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One of the biggest problems when it comes to choosing a home security system is narrowing down which company you should choose and the available features and options that best suit your needs. That is why reading related reviews and looking at the side-by-side comparisons is the best way to find one that meets all your wants, needs, and budget.

Overview: CPI Security vs ADT

ADT has a long history in the home security and home automation industry, but so does CPI Security, although they are not as well known. So let's take a look at both. This will give you all the information you need to make an educated decision about which company is right for you, or not.

  1. Both ADT and CPI offer wired or wireless systems and they both require professional installation, but they both offer it at no charge, depending on the package you select.
  2. ADT and CPI both offer indoor and outdoor cameras with security camera recording options.
  3. ADT offers a warranty plan; however, you have to pay extra for it. CPI offers a warranty that's included with their contract, but it's only for 12 months.
  4. ADT provides package specific equipment and varying monthly monitoring rates depending on the package you choose. CPI requires you to purchase your equipment upfront, then pay a monthly monitoring fee on top of that.
  5. All ADT monitoring contracts are for three years; however, you can cancel without penalty anytime within the first six months. CPI's monitoring contracts are for five years and they don't have a cancellation option.

Similarities: ADT vs CPI Security

There are some similarities between ADT and CPI mainly when it comes to the types of equipment and features they offer; however, that's where it ends. When it comes to the policies of the two and how they do business, there's a drastic difference.

  • Both ADT and CPI offer home security and home automation systems, as well as 24/7 monitoring.
  • Both offer wired or wireless installations.
  • Both offer similar basic equipment packages.
  • Both offer indoor and outdoor security cameras with recording options.
  • Both have a downloadable app you can use to access and control your system remotely.
  • Both offer two-way communication features.
  • Both require professional installation of their services.
  • They both charge varying installation fees on some of their packages, but it depends on which package you choose.

Differences: ADT vs CPI Security

Here is where things vary between what they offer and how these two companies do business.

  • ADT offers cellular and landline options, but CPI only offers a cellular option.
  • ADT offers a medical alert device option, CPI does not.
  • ADT has a six month,  money-back guarantee on their contract, CPI does not.
  • ADT's contract is much shorter than CPI's contract.
  • ADT has a much longer warranty on their equipment than CPI does.
  • CPI requires you to purchase your equipment upfront, ADT does not.
  • CPI's contract will renew automatically for another year after the initial contract expires. ADT's contract also renews automatically; however, it's on a month to month renewal basis.
  • CPI disables their control panel upon termination of the contract even though the customer owns the equipment, ADT does not.

Features

ADT offers wired and wireless home security and home automation features that include two-way voice communication devices, medical and environmental protections, 24/7 monitoring, and indoor/outdoor video camera streaming and recording options.

CPI offers varying degrees of wired or wireless home security and home automation equipment depending on which package you select. Their options include cellular communication, mobile app for remote access, indoor/outdoor cameras, and a video verification option.

Contracts

ADT requires a three-year contract for their 24/7 monitoring services; however, you cancel without penalty within the first six months and be refunded all monitoring expenses.

CPI requires a five-year contract for their 24/7 monitoring services, as well as an upfront equipment purchase. Additionally, they also require a 60-day written notice of cancellation; otherwise, your contract will automatically renew for one year.

Pricing

ADT's package pricing ranges from $28.99 per month to $53 per month. Or, if you land in a place that already has an ADT system installed, you could pay as little as $19.99 per month.

CPI's upfront equipment purchase costs range from $99-$299 and their monthly monitoring fees range from $39.99 to $64.99 per month.

Equipment

ADT's equipment packages include one or more of the following, depending on which package you choose.

  • Pushbutton or touchscreen control panel
  • Keychain remote
  • Medical alert bracelet and/or pendant
  • Door, window, garage door, smoke, heat, water leak, flood, and glass break sensors
  • Motion and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras
  • Keypad door locks
  • Home automation features such as lights, thermostat, etc.
  • Mobile app for remote access and email and text alerts.

CPI's equipment packages include one or more of the following, depending on which package you choose.

  • Window and door sensors
  • Motion detector
  • Control panel
  • Yard sign and decals
  • Mobile app for remote access and email and text alerts.
  • Indoor and outdoor cameras
  • Fire and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Home automation features such as door locks, thermostat, lights, and garage door controls.

Installation

Both ADT and CPI offer professional installation, but no DIY installation options. Additionally, both ADT and CPI charge varying installation fees ranging from free to $299 depending on which package option you choose.

Emergency Connections

ADT and CPI both offer two-way emergency communication features with CPI offering both voice and video verification. Additionally, ADT also offers medical alert devices with GPS tracking.

Summary: CPI Security vs ADT

ADT has been a well-respected name in the security industry for over 150 years. They offer wired and wireless systems with 24/7 monitoring. They also offer a wide variety of home security and home automation features including two-way voice communication, environmental and medical protections, and more. Their contract is for 36 months and comes with free installation and a six-month money-back guarantee. So if you're looking for a reputable, full-service home security company with a long history of success, look no further, because ADT might be just what you've been looking for.

CPI also has a long history in the industry, but not as long as ADT. Their beginnings date back about 25 years. They offer wired and wireless home security and home automation systems. They differ from ADT in that they require an upfront equipment purchase and a five-year contract with an automatic renewal that kicks in if you don't give them a 60-day written notice of cancellation. Therefore, you have to be diligent in keeping up with this; otherwise, you will find yourself locked into another contract for at least a year. And, in addition to the upfront equipment costs, their monthly monitoring fees are slightly higher than the industry average.

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