Frontpoint has only been around since 2007. But in a little over a decade, they’ve done an impressive job of establishing their home security bona fides. The Northern Virginia-based company won a customer service award from Angie’s List in 2011, and they make systems that homeowners can set up on their own without needing a degree in mechanical engineering.
You don’t have to fret about coming home from work to let a technician into your home. That’s because the technician does all the work before your home security system arrives. Yes, the cameras are pre-programmed. There’s no need to pore through an instruction manual, though your equipment will ship with one just in case. You can also look at instruction videos online if you need a better visualization of how set-up should look.
The free Frontpoint app lets you view what’s happening in real time from an app on your smartphone. It’s compatible with both Apple and Android phones.
Got a big family, or maybe just a big house with a lot of roommates? You can let up to 10 people watch a live feed of your cameras through the smartphone app. After all, why should one person have all the live-viewing fun?
Security cameras aren’t as useful if you must watch them like a hawk. Frontpoint cameras’ motion detection feature both records what’s happening and sends you an alert via text or email. If you miss the live show, simply store the footage via the cloud, then go back and examine them later. Feel free to adjust the motion sensitivity thresholds if the camera is picking up either too much or not enough movement.
Choose the streaming and recording resolution that works best for you, including crystal clear 1080 p.
Got something to say? Two-way talking lets you send a message to whoever’s on the other side of the camera lens. They can talk back, too.
You can either select a pre-built package with cameras or build your own package and pay for the cameras individually. There are six pre-built equipment packages available. If you want a package with the indoor camera, try Safe Home Preferred. You’ll get the indoor camera plus 13 other pieces of equipment for 534.90 with a 3-year plan.
If you’re looking to snag more cameras, go for the Safe Home Elite package. At $1,032.86, It’s Frontpoint’s biggest, most expensive bundle. It’ll get you an indoor camera, outdoor camera, and doorbell camera, the latter in a special satin nickel color. The 18-piece package also includes six door and window sensors, two motion sensors, and two glass break sensors.
There are three monitoring plans available, but you’ll need the most expensive Ultimate Plan if you’re buying cameras. For $49.99 a month you’ll get the same 24/7 monitoring as the cheaper plans, plus live streaming video, video and image history, and night vision technology.
You can also build your own package and add on cameras as you please. If you do that, expect to pay $99.99 for the indoor camera, $189.99 for the doorbell camera, and $199.99 for the outdoor camera.
Not sure if Frontpoint is right for you? You get 30 days to decide if you want to stick with them. If you cancel after that deadline, you’ll owe 80 percent of the remaining cost of your 1-year or 3-year contract.
Frontpoint makes three types of cameras. You can choose one, two, or all of them, depending on factors like the size of your home and the size of your budget.
Frontpoint’s outdoor camera has adjustable motion detection settings so you see as much (or as little) as you need of the perimeter around your house. When you look through the lens, you’ll be looking through a viewing field that’s 77 degrees horizontally and 54 degrees vertically. This camera’s a lightweight 28.6 ounces, which is a little less than 2 pounds.
It operates in temperatures as low as 4 degrees and as high as 122 degrees, so you won’t have to worry about your security camera during either a heat wave or cold snap. Long-range infrared detection allows you to see images up to 40 feet away in the dark. Those images are even encrypted for extra security. The neatest feature of all might be the set-up time: Just plug it into an outlet and you’re good to go.
The 113-degree viewing field provides you with a clear perspective of what’s happening inside your home. In fact, Frontpoint brags that this camera has “one of the largest fields of view in the industry.” The wireless camera also connects to wi-fi. If something goes wrong, you can rely on the limited lifetime warranty to cover you.
This slimline doorbell camera gives you a live feed of what’s happening on your doorstep, but it does so without being overly conspicuous. A little subtlety is useful when you’re trying to catch those neighborhood kids who ring your doorbell and then run away giggling. The motion detection system will let you know when someone is outside, and you can use the two-way audio to talk to any visitors/pranksters. Thanks to available infrared night vision, the doorbell camera will capture images that are just as clear after sunset as they are during daylight hours. Frontpoint gives you two standard color options for the doorbell camera: silver or aged bronze.
Frontpoint has an impressive selection of cameras that integrates well with its home automation system. Their unique installation process offers the best of both worlds, since a trained technician programs the equipment before shipping it to your door. The equipment’s pricing is also clearly stated on the company’s website. At the end of the day, Frontpoint provides a good balance for those who reliable equipment and service without having to take out a second mortgage on the home they’re looking to protect.