Frontpoint Equipment & Compatibility

Frontpoint has a hefty roster of equipment and accessories that covers almost any security situation, from break-ins to fires and everything in between. It also connects with Alexa, Google Home, and Z-Wave devices for a complete home automation experience.



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Frontpoint equipment costs

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The Safehouse
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Individual Frontpoint components can cost from around $3 to $194, and packages range from $99 to $798. Compared to other top brands, sometimes Frontpoint has better prices, and sometimes it doesn’t.

Motion detectors are on the pricier end. Typically, a motion sensor will run around $30, but Frontpoint charges closer to $50. That extra $20 can add up quickly if you have a larger home that needs a lot of coverage.

Packages

On the other hand, Frontpoint’s starter kit is pretty darn affordable. The Safehouse costs a petite $99. This kit includes a hub and keypad, two door/window sensors, one motion sensor, and a home defense kit. That’s a lot for the price, especially considering that a single motion sensor is around $50 when purchased alone. SimpliSafe’s starter kit is three times as much and only offers one door/window sensor.

The Safehouse is best if you just want a dash of security for your home. Its low price and limited gadgets make it the perfect solution for folks who aren’t sure what security system products to get or don’t want to clutter their home with too many gadgets.

Packages get less competitive as you move into the larger packages. The Bunker is $633.92 and comes with a bit more equipment:

  • Frontpoint hub and keypad
  • 3 door/window sensors
  • Motion sensor
  • Indoor camera
  • Smoke and heat sensor
  • Home defense kit

We like The Bunker for people that are all-in on their security. They want to keep safe from intruders, fires, and other emergencies. Just add a flood sensor and a CO sensor and you’ve got solid coverage.

The Fortress, at $798, is Frontpoint’s largest package and comes with the most equipment:

  • Frontpoint hub and keypad
  • 6 door/window sensors
  • 2 motion sensors
  • Indoor camera
  • Smoke and heat sensor
  • Home defense kit

Since The Fortress is just a bigger version of The Bunker, it’s meant for people with bigger homes that need a little more coverage.

Package
Price
Door and window sensors
Motion sensors
Smoke and heat sensor
Indoor camera
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The Safehouse 21
The Bunker3111
The Fortress6211

Frontpoint device prices

Frontpoint devices can supplement equipment packages, or you can build your Frontpoint home security system from scratch, adding as many or as few devices as you like.

Here’s how all the individual device prices shake out:

  • Indoor camera: $99.99
  • Premium Indoor Camera: $193.99
  • Outdoor camera: $167.50
  • Doorbell camera: $149.99
  • Door and window sensor: $24.74
  • Motion sensor: $48.74
  • Touchscreen control panel: $112.49
  • Extra keypad: $41.24
  • Glass break sensor: $56.24
  • Garage door sensor: $33.74
  • Smoke and heat sensor: $48.74
  • Carbon monoxide sensor: $67.49
  • Flood sensor: $33.74
  • Keychain remote: $23.99
  • Panic pendant: $29.99
  • Yard sign: $2.99
  • Door sticker: $2.99
  • Window decals (set of 3): $2.99
  • Wireless light control: $49.99
  • Frontpoint Smart Doorlock: $149.99
  • Frontpoint Smart Thermostat: $129.99

Frontpoint app

The Frontpoint app is free. You’d think that would be a given, but one of Frontpoint’s biggest competitors, SimpliSafe, won’t let you use their app unless you sign up for professional monitoring.

It’s a good thing that the Frontpoint app is free. (The price is included in the lofty monitoring fees.) It’s your key to the whole shebang. The app guides you through the installation process, and then you can use it to do the following:

  • Watch live feeds from your cameras
  • Connect and control non-Frontpoint smart devices
  • Arm and disarm your Frontpoint security system
  • Lock and unlock your Frontpoint smart lock
  • Control your Frontpoint thermostat
  • Schedule smart lights

Screenshots: Alina Bradford; SafeWise

Frontpoint equipment

Base equipment

All Frontpoint packages have a few standard components: a hub, keypad, door/window sensors, and motion sensors. These are considered the foundation of any home security system.

Hub and keypad

The hub is the “brain” of your Frontpoint security system. The system uses dual cellular/Wi-Fi connections to communicate with devices and the monitoring center.

Unlike our brains, though, the hub has a backup system. When the cellular connection isn’t working as it should, the Frontpoint hub switches over to Wi-Fi. Its battery backup will keep the system up and running for 24 hours during a blackout too.

With the keypad, you can arm and disarm the system or call for help. You get up to four codes for family or your roommates.

You can upgrade from a basic keypad to the Frontpoint Touchscreen control panel. This HD display controls your entire Frontpoint home security system and all your smart devices without using the app. The touchscreen also displays the four-day weather forecast and your favorite photos as a screen saver (like a digital picture frame).

Screenshots: Alina Bradford; SafeWise

Frontpoint sensors

As you probably guessed, window/door sensors “sense” when a door or window opens and motion sensors detect, well, motion. When your Frontpoint security system is armed, these sensors will signal the hub and sound the alarm. The hub will also send notifications to your phone.

So you may be asking, “When do you need a motion sensor instead of entry sensors?” Motion sensors are for areas that don’t open and close like doors and windows. You can get super creative with them:

  • Put one by the crib so you know when your tot is making an escape.
  • Stick one next to your child’s bed so you know if someone enters their room at night (particularly useful if their door is open all night and you can’t use a door sensor).
  • Attach one to the family computer desk so you know when your teen is logging on late at night.

Need some more ideas? Check out our five surprising ways to use sensors.

Frontpoint sensors install in seconds. Just peel the film off the back and press them to a wall or door jamb. Plus, the battery lasts around five years, so you don’t need to worry about installing them again for a long time.

To learn more about how sensors work, check out our beginner’s guide to motion sensors.

Frontpoint accessories

Frontpoint has a hefty range of accessories to customize your security system and automate your smart home fully. Here’s everything Frontpoint offers beyond the basics.

Glass break sensor

This sensor detects glass breaking and sends messages to your system after a breach. It works within 20 feet of any window, so you’ll only need a few throughout the house. These are perfect for picture windows that don’t open since you can’t use a window sensor.

Garage door sensor

When your garage door opens more than 45°, this sensor will sound an alarm and notify the hub of an intruder when the security system is armed.

Smoke and heat sensor

The Frontpoint smoke and heat sensor doesn’t just set off an alarm like most smoke detectors. It’ll also notify you of danger through the app. If you don’t reply (because you’re hurt or asleep) the monitoring center will call emergency responders.

Carbon monoxide sensor

When CO toxic gas is detected, the sensor sounds an alarm, notifies the monitoring center, and sends you a notification on your phone. We like that there are three different ways this sensor aids in getting everyone out of the house safely.

Flood sensor

Even if you don’t live in a flood zone, a flood sensor is a valuable addition to your home. It can detect washer overflows or water heater leaks. You’ll prevent costly repairs by getting a notification as soon as water is detected.

Keychain remote

You can arm/disarm your system and turn on your home’s lights from your car with this fob. The keychain remote is perfect for kids because they can come and go without remembering a code—no more accidental alarms.

We also like that it has an emergency mode. After holding a combination of buttons for three seconds, local authorities are alerted. If someone follows you home and you’re afraid to get out of your car, the emergency mode is a fast, discrete way to call for help.

Panic pendant

The panic button is a must-have for older folks living independently at home. A button push notifies the Frontpoint monitoring center of an emergency when you can’t get to your phone. It also has customizable alerts, a waterproof design, and a recessed button to lessen accidental pressing.

Wireless light control

This little gadget is basically a smart plug. You plug a lamp into one end and then plug the gadget into an outlet. From there, you can control the light using the Frontpoint app and set schedules for when the light will go on or off automatically.

It also works to control appliances that have power cords remotely. We like that we can start our coffee pot from the comfort of our beds.

Frontpoint Smart Doorlock

No need for keys with this smart lock by Yale. Unlock your door using the app or the built-in keypad. The bright backlit touchscreen makes typing in the correct code easier at night too.

Frontpoint Smart Thermostat

With this thermostat, you can warm up your home without getting out of bed or cool the house down on your way home from work with the Frontpoint app. The app will also alert you if it gets too humid or dry in your home. And it’ll shut down your furnace and fans during a fire so they won’t literally fan the flames.

Frontpoint cameras

There are four Frontpoint cameras, so no matter what you need, you’re covered: a doorbell security camera, outdoor camera, indoor camera, and the Premium Indoor Camera.

We found that all of the cameras offer clear video and work well. They are also reasonably priced compared to other security cameras. And the cloud stores the footage for free.

Price
Field of view
AI capabilities
Echo-canceling microphone
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Frontpoint Doorbell CameraDoorbell camera
180°
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Frontpoint Indoor Security CameraIndoor camera
110°
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Frontpoint outdoor security cameraOutdoor camera
117°
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Frontpoint premium indoor security cameraPremium Indoor Camera
180°
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes

Info current as of 08/30/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.    

While the indoor and outdoor cameras have basic security camera features like two-way talk and night vision, the Frontpoint Premium Indoor Camera lives up to its name. It includes some premium features, including these:

  • Smart AI capabilities that can tell the difference between a human and a pet
  • Room scanning with pan and tilt
  • Advanced zoom to capture events farther away
  • Echo-canceling microphone that makes the two-way audio is crisp and clear

You can read more about each camera in our Frontpoint cameras guide.

Third-party smart home products for Frontpoint

Frontpoint meshes with third-party smart home products very well. You can use Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands to control devices connected to the wireless light control device. The Frontpoint app lets you control Alexa, Z-Wave, and Google Home devices without switching to a different app too.

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Z-Wave no-go

While many Z-Wave products are compatible with Frontpoint, not all of them are. And Frontpoint isn’t very transparent on which Z-Wave brands to choose. Give Frontpoint customer service a call to confirm compatibility before buying.

Frontpoint FAQ

Yes, you can schedule temperatures for different times of the day using the Frontpoint dashboard at Myfrontpoint.com.

Most of its security equipment is proprietary, but others make some devices. For example,  the Premium Indoor Camera is by Alarm.com and the Frontpoint Smart Lock is by Yale.

SimpliSafe wins when it comes to price, but we like Frontpoint for customer service and features. You can take a look at our head-to-head comparison.

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Alina Bradford
Written by
Alina Bradford
Alina has been reviewing the latest tech for more than a decade and has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. She specializes in smart home and security technology, working to make gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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