Fortress Vs. Protect America

Protect America and Fortress both offer viable home security options with details that will likely appeal to different consumers. Protect America offers combined equipment and monitoring packages, three-year monitoring contracts and home automation options. Fortress offers equipment-only packages with no monitoring services.

Both companies have DIY installation and limited mobile management.

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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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Protect America
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring included for free
  • $358 for customized system

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Key Similarities

  • DIY installation
  • Limited mobile management options

Key Differences

  • Only Protect America has combined equipment and monitoring packages.
  • Fortress has no monitoring services.
  • Protect America has home automation options.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Protect America

Protect America has customizable packages ranging from $20 to $47 with monitoring and available high quality proprietary equipment add-ons including specialty sensors and (a limited selection of) cameras.

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. Fortress systems, with its lack of monitoring services, use mechanisms like sirens and strobe lights to alert users to issues. Alarm delays have been reported.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Protect America and Fortress both offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Protect America

Only Protect America offers home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both Fortress and Protect America have limited smartphone management.

Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.

With Protect America, smartphone management is only available with an upgrade to cellular and broadband service. This increases monthly monitoring fees by $12- $20, depending on the plan.

Contracts

Winner: Protect America

Protect America requires users to sign a three-year monitoring contract. Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.

Special Features

Winner: Protect America

Protect America has two vehicle protection devices, which is rare among home security offerings.

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We love Protect America for its integrations with Amazon Alexa, its great customer support, and its included 24/7 professional monitoring. All in all, we highly recommend Protect America.

 

Who Fortress is Better For:

  • Users who want to avoid any monitoring contracts
  • Users fine with sirens and strobe lights as alerts

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Who Protect America Is Better For:

  • Users looking for home automation
  • Users interested in monitoring contracts
  • Users seeking vehicle protection devices

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Fortress and Protect America both have options to meet your home security needs. Those looking for home automation and long-term monitoring contracts should opt for Protect America. Those looking for equipment-only packages with no monitoring commitments 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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