Looking at Ring and Frontpoint is a lot like looking at the homework assignments of two collaborating students: Both DIY systems come equipped with battery backup, optional cellular monitoring, and crash & smash protection. Both use Z-wave hubs that work with Alexa and Google Home, and both companies offer a 30-day trial period. The differences between these two providers are subtle, but we found them in a few key places, including pricing, home automation and monitoring.
Like others in the security industry, we’re well aware of Ring’s security issues, but Ring has since addressed the problems sufficiently enough that we don’t hesitate to recommend it to our readers.
Frontpoint’s starting package is more expensive than Ring’s starter kit (about $130 more). Professional monitoring is also more expensive with Frontpoint (about 4 times more) than Ring. You’ll pay at least $44.99/mo. for Frontpoint monitoring, whereas with Ring, you’ll only pay $10/mo. For these reasons, Ring gets the win for pricing.
Frontpoint uses UL-certified, award-winning Rapid Response for its monitoring services, while Ring’s third-party monitoring arrangement is unknown. But keep in mind that you’ll pay about $40/mo. more for the peace of mind you get with Frontpoint than you would with Ring.
If home automation is one of your must-haves, we’d recommend Ring. Frontpoint has its foot in the door with a handful of smart home devices, but Ring has opened the door wide and set up shop with its selection. Ring’s smart home offerings include light switches, outlets, door locks, gate access control, and more.
It was a close call on this one, since both companies offer the mobile app with all packages, but Ring gets the upper hand because its app includes live video streaming. Frontpoint offers live video streaming, but not until you pay more for an upper-tier plan.
Tie: Frontpoint and Ring
If you’re looking to build your own equipment package, both Ring and Frontpoint provide this option. You can choose from preset packages as well. With either provider, you’ll also find smart home devices and environmental monitoring equipment like smoke detectors. Since you’ll find similar equipment with either, it’s a tie for us.
Tie: Frontpoint and Ring
Frontpoint and Ring both allow you to self-install their systems, avoiding any installation fee. Each provider also gives you access to either phone or online support for walking you through the process. No technical expertise is needed to install either system, making them both options in terms of installation.
While Frontpoint’s switch to contract-free DIY systems is definitely a move in the right direction, its hefty monthly monitoring fees and minimal smart home devices are keeping it from being as competitive as it could be with newer companies like Ring. Ring’s inexpensive (and optional) monitoring, free live video streaming, and wide selection of smart home devices push it into the winner’s circle for home security.
Frequently Asked Questions about Frontpoint and Abode
What kind of equipment packages do Frontpoint and Abode offer?
Frontpoint offers a variety of packages starting at $319.95 for an alarm panel hub and keypad, three activity sensors and signs for your property.
Abode’s Smart Security Kit includes a motion sensor, mini door/window sensor and a key fob. Abode’s Iota All-In-One security system comes with an HD camera featuring two-way voice, one mini door/window sensor, and one key fob.
What kind of monitoring plans do Frontpoint and Abode offer?
Abode offers monitoring on a month-to-month basis at $8.33/mo. Frontpoint offers professional monitoring at $44.99/mo. in a month-to-month arrangement.
Do either Frontpoint or Abode offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Abode’s offers self-monitoring capability, but Frontpoint does not.
Are either Frontpoint or Abode a good choice for renters?
Both Frontpoint and Abode cater to renters by offering month-to-month arrangements and a variety of non-intrusive wireless equipment that can easily be moved from place to place.
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