Fortress Vs. Frontpoint

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.

Key Similarities

  • DIY installation
  • Well-regarded customer service support
  • Limited mobile management

Key Differences

  • 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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Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Frontpoint

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.


Winner: Tie

Both Fortress and Frontpoint offer DIY installation and are reported to have excellent customer service support.  

Home Automation

Winner: Frontpoint

Only Frontpoint offers home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both Frontpoint and Fortress only allow smartphone management with select package options.


Winner: Tie

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

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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

Full Fortress Review

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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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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