Learn about which home security brand is right for you
ADT was founded back in 1874, making it the oldest security provider. With over 140 years under their belts, the company has over 6 million residential and business customers throughout North America.
Vivint prides itself as a leading smart home technology provider. They are a great resource for anyone looking for home automation and energy management. One thing to note is that they do provide professional installation.
Frontpoint was founded fairly recently, in 2007. Though they’ve been in operation for only about a decade, they provide monitoring services in every state. Be aware that their packages do not come with professional installation; they are all DIY install.
Since 1992, Protect America has protected a half of million homes. They provide monitoring services throughout the country, which they are proud to state, are all wireless, DIY install.
Link Interactive provides cellular-based security. Since they are 100 percent cellular, their monitoring systems are all DIY install and have a range of customization options. They pride themselves for their interactive security.
Scout Alarm emphasizes allowing customers to build the security system that they want on an a-la-carte basis. Scout's DIY aesthetic also comes with 24/7 monitoring.
Since they were founded in 1994, MONI has protected over 1 million customers and growing. They pride themselves on their customer service. Their operators are all CSAA-certified and go through extensive training—both in the classroom and in hands-on.
LiveWatch was founded in 2002. Their goal is to create advanced home security systems that are both affordable and accessible to everyday families. LiveWatch offers a range of interactive security solutions that are all based on DIY install.
SimpliSafe as a company is based on the philosophy that security should be both simple and easy. With SimpliSafe, you don’t need a landline connection—it’s all cellular-based that’s DIY install.
LifeShield home security is part of DIRECTV. DIRECTV is now seeking to not only entertain, but also protect families nationwide.
Security system costs vary depending on the security provider and the monitoring plan you are interested in. You’ll have to compare different prices—some equipment may even be free.
Monitoring packages have set monthly monitoring fees. This is how much it costs to have your service. Prices may vary depending on the connectivity—whether it’s through a landline, broadband or cellular connection. One thing to keep in mind is that you’ll likely pay more for a cellular monitoring package.
A good way to tell whether a security provider provides good customer service is to check real customer reviews. These show an accurate illustration on what to expect and what you’ll be getting with that particular provider. You’ll want to find unbiased sites for these reviews; otherwise you risk finding influenced reviews, which are partial to a particular security company.
Before committing to a monitoring service, you’ll have to analyze whether professional installation or DIY is the best installation method for you. Going with professional installation affords you the guarantee that everything is being set up properly; you’ll also get the knowledge and expertise of a professional. On the other hand, DIY installation allows you to waive any installation costs and provides a bit more flexibility.
You’ll have to check to see if a particular security provider offers video surveillance with their systems. Some will and some will not. Depending on what you find, you can find a variety of camera options—both for indoor and outdoor cameras. Some will be static cameras and others will be able to tilt and pan out. Video surveillance is great for viewing not only live video, but also recorded footage.
Remote home monitoring is valuable resource. Depending on the plan and service provider, you can receive mobile access to your security system via a smartphone or tablet. It’s having security access right at your fingertips.
Home automation includes the following functions: lighting control, temperature control, appliance control, etc. These help homeowners stay on top of everything within the home and assist in energy-efficiency.