Vivint is a home security company that has some of the best home automation features on the market. In early 2019, Vivint launched its unique Car Guard product that can not only monitor your car’s security but also track its location and alert you to your car’s mechanical needs. Is Car Guard reliable? And is it worth the high price tag?…
Home security has changed quite a bit since the old days of landline systems where burglars could cut the wire to sever communications between your home and a monitoring station. We’ve entered the era of smart technology, and home security is catching up to the times.
Along with a plethora of DIY offerings (think easy self-install at your own convenience vs having a professional hardwire equipment on a scheduled installation day and time), home security has expanded from the typical motion and door/window sensors to smart home technology that integrates everything from your door locks and light switches to your thermostats. The technology and terminology can be overwhelming, so we put together a guide on home security systems to help.
If you’re in the market for a home security system, by now you may have come across Alarm.com. But what do they do exactly? Do they provide a home security system, or just service, or possibly just equipment? We don’t blame you, as the company has evolved its worn many hats, which unfortunately have caused confusion for the average consumer. We’re here to clear all that up for you. Alarm.com is a smart home security and automation provider that helps integrate homes and businesses. Their products and services are only available through your home security provider – i.e., you cannot receive service from Alarm.com directly. What Alarm.com strives to offer via its licensing arrangement with your home security provider is a one-stop shop to control everything from one place. Instead of using one app for your home’s security, another app for your smart speakers and another app for your home automation, you can use Alarm.com for all three. Read on to find out more and how to locate a provider that offers their services.
Frontpoint Security Mobile App (By Alarm.com) Review (Android & iPhone): How To Use, Scenes, Not Working Fixes, And More
The Frontpoint app allows you to control and monitor your Frontpoint security system from anywhere, and it’s included at no additional cost. What can you do with it? Just about everything – from arming and disarming remotely to scheduling lights, watching video camera feeds and more. If a sensor triggers, you and your network of contacts will receive an instant alert. But is the Frontpoint app as dependable as the hype suggests? And is it up to date with the latest industry features and technology? Find out in our comprehensive review.
On the hunt for a security system that doesn’t look like it’s from the 1960s? Scout Alarm has aesthetically pleasing equipment that performs well. However, it’s pretty bare bones with its features and equipment options. Does it have what you need?
Protection 1 Reviews: Alarm System, App, Smoke Detectors, Security Cameras, Doorbell, vs ADT, vs Brinks, And More
Protection 1 (also known as Protection One) provides home security and automation equipment to help secure your home. The equipment isn’t as up-to-date as that of its competitors, but it gets the job done.
They also aren’t as well-known as other home security companies, but does that mean you shouldn’t choose them? Our experts find out in our in-depth review.
SimpliSafe and Abode offer security systems with no long-term contracts. You purchase the equipment, pay for your monitoring plan and stop service whenever you want. SimpliSafe is a household name with its multi-platform advertisements and Abode is still a rather small company. But could Abode protect your home just as well as SimpliSafe for less money?
SimpliSafe and ADT can protect your home from intruders, but the two companies vary in their offerings. If home security is your priority, SimpliSafe can do the job at a lower cost. But if you want some added features like home automation, you may want to pay the extra money for ADT.
At first, Vivint and ADT look pretty similar in their offerings. Both companies offer home security and automation equipment and apps to monitor your systems. But one of them has shorter contracts and is typically less expensive than the other; find out which in our comprehensive head-to-head comparison.
Frontpoint and SimpliSafe offer professionally monitored security systems and quality equipment. SimpliSafe brands itself as a DIY style security system, but Frontpoint has a very similar setup. Can one protect your home better than the other and for a lower cost?
Frontpoint and ADT are two big players in home security. They each offer professionally monitored security systems and have high-performing equipment. They both require long-term contracts, but when it comes to customer service and monthly fees there is a clear winner.
Did you know that the security company you buy your system from is most likely different from the company that monitors the system? That’s why it’s important to purchase a security system from a company with quality equipment as well as a responsive monitoring company.
Compare Ring vs Nest: Which Security System Is Better? Differences Between Camera, Thermostat, Doorbell, And More
Ring and Nest offer professionally monitored security systems that you can install yourself. However, their reputation and performance couldn’t vary more. Find out which one we recommend and why.