Frontpoint has all the security favorites you need for a solid home defense system.
Two pieces of equipment stand out among Frontpoint’s product lineup: the tough-as-nails keypad and smart hub. If an intruder damages one of them, the system automatically notifies the professional monitoring center.
The hub also has a 24-hour emergency backup and encrypts information coming in and out of your home so you’re safer from online intruders too.
The basic prepackaged plans come with a smart hub and keypad, door/window sensors, and a motion sensor. You also get a yard sign, window decals, and door stickers.
Frontpoint has only one option for monthly monitoring and three prepackaged equipment plans. All prepacked plans come with a hub and keypad, but the specifics vary to fit your home.
If you decide to take the plunge and pay for all your equipment in one go, you can enjoy the monitoring service contract free. Or you can finance your equipment as part of a 36-month contract.
The good news is you can pay very little up front to get Frontpoint in your home. And you can enroll in a Bread consumer financing plan that allows you to pay $10 a month for your Frontpoint equipment over the course of the contract, though you have to get a credit check to qualify.
While the payment plan requires a contract, it doesn’t renew automatically, and you can pay it off early without penalty.
We like that Frontpoint lets you customize its packages to suit your needs or build a custom system entirely from scratch. You can customize each Frontpoint security package with extra equipment, but you pay for every additional device.
As with most wireless home security sensors, the name describes the best use for a particular sensor. So the sensors you choose ultimately boil down to what you want to monitor, like a garage door or an aging water heater.
In certain cases, like with the carbon monoxide sensor, it’s a lot more affordable to get unconnected versions at a hardware store or retailer. They might not have central station monitoring, but you don’t have to skimp on putting enough detectors around your home.
Still, we think monitoring these devices is a good choice if you have limited mobility to get out of your home by yourself in an emergency or often go on extended trips.