AT&T may be better known as a telecommunications provider, but the company has branched out into the home security sphere with its AT&T Digital Life package. However, with Brinks’ 35+ years as a home security provider (and 160 years in security in general), you may find that its experience and equipment gives you greater peace of mind.
- Best for Professional Monitoring
Brinks Home SecurityOur rating9.3Starting at$29.99/mo
Our Take on Brinks Home Security
Brinks has a lot of similarities with ADT: required professional monitoring, smart home equipment, and required contracts. The big difference is that you can cut costs with DIY installation, or you can leave it to the pros. If you want traditional home security, but can set it up yourself, Brinks is the best choice.
- 2-year equipment warranty
- Impressive industry experience and reputation
- Flexible installation options
- No equipment for environmental monitoring
- Touchscreen control panel not available in all packages
- Lengthy contracts for some equipment packages
AT&T Digital Life Home SecurityBBB ratingB-Starting at$39.99/mo
You’re probably already familiar with AT&T’s phone, television, and Internet services, but you may not be aware the company also offers a home security system and professional monitoring. AT&T provides the basics with a keypad, sensors, siren, and 24/7 professional monitoring. The provider only offers one package, the Smart Security Package, which can be purchased for $549.99. Professional monitoring for the AT&T Digital Life security system costs $39.99/mo.
- Mobile app access
- No charge for professional installation
- No charge for repairs & replacement with warranty
- Contract required
- Short, 14-day trial period
- No optional smart home or video surveillance equipment offered
Summary: Brinks vs. AT&T Digital Life
Brinks Home Security
AT&T Digital Life Home Security
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|36 months for Brinks||24 mos.|
Extended no-risk return period
|30 days||14 days|
Installation (DIY or Pro)
|DIY with professional option||Professional|
|2-year equipment warranty||Lifetime equipment warranty|
Frequently AskedQ uestions About Brinks vs. AT&T Digital Life
AT&T Digital Life offers only one equipment package that focuses on motion detection, whereas Brinks offers four progressively more robust equipment packages. Brinks’ most sophisticated equipment package—Smart Security Ultimate—includes two cameras and a variety of motion sensors.
Both Brinks and AT&T Digital Life offer 24/7 professional monitoring. AT&T Digital Life has only one monitoring package, and Brinks’ monitoring packages are built into its four equipment packages.
Professional monitoring is required through both Brinks and AT&T Digital Life.
Renters may prefer Brinks’ no-contract Nest Secure package and its easy DIY installation on all equipment.