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.
Note: It was recently announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.
- Strong mobile management
- DIY installation option
- Variety of contract options
- 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.
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Packages, Equipment and Pricing
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.
Winner: Link Interactive
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.
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 alarm.com, Link Interactive offers the free, highly-rated alarm.com app to manage your security system as long as you have a monitoring contract.
LifeShield offers a more flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99. Link Interactive offers DIY installation.
Winner: Link Interactive
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
Who Link Interactive is Better For:
- Users looking for Z-Wave home automation
- Users looking for shorter contracts
- Costco members interested in a discount
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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