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Our Score
6.6
User Score
2.5

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Our Score
6.6
User Score
2.5
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Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Monitoring
$40–60

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$100–200

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
24+ months

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Undisclosed

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Fees May Apply

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
17

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: January 10, 2017

Alarm.com is an industry leader in both home security and home automation technology. At their heart, Alarm.com is a technology company, and that shows in their diverse product line as well as the industry-leading mobile and smartwatch integrations for their products. They are a company that is passionate about enhancing the connection that their customers have with their homes. With more than 2 million active home security and home automation customers, Alarm.com is one of the largest security and smart home providers in the nation.

The Good

  • All-in-one Provider
  • Exclusive Technology
  • White-label Service

Alarm.com stands out when you think of the traditional security company. Some key benefits provided by Alarm.com are that they are an all-in-one technology provider: home security, home automation, video monitoring, etc. There is no need to bundle with multiple companies to fully protect and automate your home.

Alarm.com features award-winning technology. They were the first security technology company to provide a smartwatch app that works hand-in-hand with their security/home automation system. With Alarm.com’s technology, you can manage your system remotely from your smartphone, smartwatch, or a computer. This includes setting the thermostat, locking the front door, viewing camera feeds, or making sure the lights are turned off. You are also able to set up custom notifications so you know when the kids get home from school or if a package has arrived on the front porch.

With Alarm.com’s nationwide network of authorized security dealers, you receive the perks of a large company with the comfort of a local dealer. Monitoring and service calls generally takes place with the local partner, while the technology and support is available to you and through that partner for Alarm.com. This white-label business model allows for 24/7 support and a local touch.

The Bad

  • Not for Non Tech-savvy Homeowners
  • Rural Areas Can Have Poor Connection
  • Non-specific Pricing Model

While Alarm.com can be great for the emerging technology-affluent generation, it is not very user-friendly for those who aren’t familiar with smartphone apps. And while the nationwide security partners do provide tutorials and online account setup/access to the Alarm.com cloud network, many customers find that a one-time tutorial doesn’t quite suit their needs for fully utilizing the expanded features of their home security and home automation system.

Alarm.com runs on a cloud-based cellular system. This can be advantageous as it does not require a landline to function; however, for areas that have poor or limited cellular connections, ie. many rural areas, the security and home automation systems can simply cease to work if the cellular signal is lost. Without a wired option for their technology, Alarm.com has chosen to ostracize those who live outside of or in limited cellular communities.

One disadvantage about having a nationwide white-labeled network of authorized dealers is that pricing is never quite consistent. In fact, Alarm.com doesn’t even list pricing on their website, but rather they leave that up to their local/regional partners. With no transparency in pricing, it can be difficult to shop within a desired budget range without requesting customized quotes/bids.

The Bottom Line

Alarm.com provides a great selection of home security and home automation services. Their technology is state-of-the-art, and it allows for full home management from your smart device, as well as customized notifications to ensure that you have full control over your home. With their nationwide network of authorized partners, customers receive the benefits of a large company with the local touch that comes with their regional dealer. With almost exclusively positive online reviews, Alarm.com seems like a good bet when considering your home security needs.

Rank Chart
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Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
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#1

8.2
$19.99-$42.99
$0

#2

7.5
$34.99
$99

#3

5.6
$34.95-49.95
$99

#23
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2.5
$40–60
$100–200

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  1. User Score
    2
    November 21st, 2017 San Rafael, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Very disappointed. Many false alarms. Knox Security and Alanm.com blame on equipment and software. Failed camera and motion sensor at first. After false police reports, they were changed. Have had temperature alarms for extreme temperatures for 3 weeks. They can’t seem to stop this. Now they are saying communications from Alarm.com is blocked to system. This is new. Daily issues with system. My winter house has Eccbee thermostats and Blink cameras. Works 100% better at 10% of the price. Very disappointed.
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  2. User Score
    1
    November 18th, 2017
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Alarm has been chipping for days unable to troubleshoot
    Called / email got tech support. Voice mail no return calls
    Would not buy this unit / service again. One issue after another
    Frustrating
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  3. User Score
    10
    October 27th, 2017 Lincoln, NE
    1 people found this review helpful!
    This is the best technology on the market, hands down. I think that a lot of the complaints I’m reading in the other reviews have a lot more to do with the dealers that the customers are using. I love my system, am constantly impressed by how current they are with new product integrations, and feel that my own experiences with their support are top notch. A lot of that comes from my dealer, though, as I know that when I submit a support ticket, that ticket gets passed down to my dealer for them to either address or escalate.
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  4. User Score
    0
    October 3rd, 2017
    2 people found this review helpful!
    The WORST SECURITY ALARM SYSTEM!!! i have ever signed up for. At first they will sale talk their products(latest gadgets, additional upgrades…) then you sign the contract, my biggest mistake. I had a month or two left on my previous alarm system, alarm.com tech said we’ll take care all the paper works to release you from your current alarm system come to find out it was never done i ended up doing it myself and paying 2 alarm system. I had other gadgets/upgrade that is part of contract that was NEVER INSTALLED which i am paying for. Now one my sensor is down, its been brought up to their attention but still no return calls/follow up. DO NOT SIGN THE CONTRACT UNTILL ALL WHAT THEY PROMISED ARE INSTALLED, that goes with all other alarm system companies. I cant wait to finish my contract. Do your research, NO CUSTOMER SERVICE WHATSOEVER!!!!!!
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  5. User Score
    1
    September 28th, 2017 Huntington Beach, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I have an Alarm.com system provided by Protection 1. Overall I am happy with the system and it does have better features than the one that was replaced.

    BUT, some of the advertised features do not work reliably and I have not been able to get any attention to the matter from their support staff. The problems are with the Notification system and the Alarm.com app. (The phones I am using are Android, can’t comment on iOS phones.)

    There is a feature that allows you to create a “geo-fence” and be notified if you leave (enter) the fence with the alarm system disarmed. This would be a really useful feature if it worked. However it is flawed almost to the point of being useless.

    First, we have two phones with the Alarm.com app. I have configured both phones, and to the best of my knowledge they are configured identically. However one of the phones keeps getting a notification that it has not checked in with the Alarm.com server within the last 24 hours. This even when both phones were on identical paths during our vacation for a week. One phone communicated just fine, one did not. No one at Alarm.com seems to care, though. They respond to my trouble tickets by simply closing them with no commentary.

    Second, often the system is confused about either the time or the location of phones. I have got multiple sequences of alarming notification, disarming notification, followed by a notification that I have left the geo-fence without arming the system. (The actual “time” on the failed to alarm notification is smack in between the arming and the disarming times, so clearly the system was armed when the Alarm.com software thought it had checked.

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  6. User Score
    2
    September 7th, 2017 Reno, NV
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I’ve been a customer for about 3 weeks and I can’t get tech support to give me a call. I have an IRIS garage door opener that can be operated by my GE z-wave controller. The installer did a great job of updating my software on the GE controller, but I can’t get tech support to add the modual to the web interface. I did get a call asking if anyone had contacted me and said the would by the end of the day. That was 4 days ago and still no call.
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  7. User Score
    0
    July 29th, 2017 Oklahoma City, OK
    3 people found this review helpful!
    Their equipment is faulty will not take responsibility for damaged equipment takes forever for them to pick up the phone when your alarm goes off horrible customer service they could care less if your on the contract do not sign a contract with this company
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  8. User Score
    1
    July 24th, 2017 Cincinnati, OH
    2 people found this review helpful!
    We purchased their system for our vacation home in Florida. The system has difficulty reading its own components often giving battery failures for items with no batteries. Smoke detectors can’t be recognized by system after new batteries installed leading to replacement and greater cost. Thermostat inaccurate on temperature. Front door lock couldn’t be read after new batteries installed and was told it would have to be replaced as well. All in all a waste of money and expensive to have to keep replacing components because the system doesn’t recognize any of the components. We have called the tech who installed it repeatedly for issues and he just wants to charge us when it’s the system that does not read its own components. His attitude is in line with what I have read in here with alarm.com phone service. I am not under any contract but I would never use this system again. Failures started within 14 months of installation. Every time there is a sound in the house the system says “glass break—-room” whereevwr the sound is. The sounds are nothing that should set off glass break alarms. Totally useless.
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  9. User Score
    0
    April 29th, 2017
    4 people found this review helpful!
    I have had Alarm.com for 2 years now. I have a contract for 3 years. Thank God I only have one year left. I have not informed myself on how cancellation works but reading all their policies and reviews it seems like it is not going to be easy. So my problem is; my lock pad got wet from the rain, so in no time it stopped working, it got rusted, and I honestly hate calling to complain or say anything because they always take forever to answer, or just give you useless information, their customer services stinks big time. So after a long time I called them to tell them my lock pad is not working and one of the girls told me to clean it with alcohol, so I did. Then it did start working again but with some issues, so I called again and the guy very rudely and not helpful told me that alarm.com does not cover that, that it would be under my expense to replace it. So I got so mad and asked to talk to their manager but I guess I felt it would have been useless if they allow their customer representatives to talk to their customers like that, so I knew he was going to tell his manager all this lies and I just hung up and saved myself the time I would have lost. On Monday I will call for sure to see what is the catch to cancel their service.
    Worst security company ever! I will never get them again nor recommend them to anyone.
    It does not make any sense to be paying close to 80$ a month for something they will not want to fix to make the customer happy.
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  10. User Score
    3
    April 27th, 2017 Baltimore, MD
    3 people found this review helpful!
    Activating over cellar services most of the time never works I have to try numerous times to try and activate my system. It’s a good thing I don’t live in a high crime area.

    But because I pay an expensive price I’d expect it to work.

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  11. User Score
    9
    April 17th, 2017 Boiling Springs, SC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Very good.great support and state of the art technology.
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  12. User Score
    0
    April 7th, 2017 Bethesda, MD
    6 people found this review helpful!
    My system relies on Alarm.com for the phone app to communicate with the base station. Though I live in an urban area, the Alarm.com app is unreliable to the point of being useless. Having had techs out to the house twice in the last week, I am in the market for a system that doesn’t use this company’s technology.
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  13. User Score
    5
    April 2nd, 2017
    5 people found this review helpful!
    The cost per month is high for just basic camera compared to other companies. For installation I paid a lot too. I wanted to get the video instead of the camera that just takes pictures but was told that is $250 and $5 MORE per month. Ridiculous. I do have a good contact guy that answers when I call and we needed some sensors replaced they came out and did that. Nice guy that installs.
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  14. User Score
    0
    March 30th, 2017
    5 people found this review helpful!
    You are forever on hold for hours, cameras consistently break down within first year. Battery on cellular device only last 20 min during power failure meaning alarm useless. If someone disconnects camera or power failure your not notified at all or covered. If tech comes out after warranty which they will they charge 75-100$ hour. Poor customer service. They should have life time warranty on their products while you are hooked up with them no more than 3 minute holds and immediate service for techs to come out and repair. I also asked to speak to the top person and was told they are not available and customer service was as high as I could voice my complaint.
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  15. User Score
    1
    March 21st, 2017
    3 people found this review helpful!
    I own a business and having a security system is an absolute must. I used VIVINT before and never had any problems. With Alarm.com My system stops working every other month. When I Call tech support, they tell me they have to send a tech out and it cost $75 an hour plus $25 for service call. When something is broken or not working they replace it and charge me a lot of money. I had 2 cameras installed and a recorder(SVR) and it cost over $1,000. I will cancel my contract as soon as I can, but they have absolutely no early out option. I tried to pay extra to cancel my contract and they will not allow anything other than finishing contract.
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  16. User Score
    0
    January 20th, 2017 College Station, TX
    3 people found this review helpful!
    Every year I call to cancel they keep adding more years to my contract first it’s two years than they said it’s three years and now they said it’s five years. I said I would never sign a five year . So they said if I don’t pay it I will be sent to collections and hung up on me. Worst customer service me worst company ever.
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  17. User Score
    7
    January 12th, 2017 Newport News, VA
    3 people found this review helpful!
    They offer the same billing options as ADT in auto pay. They delivered on time as expected and installed in just a couple hours. They can use existing equipment and when it failed on us they caan right out and replaced it at no charge. Their customer service though leaves a lot to be desired. Call in and wait to get answers and then you are hooked up with regional whom doesn’t always answer the questions.
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Our Score
6.6
User Score
2.5
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Monitoring
$40–60

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$100–200

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
24+ months

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Undisclosed

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Fees May Apply

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
17
Our Score
9.0
User Score
8.2
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Price

Monthly Price Range
$19.99-$42.99

Up-Front Costs

Activation, Install & Equipment
$0

Technology & Equip.

5/5 = BEST
5/5

Contract Length

Total # of months
36

Cancellation Policy

Can you cancel contract?
Pay Balance

Moving Policy

Can you move with system?
Free

Index

Quality Index (Below 413 is good)
77

Number of Reviews

User reviews here on BHSC
2,059