Fortress Vs. Link Interactive

Fortress and Link Interactive offer home security systems that will likely appeal to different consumers. Link Interactive has more traditional services, with monitoring contracts for one-, two-, or three-year lengths available, home automation options, and strong mobile management. Fortress notably offers no monitoring contracts and does not offer home automation.

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Link Interactive
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring not required
  • $734 for custom package 

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Fortress
  • DIY Installation
  • Professional monitoring optional from Alarm Relay
  • $270 for S6 Titan 3G/4G WiFi Classic Kit 

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Key Similarities:

  • DIY installation
  • Some mobile management available

Key Differences:

  • Link Interactive offers one-, two- and three-year monitoring contracts. Fortress notably offers no monitoring contracts.
  • Link Interactive has stronger mobile management options.
  • Only Link Interactive has home automation.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Link Interactive

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.

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 through Costco for a 5 percent discount. There are no activation fees.

Contracts

Winner: Link Interactive

Link has both short-term and long-term options available with contracts for one-, two-, or three-year durations. Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.

Mobile App

Winner: Link Interactive

A Partner of alarm.com, Link Interactive offers a free highly-rated alarm.com app to manage your security system as long as you have a monitoring contract. Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Link Interactive and Fortress offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Link Interactive

Only Link Interactive has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who Link Interactive Might Be Better For: 

  • Users looking for monitoring contract
  • Users interested in home automation
  • Costco members

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Who Fortress Might Be Better For:  

  • Users interested in avoiding monitoring contracts
  • Users fine with sirens, strobe lights, and autodial as alerts
  • Users not requiring home automation

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Link Interactive and Fortress both offer viable home security services with key differences. Those looking for a monitoring contract and home automation — and those who are Costco members — will likely prefer Link Interactive. Those looking for no monitoring commitment, no home automation and simple sirens, strobe lights and autodial as alerts will likely prefer 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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