LifeShield Vs. Link Interactive

Update: ADT has purchased Lifeshield and it is now called Blue by ADT. 

Both LifeShield and Link Interactive offer strong home security options. LifeShield offers long-term 3 or 5-year monitoring contracts and a choice of DIY or professional installation. Link Interactive offers 1, 2, or 3-year contracts and has available Z-Wave home automation options.

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

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  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring optional
  • $295.12 for Security Advantage equipment 

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Note: It was recently announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.

Key Similarities:

  • Strong mobile management
  • DIY installation option
  • Variety of contract options

Key Differences:

  • LifeShield offers 3-year or 5-year contracts. Link Interactive offers one, two, or three-year contracts.
  • Only Link Interactive has Z-Wave home automation options.
  • Only LifeShield has a professional installation option.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

LifeShield offers packages that range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include both state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. However, basic packages are also reported to be notably scarce, so users will very likely also have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete a system. All packages come with one-of-a-kind fire safety features. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.

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, 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 the store for a 5 percent discount. There are no activation fees.


Link has both short-term and long-term options available with contracts for 1, 2, or 3-year durations. LifeShield offers both the industry standard 3-year contract as well as a 5-year monitoring option.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both LifeShield and Link Interactive are reported to have strong mobile management options.

LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced and user-friendly mobile app reported to be available with all major packages. A Partner of, Link Interactive offers the free, highly-rated app to manage your security system as long as you have a monitoring contract.


Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield offers a more flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99. Link Interactive offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

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

Who LifeShield is Better For:

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users interested in a long-term 5-year contract
  • Users not looking for home automation

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Who Link Interactive is Better For: 

  • Users looking for Z-Wave home automation
  • Users looking for shorter contracts
  • Costco members interested in a discount

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LifeShield and Link Interactive bother offer a variety of options to meet your home security needs. Those looking for shorter-term contracts and Z-Wave home automation will likely prefer Link Interactive, while those looking for professional installation or a long-term 5-year contract will likely be happier with LifeShield.

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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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