Best Wireless Security Systems

It’s time to cut the cord. Wireless home security systems harness your Wi-Fi network and cellular signals for more reliable protection.
Best overall
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
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    Supports up to 80 sensors
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    Has cellular and battery backup
Best for budget
Abode Horizontal
Abode
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    Supports up to 160 sensors
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    Works with Apple HomeKit
Best customer service
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
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    Supports up to 80 sensors
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    Works 24 hrs. without power

You don’t need a landline or holes drilled into your walls to protect your home. We researched wireless security systems so you don’t have to. Of the systems we looked at, SimpliSafe really shined. Its long wireless range creates a network out of all the sensors in your home (up to 80, in fact), and a backup battery keeps it running if the power goes out.

Add easy DIY installation and affordable monitoring rates, and you’ve got a recipe for the best wireless security system.



Best wireless security system comparison

Brand
Starting equipment price
Monitoring price
Cellular backup
Backup battery
Sensors supported
Best overall
SimpliSafeSimpliSafe
Icon Yes  LightYes
24 hrs. Up to 80
Best for budget
Abode HorizontalAbode
Icon Yes  LightYes
5 hrs. Up to 160
Best customer service
FrontpointFrontpoint
Icon Yes  Light Yes
24 hrs. Up to 80

Info current as of 09/20/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Wireless security system reviews

1. SimpliSafe: Best overall 

Best overall
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
Starting from
$14.99
/mo

If confusing equipment, pricing, and contracts have kept you from getting a home security system, SimpliSafe may be worth your time. Everything about this wireless alarm system, pricing, and equipment is easy to understand. Plus, there’s no calling for a quote or searching through small print and hidden fees.

SimpliSafe’s home security system starts at a one-time fee of $229.00 for equipment and $14.99 per month for professional monitoring. While equipment fees are due up front, there’s no contract or cancellation fee. So you can opt in and out of monthly monitoring fees as you wish.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Installs in under an hour
Pro Bullet Uses powerful long-range sensors
Pro Bullet Doesn't need Wi-Fi
Pro Bullet Doesn't require contract or cancellation fee
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Cons
Con Bullet Lacks home automation option
Con Bullet Charges for mobile app access

SimpliSafe offers the following:

  • Cellular backup
  • A 24-hour backup battery
  • Six monitoring centers across the country to protect your home
  • Support for up to 80 sensors (detecting movement up to 800 feet away—just over two football fields) 

And it doesn’t completely rely on Wi-Fi to connect its sensors, so a fickle internet connection won’t compromise your home’s security.

But SimpliSafe doesn’t have all the devices we’d like to see. It lacks an outdoor camera and a carbon monoxide detector. Like Abode, you need to pay a little more per month for professional monitoring and the app that comes with it. But its wireless strength is formidable, making it a reliable choice for homes (unless you live in a castle).

Overall, SimpliSafe tosses out the intimidating pricing and contracts found in other security systems. You start with long-range sensors and can easily add more devices later on to expand your coverage. Everything about SimpliSafe is straightforward. From pricing to equipment, what you see is what you get.

Read our full SimpliSafe review to learn more about equipment, plans, and pricing.

2. Abode: Best for budget

Best for budget
Abode Horizontal
Abode
Starting from
$20.00
/mo

Abode’s home security system has a wireless connection strong enough to support an impressive amount of sensors and third-party products. The company also has its share of sensors, cameras, and devices to leave your home protected and connected. Plus, it’s a fraction of the cost of its competitors.

The basic system starts at $199, a steal compared to starter kits like Frontpoint that cost nearly double that up front. Professional monitoring is only $20 per month. You can even opt to self-monitor your system, but you’ll miss out on features like cellular backup (a big deal for a wireless system).

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Pros
Pro Bullet Supports up to 160 sensors
Pro Bullet Works with third-party devices
Pro Bullet Provides affordable monitoring and equipment
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Has limited backup battery

You can create tons of automations with your Abode system through the CUE home automation engine. Just pair it with compatible smart products. For example, it can kick on the thermostat when you unarm the system after work or keep the front light on at bedtime. Abode makes programming your entire home as easy as microwaving popcorn (which you could probably automate too).

The Abode system hub supports an impressive 160 sensors max, including smart speakers running Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. You can add Abode products like indoor and outdoor security cameras, motion detectors, and environmental sensors to your home automations too.

But its backup battery leaves something to be desired. With only five hours of juice available, it could leave your home vulnerable during a power outage or other emergency.

Abode comes with a low price and few risks. It’s a powerful wireless security system for folks in smaller homes who want to explore home automation. And while its backup battery needs improvement with only a five-hour lifespan, it’s still a quality system.

To learn more about Abode’s equipment, pricing, and installation process, read our Abode review.

3. Frontpoint: Best customer service

Best customer service
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
Starting from
$34.99
/mo

If customer service is as important to you as a dependable wireless connection and easy installation, Frontpoint wireless security is definitely worth your time. Its website is transparent about pricing and equipment features, and you can easily find help if you have questions while shopping.

The live chat option offers straightforward information without high-pressure sales tactics. Frontpoint’s customer service stuck with us. We spoke with Chidi O., who responded quickly, clearly, and politely. He even gave us a code for an additional $25 off a Frontpoint system.

Frontpoint’s monitoring price is much higher than Abode’s or SimpliSafe’s, but the system’s become more accessible since it requires no contract and offers a financing option. Equipment packages start at $99, with monitoring at $34.99 per month with our discounted SafeWise entry plan. If you choose to finance, you can get a Frontpoint system for as little as $10 a month.

Pro Heading
Pros
Pro Bullet Doesn't require Wi-Fi
Pro Bullet Works 24 hours without power
Pro Bullet Trades high pressure sales for helpful customer service
Con Heading
Cons
Con Bullet Has expensive monitoring

The system also has a ton of equipment options like security cameras with motion detection and two-way audio, motion and contact sensors, and fire and carbon monoxide detectors. There are fewer options for home automation through Frontpoint, but the company does have a few gadgets like a video doorbell to make your home smarter.

Frontpoint relies primarily on cellular signals rather than Wi-Fi, so you get a steadier, more reliable connection.  This wireless system approach is slightly different than its competitors. 

And in case of an emergency, your wireless alarm system backup battery will last for 24 hours. Frontpoint also has backup monitoring centers if the nearest cell tower fails. So you’ll still be protected even if the cell signal fails. This strategy pays off because Frontpoint’s system can support up to 80 devices in your home.

Frontpoint has quality equipment and flexible payment options, but what really made this wireless security company stand out is the customer service. We love the low-pressure, friendly approach of the rep we spoke with. Plus, you can opt for a no-contract option for a little extra up front.

Frontpoint now has the Frontpoint ID Protect Powered by Allstate Identity Protection package too. This offering for new customers helps protect you from identity theft for no additional cost. 

Our full Frontpoint review dives deeper into Frontpoint’s security equipment.

More brands we considered 

We also considered a couple of security giants for our list of best wireless systems. Vivint and ADT both claim to have wireless security systems. But this isn’t totally true, at least not according to our wireless/wire-free definition. Equipment from both companies uses wireless connections like your home Wi-Fi, radio signals, and cell signals. But they aren’t completely wire free.

Both companies are worthy options if you want a recognizable, professionally installed home security system. But they both have confusing pricing, policies, and contracts that could lock you in for several years, and neither fits our definition of wireless.

Vivint

Vivint’s SkyControl panel and more current Smart Hub control panel require installers to drill holes in your wall to connect to a power source. The newer Smart Hub requires a 12 VDC power source, making it only kind of wireless.

ADT

On the other hand, the cheapest ADT option requires a landline, or you can choose its cellular system for $44.99 and up for smart home capabilities. ADT requires a contract but Vivint lets you go contract-free if you drop a lot of money up front.

Final word

Wireless home security systems are getting popular nationwide. It’s easy to see why. Wireless systems make home automation easier, have several methods of backup in an emergency, and are easier to install. If you’re considering cutting the cord on your hardwired security system or buying a system for the first time, consider one of the best wireless home security systems like SimpliSafe, Abode, or Frontpoint.

Wireless security systems are just the tip of the iceberg. Check out our favorite DIY security systems or learn more about self-monitored systems if you’re curious about cutting cords to traditional security systems.

How we reviewed

We looked at wire-free systems that use wireless connections like your home Wi-Fi network to connect equipment with your phone and the monitoring center. In our research, we found some big-name systems that claim to be wire-free but aren’t.

For the truly wire-free systems we found, we compared connection strength, backup battery life, installation ease, and customer service in our testing. Pairing these factors with customer reviews gave us some helpful insights on the factors we found most important.

Finally, we contacted each of the companies with questions to see how helpful the reps are. Read our methodology to find out how we conducted this and all our reviews.

Wireless security system FAQ 

Connection strength
Wireless systems tie sensors throughout your home together with different types of signals. The best wireless home security systems can support over 30 individual sensors, a feat that requires a strong wireless signal. A secure connection like this doesn’t just mean more gadgets, but also faster notifications and smoother system control.

Backup battery life
If an intruder cuts off the phone or power supply to your system, it’s toast. But the battery backup found in wireless alarm systems keeps the power running for up to 24 hours. So if there’s an emergency like a power outage or tampering, your system is still up and running.

Installation ease
In our book, wireless also means wire-free. Shedding the wires makes installation easier and safer. Plus, skipping the landline, wired control panels, and wired sensors makes your system safe from tampering.

Wireless security systems use radio signals, cellular towers, and Wi-Fi to connect your security equipment to your phone and the monitoring center.

If your Wi-Fi or power goes out, the signals from cellular towers keep these devices online and in contact with the monitoring center, keeping you covered even without power.

If a storm knocks out your power, your Wi-Fi won’t work. That’s where cellular and battery backup come in.

Battery backup keeps your security system up and running for anywhere from 5 to 24 hours (depending on your system). Cellular backup keeps your system linked to the monitoring center so professionals can still watch your home in case of an emergency.

Yes. Once you’ve set up the camera and connected it to the system, you can watch your camera feed through the app of your chosen wireless security provider.

No system is completely fool-proof, but wireless systems are less vulnerable to tampering than traditional landline or wired systems.

With no cords to unplug or cut, intruders have to be inside to damage your security system. Even if they unplug your system hub, wireless systems have cellular and battery backup, so the monitoring professionals would know before you do.

Our pick is Abode. Abode's camera comes with a lot of features, AI, and smart home connectivity.

Katie McEntire
Written by
Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.

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