Cove Security is a new national home security provider that launched in 2018. Frontpoint has been around since 2007 selling wireless cellular security systems and today it stands out as a leader in home automation. The biggest difference is that Cove is more affordable, thanks to the option to cheaply lease your equipment or buy it and go contract-free. Here’s a look at how Cove and Frontpoint compare across six specific categories.
Cove offers two professional monitoring packages, starting at $14.99 per month and $24.99 per month. Whereas Frontpoint requires you to purchase your equipment up front, Cove gives you the option to pay nothing up front and lease your equipment for the duration of a 36-month contract. Frontpoint’s monitoring rates are higher, ranging from $44.99 to $49.99.
Frontpoint sells its own smart lock and light bulb, and a smart outlet adapter for incorporating any light or appliance into your Frontpoint system. Plus, your Frontpoint hub is compatible with any third-party smart devices with Z-wave connectivity. Cove, on the other hand, only offers a small selection of sensors, detectors and cameras, nor does it mention supporting any additional smart device support.
Warranty and Guarantees
Frontpoint gives you a three-year limited warranty on equipment and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Cove offers a full 60-day return window so you have longer to decide without risk. With the Cove Basic plan, you get a one-year warranty on your equipment. If you choose the Cove Plus monitoring plan for $25 per month, however, your equipment has a lifetime warranty.
Unfortunately, Cove doesn’t offer home automation features, and it doesn’t connect to smart devices. Frontpoint excels where home automation is concerned, giving you remote access to your smart devices and letting you set intelligent notifications for them. You can also set automatic routines for your devices and appliances.
Cove only offers an indoor security camera, with no doorbell camera or outdoor camera. The camera has a 111° angle view and 1080p resolution, as well as a two-way talk function. Frontpoint offers a doorbell camera, outdoor camera, an indoor camera and an advanced indoor camera. The advanced camera has two-way talk, a 180° field of view, pan-and-tilt, and digital zoom. With more cameras and features, Frontpoint takes this round.
Cove’s mobile app keeps you connected with your system, letting you arm and disarm it from anywhere. However, Frontpoint’s app has several more features, including viewing live camera feeds and accessing stored footage. Using the Geo-Services feature in the Frontpoint mobile app, you can program a routine of events to occur, such as your system arming and your smart lights turning off, when you leave the radius of your home.
Frontpoint offers more equipment options than Cove, including a doorbell camera, outdoor camera and smart devices. Although Cove’s monthly monitoring is cheaper, there’s no home automation included. With more equipment options and better cameras, Frontpoint has the potential to keep you safer, and it allows you to keep an eye on the outside of your home. Automation features, including hands-free and voice-free arming/disarming, makes Frontpoint a more convenient, streamlined experience.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cove and Frontpoint
What kind of equipment packages do Cove and Frontpoint offer?
Cove doesn’t sell equipment packages, but instead allows you to design your system by choosing from the equipment it sells. You’re required to get a touch screen hub for $184, then you can build around that. Frontpoint’s four equipment sets range from $319.95 to $599.88. You can also customize your own system unique for your home’s needs.
What kind of monitoring plans do Cove and Frontpoint offer?
Frontpoint has an Interactive Plan for $44.99 per month, and it’s designed for systems without cameras. Its $49.99/month Ultimate Plan is for camera systems.
Do either Cove or Frontpoint offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Neither provider offers you the option to self-monitor.
Are either Cove or Frontpoint a good choice for renters?
Both providers are good for renters because they offer no-contract service (although you can choose the contract option with Cove). With cellular wireless connectivity, there’s no wiring required to install the equipment. Cove has the basics apartment renters on a tight budget require, as there’s no outdoor cameras and no home automation features.
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