Cox Homelife Security Review

Cox pairs home automation and security to easily monitor your home from virtually anywhere.
Updated Mar 13, 2020

Cox Homelife: Our Pick for Smart Home Security

Cox is a new player in the home security space. They offer professional installation, 24/7 home and environmental monitoring and hubs for whole-home smart connectivity. Cox Homelife security is designed to meet your home automation and security needs with affordable plans and smart security equipment.


9 out of 10


  • Cox packages range from $29.99/mo. - $54.99/mo., which is competitive to expensive
  • A 2-year contract is required

Cox offers two packages – Cox Homelife for $29.99/mo., and Cox Homelife Automation and Security for $54.99/mo. But, keep in mind that third-party professional monitoring costs an additional $25/mo., and continuous video recording (CVR) can range from $14.99/mo. up to $24.99/mo. depending on the number of cameras. To add to the cost, Cox offers a Homelife Equipment Service Plan for $4.99/mo. in case of any equipment issues. Lastly, a 2-year contract is required for Cox Homelife’s service.

Standout Features

10 out of 10


  • Continuous video recording for up to 10 days
  • Mobile app access and control

Most home security providers that offer continuous video recording (CVR) can only record footage for up to five days. Cox outshines competitors with CVR for up to 10 days. And, if you have Contour TV you’ll also be able to control your smart security equipment using your voice remote. You’ll also be able to control your system and equipment using the Homelife app on your mobile device.

Use your smartphone to see live camera activity, control your smart home devices, and to arm and disarm your system on the go. And, there’s no limit on the number of Homelife app users so all of your family can monitor your home’s security from virtually anywhere.


8 out of 10


  • Smart home equipment is available
  • Security cameras and home environmental equipment is available

We like that Cox gives you everything you need to start whole-home smart security. The Cox Homelife plan comes with an HD camera, a door/window sensor and an LED smart light bulb. The plan also comes with yard signs and window decals for your home. Cox offers add-on smart home equipment including smart thermostats, plugs and locks.

Keep in mind that some popular basic equipment is only available with Cox’s upgraded home security package. The smart touchscreen can alert for emergencies and control your equipment, but it’s only available with Cox Homelife Automation and Security. Cox offers a premium smart home kit for $200 that includes two cameras, two sensors, a motion sensor and three smart light bulbs. Other environmental and home security equipment is available including glass-break sensors, wireless keypads and smoke detectors.


5 out of 10


  • Professionals will come out and install your Cox security system
  • The cost of installation may be included in the cost of your system

Cox offers professional setup and a walkthrough showing you how to use your system. Installation is included in some plans, but you’ll need to speak with a Cox security expert for pricing if it’s not. If you’d like a professional technician to mount your outdoor security cameras it’ll cost an additional $50.

Trial Period

6 out of 10


  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Warranty available but could not get details

You’ll have 30 days to try out your Cox Homelife security system and ensure it’s a good fit for your home. This time period is average compared to other home security providers, like Frontpoint Security and Protect America. There is a Cox Homelife warranty on equipment, but we were unable to find out the details of the warranty. You can call or chat online with a Cox Homelife representative to gather further information on the provider’s warranty.

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