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AboutFrontpoint provides outstanding customer service and maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Their DIY home security systems are 100% wireless and cellular, and customers can install the equipment in about 30 minutes. Wireless home automation is optional....
AboutLink Interactive is the wireless branch of a 60-year-old home security company. Customers pay for Link Interactive equipment up-front, and you can use Link alarm systems with or without emergency monitoring contracts. Monitoring starts at $29.99/month. A Link Interactive contract...
AboutVivint is an elite home security company specializing in smart technology for homes and businesses. Their wireless equipment combines comprehensive security with monitored fire prevention and other environmental protection. Vivint also supports automation to give customers remote/online control of home/business...
AboutADT Security Services is America’s largest provider of hardwired and wireless home security equipment and monitoring. It’s also one of the oldest home security companies and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Each ADT security system is...
AboutLiveWatch provides fast emergency response and includes LiveVoice Assist with all of its monitoring plans. All LiveWatch security equipment, from door sensors to cameras, is wireless and DIY. LiveWatch customers aren’t tied to the company by long contracts or proprietary...
AboutProtect America could be your best home security deal over a three-year period. Protect America equipment is provided at no additional cost. (In contrast, other alarm companies lease or sell the equipment you'll use.) You can start with a free...
AboutSimpliSafe builds its own security equipment to let customers avoid big markups. SimpliSafe security systems are high quality, wireless and designed for easy DIY installation. Customers get 60-day trials and can choose month-to-month monitoring of alerts (no annual contracts).
Which home security system is best for you?
That depends a lot on whether you rent or own your home.
Generally the most practical security systems for renters are 100% wireless. One advantage of wireless security systems is avoiding the property manager’s damage fees at move-out time; unlike hardwired systems, wireless systems don’t put holes in the walls. Another advantage is that wireless systems are easily moved from home to home. After you’ve paid for great security equipment, you won’t want to leave it behind.
Until recently homeowners preferred hardwired security systems for cost savings, but today’s wireless systems are just as affordable. Fully wireless security systems are generally more reliable too; they might be subject to electrical interference, but they aren’t as vulnerable to sabotage. A homeowner can save on home insurance when an effective security system of any type is in place. Compared with renters they can get lower prices too.
Choose basic home security or get a system with special features.
Here are some options to consider.
A control panel monitors security equipment, has a siren and can communicate with emergency dispatchers. Some control panels have simple digital displays. Others feature full-color touchscreens for managing home security and home automation.
Remote controllers that fit onto keychains are included with home security systems at all price levels. A keychain remote has buttons that arm/disarm the security system and can alert a monitoring company if help is needed.
Mobile access for home security systems lets people monitor and control their homes from anywhere in the world. A smartphone, tablet or desktop computer can be used for arming a system, viewing live security video, controlling lights and more.
Installing a security system is a convenient time to add home automation. Home security companies provide mobile apps that can control home lighting, thermostats, surveillance cameras and more.
Many alarm system control panels use cellular signals to communicate with emergency operators. Others used landlines or broadband Internet connections. Cellular systems are generally the least vulnerable to tampering.
Landline monitoring provides the most stable connection when a reliable cellular network isn’t available. Traditionally landline home security was the least expensive, but cellular networks today are affordable too.
Glass Break Sensors
Glass break sensors look similar to smoke detectors but are triggered by the sound of breaking glass. To work effectively a glass break sensor needs to be positioned with a clear sightline to the area needing protection.
Some security companies provide professional installation. Others have customers set up the equipment. Pro installation is most common with landline-based systems but is sometimes used for wireless security too.
Many customers prefer to self-install their home security systems. Setup takes about 15 to 30 minutes and mainly involves placing wireless security equipment in predetermined places around the residence.