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Frontpoint

Frontpoint is a DIY alarm and home automation system that offers monitoring packages and equipment bundles. Low upfront costs.

Our Score
8.4
User Score
7.0

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Our Score
8.4
User Score
7.0
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$34.99-49.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$69+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Fees Apply

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

648

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: August 21, 2019

Frontpoint provides world-class customer service backed by a 30-day money-back guarantee for its home security system. Their mission is to deliver an A+ customer experience and a Safer, Smarter, Simpler home security solution. They do so with a wide range of wireless sensors including window sensors, door sensors, motion sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and glass break sensors to detect signs of trouble. See below for our Frontpoint Security review or skip to Frontpoint customer reviews below.

Pros

Frontpoint’s Pricing

Frontpoint’s equipment and monitoring cost are competitive with other leading security companies. Frontpoint home security offers monitoring services in three packages from which customers may choose: protection monitoring, interactive monitoring, and ultimate monitoring. Frontpoint’s monthly cost ranges from $34.99-49.99. Frontpoint security systems are all 100% cellular monitoring services, with the higher-priced option offering additional add-ons like home automation for smart home devices and video surveillance monitoring. The mobile app is included in the Interactive and Ultimate plan only and you need a smartphone mobile device to have access.

Contracts are available for 36 months. There is a 30-day, risk-free trial. If you are unhappy with your alarm systems you may get your money back.

Mobile App and Upgraded Technology

Frontpoint also makes a diligent effort to constantly improve their technology. The Frontpoint app gives you remote access and lets you control your system from anywhere using your mobile phone or tablet. In addition to the mobile app, technology advances extend to Frontpoint’s control panels. Current customers have the opportunity to upgrade their existing Simon XT control panel to the Qolsys’ IQ Touch-Screen Control Panel. New customers now also have the option to purchase the Touch-Screen control panel as a way to upgrade and receive the latest home security technology. This control panel creates an interface that makes full-system functionality easier to navigate than ever. This control panel is compatible with all existing Frontpoint sensors and is designed to support the newest technological advancements made in sensors and monitoring. The features of this updated control panel include:

  • 7-inch LCD resistive touchscreen (800 x 480 resolution)
  • Capable of supporting up to 39 sensors
  • 91 dBa internal siren
  • 24-hour lithium-ion backup battery
  • Tabletop stand and wall mount kit
  • SD card slot & customizable photo frame screensaver
  • Weather application included
  • Camera smartphone app and front-facing camera

Easy to Install

While the system may be DIY, hundreds of happy customers have testified how easy it is to install. In addition, Frontpoint configures the system to your home before shipping it. Once you’ve installed the system, a quick call to Frontpoint will activate it and make sure it’s performing properly, or you can use their new self-activation process provided in the box. To top it off Frontpoint’s Monitoring Center is one of the highest-rated monitoring facilities in the country based on unbiased reviews.

Positive Frontpoint Reviews

The majority of Frontpoint customers are happy with the product and service they receive. The reviews we have highlight the company’s great customer service:

  • Prompt responses
  • Knowledgable staff who are able to answer questions
  • Personalized attention

Along with customer service, several reviews mention that the DIY system is easy to install and the price is fair for services provided.

Cons

High Upfront Costs

While equipment fees start at $69, they may reach into the $800 if you chose to upgrade packages. For example, a base package includes 3 door and window sensors.

Frontpoint Complaints

The biggest complaint we’ve seen from Frontpoint customers is the contract. Some reviews mention that they didn’t understand all the terms of the contract before signing and that the contract is difficult to cancel (they have to pay 80% of the remaining contract balance). We recommend reading over the entire contract before singing up with Frontpoint. One other point that multiple customers have brought up is that the system has false alarms.

Our Recommendation

We recommend Frontpoint. The company is one of the best in customer service, and anybody looking to use their home security system and its devices can’t go wrong. They provide great customer service, no hidden fees, 30-day risk-free guarantee, and top-of-the-line technology and equipment. You can see Frontpoint reviews from real consumers below. Visit their site today!


Frontpoint vs Simplisafe

The best way to compare Frontpoint and SimpliSafe is to read the customer reviews of each company (we’ve summarized them for you on this page and on SimpliSafe’s page). Frontpoint’s customers rate them higher than SimpliSafe’s –  many of those touch on customer service. With Frontpoint, you don’t have to purchase your equipment upfront, you pay it off monthly. That’s why they have a 3-year contract. With SimpliSafe, you purchase all equipment upfront, so you don’t need a contract for alarm monitoring. We’ve also compared Frontpoint to ADT below (both companies have a 3-year contract, but pricing varies quite a bit).

  Frontpoint Simplisafe ADT
Equipment Upfront $69 - $833 $229 - $1200 Yes; Price Undisclosed
Home Security Monitoring $34.99 $14.99 $27.99 - $52.99
Video Monitoring $49.99 $25 $58.99
Contract 3-year None 3-year
Installation DIY DIY or Professional: $79 Professional; $99
Customer Rating 7/10 5/10 1/10

How Much Does Frontpoint Cost?

Monitoring Plans

Protection Plan: $34.99/month

  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Wireless & cellular monitoring
  • Unique user codes

Interactive Plan: $44.99/month

  • All monitoring from the Protection Plan
  • Crash and smash protection
  • Geo-location services
  • Remote access
  • Mobile app
  • Push notifications

Ultimate Plan: $49.99/month

  • All monitoring from the Interactive Plan
  • Live stream video
  • Video and image history
  • Motion-triggered alerts
  • Light control
  • Smart locks

Equipment Packages

Safe Home Starter: $431 / $69 with a monitoring contract

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 2 door/window sensors
  • 1 motion sensor

Safe Home Everyday: $529 / $69

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 3 door/window sensors
  • 2 motion sensor

Safe Home Plus: $549 / $69

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 3 door/window sensors
  • 1 glass break sensor

Safe Home Select: $702 / $202

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 4 door/window sensors
  • 2 motion sensor
  • 1 glass break sensor
  • 1 smoke/heat sensor

Safe Home Preferred: $834 / $335

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 5 door/window sensors
  • 2 motion sensor
  • 1 glass break sensor
  • 1 smoke/heat sensor
  • 1 indoor camera

Safe Home Elite: $1333 / $833

  • Frontpoint Hub (cellular)
  • 6 door/window sensors
  • 2 motion sensor
  • 2 glass break sensor
  • 1 smoke/heat sensor
  • 1 indoor camera
  • 1 outdoor camera
  • 1 doorbell camera

Individual Equipment

You can build your own system, or purchase more equipment at the following prices:

  • Door / window sensor: $32.99
  • Motion sensor: $64.99
  • Glass break sensor: $74.99
  • Garage door sensor: $44.99
  • Carbon monoxide sensor: $89.99
  • Flood sensor: $44.99
  • Smoke / heat sensor: $64.99
  • Indoor camera: $$99-199.99
  • Outdoor camera: $199.99
  • Skybell doorbell camera: $189.99
  • Light control: $49.99
  • Garage door remote: $69.99
  • Smart lock: $179.99
  • Keychain remote: $31.99

Home Automation Options

Frontpoint has a multitude of home automation options in its “Professional Package”. For $49.99/month customers receive the Frontpoint home automation and video monitoring on top of the basic security package. With this plan, you’ll be notified immediately of any alarm activity within the home—whether it’s a matter of security or an environmental threat.  You’ll also be reminded if you leave without arming your system, using the Frontpoint location-based Geo-Services.

An excellent offer that comes with this program is the light control feature. You can customize an on/off schedule or set lights to trigger automatically in reaction to a sensor alarm. There is also environmental protection to protect you against Carbon Monoxide (CO), extreme temperatures, or flooding. With the Interactive plan, you additionally get sensors and thermostats to guard against these calamities.

This Frontpoint package includes a 30-day money-back guarantee trial period, free text and email notifications, and the option to do self-installation.

However, Frontpoint does not sell the door locks,  or a thermostat, etc. The reason for this is that the Frontpoint home automation system is a self-setup, so it can be difficult for someone to install their own locks and thermostats so they operate correctly.

Another potential issue for many is that Frontpoint’s automation system is a self-setup system. While the system is generally simple to set up, there are some who may struggle with connecting it to their smart home devices.

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  1. User Score
    10
    June 18th, 2019 Fayetteville, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    This past year we’ve had experiences with a representative that has not been able to complete our needs. Their security equipment is easy to use and I could set it up myself and it works.
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    10
    June 18th, 2019 West Des Moines, IA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They were always there to answer my questions when I had them. They have a pretty good response time. I like the ease of using it and being able to control it from wherever I’m at.
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  3. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 Bloomington, IL
    1 people found this review helpful!
    When I do call, I can get through and Frontpoint is able to help me. I believe there are better ones out there but this equipment works just fine.
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  4. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 Fort Bragg, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Every time I’ve called in when there’s been an issue or question, the responses have been prompt and has been resolved. So far everything has functioned more than satisfactorily. I like the convenience of the installation.
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  5. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 New Albany, OH
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The customer support was supposed to call me back and never did so I wasn’t pleased with them. I had to go back and call again, but when I called then, I received good service. The camera doorbell was difficult to put together. One of the door sensors didn’t work and I had to get it replaced. The camera doorbell has to run off a regular battery and it’s difficult to actually open the case. I don’t know if if it works right now so it’s a little bit more cumbersome. I would suggest the cameras not having more equipment. The cameras are so small, it could be attached to the equipment that is already provided.
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  6. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 Valley Center, KS
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They’ve done pretty good for me so far. I have a bad unit and they got it replaced very quickly. It seems to work good and covers all my windows and doors.
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  7. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 Mulino, OR
    0 people found this review helpful!
    They do pretty good with customer service. It just sometimes takes a little longer to get back on emails. Right now my internet at my home isn’t the best and so some of their products don’t work as they should. The system is easy to use and it’s accessible through the internet to look at your cameras.
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  8. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 East Sandwich, MA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I’ve called them several times and they were quick and easy to speak to and they were real people and not recordings. It was easy to install, you can do it yourself, and the guide was simplistic. I really enjoy the app.
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  9. User Score
    8
    June 18th, 2019 Mamaroneck, NY
    0 people found this review helpful!
    The service was fairly fast and responsive. I think the quality is good but it can be improved.
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  10. User Score
    5
    June 16th, 2019 Wabash, IN
    2 people found this review helpful!
    I was told that the monitoring fee would be 34.99 but after I received and installed everything I am being charged 44.99. Their advertising is misleading.
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  11. User Score
    10
    June 11th, 2019 West Lafayette, IN
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Low battery of the machine while machine is plugged in all the time
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  12. User Score
    10
    June 11th, 2019 Antioch, TN
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I have no complaints—I accidentally set off alarm and they were there.
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  13. User Score
    10
    June 11th, 2019 Plymouth, MA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Support is knowledgeable and helpful resolving problems.
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  14. User Score
    8
    June 11th, 2019 Gurnee, IL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Frontpoint offers great telephone support for installation and troubleshooting. The features we continually updated.
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  15. User Score
    8
    June 11th, 2019 Elsmere, DE
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Customer service is excellent, however I’d like to have my whole house secure
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  16. User Score
    0
    May 31st, 2019
    5 people found this review helpful!
    Hardware malfunction all the time and trigger false alarm. Every False alarm that I don’t catch cost hundreds of dollars in my city. They send an email about this but never mention it over the phone. This is only 2 months into the contract. I call to cancel and they demand that I paid an early termination fee and they will do nothing about it. I being charge over $3000 because I pick this company. This does not even include the money that I spend on the hardware. Go with simplisafe., no contract is the way to go. BEWARE, I pick them for the good reviews but if there is something wrong, you are on your own.
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  17. User Score
    8
    May 31st, 2019 Pleasant Grove, UT
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Overall works fine. However, Frontpoint had committed to/advertised a touchscreen/digital panel when I signed up and I received a basic, pushbutton device. The process for getting this fixed was a pain and required me to follow up and figure it out. I shouldn’t have had to do that.
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  18. User Score
    8
    May 31st, 2019 Mountain Home, ID
    1 people found this review helpful!
    So far everything is going well! The only other item I would like is to have a door lock synced with the system. That way it would disarm when unlocked or arm when locked. Or something similar to that.
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  19. User Score
    8
    May 31st, 2019 Aurora, CO
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Truly stellar customer support.Better then Amazon.Problem for me is signal issues.
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  20. User Score
    6
    May 31st, 2019 Fayetteville, NC
    4 people found this review helpful!
    The service is mediocre. There are times when the devices turn off.
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Our Score
8.4
User Score
7.0
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$34.99-49.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$69+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Fees Apply

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

648
Our Score
8.9
User Score
7.7
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$19.99-42.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$0

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Pay Balance

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

2,392