Best Do It Yourself Home Alarm | Frontpoint SecurityBy - 01/17/2015
I love that my Frontpoint Security system protects my family, but before I made the choice to buy the system I wondered, “Is Frontpoint a real DIY home security solution?” After testing the system and ultimately becoming a customer, I can confidently say that the answer is yes.
First of all, the system comes very neatly packaged in a special Frontpoint box that’s designed just for their system. I’m a big fan of detail and believe that small things make the biggest differences. The fact that Frontpoint places an emphasis on the packaging of their equipment not only ensures the equipment arrives in one piece but also shows that they truly value great customer experiences.
The next great thing about Frontpoint is that not only is their equipment of the highest quality – and I’ve used and tested quite a few home security systems – but it’s also very easy to set up and install. This is a true do-it-yourself job and different from other professionally monitored home security companies that send a technician out to your home to do the install and try to sell you more stuff.
Setting Up Door / Window, and Motion Sensors
The door and window sensors are really great because of their size; they are the smallest sensors I’ve tested with any system. Their small size makes them really incognito and helps to ensure the adhesive isn’t eventually overpowered by their weight. To install them, all you have to do is peel off the protective strip that’s covering the adhesive and stick them on your door or window. It’s important to first wipe off the area with a clean dry cloth, as dirt or grime in-between the adhesive will cause issues down the road.
The motion sensor is even easier to install. While you can mount it on a wall with the included screws, you can also find a place approximately 5-6 feet from the floor for it to sit. Just place the sensor in a spot that’s to your liking and your control panel will automatically connect to it once you boot up.
Connect the Control Panel and Activate the System
For installing the control panel, you’ll first want to find a place to sit it, probably near the center of your home and away from doors and windows (where it could easily be spotted from outside).
Next, connect the battery backup wires to the rear of the control panel, and plug it into the wall outlet.
Then call Frontpoint to activate your new system. The technician will bring the system online for you and walk you through all the functions. They’ll show you how to set the different modes (stay and away) and educate you on when to use each one.
Frontpoint provides a 2-day test window for you to learn the system before the system goes live. This is helpful as the police will not be called if you accidentally set off the alarm. However, if you need more time to get acquainted with your system, they are more than happy to give you a longer test period.
Other Equipment Options
Frontpoint also offers additional security and home automation options that I did not test, such as a garage door sensor, automated locks, and thermostats. While I haven’t tested these personally, I have researched them quite a bit.
What If I’m Not Happy with Frontpoint or Can’t Figure Out How to Use the System?
Not to worry, Frontpoint always gives you a full 30-days from delivery to make sure you like the system and understand how to use it. If you’re not satisfied, give them a call and they’ll set up a return, no questions asked.