Update: After a major company update, Frontpoint’s contracts are now monthly and they no longer offer the Protection Plan.
Fortress and Frontpoint both offer DIY home security systems that meet different safety needs. Frontpoint has combined monitoring and equipment packages with available home automation options. Fortress offers only pre-programmed equipment packages with no monitoring services available.
- DIY installation
- Well-regarded customer service support
- Limited mobile management
- Frontpoint has combined equipment and monitoring fees. Fortress only offers equipment packages.
- Frontpoint offers monitoring services. Fortress does not.
- Only Frontpoint has available home automation.
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Packages, Equipment and Pricing
Frontpoint offers three distinct, customizable packages with a combination of equipment fees ($99-149), monthly fees ($35-$45), and additional activation fees. The company uses GE technology, and available equipment offerings include cameras and glass-break sensors.
Fortress offers only equipment packages, with no monitoring options available. Packages are 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.
Both Fortress and Frontpoint offer DIY installation and are reported to have excellent customer service support.
Only Frontpoint offers home automation options.
Both Frontpoint and Fortress only allow smartphone management with select package options.
Your contract preference will depend on whether or not you are looking for professional monitoring services.
Frontpoint offers one-year or three-year contract options. Choosing the one-year contract will increase upfront equipment costs.
Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.
Who Frontpoint is Better For:
- Users looking for traditional combined equipment and monitoring packages
- Users seeking a professional monitoring contract
- Users interested in home automation
Who Fortress is Better For:
- Users hoping to avoid monitoring contracts
- Users not interested in home automation
- Users interested in systems that rely on sirens, strobe lights, and autodial for alerts
Frontpoint and Fortress both offer viable safety options. Those looking for a monitoring contract, home automation, and a comprehensive package will likely prefer Frontpoint. Those looking for a basic system with no home automation and no required monitoring contracts should opt for Fortress.
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