Alarm Grid Vs. Protection 1

Alarm Grid and Protection 1 both offer strong security options with some overlap in features. Alarm Grid offers DIY installation and month-to-month contracts, while Protection 1 has professional installation and the industry-standard 36-month contract.

Both companies have available home automation options and use well-regarded Honeywell equipment.

Key Similarities:

  • One type of installation
  • Strong Honeywell equipment
  • Available home automation

Key Differences:

  • Alarm Grid offers DIY installation. Protection 1 requires professional installation.
  • Alarm Grid offers more flexible month-to-month monitoring contracts. Protection 1 offers the industry-standard 36-month contract.
  • Protection 1 has an installation fee.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 offers four types of residential home packages ranging from $35-$55, with a $99 installation fee, and has a wide selection of available add-ons. Equipment offerings include sensors and carbon monoxide, smoke, and fire detectors. More expensive package options include video and Z-Wave options. The company uses mostly Honeywell technology. Medical alert offerings are also available. Prices have been reported to vary depending on dealer and location.

Alarm Grid also 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-$45 a month.


Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offer users more flexibility with a month-to-month contract option. Protection 1 offers the industry-standard three-year monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers a mobile app for Silver, Gold and Platinum packages. Self-monitoring options all allow for remote mobile arm/disarm.

Protection 1 has a proprietary mobile app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Only the two most expensive packages allow smartphone management.


Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid and Protection 1 each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what type of service you’re seeking.

Alarm Grid offers DIY installation. Protection 1 offers professional installation at a $99 fee. (Installation costs can vary depending on specificities of add-ons). If you move within your contract period, you have to pay for removal of the system and re-installation at your new location.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and Protection 1 have available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who Alarm Grid is Better For:

  • Users seeking DIY installation
  • Users looking for month-to-month monitoring
  • Users fine with upfront equipment purchase

Full Alarm Grid Review

Who Protection 1 is Better For:

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users fine with installation fee
  • Users wanting to commit to 36-month contract

Full Protection 1 Review

Alarm Grid and Protection 1 both have options to meet your home security needs. Those looking for DIY installation and low-commitment month-to-month monitoring should likely opt for Alarm Grid. Those interested in professional installation and a long-term 36-month contract will likely be happier with Protection 1.

Protection 1 is now owned by ADT. Check out our review of the ADT home security system.

Related: the Best Security Systems of 2019

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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