Alarm Grid Vs. Link Interactive

Alarm Grid and Link Interactive both offer strong home security options with plenty of overlap in features. Both offer Z-Wave home automation options, DIY installation, and strong mobile management. Alarm Grid has month-to-month contracts, while Link Interactive offers longer commitment options with available one-, two-, and three-year contracts.

Key Similarities: 

  • Available home automation
  • DIY installation
  • Mobile management options

Key Differences:

  • Alarm Grid offers month-to-month contracts. Link Interactive offers one, two and three-year contract options.
  • Link Interactive offers equipment discount to Costco members.
  • Alarm Grid uses mostly Honeywell products. Link Interactive uses mostly 2Gig.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid uses Honeywell products, and has separate upfront equipment costs and month-to-month monitoring options. There are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to more than $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10 to $45 a month.

Link Interactive offers separate equipment and monitoring packages. Equipment packages range in price from $134 to $630 and have a variety of available options including smoke/heat/freeze sensors and an indoor night vision camera. You can also create your own system from a wide variety of available equipment. There are two available monitoring package options: Gold, at $25, and Platinum, which includes video monitoring, at $43. Depending on your monitoring package choice, you can get some equipment purchase credits.

Link has a relationship with Costco, so members can purchase their equipment packages for a 5 percent discount. There are no activation fees.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offer users slightly more flexibility with a month-to-month contract option. Link has both short-term and long-term options available with contracts for one-, two-, or three-year durations.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid offers a mobile app for Silver, Gold and Platinum packages. Self-monitoring options all allow for remote mobile arm/disarm. Link Interactive offers a free, highly-rated alarm.com app to manage your security system as long as you have a monitoring contract.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Link Interactive and Alarm Grid offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Link Interactive and Alarm Grid have available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who Alarm Grid is Better For:

  • Users interested in a month-to-month contract
  • Users without Costco membership
  • Users looking for Honeywell equipment

Full Alarm Grid Review

Who Link Interactive is Better For:

  • Users looking for one-, two-, or three-year contract
  • Users interested in 2Gig equipment
  • Costco members

Full Link Interactive Review

Alarm Grid and Link Interactive both have options to meet your home security needs. Users looking for DIY installation, home automation, and strong mobile management will find options with either company. Those looking for a no-commitment month-to-month contract will likely prefer Alarm Grid, while those looking for a longer one-, two-, or three-year contract will likely be happier with Link Interactive.

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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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