Frontpoint Equipment | How Much Does It Cost?By - 09/08/2016
While it’s easy to see why we consider Frontpoint the best home security system for things like technology and customer service, we understand that cost is still a determining factor for a lot of people. It’s so important; we decided to devote an entire article to the cost of their DIY home security system.
The monthly cost is separate from the equipment cost. Plans start at $34.99 per month and go up to $49.99 per month. And of course, all of their equipment is easy do-it-yourself installed.
|3-Year Equipment Warranty|
|Base Station Included|
|Motion Detectors Included||1||1||1|
|Extra Motion Detectors||$64.99 ea|
|Extra Sensors||$32.99 ea|
|Extra Key Fobs||$29.99 ea|
|Extra Light Controllers||NA||$49.99 ea|
|Add Additional Items|
|Get Quote||Get Quote||Get Quote|
Frontpoint Security | Extra Equipment
The table above is meant to give you an idea. Packages might change, deals might change, but in general the chart provides a very good idea of the equipment cost. In general, we’ve found that Frontpoint provides a $300 discount on approved credit to be used toward new equipment packages. With the $300 credit, the prices shown on the chart above are correct.
However, you don’t have to stick with the described equipment packages. You can always add more pieces, but adding more will change the cost. We’ve outlined some of the options above, but there are more options outlined below. Don’t feel limited by the items we’ve included; if there is something you are looking for just ask!
Equipment that Controls
All Frontpoint systems come with the base controller. The brain behind the Frontpoint security system is the GE Simon XT Edition. The Simon XT has a built-in cellular link so that your system can communicate with the central monitoring agency. It also has a 120db alarm and built-in 24-hour backup battery. Some packages include the ability to control the system with a free mobile app built for iPhones, Androids, iPads, Blackberry phones, Pebble, Kindle Fire, Apple Watch, and Windows – all powered by Alarm.com. However, sometimes you don’t want to carry your phone around the house all day, and sometimes it’s just not convenient to make it back to the base controller. With that in mind, they do have other options for controlling your system. For one, you can add a touchpad so that you can control the system in-home without your phone and without running back to the primary controller. They also offer a panic pendant and keychain remote.
On the other hand, if you prefer a touchscreen controller over the GE Simon XT Edition, you can purchase that too. Frontpoint uses the Qolsys IQ Panel which is a primary touchscreen panel. It has many of the same features as the XT, like battery backup and an internal siren, but the 7″ LCD screen is fun to navigate, and it takes pictures of people arming and disarming your system for added security.
New customers may receive up to a $300 package discount, but the retail price of the equipment is as follows:
- Remote Touchpad: $79.99
- Touch Screen: $438.99
- Panic Pendant: $39.99
- Control Panel: $238.99
- Keychain Remote: $29.99
Frontpoint Has A Touch Screen Panel
As of June 2015, Frontpoint no longer sells the GE secondary touch screen panel. Instead, they sell the Qolsys IQ Panel. Unlike the GE secondary touch screen, the Qolsys IQ Panel is a primary control panel. It is sold as an upgrade (over the Simon XT) to those that want it but has all the bells and whistles that you would want from a touchscreen.
- It can control your smart home devices.
- It talks.
- It takes pictures and stores them.
What is the Qolsys IQ Panel?
The Qolsys IQ Panel is a 7″ touchscreen control panel. It’s the brain of your Frontpoint system. It will call for help in an emergency, arm your system, disarm your system, lock and unlock your doors, tell you what the weather’s going to be like for the next few days and more. It’s kind of like a personal assistance/security guard all wrapped up in one little piece of hardware. You can use the Qolsys panel to customize your system completely. You can name your sensors, set the panel’s brightness, control volume, customize alerts, and even customize chimes. If you wanted to use the panel to replace your old panel, that would certainly be possible. All current Frontpoint sensors (GE – 319.5 MHz) are compatible with the new panel, except the two-way touchscreen and the Talking Remote Touchpad.
Though all of this may sound rather complicated, the Qolsys IQ Panel is extremely user-friendly. I would liken it to using an iPhone, as it has giant app-like buttons that you can push to get the system to do what you want. Though I likened it to Apple, the panel is actually based on the Android operating system.
Here’s a rundown of some of the features packed into the IQ panel.
- 24-Hour Lithium Ion Backup Battery
- Integrated camera will take pictures when the system is disarmed or when an alarm event occurs.
- 7″ LCD Face
- Includes tabletop stand or wall mount options, with a strain relief AC Adapter, preventing accidental removal of AC wires
- 800×480 Screen Resolution
- Internal Siren: 91 dB
- Z-Wave Compatible
- Operating Temperature: 14° F to 122° F
Of course, the touchscreen option will be more expensive than the Simon XT, but for those that would rather keep cost low, the Simon XT will be an option. In fact, the Simon XT will still be Frontpoint’s primary control panel that is included in their equipment packages. The touch screen is simply there for people that need a little more technology in their lives and are willing to pay for it.
Equipment that Senses
Frontpoint has a full range of wireless sensors. Their sensors are battery powered and can communicate back to the Simon XT (or touchscreen), your cellphone, the central monitoring center, or even other pieces of equipment. For example, let’s say that you want the heat to kick on every time the garage door is opened or perhaps you want your camera to record if motion is detected. It’s all possible, as the equipment was created to work together.
- Door and Window Sensor: $32.99
- Recessed Door Sensor: $42.99
- Garage Door Sensor: $44.99
- Motion Sensor: $64.99
- Glass Break Sensor: $74.99
- Smoke Heat Sensor: $64.99
- CO Sensor: $89.99
- Water Flood Sensor: $44.99
- Freeze Sensor: $44.99
Equipment that Automates
One interesting thing to note is that Frontpoint supports a full range of home automation options, but they do not sell all the equipment needed to support those options. In my opinion, this is a positive. Once again, they are deferring business to people whose business it is to make smart homes smart. They are suggesting the best to their customers without being greedy and asking that you buy the equipment through them. Since they choose to use Z-Wave technology, you have several options for home automation equipment. They do sell cameras and a light automation module, as outlined below. They refer door locks and temperature controllers to other companies. We’ll talk some about their locks below as well.
- Wireless Indoor Camera: $129.99
- Outdoor Wireless Camera: $399.99
- Light Control: $49.99
- Image Sensor: $89.99
- Doorbell Camera $189.00
- Wireless Pan and Tilt Camera: $279.99 (Discontinued)
Why An Image Sensor?
We’ve already covered why you might want an image sensor over a motion detector. But besides being better than a motion detector, there are other reasons why you might want an image sensor. First of all, it is another way to capture an image of what’s happening in your home. Second, it requires the touch screen panel but does not require the Ultimate package, and it does not require broadband access. According to our Frontpoint contact:
The Image Sensor is an advanced motion sensor with an onboard camera to capture a picture when motion is detected — And send it to the homeowner. Frontpoint customers will have at-a-glance visibility into what’s happening at home, wherever they are!
How The Image Sensor Works
The Image Sensor is easy to install because it is completely wireless. Once you have the Image Sensor set in place, it works much like a motion sensor. It monitors for motion and uses an infrared LED flash to capture images whenever motion is detected. The camera’s resolution is maxed at 320×240, but it does the job and includes night vision with IR illumination. Though the camera is static, it comes with a wall mount kit so that you can place it creatively and monitor a wider area.
Once the Image Sensor does capture an image, that image is sent to your touch screen panel and also to Frontpoint’s site. You can even setup email or phone alerts that will include a snapshot image of the event so that you can assess the severity or lack thereof.
The Image Sensor requires Frontpoint’s new touch screen panel and at least the Interactive package.
- 35 x 40 feet detection coverage area
- Easy to Install
- Broadband Not Required
- Tamper detection, walk test mode, supervision
- Color Images
- Night vision with IR illumination up to 15 feet
- Configurable PIR sensitivity
- Pet Immunity
- Resolution: 320×240
- Motion Triggered Images
- Images on Demand
- 2 Year Battery Life
The Image Sensor officially launched in July 2015. The retail cost is $89.99.
Frontpoint Automates Your Locks
Frontpoint offers lock automation in their Ultimate Plan. Automated door locks are an exceptionally handy form of home automation. Never again do you have to pass out keys to guests, or the cleaning crew, or to people who don’t really need a key to your house. Never again do you need to worry about losing your keys, being locked out of your own home, or even where to put your keys during your morning run. With Frontpoint’s lock automation, you can control your home’s locks from your cell phone with the option to use the keypad for times when you don’t have your phone with you. Beyond being convenient, automated door locks can be smart when backed by Alarm.com’s mobile app.
How Smart Are Frontpoint’s Locks?
Using the mobile app you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from ANYWHERE and the locks are backed by software. It is the software that makes the locks so smart. Using the software, you can create user codes on the fly. These codes act as temporary keys to your home and they also protect your real key. Most the time, you would create a one-time code or perhaps you might create a code that expires in a week for use by extended house guests. The code leaves a digital fingerprint. Frontpoint supports up to nine codes that you can use, and you can customize each one and keep tabs on who is using each one. You can see who used the code, what time, and what they did. Did they leave your door unlocked, did your child arrive home from school on time, did the cleaning crew really stay the whole 4-hours? You will know.
Another smart feature is rule creation. Using other home automation items, you can tie your locks to other events. For example, you might lock your door when your system is armed automatically or maybe turn on a hall lamp when the door is unlocked so you never walk into a dark home.
If you lose your phone, Frontpoint is there to help. They can help you secure your system and in the meantime, you can always use your control panel to control your entire door lock system.
Which Lock to Choose…
Frontpoint does not actually sell locks, but they do make recommendations. Currently, their top recommended locks are the Schlage Lever model# FE599, Kwikset Lever model #99120, Kwikset Deadbolt model #99100, Yale Real Living Keypad Deadbolt, and the Yale Real Living Touchscreen Deadbolt. Choosing the right lock is important. You want a lock that responds well, but you also want a lock that is secure.
First of all, you will notice all of their recommended locks use a radio wave communication protocol called Z-Wave. Frontpoint’s home automation offer is based on Z-Wave technology. Beyond that, there are other subtle differences in the locks.
To view a comparison table of all their locks please check out our article here.
What is a good ANSI/BHMA grade?
According to this article on the Schalge site, “the purpose of product grades is to help identify the quality and durability of locksets through a series of operational and security tests”.
Grade 1 certification – the strongest grade ANSI/BHMA will supply for any Residential or Commercial product.
Grade 2 certification – excellent security and durability but really made for residential or light commercial use.
Grade 3 certification – ANSI says grade 3 is for basic residential security. HAR recommends using grade 3 locks indoors only.
The newest addition to Frontpoint’s lineup is the Doorbell Camera. If you are familiar with the SkyBell HD, you are familiar with this Doorbell Camera. Though it is not branded, it is the same hardware.
The smart doorbell will replace your existing doorbell. It has a motion sensor and a 1080p FHD camera. Like most of the other cameras, it requires Wi-Fi and the Ultimate Plan. With that, the doorbell will have access to cloud storage.
What makes a doorbell camera so great is that it can record using two triggers. It can record if motion is detected and it can record when someone rings your doorbell. This way, you can capture all activity. And as a bonus, you can view live streaming video at any time.
- Motion Sensor
- Two Way Talk
- 1080p Camera with Night Vision
- Live Streaming
- Supports Activity Zones
Discounts and FAQs
It’s important to note a couple things…
Q: Do they offer a 1 year or 3 year contract? I see both.
A: They offer 1 and 3 year contracts. A 3 year contract will yield a larger equipment discount than a 1 year contract.
Q: Does everyone get the equipment discount?
A: Equipment discounts will depend on qualifying for a credit, which might literally include a credit check. Also, the discount is only an option for homeowners.
Q: Do you have any coupon codes?
A: Frontpoint is eager to please, and that extends to coupon codes. While they do offer legitimate coupon codes from time to time, you can often just ask for a discount or a free sensor. In this case, ask and you might just receive.
Q: Will I own the equipment?
A: Unlike other companies, their equipment pricing is separate from the monthly fee. You are not paying to rent equipment; you are paying to own equipment.
Q: What is the equipment warranty?
A: Their equipment comes with a 3-year warranty. If you are researching Front point security reviews on the internet, you might find other sites stating that they offer a 2-year warranty. Though this was true in the past, they now offer a 3-year equipment warranty to match the contract terms. This change is another example of how they listen and adjust policies based on customer feedback.