CPI and Frontpoint are highly reputable but very different home security companies. CPI has a longer history of providing top-tier professional monitoring, while Frontpoint specializes in sleek, simple equipment that’s easy to install yourself. CPI is only available in a few cities in the southeastern U.S., though, so that will make this decision easy for some. If you’re in that region, though, see how the two providers stack up across six key categories.
Overall Winner: CPI
Monitoring starts at
|39-month contract. No contact if the equipment is purchased upfront.||Month-to-month|
Trial period/ refunds
|3 days||30 days|
Guarantees or Refunds
|No False Alarm Guarantee||None|
|Optional add-ons||3-Year Equipment|
Frequently Asked Questions about CPI and Frontpoint
CPI offers three equipment packages, which each offer mobile app access for remote system control. The two higher-tier packages include video surveillance equipment. Frontpoint has five equipment packages, one of which includes video surveillance.
CPI’s professional monitoring is $29.99/mo. and includes access to the mobile app, which gives you smart notifications on the happenings in and around your home. Frontpoint starts at $44.99 /mo. and increases to $49.99/mo. for video surveillance features.
Both require professional monitoring, with no self-monitoring option.
Frontpoint’s DIY installation and month-to-month service agreement make it ideal for renters.