Frontpoint Vs. Link Interactive

Frontpoint and Link Interactive both offer viable home security options with plenty of overlap in features. Both companies offer DIY installation and Z-Wave home automation options. Both have a variety of contract-length options and available mobile management.

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

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Frontpoint
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring required
  • $630 for customized system

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Key Similarities:

  • Available one-year and three-year contract options
  • Mobile management options
  • Z-Wave home automation options
  • DIY installation

Key Differences:

  • Link Interactive offers one-year, two-year or three-year contract options. Frontpoint only offers one-year and three-year contracts.
  • Frontpoint uses mostly GE technology. Link uses mostly 2Gig tech.

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Frontpoint uses GE technology and offers three distinct, customizable packages with a combination of upfront equipment fees ($99-149), monthly fees ($35-$45), and additional activation fees. The company has a variety of available equipment offerings including cameras and glass break sensors.

Link Interactive offers separate equipment and monitoring packages. Equipment packages range in price from $134 to $630 and have 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, but prices will vary. 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

Frontpoint offers one-year and three-year contract options. Choosing the one-year contract will increase upfront equipment costs. Link offers slightly more flexibility with available contracts for one, two, or three-year durations.

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. The two more advanced Frontpoint plans also allow for smartphone management.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Frontpoint and Link Interactive offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Frontpoint and Link Interactive have available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who Frontpoint is Better For: 

  • Users interested in GE technology

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Who Link Interactive is Better For: 

  • Users looking for a two-year contract
  • Costco members

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Both Frontpoint and Link Interactive both offer strong security system options with a lot of overlap in provisions. Those looking for DIY, home automation, mobile management and one or three-year monitoring contracts will find options with both companies. Those particularly interested in GE equipment will likely prefer Frontpoint, while those who are Costco members or looking specifically for a two-year contract will likely be happier with Link Interactive.

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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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