CPI Security: Our Pick for Intelligent Video Notifications
CPI Security has served customers for more than 25 years, and the provider is known for its customizable home security and home automation solutions. CPI’s unique approach of designing, installing, monitoring and servicing all of its systems makes the provider stand out from the crowd as a home security company that is fully dedicated to customer satisfaction.
Equipment package price varies based on the devices you choose, but Smart Pay financing is available
Professional monitoring starts at $29.99/mo.
CPI Security offers three base packages with professional monitoring that starts at $29.99/mo. CPI requires customers to pay a minimum of $499 upfront for equipment, but can finance their security system with the CPI Smart Pay program. This program allows customers to finance their system for either 39 or 60 months. Once customers have paid of their equipment, they’ll only be responsible for the cost of monthly monitoring. Compared to other home security providers, CPI’s upfront cost is steep, but the starting price for professional monitoring is about what you could expect if not a little lower when compared to other companies.
8 out of 10
Security cameras have artificial intelligence with IVAN technology (Intelligent Video Activity Notifications)
The Essentials Plus and Edge packages come with the inTouch SmartHub
Using CPI cameras, IVAN determines whether the camera is viewing a person, an animal, or a vehicle and notifies you. The inTouch™ SmartHub that comes with the Essentials Plus and the Edge packages gives you the increased flexibility of an extra camera, streaming video of multiple cameras, live answering of your door, and the ability to disarm the alarm using a Bluetooth connection.
10 out of 10
Video surveillance with four security cameras
Video storage with the CPI Stream Video Recorder hard drive
CPI offers many different equipment options that make their packages highly customizable to meet your needs, to include multiple security cameras. The inTouch 180™ Indoor Camera is unique with its 180-degree view, 1080p HD resolution, and Bluetooth music streaming capability. The wide-angle design of this camera and the pan/tilt capability allow you to be able to view a large area in your home, such as your living room and kitchen at once. CPI Security also has a Stream Video Recorder (SVR), an external hard drive, that will allow you to record footage continuously for up to 30 days. This device can support up to 8 security cameras and comes with storage limit options you can choose from. Compared to other providers, CPI’s external hard drive is unique as most providers do not offer a device like this.
8 out of 10
Professional installation only
CPI provides turn-key home security solutions. Once you have selected a package, CPI will send professional installers to set up and test your system. They will walk through the entire system with you to be sure you know where everything is and how it works. Compared to other providers, CPI’s installation process isn’t unique. Most providers will have installation technicians come out, make recommendations, and ensure your system works properly.
6 out of 10
CPI Security has a 3-day right of rescission period
If you’re unhappy with your CPI Security system, you’ll have 3 days to cancel your service. Compared to other providers, this trial period is much shorter. The average trial period that most providers allow for customers is 30 days. This would mean that you’d need to make sure that CPI’s equipment and service is a good fit for your home.
CPI Security also has two warranty programs: The CPI Service Plus Program and the CPI Basic Warranty Program. Under the Basic Warranty Program, parts are covered for 1 year and labor is covered for up to 90 days. Under the Service Plus Program, parts and labor are covered for up to 1 year. Each program has additional terms that apply. Compared to other providers, CPI’s warranty programs offer a short term length for repairs or replacements, which you should definitely take into consideration.
How We Based Our Provider Ratings
Each provider’s score is based on the affordability of equipment and professional monitoring services. Providers whose pricing on these two factors are lower received a better score from us. We know a security system is an investment, but it shouldn’t break your budget.
Each provider’s score is based on the innovative equipment offered like smart home products, smart home integration, security cameras, mobile apps and other features. Providers with more stand-out features receive a higher rating from us as we want you to have the best technology.
Each provider’s score is based on special qualities of the products offered like cellular monitoring, hazard monitoring as well as smart home products. Providers who offer optional equipment receive a higher score. We believe that holistic safety services are beneficial to our readers.
Each provider’s score is based on clarity of how the home security system can be installed and access to support. Providers receive a higher score if the installation process is clear and customers have access to professional installation services or online guides.
Each provider’s score is based on trial period, coverage and ease of service cancellation. Providers who offer a longer trial period, have great coverage terms and an easier cancellation process receive higher scores. Consumers should have enough time to test whether a home security system meets their needs and expectations.
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