Frontpoint Equipment | How Much Does It Cost?By - 07/13/2017
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 that we decided to devote an entire article to the cost of their DIY home security system.
When reviewing the cost of a home security system, there are typically four parts involved: the monthly monitoring fee, the cost of equipment, installation, and activation. Frontpoint plans start at $34.99 per month and go up to $49.99 per month. And of course, the company is founded on a do-it-yourself process, meaning that you don’t need to schedule time off to meet with an installer thus eliminating installation and activation fees.
Cost of Monitoring
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Cost of Equipment
Regarding equipment, you have two options: buy a package or buy devices a la carte. Of course, the devices are dependent on the monitoring plan you choose. For example, you can buy security cameras, but they will only work with Frontpoint’s Ultimate Plan.
The Secure Package and Secure Plus both work best when paired with the Interactive or Ultimate Plans. The Professional Package requires the Ultimate Plan.
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Frontpoint Security | Extra Equipment
If these packages don’t work for you, you have options. For example, you can buy equipment a la carte and still receive an equipment discount. In general, we’ve found that Frontpoint provides a $300 discount to homeowners on approved credit to be used toward new equipment packages, this includes packages you create on your own. You can choose from equipment that controls, senses, or even automates.
Equipment that Controls
All Frontpoint systems come with a base controller. The brain behind their wireless home security system is the GE Simon XT Edition, a controller I’ve tested in the past but no longer use. 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 battery backup.
The Interactive and Ultimate packages include the ability to control the system with a free mobile app powered by Alarm.com. Their app supports iPhones, Androids, iPads, Kindle Fire, Apple Watch, plus a special version for Apple TV.
However, you may not always 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 offer other options for controlling your system. For one, you can add a touchpad so that you can monitor 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 Has A Touch Screen Panel
I use the Qolsys IQ Panel, which is a primary touchscreen panel. It’s sold as an upgrade (over the Simon XT) to those who want one, or you can upgrade to the touch screen at any point in time. All current Frontpoint sensors (GE – 319.5 MHz) are compatible with the panel, except the two-way touchscreen and the Talking Remote Touchpad. Offering a touch screen closes any advantage held by companies like ADT, Vivint, and other security companies.
If you’re comparing the Qolsys IQ Panel to the Simon XT, it has some advantages. The two panels share many of the same features as the XT, like battery backup and an internal siren, but the Qolsys IQ Panel adds a 7″ LCD screen, and it takes pictures of people arming and disarming your system for added security.
What is the Qolsys IQ Panel?
The Qolsys is the brain of your 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 assistant/security guard all wrapped up in one little piece of hardware.
You can also use the Qolsys panel to customize your system. You can name your sensors, set the panel’s brightness, control the volume, customize alerts, and even customize voice chimes ( i.e. “Front Door Open”).
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. The panel, however, is 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 and store 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
- Operating Temperature: 14° F to 122° F
- It can control your smart home devices. (Z-Wave Compatible)
- It talks.
Of course, the touchscreen option will be more expensive than the Simon XT, so for those who would rather keep cost low, stick with the Simon XT. In fact, the Simon XT will still be Frontpoint’s primary control panel included with their equipment packages. The touch screen is simply there for people who need a little more technology in their lives and are willing to pay for it.
New customers may receive up to a $300 package discount, but the retail price of the equipment is as follows:
- Remote Touchpad: $79.99
- Qolsys IQ Touch Screen: $387.99
- Simon XT Control Panel: $238.99
- Panic Pendant:$39.99
- Keychain Remote: $31.99
Voice Control: Amazon Alexa and Google Home
Another way to control the system? Your voice. If you want next level technology, you can integrate your Frontpoint system with Google Home or Amazon Alexa including Echo and Echo Dot. And yes, I’ve tested Echo, and it works beautifully.
Using the Frontpoint skill, you can arm your system in stay mode using Amazon Alexa. Simply say, “Alexa, tell Frontpoint to arm my system,” and your system will arm. At this time, you cannot use the technology to disarm your system or arm it in away mode. This restriction is for your safety and to decrease the likelihood of a false alarm. However, you can perform other party tricks. You can ask Alexa to turn off your connected lights, provide your home’s temperature, or even lock the doors.
The Google Home skill is provided via Alarm.com. Just like Alexa, you can use the Google Home skill to control your security system, lights, thermostat, locks, or even your garage door. Just say, “Okay Google, ask Alarm.com to close the garage.” Using this integration, you can even control groups of devices like lights. For example, you can combine all the lights in your living room under the group name “living room” and ask Google Home to turn off all living room lights.
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.
Here’s a list of their current sensor products and pricing:
- Door Window Sensors: $32.99
- Recessed Door Sensor: $42.99
- Garage Door Sensor: $44.99
- Motion Sensor: $64.99
- Glass Break Sensor: $74.99
- Smoke and Heat Sensor: $64.99
- CO Sensor: $89.99
- Water Flood Sensor: $44.99
Equipment that Automates
Frontpoint uses Z-Wave technology for home automation. However, not all Z-Wave devices are going to be compatible. If you’re confused, give Frontpoint a call, and they will suggest devices for you to use. Also, they sell devices that are guaranteed compatible. They sell cameras, a door lock, and a light automation module, as outlined below. But, they refer temperature controllers to other companies.
- Wireless Indoor Camera: $99.99
- Outdoor Wireless Camera: $299.99
- Light Control: $49.99
- Doorbell Camera $189.00
- Wireless Pan and Tilt Camera: $279.99 (Discontinued)
- Image Sensor: $89.99 (Discontinued)
Frontpoint Automates Your Locks
Lock automation is available through Frontpoint’s Ultimate Plan. Automated door locks are a convenient smart home addition. Never again do you have to pass out keys to guests, 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 home, or even where to put your keys during your morning run. With 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 (if you choose a keypad model).
Currently, Frontpoint sells and recommends the Schlage BE469 Deadbolt (not the one pictured). This deadbolt comes in a satin nickel, aged bronze, or bright brass finish and sells for $159.99. The lock is ANSI Grade 1 certified, includes a touchscreen keypad, and works in temperatures ranging from -25.6°F to 150.8°F.
How Smart Are Their Locks?
Using the mobile app, you can remotely lock or unlock your doors from ANYWHERE, and the locks are supported by the Alarm.com app. It’s the software that makes the locks smart. Using the app, 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 of the time, you will create a one-time code or perhaps you might create a code that expires in a week for use by extended house guests.
To help maintain control and security, the code leaves a digital fingerprint. The Frontpoint app 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’ll 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.
To view a comparison table of compatible locks please check out this article.
What is a good ANSI/BHMA grade?
According to this article on the Schlage 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 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.
Frontpoint Automates Your Thermostat
Using your system, you can control your home’s temperature from anywhere. There are several compatible smart thermostats you can use to make this happen. Unfortunately, Frontpoint doesn’t sell smart thermostats, but one of the best is the Alarm.com Smarter Thermostat. As it’s an Alarm.com device, it integrates beautifully with the system and the app. It’s Z-Wave compatible, offers remote access and alerts, and will help you conserve energy. Frontpoint recommends the following thermostats:
- Z-wave Thermostat (TBZ48D)
- RCS Thermostat (TZ45)
- 2gig Radio Thermostat (CT100)
- Trane (TZEMT400AB32MAA)
Of these choices, I recommend the CT100.
Frontpoint currently offers two home security camera options that work with their Ultimate monitoring package as well as a doorbell camera:
- Wireless Indoor Camera: $99.99
- Outdoor Wireless Camera: $299.99
- Doorbell Camera: $189.00
The newest addition to Frontpoint’s lineup is the Doorbell Camera. And though I have a doorbell camera, this particular one is not one I’ve tried, though I did get a sample of its abilities during CES 2017. If you’re familiar with the SkyBell Trim, you’re familiar with this Doorbell Camera. Frontpoint calls it the Slimline.
The smart doorbell will replace your existing doorbell. It has a motion sensor, can live stream in HD, and offers two-way audio. 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. While it is only capable of sending a push notification if an event occurs, it does have its own tone (doorbell chime) to help set the notifications apart from the countless other notifications you probably receive every day. Also, recorded footage is accessed through the Alarm.com app, but the clips are kept on the doorbell tab, which is separate from the video tab, making it easier to distinguish between event types.
Side note, if you also own a smart lock, you can unlock it from your doorbell screen.
- Motion Sensor
- Two-Way Talk
- 720p Camera with Night Vision
- Live Streaming
- Supports Activity Zones
Coupons, Discounts and FAQs
1/1/2017 – Limited Time Offer: Free Smoke and Heat Sensor .
- Free Smoke and Heat Sensor
- Equipment for as little as $99.95
- FREE standard shipping
- 30-day, no-risk guarantee. Love it, or get a complete refund.
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 and those who sign a 3-year contract. However, there is a minor discount (usually $25) if you buy at least $99 worth of equipment, even if you don’t qualify for the larger discount.
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.
Q: I live in an area where a verified response is required before the police come, can I still have a security system?
A: When that is the case, Frontpoint utilizes Securitas to verify the emergency, and then they notify the authorities if needed. Frontpoint will research whether or not this service is required in your area and will notify you if it is required well within your risk-free trial. This check is done at the same time that they check to see if your system needs to be registered with the local authorities. I think this is something that not many companies do and it sets Frontpoint apart.
Q: What if I lose my phone?
A: Frontpoint will help. They can help you secure your system, and in the meantime, you can always use your control panel to control your security and smart home system.