ADT Vs. Fortress

ADT and Fortress provide home security options that will appeal to different consumers. ADT offers traditional combined equipment and monitoring packages with extensive available add-ons, and has available home automation capabilities. Fortress offers more basic options with DIY packages that exclude home automation options, and has no available monitoring contracts.

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Key Similarities

  • One type of available installation
  • Limited mobile management options
  • Good reputations

Key Differences

  • ADT has combined equipment and monitoring packages. Fortress only offers pre-programmed equipment packages.
  • ADT has professional installation. Fortress is DIY.
  • Only ADT offers home automation.


Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: ADT

ADT offers the more traditional package options that feature combined equipment and monitoring services. Packages come with with high-quality product options with extensive available add-ons like cameras and glass-break sensors. The packages run approximately $30-50 a month depending on features and come with round-the-clock monitoring. However, packages are barebones and will more than likely require additional equipment add-ons at significant out-of-pocket cost. The company primarily uses excellent Honeywell/Ademco or DTC technology.

In contrast, Fortress offers only equipment packages, with no monitoring options available. Packages are all pre-programmed, and range in cost from $99-$570, depending on customizations. Available equipment includes sensors, sirens, and an HD security camera. Fortress technology is reported to be inexpensive compared to the industry standard. Because only self-monitoring is available, Fortress systems rely on sirens, strobe lights, and autodial to alert users to issues.


Winner: Tie

Fortress and ADT each only offer one installation option. Preference will depend on the type of service you are seeking.

Fortress offers only DIY installation of pre-programmed packages.

ADT has professional installation that can get costly. Installation runs about $99 for the basic packages, but can exceed $1000 if cameras or other additional equipment is added.

Home Automation

Winner: ADT

Only ADT has available home automation options.

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We love ADT due to its great mobile app, free cloud storage for up to 30 days, two-way audio, and more. 

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Neither ADT nor Fortress stands out for mobile app offerings. Both companies offer a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.


Winner: Tie

Contract preference will depend on whether or not you are seeking professional monitoring services.

ADT offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.

Company Reputation

Winner: ADT

ADT is a leading, globally-recognized company and the biggest home security provider in the world. Fortress offers a different home security experience, but the systems have a great reputation for being reliable, and online customer service support has received high marks from users.

Who ADT is Better For:

  • Users seeking professional installation
  • Users looking for home automation
  • Users who want professional monitoring

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Who Fortress is Better For:

  • Users seeking a DIY pre-programmed system
  • Users uninterested in home automation
  • Users who want to avoid any monitoring contracts

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ADT and Fortress both offer a variety of options to meet your home security needs. If you are looking for a more traditional option with combined equipment and monitoring packages, professional installation, and home automation, ADT will be the ideal choice. If you are looking for a basic DIY system with pre-programmed equipment and do not want to commit to any type of monitoring contract, Fortress will be a better fit.

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Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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