Protect America offers landline, broadband or cellular equipment. Upfront cost with Protect America is low but that's because you get a basic landline-connected system for a lower price ($19.99). Protect America offers lifetime warranty on its equipment. They only have a 36-month contract option. Return policy is 14 days.

Feature

Frontpoint

Protect America

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

ADT vs Vivint

ADT primarily uses Honeywell equipment and their contracts are the standard 36 months. ADT offers both landline and cellular systems. They charge a higher installation fee than Vivint.

Vivint only provides cellular systems by 2GIG. At 42 or 60 months, their contracts are longer than most companies. Vivint offers lifetime warranty on its equipment.

Both companies are big names in the security industry and require professional installation.

Feature

ADT

Vivint

Installation Type

Pro

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

42 or 60 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

3 days

ADT vs Link Interactive

ADT systems require professional installation and they primary use Honeywell sensors. ADT's plans are a little on the higher side compared to Link Interactive. You can either sign up with ADT online or through ADT authorized dealers (there are several).

Link Interactive has reasonable plans compared to ADT. They're a DIY security company and use 2GIG and GE equipment. Link Interactive systems can be bought at Costco (off-the-shelf).

Feature

ADT

Link Interactive

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

12, 24 or 36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

30 days

ADT vs Brinks Home Security

ADT requires professional setup and therefore has an installation fee. Their contract is the standard 36 months. ADT also has a landline option. Brinks Home Security has a shorter 12-month contract and only provides cellular systems. Both companies support home automation.

Feature

ADT

Brinks Home Security

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

12 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

30 days

ADT vs SimpliSafe

ADT systems require professional installation and contracts, both. They have superior equipment available in packages that can be customized.

SimpliSafe is DIY only and doesn't require any contract. You are free to select the equipment you need so you don't end up with any extra sensors that you may not need. SimpliSafe doesn't support outdoor cameras.

Both companies provide wireless systems and intrusion, video and environmental monitoring.

Feature

ADT

SimpliSafe

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

60 days

ADT vs Scout Alarm

ADT requires professional installation and 36-month contracts. They use Honeywell equipment and have a longer trial period. They use Z-Wave technology and support video. Their monitoring plans are more expensive.

Scout Alarm is DIY and offers month-to-month monitoring and use proprietary equipment. They have a shorter trial period and use Zigbee Protocol. Scout Alarm does not support video.

Both companies have equipment packages.

Feature

ADT

Scout Alarm

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

30 days

ADT vs Protection 1

With ADT, you have the option to choose between hardwired or 100% cellular equipment. Their system comes with a warranty. Protection 1 only has a 100% cellular system option but no warranty, which is a huge drawback. Both companies require professional setup and have the same 36-month contract term. With both companies, you lease the equipment - you do not own it.

Feature

ADT

Protection 1

Installation Type

Pro

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

14 days

ADT vs Protect America

ADT systems require professional installation because of which starting costs are higher than with Protect America. ADT also has more expensive plans.

Protect America is a DIY company and the system is easy to setup with its peel & stick sensors. There is no upfront cost to get started with them and plans are cheaper than ADT.

Both companies have 36-month contracts and offer landline systems in addition to cellular. They also both use GE equipment.

Feature

ADT

Protect America

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

6 months

14 days

Vivint vs Link Interactive

Vivint security systems require professional installation therefore startup cost is higher. They have multiple contract options (long) - 42 or 60 months. They only offer a 3-day trial period but lifetime warranty on the equipment. Vivint does a lot of door-to-door sales and their sales and customer service is aggressive.

Link Interactive can be easily set up on your own. They have multiple contract options - 12, 24 or 36 months. They have a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty on the equipment. Link Interactive has great, non-aggressive customer service.

Both companies provide cellular security systems.

Feature

Vivint

Link Interactive

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

12, 24 or 36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

30 days

Vivint vs Brinks Home Security

Vivint requires professional installation and much longer contracts - 42 or 60 months. They offer lifetime warranty on the equipment but only a 3-day trial.

Brinks Home Security is DIY and has a shorter-term contract - 12 months. All equipment is pre-programmed which makes for an easier install. Customers own the equipment after the contract is up. Warranty on the equipment is 2 years.

Both companies offer wireless and cellular equipment. Both require activation fees.

Feature

Vivint

Brinks Home Security

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

12 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

30 days

Vivint vs SimpliSafe

Vivint requires professional monitoring and long contracts. They use 2GIG/GE equipment. Refund policy is 3 days but warranty on the equipment is lifetime, which is a huge plus.

SimpliSafe is DIY and there is no contract required. They use proprietary equipment. Refund policy is 60 days.

Both companies offer wireless and cellular equipment. Mobile app is free for both companies.

Feature

Vivint

SimpliSafe

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

60 days

Vivint vs Scout Alarm

Vivint requires professional setup and a 42 or 60 month contract. It is a much more expensive option compared to Scout Alarm. Scout Alarm offers lifetime warranty on the equipment. They are a DIY company and do not require contracts. Both companies provide wireless and cellular equipment.

Feature

Vivint

Scout Alarm

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

60 days

Vivint vs Protection 1

Vivint has longer contracts - 42 or 60 months. They only have cellular systems and use 2GIG/GE equipment.

Protection 1 has a standard 36-month contract and a better BBB rating. They have a low-cost option where they offer a landline system. Primarily use Honeywell equipment.

Both companies require professional installation and charge installation/activation fees. Both offer free smartphone apps for remote monitoring.

Feature

Vivint

Protection 1

Installation Type

Pro

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

14 days

Vivint vs Protect America

Vivint requires professional setup and their contracts are longer - 42 or 60 months. Return policy is 3 days but equipment warranty is lifetime. Protect America is DIY and their contract is the industry standard - 36 months. Return policy is 14 days. Both companies use cellular systems and offer the same type of monitoring - intrusion, environmental, video and home automation. Both also provide lifetime warranty on their equipment.

Feature

Vivint

Protect America

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

42 or 60 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

3 days

14 days

Link Interactive vs Brinks Home Security

Link Interactive has multiple contract options - 12, 24 or 36 months. Brink Home Security offers a 12 month contract. Both companies are DIY and offer Crash & Smash protection.

Feature

Link Interactive

Brinks Home Security

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12, 24 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

30 days

Link Interactive vs SimpliSafe

Link Interactive requires contracts and is a little more expensive than SimpliSafe. They have a 30-day trial period. Link Interactive primarily uses 2GIG/GE equipment.

SimpliSafe has no contracts and very affordable plans. They have a 60-day trial period. SimpliSafe uses proprietary equipment.

Both companies are DIY and use cellular systems. They both provide the same type of customer support. With both companies, you can choose the equipment you want as part of your package and you only pay for the equipment you choose.

Feature

Link Interactive

SimpliSafe

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12, 24 or 36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

60 days

Link Interactive vs Scout Alarm

Link Interactive has comprehensive equipment by 2GIG/GE. They use Z-Wave technology and have various contract options - 12, 24 or 36 months. Scout Alarm uses proprietary equipment and Zigbee Protocol. They offer month-to-month monitoring. Both companies are DIY.

Feature

Link Interactive

Scout Alarm

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12, 24 or 36 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

30 days

Link Interactive vs Protection 1

Link Interactive focuses on DIY security and offer only 100% cellular equipment (2GIG/GE). Their refund policy is 30 days. Protection 1 requires professional installers to set up their system and they offer an inexpensive landline system in addition to cellular. They have a 14-day refund policy. Both companies use the same Alarm.com smartphone app and offer Alarm.com's Crash & Smash protection feature.

Feature

Link Interactive

Protection 1

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12, 24 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

Link Interactive vs Protect America

Link Interactive offers DIY systems and have multiple contract options - 12, 24 or 36 months. They have a 3-year equipment warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee. A key differentiator is Crash & Smash protection that gives Link Interactive systems an added layer of protection against tampering.

Protect America offers landline, broadband or cellular systems and a 36-month contract. They have lifetime warranty on the equipment and a 14-day return policy. Their plans come with a price-lock guarantee.

Both companies provide intrusion monitoring, video monitoring, environmental monitoring and home automation and both systems are compatible with Amazon Echo.

Feature

Link Interactive

Protect America

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12, 24 or 36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

Protect America vs Brinks Home Security

Protect America has a standard 36-month contract and a 14-day trial period. There is a cancellation fee if you cancel the contract before the term is up. Protect America offers lifetime warranty. Brinks Home Security has short-term commitment at only 12 months and there is no termination fee to cancel the contract. Both companies are DIY with very easy to install equipment.

Feature

Protect America

Brinks Home Security

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

12 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

14 days

30 days

Brinks Home Security vs SimpliSafe

Brinks Home Security requires a 12 month contract and uses GE equipment. SimpliSafe does not require a contract and uses proprietary equipment. They have a 60-day return policy. Both companies are DIY and provide wireless and cellular equipment. Mobile app is free for both companies.

Feature

Brinks Home Security

SimpliSafe

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 months

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

60 days

Brinks Home Security vs Protection 1

Brinks Home Security is a DIY company and requires a shorter 12-month contract. They use GE equipment. Protection 1 requires professional installation and a standard 36-month contract. They yse 2GIG equipment and offer landline system for their least expensive package. Both companies use 100% wireless equipment and charge an installation/activation fee.

Feature

Brinks Home Security

Protection 1

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

12 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

SimpliSafe vs Scout Alarm

Scout Alarm is a little more pricier than SimpliSafe. Both companies are DIY and do not require contracts. Both have partnered with COPS Monitoring for professional monitoring. Both companies support video.

Feature

SimpliSafe

Scout Alarm

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

No Contract

No Contract

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

60 days

30 days

SimpliSafe vs Protection 1

SimpliSafe has a DIY system and uses proprietary equipment. No contract is required and there is a 60-day return policy. Protection 1 requires professional setup and contracts. They primarily use Honeywell equipment. There is no warranty on the equipment. Both companies provide wireless and cellular equipment. Mobile app is free for both companies.

Feature

SimpliSafe

Protection 1

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

No Contract

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

60 days

14 days

SimpliSafe vs Protect America

SimpliSafe offers cellular equipment only and plans are much cheaper. There are no contracts and they have a longer return policy - 60 days.

Protect America offers landline, broadband or cellular equipment. Monitoring plans are pricey compared to SimpliSafe. Contract is 36 months and return policy is 14 days.

Both companies are DIY and neither offer geofencing.

Feature

SimpliSafe

Protect America

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

No Contract

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

60 days

14 days

Scout Alarm vs Brinks Home Security

Scout Alarm has no contracts. They use proprietary equipment. Brinks Home Security requires a 12-month contract. They use GE equipment. Both are DIY.

Feature

Scout Alarm

Brinks Home Security

Cellular

Wireless

Yes

Yes

DIR

Yes

Yes

Pro

Yes

Yes

Smart

Yes

Yes

Complaint

Yes

Yes

Trail

Yes

Yes

Scout Alarm vs Protection 1

Scout Alarm is DIY with no contract requirement. They do not offer Z-Wave compatibility. Protection 1 requires professional installation and a 36-month contract. They offer a wider range of equipment. Both companies provide wireless and cellular equipment.

Feature

Scout Alarm

Protection 1

Installation Type

DIY

Pro

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

No Contract

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

Scout Alarm vs Protect America

Scout Alarm is a great option for basic security. No contract required. Scout Alarm does not support video. Protect America has a lot more sensor options for comprehensive security. A 36-month contract is required. Both companies are DIY.

Feature

Scout Alarm

Protect America

Installation Type

DIY

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

No Contract

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

30 days

14 days

Protection 1 vs Protect America

Protection 1 requires professional setup and primarily use Honeywell sensors. They offer the geofencing feature but do not offer warranty on equipment. Protect America is a DIY security company and use 2GIG/GE equipment. They have a 14-day refund policy and do not offer geofencing. Neither company has upfront cost for the equipment. Both companies require 3 years contracts and have a landline option as part of their cheapest packages.

Feature

Protection 1

Protect America

Installation Type

Pro

DIY

Cellular

Wireless

Contract Length

36 months

36 months

Home Automation

Video

Trial Period

14 days

14 days

About the writer

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Jared Leonard is an Armorax content creator who loves writing about tech. He's worked in the home security industry for almost half a decade, giving him an uncanny, insider understanding of how security companies and their products in 2018 work. The end beneficiary is you; take advantage of his unbiased reviews and pick what's right for you!