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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Frontpoint.

Overall Score: 9.5/10

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Frontpoint offers customized home security packages and do-it-yourself installation with the restriction of a long-term contract. Abode is fairly no-nonsense with do-it-yourself installation, no lengthy contract, and the option for self-monitoring.

Overview: Frontpoint vs Abode

Frontpoint and Abode are effective and reliable home security systems that use state of the art equipment. Both companies offer similar features and devices, as well as 24/7 monitoring and self-installation options.

  • Frontpoint users can pre-order their system
  • Abode does not require a contract
  • To qualify for Frontpoint's best prices, you must have a credit score of 600 or more
  • Abode is compatible with both Alexa and Nest platforms
  • Home automation capabilities

Similarities: Abode vs Frontpoint

Both Frontpoint and Abode offer home automation, indoor/outdoor camera surveillance, and technologically advanced equipment. Both companies offer 24/7 monitoring, but Abode allows customers to self-monitor if they choose.

  • 100% wireless
  • Self-installation options
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras
  • Cellular connectivity
  • Motion sensors (Abode's┬ámotion sensors are built into their cameras)

Differences: Abode vs Frontpoint

Frontpoint and Abode are both somewhat pricey, but each has features and devices that set them apart from the other. Abode doesn't require a contract and its system is purchased as a kit and owned by the consumer, while Frontpoint requires a credit score of 600+ to qualify for their best prices on packages.

  • Frontpoint requires a contract (either 1- to 3-year options)
  • Abode customers own all of their equipment
  • Abode customers can self-monitor their system
  • Frontpoint offers multiple package options
  • Abode's motion sensors are built into their cameras

Features

Frontpoint offers crash and smash protection, still image capture, environmental hazard detection, and a mobile app for remote access from almost anywhere. The system includes high-resolution cameras, motion sensors, and entry sensors.

Abode includes indoor/outdoor cameras with built-in motion sensors. The system can be monitored professionally or self-monitored. Because the equipment is owned by the consumer, additional pieces can be added and installed as desired.

Contracts

Frontpoint requires either a 1-year contract or a 3-year contract to initiate service. To obtain the best possible package prices, the 3-year contract must be chosen and the applicant's credit score must be above 600. Frontpoint also offers a 30-day money back guarantee.

Abode does not require any type of contract or long-term commitment. Their equipment is owned outright. Monitoring can be chosen for month to month or in increments of 3-, 5-, and 7-day periods.

Pricing

Frontpoint offers three packages, each with a startup fee of $199.95. Packages are $35, $45, and $50 respectively.

The Abode system can be purchased for $299. Amazon and other vendors may offer discounts that reduce the price to $259 or lower. Devices from the Nest and Alexa platforms can be added to the system, but these prices will depend on where they are purchased.

Equipment

Frontpoint packages can be pre-ordered that include your choice of two different control panels, entry sensors, panic pendants, motion sensors, a keychain remote, and indoor/outdoor/cameras. Additional devices can be included in your package whenever you wish.

The Abode package includes the central hub, security cameras w/motion sensors, a key fob, and a single door/window sensor.

Installation

Both companies offer self-installation options. The Frontpoint system is ordered from the manufacturer and can be easily installed once it arrives. Both systems take less than 30 minutes to put in place. This includes the setup process as well.

Emergency Connections

Both companies offer emergency connectivity through cellular service. 24/7 monitoring is available for both systems, but Abode allows customers to self-monitor their systems. With 24/7 monitoring, local authorities as well as numbers on the customer's contact list with be contacted in the event of an emergency. For Abode users who self-monitor their systems, it is up to them to contact the authorities if an emergency occurs.

Summary: Frontpoint vs Abode

Although Frontpoint is considered to be somewhat more expensive, it is a good choice for homeowners who want to be able to install their own system and still choose professional monitoring. It's also a good choice for those who want a shorter contract.

Abode works well for homeowners and renters who don't want contracts or 24/7 monitoring. The do-it-yourself installation and self-monitoring options are ideal for those who like to have maximum control over their system.

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