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Frontpoint and Protect America are two of the best home security systems, but they serve two different audiences. Frontpoint has no long-term contracts and excellent customer service, but Protect America has landline and broadband monitoring options. Which setup is best for your home?
The BBB (Better Business Bureau) can be a reliable indicator of how a company handles consumer complaints. How did our two companies fare?
Frontpoint no longer requires contracts, so for new customers these won’t be an issue. However, Frontpoint has thousands of customers still under contract, so for existing customers these may still apply:
- Difficulty canceling
- Requires written notice of canceling one month in advance
Professionally monitored home security contracts, like your cable or phone bill, may contain a multi-year commitment, which means if you cancel early, you’ll owe the remaining balance on your account (the months of monitoring remaining in your term). This is a common complaint, so please read your contract carefully before signing. The good news is that many companies are doing away with contracts.
Protect America Complaints
- Being charged for service even after you have canceled
- Equipment not being user-friendly or not working
- Long phone wait times for customer service
In the end, Frontpoint wins this category because its customer service complaints are ultimately about the contract terms, and those contracts no longer exist. Protect America customer complaints appear to be more about the equipment itself and poor customer service.
Customer Service & Reputation Winner: Frontpoint
Below is a table of the types of security equipment offered by each company.
|Glass Break Sensor|
|Smart Door Lock|
|Smart Light Bulb|
|Garage Door Controller|
|Garage Door Sensor|
|Smart Thermostat||COMING SOON|
Both companies offer an extensive line of equipment. Protect America is missing a garage door sensor, and Frontpoint is missing a freeze sensor.
Who Has The Better Cameras?
Frontpoint offers 2 indoor cameras, 1 outdoor camera and 1 doorbell camera. Meanwhile Protect America has 2 indoor cameras, 3 outdoor cameras and 1 doorbell camera, so if you’re looking for more indoor camera options, Protect America takes the cake. Below are the specs for these cameras and you can learn more about Frontpoint’s cameras here and Protect America’s cameras here.
|Frontpoint||Protect America||Resolution||Digital Pan & Tilt||Echo-Cancelling Microphone||Field Of View||Infrared Night Vision||Two-Way Audio|
|Premium Indoor Camera||1080p||180º|
|Alarm.com Indoor Camera ADC-V522IR||1080p||113º|
|SecureNet Indoor Camera SN-629F1||720p||60º|
|Frontpoint||Protect America||Resolution||Field Of View||Infrared Night Vision|
|Alarm.com Outdoor Camera ADC-V723||1080p||117º|
|Alarm.com Outdoor Camera ADC-V721W||720p||62º|
|SecureNet Outdoor Camera SN-750EF1||720p||60º|
|Frontpoint||Protect America||Resolution||Field Of View||Infrared Night Vision||Two-Way Audio|
|Skybell Slim Line||1080p||180º|
Both companies have their equipment manufactured by big-name companies. Frontpoint’s is manufactured by companies like GE and Interlogix, while companies like Simon and Interlogix manufacture Protect America’s. We like that both companies use well-known companies for equipment so they can focus on other parts of the business.
Protect America has a lifetime warranty, while Frontpoint’s is 3 years. Both are longer than the 1-year warranty that many competitors offer.
In the end, we think Frontpoint wins this category because it has fewer complaints about its equipment being less user-friendly and not working.
Equipment Winner: Frontpoint
If home automation is important for your system, you may prefer Frontpoint over Protect America, given its Google Assistant compatibility. However, if you’re more of an Amazon Alexa fan, you may not care about that feature. Otherwise, the two companies have similar compatibilities.
Both companies are compatible with:
- Z-Wave devices
- Amazon Alexa
- Nest thermostat
- August, Kwikset and Yale door locks
- Skybell doorbell cameras that are Alarm.com compatible
If you lose power during a storm or from a burglar cutting wires, a battery backup will keep both systems running. Frontpoint has 24-hour battery backup, and Protect America has 18 to 24-hour battery backup. Twenty-four hours is the standard so we’re a little disappointed Protect America’s could only be 18 hours in some instances.
All of Frontpoint’s plans have cellular monitoring, which is the most secure form because there’s no concern of a burglar cutting your landline (phone) or broadband (internet) connection.
Meanwhile, Protect America lets you choose between landline, broadband and cellular monitoring. This may be a better option for you if you live in a remote location with poor cell service.
App Performance & Rating
Below are the ratings and number of reviews that were on Google Play Store and Apple App Store at the time of writing.
- Protect America
Frontpoint App Complaints
- Unable to change the volume or time of display
- Delays in the Android version
Protect America App Complaints
- Says the system is offline
Frontpoint has a smash-proof system, so if an intruder tries to destroy your system, the central monitoring station is still alerted. Protect America does not have this feature.
In the end, we recommend Frontpoint because of its Google Assistant integration, better app performance ratings and its smash-proof technology in the control panel.
Technology Winner: Frontpoint
To see how these two compare in a real-world situation, let’s go over an example of a common configuration in a household with the equipment below:
- 3 door/window sensors
- 1 control panel/keypad
- 1 motion sensors
For comparison’s sake, here’s how much it will cost you for 3 years of service. Frontpoint doesn’t require a commitment and Protect America locks you into a contract for 3 years.
|Total Spent After 3 Years||$1,738.63||$1,511.64|
Frontpoint has a higher upfront cost for its equipment, and Protect America’s monitoring is $41.99/month, which is $3 less than Frontpoint’s. However, Frontpoint doesn’t lock you into a long-term commitment. Protect America also has more monitoring stations (6 vs Frontpoint’s 2), but we like that they both have more than one, a redundancy that’s essential in case one station experiences downtime.
We think your money is well spent with either company, but there are key differences in what you get from each company. If a long-term contract is off-putting to you, then we recommend Frontpoint. However, if you want less expensive monthly monitoring, then we’d suggest Protect America.
|Easy To Relocate|
Once the systems are set up, both are easy to use. And the apps are relatively simple to use.
If you want a security system that’s easy to install yourself, has excellent customer service, has great professional monitoring and no long-term contracts, Frontpoint is an excellent option. However, if you need a landline or broadband security system, Protect America is an exceptional system as well.
Overall Winner: Frontpoint
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