Alarm Grid Vs. Fortress

Alarm Grid and Fortress bother offer viable home security systems that differ from the industry standard 36-month monitoring contract model.

Alarm Grid offers month-to-month monitoring, home automation capabilities, and DIY installation. Fortress also has DIY installation, but offers no monitoring contracts, even on a monthly basis.

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We're huge fans of Fortress' lack of monthly fees, affordable price, and 30-day return policy. 

Key Similarities:

  • DIY installation
  • No long-term monitoring contracts

Key Differences:

  • Only Alarm Grid has home automation capabilities.
  • Alarm Grid offers month-to-month monitoring contracts. Fortress offers no monitoring contracts.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid, which uses primarily excellent Honeywell products, has separate upfront equipments costs and month-to-month or self-monitoring options. There are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to over $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10 to $45 a month.

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. Fortress systems, with its lack of monitoring services, use mechanisms like sirens and strobe lights to alert users to issues. Fortress alarm delays have also been reported.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid has a mobile app included in most featured packages. Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.


Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid users can choose month-to-month contract or self-monitoring options. Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.


Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and Fortress offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Alarm Grid

Only Alarm Grid has home automation options.

Who Alarm Grid Is Better For:

  • Users looking for month-to-month monitoring contracts
  • Users interested in home automation
  • Users prioritizing mobile management

Full Alarm Grid review

Who Fortress is Better For:

  • Users who want to avoid any monitoring contracts
  • Users fine with sirens and strobe lights as alerts
  • Users not interested in home automation

Full Fortress Review

Get Best Offer

We're huge fans of Fortress' lack of monthly fees, affordable price, and 30-day return policy. 

Alarm Grid and Fortress both offer security options for those not looking to enter a binding long-term monitoring contract. Those interested in home automation and month-to-month monitoring should opt for Alarm Grid. Those wishing to avoid monitoring services who would rather opt for a basic system with sirens and strobe light alerts — and no home automation — will likely be happy with Fortress.

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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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