Cove vs. Link Interactive

Compare Cove and Link Interactive to find the best DIY security solution for your home.

With a witty yet simple approach to home security, Cove makes it easy for customers to select the devices they want and need to protect their homes. Similarly, Link Interactive provides an online flow for choosing your own equipment. Both Cove and Link Interactive are home security providers in the DIY space, allowing you to save a little extra money by avoiding an installation fee and time without having to set up an installation appointment. See how these two providers stack up in our head-to-head comparison.

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Monitoring

Winner: Cove

As far as monitoring price, Cove’s professional monitoring is less expensive than Link Interactive’s. Cove monitoring starts at $14.99/mo., while Link Interactive monitoring starts at $30.99/mo. If you don’t want to spend more on monitoring each month (and want to avoid a contract) we’d recommend Cove.

Home Automation

Winner: Link Interactive

Cove doesn’t offer any smart home devices, but if you want to be able to purchase smart devices for your home, we’d recommend Link Interactive. With Link Interactive, you can purchase a smart thermostat, smart door lock, garage door controller, smart light bulb, and a smart lamp module. Home automation devices not only provide convenience but they can also enhance your security.

Trial Period

Winner: Cove

Cove has a 60-day money-back guarantee, providing you with more time to try out your security system and see if it’s a good fit for your needs. Link Interactive has a 30-day trial period, which is about average compared to other providers.

More Equipment Options

Winner: Link Interactive

For more equipment options, we’d recommend Link Interactive. You can choose from intrusion detection equipment, home environmental monitoring equipment, smart devices, and security cameras. One bonus with Link Interactive is the selection of multiple control panels. With Cove, you can select from intrusion detection equipment, home environmental monitoring equipment, and a security camera.

Locked Monitoring Rates

Tie: Cove and Link Interactive

With both Cove and Link Interactive, you can get a locked monitoring rate, meaning you won’t have to be concerned about your rate going up with their service. While Link Interactive provides a locked rate for either monitoring plan you choose, with Cove, you’ll have to purchase the Cove Plus Monitoring Plan to access this perk.

Installation

Tie: Cove and Link Interactive

Your equipment can be protected under warranty for up to 3 years with Cove and Link Interactive. You’ll automatically get access to this warranty with Link Interactive, no matter the monitoring plan and equipment you choose. With Cove, you’ll have to purchase the Cove Plus Monitoring Plan to access this warranty length.

Differences: Cove vs. Link Interactive

Both providers are good choices if you want to self-install your security system. Cove is a better choice if you want a lower monitoring cost and a longer trial period. Another perk that Cove has a $5/mo. reward credit for as long as you maintain service with the provider. This credit can be used toward the purchase of future equipment. Link Interactive is better if you want access to more equipment options and want to use smart home devices with your security system. As one extra perk, you’ll find with Link Interactive if you don’t mind a contract, you can choose the contract length that best suits you. Link Interactive gives you the option of a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year contract for flexibility.

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Professional monitoring starts at $14.99/mo. $30.99/mo.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Cove and Link Interactive

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Does Cove or Link Interactive require a contract?

Cove does not require a contract if you purchase all of your equipment upfront. If you choose not to pay anything for your equipment upfront, you will have to enter into a 36-month agreement to pay for your equipment.

Link Interactive requires either a 1-year, 2-year, or 3-year contract.

What monitoring options do Cove and Link Interactive offer?

Cove has two professional monitoring plans you can choose from Cove Basic which starts at $14.99/mo. and Cove Plus which starts at $25/mo. You can learn more about Cove monitoring options here.

Link Interactive professional monitoring prices vary based on the plan you choose. The Standard Plan is the least expensive and gives you access to a cellular connection, two-way voice, and more. You can learn more about Link Interactive monitoring plans here.

Do Cove and Link Interactive offer professional installation?

Neither Cove or Link Interactive offers professional monitoring as an option. If you’d still like a DIY security system but want the option of professional installation, SimpliSafe, Abode, and Nest are good options to consider.

Does Cove or Link Interactive offer packages?

Neither Cove nor Link Interactive offer premade packages you can choose from. Instead, these providers allow you to build your own package from scratch, giving you the ability to purchase the equipment you want and need without any upselling involved.


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