First Alert Professional Vs. Fortress

First Alert Professional and Fortress both offer viable options to meet your home security needs, though they will likely appeal to different consumers. First Alert Professional offers Honeywell equipment, professional installation, and Z-Wave home automation. Fortress offers a more DIY experience: proprietary equipment, self-installation, and no available monitoring packages. 

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

Key Similarities: 

  • One type of installation
  • Some mobile management options

Key Differences:

  • First Alert Pro requires professional installation, Fortress is DIY.
  • Fortress has no monitoring packages
  • Only First Alert Pro offers Z-Wave home automation
  • First Alert Pro uses Honeywell equipment

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing 

Winner: First Alert Professional

First Alert Professional sells systems through independent dealers, leading to varying local experiences. Though equipment prices can vary highly, First Alert Pro is owned by Honeywell and offers high quality technology with a large selection of offerings and available customizations. Prices for monitoring contracts, installation, and activation vary by dealer.

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.

Contracts

Winner: Tie

If you’re looking for a contract agreement, First Alert Professional is the way to go. First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years. Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages or contracts.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both Fortress and First Alert Pro have some mobile management options. First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package. Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.

Installation

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional and Fortress each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what kind of service you’re seeking. First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary. Fortress offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: First Alert Professional

Only First Alert Pro has available Z-Wave home automation options. 

Who First Alert Professional Might Be Better For: 

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users interested in Honeywell equipment
  • Users looking for home automation options
  • Users fine with local variance in details

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Who Fortress Might Be Better For: 

  • Users not looking for a monitoring package
  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users not requiring home automation options
  • Users fine with proprietary equipment

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

Both First Alert Professional and Fortress offer a variety of different home security options. Those looking for a more traditional experience with name-brand Honeywell equipment, professional installation, and home automation options will likely prefer First Alert Professional. Those looking for a more minimal experience with DIY installation and no monitoring package will likely be happier 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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