Fortress Vs. Protection 1

Fortress and Protection 1 offer home security options that will likely appeal to different consumers. Fortress offers pre-programmed packages with DIY installation and no monitoring contract options. Protection 1 offers industry-standard three-year monitoring contracts and professional installation, and has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Key Similarities: 

  • One type of installation option
  • Some mobile app options

Key Differences:

  • Only Protection 1 offers traditional monitoring contracts.
  • Fortress has DIY installation. Protection 1 has professional installation.
  • Only Protection 1 offers Z-Wave home automation options.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Protection 1

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.

Protection 1 offers four types of residential home packages ranging from $35-$55, with a $99 installation fee, and has a wide selection of available add-ons. Equipment offerings include sensors and carbon monoxide, smoke, and fire detectors. More expensive package options include video and Z-Wave options. The company uses mostly Honeywell technology. Medical alert offerings are also available. Prices have been reported to vary depending on dealer and location.


Winner: Protection 1

Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages. Protection 1 offers the industry-standard three-year monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 has a proprietary mobile app available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry. Only the two most expensive packages allow smartphone management. Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.


Winner: Tie

Fortress and Protection 1 each offer one type of installation option. Preference will depend on the type of service you’re seeking.

Fortress offers only DIY installation of pre-programmed packages. Protection 1 offers professional installation at a $99 fee. (Installation costs can vary depending on specificities of add-ons). If you move within your contract period, you have to pay for removal of the system and re-installation at your new location.

Home Automation

Winner: Protection 1

Only Protection 1 has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who Fortress is Better For:

  • Users not interested in monitoring contracts
  • Users looking for DIY installation
  • Users not looking for home automation

Full Fortress Review

Who Protection 1 is Better For: 

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users looking for a traditional three-year monitoring contract
  • Users interested in home automation

Full Protection 1 Review

Fortress and Protection 1 both offer viable home security options. Those interested in pre-programmed DIY packages with no monitoring options or home automation will likely prefer Fortress. Those looking for a more traditional experience with a three-year monitoring contract, professional installation, and home automation will likely be happier with Protection 1.

Protection 1 is now owned by ADT. Check out our review of the ADT home security system.

Related: the Best Security Systems of 2019

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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