Blue by ADT vs. Link Interactive

Comparing two of the newer names in home security systems

Blue by ADT vs. Link Interactive

Compare Blue by ADT and Link Interactive

Compare Blue by ADT and Link Interactive

Blue by ADT and Link Interactive are relatively new brands in the home security scene, but both are backed by long-standing existing companies. While they both offer nationwide coverage with DIY-installed equipment, Blue by ADT offers flexibility and puts an emphasis on innovative smart camera surveillance technology. We’ve compared Blue by ADT and Link Interactive across six categories to bring their pros and cons into focus.

Price

Winner: Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT lets you self-monitor your home with no monthly fees for the mobile app’s home automation features. What we love most is that you can turn on professional monitoring as a monthly subscription for only $19.99 per month. Link Interactive’s monitoring plans start at $30.99 and go up to $44.99.

Contract

Winner: Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT’s month-to-month professional monitoring option is free of contracts, giving you the flexibility to re-install your equipment at any new property or turn the service off and on later. Link Interactive lets you choose between a one-year, two-year, and three-year contract, locking you into your monthly payments for its duration.

Security Cameras

Winner: Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT’s intelligent cameras can capture and send video to your phone when motion is detected in pre-customized zones within their 130-degree field of view. They feature night vision at 1080p HD resolution, two-way talk and built-in fire and carbon monoxide sensors. Link Interactive’s cameras feature 1080p HD resolution and two-way talk but, unlike Blue by ADT’s cameras, they require an AC outlet and have no battery if power is lost in your home.

Equipment Cost

Winner: Link Interactive

Link Interactive gives you the option to pay $30.99 per month, $39.99 per month or $44.99 per month to lease one of its equipment sets for the length of your contract. For an extra $331, you can get a more advanced touch screen control panel with 24-hour backup battery, touchless disarming and other features. Blue by ADT’s equipment must be purchased up front, with equipment packages ranging from $109.19 to $349.99.

DIY Installation

Tie: Blue by ADT and Link Interactive

Neither provider offers professional installation, but their equipment is designed for DIY installation and can be set up through the instructions provided. We like the peel-and-stick design on entry sensors from both companies. The cameras simply plug into wall outlets, while doorbell cameras install in your existing wiring.

Smart Devices

Winner: Link Interactive

Blue by ADT doesn’t sell smart devices, but it’s compatible with any smart devices that have Zigbee and Z-wave connectivity. On the other hand, Link Interactive has smart light bulbs, thermostats and garage door controllers in the equipment packages it offers. Plus, the Link Interactive system is compatible with third-party Z-wave devices.

Overall Winner: Blue by ADT

Overall Winner: Blue by ADT

Although Link Interactive doesn’t require buying your equipment up front, once you purchase your Blue by ADT equipment, you have the freedom to subscribe and unsubscribe monthly to professional monitoring. Blue by ADT ticked more boxes for us because of its cutting-edge smart cameras and contract-free monitoring at a flat rate of $19.99 per month.

Link Interactive

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Monthly monitoring starting at $19.99/mo. $30.99
Minimum contract length No contract 1 year
Extended no-risk return period 30 days 30 days
Installation (DIY or professional) DIY DIY
Guarantees None None
Warranty 1 Year 3 years
BBB Rating A+ A+
Safety Score 8 7.8
Frequently Asked Questions About Blue by ADT and Link Interactive

Frequently Asked Questions About Blue by ADT and Link Interactive

What kind of equipment packages do Blue by ADT and Link Interactive offer?

Blue by ADT’s equipment packages range from $199.15 to $349.99, or you can customize your own set starting at $109.19. Link Interactive offers equipment packages at monthly rates, plus the option to buy a more advanced touch screen hub for $331.

What kind of monitoring plans do Blue by ADT and Link Interactive offer?

Blue by ADT has one monitoring plan for $19.99 per month, whereas Link Interactive offers monitoring plans at $30.99 per month, $39.99 per month, and $44.99 per month.

Do either Blue by ADT or Link Interactive offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?

Blue by ADT is one of the best providers for DIY monitoring, since you can buy the equipment and self-monitor for free. Link Interactive requires you to sign up with a professional monitoring plan.

Are either Blue by ADT or Link Interactive a good choice for renters?

Blue by ADT is a great choice for renters because you own the equipment, it’s easy to re-install anywhere and you can subscribe to professional monitoring on a month-to-month basis. With Link Interactive, renters can opt for a 12-, 24- or 36-month contract to match their lease term, and the DIY peel-and-stick equipment is easy to re-install in a new apartment or house.


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