Protection 1 vs. AlarmForce

Protection 1 and AlarmForce are not Do-It-Yourself systems. Both companies sell, service, and install through authorized dealers. AlarmForce manufacturers and then brands their own proprietary equipment.  Protection 1 and AlarmForce sell products online or through the dealer network.

Protection 1 vs AlarmForce

We use a wide-range of corresponding data points, including contracts, customer satisfaction ratings in multiple areas, costs and service. Our evaluation concluded that AlarmForce offers the best overall value and product. However, in some circumstances Protection 1 may be more suitable.


  • Cellular transmission for the advanced packages
  • Each system requires professional installation
  • Smartphone apps are available free of charge
  • 100% wireless
  • Both companies require three-year contracts
  • Both companies support Z-Wave technology


  • Protection 1 uses Honeywell sensors and AlarmForce builds their own proprietary detectors
  • Protection 1 has no refund policy
  • AlarmForce offers a full warranty for the life of the contract
  • Protection 1 offers Geo-fencing
  • AlarmForce offers a monitored medical alert system separate from their home security product.
  • Protection 1 has landline-only connectivity for its least expensive package

Comparison Overview Chart of Basic Packages

 AlarmForceProtection 1
Monthly Monitoring Fee$25.00$34.99
Equipment Costnonenone
Activation and/or Installation Fee*none$99.00
Contract Length3 years3 years
Equipment ManufacturerProprietaryHoneywell
Number of Door/Window Sensor03
Motion Sensor Included11
BBB RatingA+A+

Comparison Overview Chart of Top Packages Offered 

 AlarmForceProtection 1
PackageConnect with Cell WaveVideo
Monthly Monitoring Fee$41.98$54.99
Equipment Costnonenone
Activation and/or Installation Fee$178.99*$99.00
Contract Length3 years3 years
Smartphone and Remote Access ManagementYesYes
Z-Wave ControlYesYes
Video AvailabilityYesYes
Number of Door/Window Sensor24
Motion Sensor Included11
Glass Break Sensor01
Touchscreen ConsoleYesYes
iTune App Rating4.5 stars2.5 stars
Android App Rating4 stars3.5 stars
Blackberry App Rating4.5 stars4 stars

*May vary depending on local dealer offers

Comparison Overview
The Honeywell sensors provided by Protection 1 are considered by most analysts some of the best available in the marketplace today. The AlarmForce detectors, however, while proprietary, receive almost universally high marks from users also. Though a bulkier and not quite as aesthetically pleasing as the Honeywell products, they function just as well according to the testing we have seen.

AlarmForce has 17 proprietary monitoring centers throughout North America. Protection 1 outsources their monitoring to licensed, third-party companies.

Protection 1 and AlarmForce essentially lease you the packaging equipment so there are no upfront costs for components. Depending on the package you choose, each of the companies may charge you an activation and/or installation fee. Sometimes this fee is waived by the local installer.

Both companies offer control panels that are Z-Wave compatible but AlarmForce has very limited Z-Wave offerings.

Protection 1 and Link International offer the industry-standard, three-year monitoring contracts with all their packages.

AlarmForce has packages for medical monitoring only and charges separate prices for that service.

Winner and Loser Categories

Company Reputation

Winner: Tie

Both companies have excellent service and sales reputations.

The sales and service personnel used by Protection 1 and AlarmForce are well-trained and receive high consumer marks for the overall service and products.


Winner: AlarmForce

AlarmForce charges less for monthly monitoring for all their packages than Protection 1 charges. There are extra fees for activation and/or installation charged by each company.

The individual component prices are about the same for each company.


Winner: Tie

The three-year monitoring contracts contain essentially the same terms and conditions, including the same penalty costs for early contract termination.

Packages and Contents

Winner: Protection 1

Protection 1 provides much more equipment with all of their package offerings than AlarmForce provides.

Ease of Installation

Winner: Tie

Protection 1 and AlarmForce are equally well-thought of by users on most home security forums.

Equipment Quality and Technology

Winner: Tie

The pricing and quality of the component offerings are the same for each company.


Winner: AlarmForce

Protection 1 does not offer any warranty.

AlarmForce has a full, money-back guarantee for the life of the contract.


Winner: Tie

The service technicians used by Protection 1 and AlarmForce are well trained and competent according to most user rating forums.

Comparison Summary

Both companies tie in most comparison categories. However, the lower monthly monitoring cost for AlarmForce makes is what our overall winner.  Learn more about AlarmForce in our AlarmForce review.

However, some homeowners may want more equipment with their basic packages than AlarmForce provides and may not want to purchase the extra components directly. Others may want the sleeker look of the Honeywell components. If you fit into either of these customer categories, then Protection 1 may be the better option.  Learn more in our Protection 1 review.

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

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

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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