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There are a few things that make iSmartAlarm a competitor in this crowded field. The company aims to be the simplest of home security systems for consumers to own with quality equipment that’s easy to install. This system offers features such as a 110-decibel siren, user permissions, and remote access. It also offers several equipment options – you can add on to the system to make it fit your home perfectly.

A few other things stand out – no monthly fees are a big part of this. It’s also easy to install and doesn’t require a contract. Pay just the upfront costs. At the same time, you don’t get professional monitoring here. Still, iSmartAlarm offers key features and modern home automation tools to make it a worthy competitor to higher priced plans.

For those seeking out an alternative to iSmartAlarm, there are dozens of options. However, the following are some of the best alternatives to it.

1. Frontpoint

Frontpoint is a reliable and well-established company in smart home security. It’s recognized for its advanced solutions and outstanding features. Frontpoint could be seen as a direct opposite of iSmartAlarm simply because it is a higher end, more comprehensive plan whereas iSmartAlarm is a stripped down, basic solution. However, they offer some outstanding benefits including quality equipment, reliable customer service, and advanced cameras.

With Frontpoint, you’ll get 24/7 professional monitoring. The company offers three plan options for you to choose from with monthly costs starting at $34.99 per month. Frontpoint has a one- to three-year contract. There are no ongoing costs with iSmartAlarm. When it comes to equipment, Frontpoint offers a larger selection of smart home products and home automation in general. At the same time, there’s no professional monitoring available with iSmartAlarm.

Also, keep in mind that both systems are DIY installations. Both are pretty straightforward with pricing and offer outstanding equipment options. You’ll get a bit more in terms of equipment with Frontpoint, but it comes at a higher ongoing cost. Frontpoint also provides more environmental control solutions and a fast response time for emergency help if you need it.

2. SimpliSafe

Another leader in the industry aiming to be a simple and affordable home security system is SimpliSafe. This company’s product line up is a bit more comprehensive than that of which was offered by iSmartAlarm. Both companies offer some nice benefits to those just starting to install a smart security system such as DIY installation as well as no long-term contract requirements. You’ll also benefit from the variety of equipment options, real-time notifications, and smart home integration.

However, there are some key differences. The iSmartAlarm system does not offer professional monitoring. That means there’s no monthly cost. SimpliSafe offers professional home monitoring services. If you hope to purchase home monitoring so a professional can get help to your home quickly in the event of an emergency, SimpliSafe is the best option.

In pricing, the iSmartAlarm system starts at $130 for the basic model. You can then purchase additional equipment to add on to your system to make it a better fit for your home. By comparison, SimpliSafe’s lowest price system is $230. It offers home monitoring for $14.99 per month for the basic service. SimpliSafe’s Interactive plan is another step up, which includes home automation.

3. Brinks

Brinks is well known in the home security industry having provided high-quality service for decades. Over the last few years, it’s modernized to offer more of the high-tech features consumers want today. Brinks and iSmartAlarm both offer competitive products in terms of quality equipment. Both companies offer home automation, though Brinks perhaps has a larger number of options available because of its link-up with Nest. Both companies also manage their services through mobile apps, provide good customer service, and are DIY installations.

Yet, there are some big differences to consider here. As noted, iSmartAlarm’s biggest difference from competitors is its lack of professional monitoring service at its basic level. You can purchase it separately. By comparison, Brink’s provides this with its ongoing pricing. Neither company has a long-term requirement for service, though you will pay a monthly plan between $29 and $39 per month for coverage. In terms of equipment costs, equipment costs start at $130 – and then you’ll add to that with specialized components. The lowest priced Brinks system is $399 in upfront equipment costs. However, you do get more for your money here.

Both companies offer competitive services, and for those looking for a more comprehensive solution, Brinks is the route to take. Yet, those who want a beginner’s package and low-cost tools for self-monitoring, iSmartAlarm is the better choice.