Link Interactive Vs. Scout Alarm

Link Interactive and Scout Alarm offer security systems that will likely appeal to different consumers. Link Interactive offers comprehensive equipment options, yearly monitoring contracts and Z-Wave home automation options. Scout Alarm offers a no-frills system with basic equipment options and low-commitment month-to-month monitoring. Both companies offer DIY installation.

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We like Scout Alarm for its DIY installation, many smart platform integrations, and lack of monthly fees. 

Key Similarities:

  • DIY installation
  • Available mobile management

Key Differences:

  • Link Interactive offers comprehensive equipment options. Scout Alarm offers basic equipment.
  • Scout Alarm offers month-to-month monitoring. Link Interactive offers one-year, two-year and three-year contracts. 
  • Only Link Interactive has Z-Wave home automation options.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Link Interactive

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 Costco for a 5 percent discount. There are no activation fees.

Scout Alarm doesn’t offer traditional packages. Users choose their own a la carte equipment combination, but there are limited choices. There are no available video components and only three sensor and detector options. Scout Alarm does not offer any specialty sensors, or have any compatible fire or smoke detectors. Monthly monitoring fees range from $9-$19.

Contracts

Winner: Scout Alarm

Both Link and Scout Alarm offer more flexible options than the industry-standard three-year contract. Scout Alarm offer users flexible month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.  If you do commit to a full year, a discounted price is available. Link has 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. Scout Alarm offer self-monitoring options through mobile apps for a small fee.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Scout Alarm and Link Interactive offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Link Interactive

Only Link Interactive has available Z-Wave home automation options. Scout Alarm is compatible with some Zigbee protocol options.

Who Link Interactive is Better For: 

  • Users looking for comprehensive equipment options
  • Users interested in Z-Wave home automation
  • Users interested in a longer contract

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Who Scout Alarm is Better For: 

  • Users looking for a no-frills system
  • Users interested in month-to-month monitoring
  • Users not requiring Z-Wave home automation

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We like Scout Alarm for its DIY installation, many smart platform integrations, and lack of monthly fees. 

Link Interactive and Scout Alarm both have viable home security options, albeit likely for different consumers. Those looking for a more traditional option with a wide selection of equipment and a long-term monitoring contract will likely prefer Link Interactive. Those looking for a no-frills system with no long-term commitment will likely be happier with Scout Alarm.

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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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