Frontpoint Vs. Protection 1

Frontpoint and Protection 1 both offer strong home security options with some overlap in features. Protection 1 offers professional installation and industry-standard three-year contracts. Frontpoint is DIY and offers a choice of one-year or three-year monitoring contracts. Both companies have available home automation and customer service reports are positive.

Key Similarities: 

  • Available home automation
  • Mobile management with select package options
  • Reported to have strong customer service

Key Differences:

  • Protection 1 offers professional installation. Frontpoint is DIY.
  • Frontpoint offers both one-year and three-year contracts. Protection 1 offers only three-year.
  • Protection 1 uses mostly Honeywell tech. Frontpoint uses primarily GE.
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We recommend Frontpoint due to its unmatched customer support, its user-friendly app, and its awesome camera with 1080p HD video display, two-way audio, and free local and cloud storage. I also love that 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup are built-in. 

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 offers four types of residential home packages ranging from $35-$55, with a $99 installation fee, and 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 by dealer and where you live within the United States.

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

Contracts

Winner: Frontpoint

Frontpoint offers more flexibility with one-year and three-year contract options. Choosing the one-year contract will increase upfront equipment costs. 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. The two more advanced Frontpoint plans also allow for smartphone management.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 and Frontpoint each offer only one type of installation. Choice will depend on what type of service you’re seeking.

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. Frontpoint offers DIY installation with excellent customer service support reported.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Protection 1 and Frontpoint have available home automation options.

Who Protection 1 is Better For:

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users only interested in a long-term contract
  • Users with a preference for Honeywell technology

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Who Frontpoint is Better For: 

  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users looking for a shorter-term one-year contract
  • Users with a preference for GE technology

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We recommend Frontpoint due to its unmatched customer support, its user-friendly app, and its awesome camera with 1080p HD video display, two-way audio, and free local and cloud storage. I also love that 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup are built-in. 

Frontpoint and Protection 1 both have options to meet your security needs. Those looking for professional installation and ready to commit to a three-year contract will likely prefer Protection 1, while those looking for DIY installation and the option for a one-year contract will likely be happier with Frontpoint.

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

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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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