The communications powerhouse Cox has barged into the home security market as Cox Homelife. They offer two simple packages that start at $29.99/mo (that is, IF you bundle). The basic package only offers security, while the “Preferred” package includes home automation. Unfortunately, they’re not so cheap — Cox charges install and activation fees. However, this might be a good option for existing Cox customers. See what our experts say in our Cox Homelife review.
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Insider Tips: Cox offers discounts on monthly monitoring if you bundle it with internet, TV and phone. There are two different Homelife plans available. Plus, you can add equipment on to each plan to customize your system for your home. Cox requires a 2-year service agreement for Homelife. Homelife will not work unless you have broadband connectivity. Your broadband must be up and running before installation. Homelife requires professional installation initially. However, if you want to later add components to your system, you can install these yourself.
What’s Included: All Cox Homelife plans include home automation features that allow you to control your home remotely. All Cox Homelife packages come with free equipment when you sign a 2-year service agreement.
|Cox Homelife Equipment Package||Homelife Automation Starter Equipment||Homelife Security & Automation Starter Equipment||Digital Home Starter Kit||HD Camera Value Pack|
|Smart LED Light Bulb||1||0||3||0|
|Indoor Motion Sensor||0||1||1||0|
|Total Cost||Included in Automation Package||Included in Security & Automation Package||$200||$160|
|Cox Homelife Plan||Monthly Cost||Included Equipment Package||Activation Fee|
|Automation Package||$19.99||Homelife Automation Starter Equipment||$49.99|
|Security & Automation Package||$44.99||Homelife Security & Automation Starter Equipment||$49.99|
Cox Homelife is currently offering free equipment with a 2-year service agreement. This deal offers savings of up to $280 off.
+ $49.99 Upfront Costs*
Security & Automation Package
+ $49.99 Upfront Costs*
Cox is a broadband and entertainment company. It is the third-largest cable provider in the United States. They provide internet, cable, television and now home security. Homelife competes with similar services from DIRECTV (LifeShield) and Comcast (Xfinity). Cox Homelife offers customers the convenience of having just one bill for home internet, television and security. Check out the full review of Cox Homelife here.
The Homelife equipment is wireless. There is also free cellular and battery backup for extra protection.
You can add a variety of disaster protection devices to your system including a carbon monoxide detector, smoke detector, glass break sensor, water flood sensor and more. If you have these devices, Homelife will professionally monitor them with the purchase of a service plan.
With Homelife, you get professional security monitoring 24/7. If you purchase compatible safety smoke and fire detectors and other equipment, the plans include monitoring for environmental safety as well.
Cox Homelife Security features a professional installation by trained technicians. The installer will work with you to determine the best place to install each component of your system.
Every plan from Homelife includes up-to-the-minute email and text alerts.
POWER OUTAGE PROTECTION
ou are protected in the event of a power or internet outage thanks to a backup battery and cellular network. This means that your system will never go offline. You will still have security protection even if your internet connection gets lost.
The Preferred Package With Starter Kit includes an HD camera and live video monitoring which can be viewed remotely. You can access live video 24 hours a day through the mobile app. With a continuous video recording subscription, you can record ten days of video at a time.
SMART HOME OPTIONS
Cox Homelife can be customized to provide a variety of smart home solutions. You can operate lights remotely, set up rules to automate lighting, lock and unlock doors remotely and control your thermostat from anywhere. Smart home control is available as well. You can use a web browser or a mobile app to control your home from a distance.
A keychain remote control is available as an add-on option.