If you’re looking for high-quality security equipment that comes in customizable packages that you can easily set up yourself, Frontpoint should be on your short list. It’s definitely on ours. In fact, we like it so much that we put it on our list of the best DIY security systems out there. Read through this page, and we think you’ll understand why.
Now, we’re not saying that Frontpoint is definitely the best security system for you. It’s certainly not perfect either. One of its biggest drawbacks is the price. As flexible as it is when it comes to equipment packages, Frontpoint is quite rigid when it comes to monitoring. Professional monitoring is required, you’ll need to sign a contract, and there’s only one monitoring option. It costs $49.99 per month.
On the bright side, there were many things we loved about Frontpoint. It’s overall customer service was one; Frontpoint has customer-friendly policies like the 30-day money-back guarantee. And since installation was all DIY, you’ll save at least $100 if you choose Frontpoint instead of a brand that requires professional installation.
There are pros and cons to consider, so let’s start off by taking a look at what Frontpoint offers in terms of features:
Two big features make Frontpoint stand out from the crowd.
As if these two major features weren’t enough, Frontpoint offers even more. The system is also known for its quick-and-easy self-installation. You get step-by-step instructions, and help is just a phone call away. This means you can be up and running in under 30 minutes. Plus, Frontpoint offers a three-year hardware warranty. That means you can try the system out with virtually no risk.
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Everything in the Frontpoint system is central to your dual-channel hub, but you have tons of options for peripheral equipment. Simply put, if you have a specific security need, Frontpoint has the equipment you’ll need to cover it. Some of their add-ons include:
Using the Frontpoint app, you can arm your system remotely, receive alerts, tweak settings, and livestream from your indoor or outdoor cameras. Away from home when you get an alert? Check the app to see if it is the Fed Ex deliveryman or a prowler on your front porch.
The app also gives you access to Frontpoint’s home automation tools, so you can control things like smart door locks, smart lights, and smart plugs with your mobile device. Kids forget to turn off the basement lights before you left for the weekend? No worries. The app not only lets you know they’re still on, but gives the power to turn them off.
You get all of these controls automatically with the Ultimate monitoring plan. (This is the only monitoring plan the system is offering moving forward, and it costs $49.99 per month.)
Frontpoint’s mobile app puts the power of home security in the palm of your hand. Stay connected with alerts from motion sensors, flood sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and more.
All Frontpoint security systems are paired with a 24/7 professional monitoring plan. If your alarm is triggered, a security professional will reach out to you immediately, and they will dispatch emergency help if needed.
Frontpoint’s entryway sensors, video cameras, and other security equipment is wireless. Installation leaves no permanent marks, and you can easily take the equipment with you if you move.
Their optional home security cameras let you save recordings and stream live video to mobile phones, tablets, and computers.
Maintain your privacy. With Frontpoint, no technician needs to visit your home. You can install the equipment yourself in about 30 minutes.
SMART HOME SYSTEMS
Home automation helps people save time and money. Frontpoint’s mobile app makes it easy to automate your home’s lights, locks, thermostat, and more.
For all-around protection, you can customize your system with environmental sensors to alert you in the case of flood, fire, or a carbon monoxide leak.
Control your Frontpoint system remotely via the app or the add-on keychain remote ($24.99). With the keychain remote, you can arm or disarm the system, or send an emergency alert for immediate help.
Using your smartphone’s GPS, Frontpoint can put a wireless “fence” around your home. This is called geofencing, and it allows your system to alert you if you leave your “fence” without setting your alarm. When you get the alert, just tap the button in the app to secure your home.
FYI: Frontpoint has an excellent 4.6-star rating on Trustpilot.1
We’re constantly researching, testing, and comparing security systems, but we wanted to see what Frontpoint customers had to say about their service. We surveyed 20 customers and asked them to rate the system in 10 different areas, including an overall rating. Here are the results.
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Frontpoint is on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of equipment pricing, even compared to other top DIY home security systems. Their equipment packages cost around $100 to $350 when on sale — and they’re almost always on sale. That makes Frontpoint one of the more affordable home security systems.
With that in mind, does the lower price translate to lower quality on Frontpoint’s products and services? Definitely not. As a matter of fact, Frontpoint offers more advanced features than many of its competitors, including SimpliSafe. One of those impressive features is geofencing, which uses your phone location data to control the system’s arming modes and home automation. Frontpoint is one of only a handful of security systems that offers that feature.
If you’re on the fence, keep this in mind: There’s no contract if you pay the equipment fee up-front, so you can cancel your monitoring at any time with no penalty. (Just give them 30 days’ notice.) Plus, Frontpoint has a 30-day, money-back guarantee on equipment, so you’ll have a window of opportunity to back out if you change your mind.
That said, you will have to sign a contract if you buy equipment through financing. Financing makes buying a Frontpoint system less of a burden, since you can get started by paying just the first month of monitoring, but the equipment cost is spread over three years. That means you’ll pay more than the $49.99 monthly monitoring fee, and of course, you’ll have to sign a contract, but as you’ll see later on, it might just make sense to go with the financing option.
Pro Tip: If none of the Frontpoint equipment packages is the right fit, you can create your own. Just use the “build-your-own” tool on their site. It’ll add their hub and keypad ($99) to your cart. Then you can add on sensors, cameras, and whatever else you want. They’ll automatically throw in a yard sign and door/window decals for free, and for a limited, a free doorbell camera that usually costs about $190.
|The Starter Pack
|The Premier Home Security System
|The Ultimate Home Security System
|*Size of System
|Type of System
|Intrusion + Video
|Intrusion + Video
|Hub & Keypad
|Door & Window Sensors
|Outdoor Camera or Video Doorbell
|Total Retail Price
* Each system also includes one yard sign, one door decal and three window decals not included in system size calculation.
** Available for a limited time.
Most security systems will offer you two or more monitoring plans with a tiered-structure, starting from basic intrusion monitoring and adding features like cloud video storage and home automation as you climb up the price ladder.
Frontpoint does things a little differently. While it’s required that you purchase a monitoring plan to use Frontpoint, there’s only one subscription option that covers all the features you can possibly get from a Frontpoint system. The monthly monitoring fee is $49.99.
Frankly, $49.99 is a bit steep for professional monitoring, especially when you have systems like SimpliSafe that charge as low as $19.99 monthly for basic intrusion monitoring, but keep in mind that Frontpoint’s monitoring plan offers more than just basic protection. It includes everything Frontpoint offers, even video security and home automation.
Of course, that only matters if you want those premium features. If you do, here’s why getting an equipment financing plan makes sense: To get the most out of your monthly monitoring fees, you’ll want to get equipment that will let you use advanced features like home automation and video recording. You’ll need security cameras and smart home devices for those, some of them costing up to $200. That’s a huge dent to the wallet if you’re paying upfront, but if you get a financing plan, you’ll be able to add more equipment without investing a substantial amount.
Frontpoint Monitoring: The Ultimate Plan
|$49.99 per month
|Type of Coverage
|Intrusion + Environmental + Video + Home Automation
|LTE Cellular Monitoring
|Mobile App Controls
Frontpoint has lots of equipment you can add on to your system to customize it just the way you want. With the Ultimate monitoring plan, you’ll be able to control any and all add-on equipment you buy from Frontpoint.
|FrontPoint Add Ons
|Wireless Doorbell Camera
|Wired Doorbell Camera
|Glass Break Sensor
|Premium Indoor Camera
|Outdoor Smart Plug
|Smart Door Lock
|Wireless Light Control
*Note: These prices reflect Frontpoint’s current 50 percent off sale.
All Frontpoint equipment — whether it’s part of a package or added on separately — comes with a three-year limited warranty. This is actually one of the better warranties in the industry. Ring Alarm, for example, offers a one-year warranty, and home security powerhouse Vivint offers a four-month warranty.
Since Frontpoint doesn’t make you mess with long-term contracts and they’ve narrowed their monitoring options to just one all-inclusive plan, ordering a system is easier than it’s ever been. Just go to their website, select the equipment package you want — or build your own — and check out. Easy as that.
You’ll be enrolled in the Ultimate monitoring package during the checkout process. There are no contracts to sign, and no installation appointments to schedule. Once you complete your purchase, Frontpoint will ship you your equipment, with detailed instructions for DIY installation. You should have everything set up in 30 minutes or less. It’s that easy!
Because of Frontpoint’s robust app, strong home automation capabilities, and innovative features like geofencing and customizable “scenes,” we rank them high in several categories. Not only are they among our top DIY home security systems, but they also rank high among our best home automation security systems and best overall home security systems.
That said, if you’re just looking for a straightforward DIY system that’s reliable and has nice smartphone controls, you could probably save some money on monthly fees and get everything you’re looking for with one of SimpliSafe’s packages. (Read our SimpliSafe review for the lay of the land.) And if you’re looking to forgo professional monitoring and do it yourself, then you should consider these top no-monthly-fee home security systems.
Trust Pilot. (2021). Frontpoint Reviews.