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The FrontPoint wireless home security system has been one of the most popular DIY systems of the last few years. It consistently rates as one of the best systems and gets a lot of positive reviews. To know whether the FrontPoint wireless home security system is right for you, you need to know how the system works and how it's going to keep you safe.
Most of the system’s features are already included in the basic description. Frontpoint’s system is a wireless home security system, and one of several you install yourself. Due to technological changes, installing a home security system is a lot easier than it was years ago. The self-install package comes with standard technology options for home security, but upgrades to higher-end options are also available. Such higher-end options include a touch screen control panel instead of the Simon.
Compared to other systems, Frontpoint focuses less on low pricing, and more on customer service and their technology. Setting up their system comes with a one-time fee or equipment costs, and after that, their service requires a monthly fee. Their monthly fee ranges from $35 to $50, with setup costs of either $99 (the cheapest package) to $199.93 (the middle and most extensive package).
Frontpoint is a great option for anyone looking for a DIY security system that offers proven technology and continually improves their experience. For those looking for the lowest price, Frontpoint is not a preferred option, as there are cheaper DIY wireless systems available.
When you receive your starter home security system from FrontPoint it will all come in one box. Inside you will find:
FrontPoint is a wireless system. The only wires you will find in this box are to power the Control Unit. One is the power cable that runs to standard electrical outlets, and the second is a small backup battery for when burglars cut power to your house. There are two control units available; a standard option and a touch screen option. Over the past year, FrontPoint has started switching from the standard option to a touch screen, but right now, both options are available under all plans.
To get your setup started you will need to choose where you want your main Control Unit to go. Because the rest of the system is completely wireless, you can choose just about anywhere in your house that is near an outlet. Once you have that plugged in, it's time to decide where you want your 3 door/window sensors to go, along with your motion sensor. Remove the film to reveal some adhesive, and stick them to your walls. Now all that's left is to go back to your control unit, turn everything on, and put in security codes.
Users have reported having their entire systems to be setup within 15 minutes of the package being delivered. It's truly that easy.
The more extensive packages come with additional sensors and options, such as image sensors, geo location services, or even motion activated video recording and HD and night vision capabilities. Another service not included in the starter pack is crash and smash protection, a technology that alerts the monitoring center when the control panel is destroyed.
As already covered, a key feature that attracts many people is FrontPoint's completely wireless design. Not only does this make for extremely easy installation, but it also offers additional security compared to wired systems (as they depend on the wire being intact and in place). We'll cover this more under the Technology section, but in essence FrontPoint works over cellular signals (included with all plans) to deliver your home's security. This means that even if a burglar would cut your power, you still will receive total protection.
Beyond the ease of installation, one of the things that makes Frontpoint so appealing is its ability for customization and features beyond the starter package, and how easy it is to make these additions to your system. Some of these additional available features include: Unlimited Door, Window, and Motion Sensor capability, Lighting Control, Remote (iPhone, iPad, PC, etc.) System Control, Glass Break Sensors, Flood Sensors, Freeze Sensors, and Wireless Cameras.
On FrontPoint's end, they offer what they describe as "Redundant Central Monitoring Stations." This means that even in the event of a power outage, server crash, etc. on their end, they have numerous generators and backups in different locations to ensure that their service can never go down and leave their customers without protection.
As noted earlier, FrontPoint works on cellular signals to provide your home with completely wireless protection. Unlike most modern home alarm systems, which will either provide coverage based on LAN/broadband or phone line connections, FrontPoint has secured contracts with the major cellular providers in America to give their customers total coverage. You just tell FrontPoint which company gives you the best coverage at your house and they will include the appropriate card for your Control Unit with your order.
FrontPoint also is on the cutting edge of remote management technology. Included with every subscription package besides the most basic, you will be able to control your entire system from the convenience of your Mac, iPhone, iPad, PC, and numerous other devices from anywhere with an Internet connection. This enables you to arm your house, turn on/off your lights, set off an emergency alarm, and so much more from just about anywhere in the world
After weeks of using this system, we'd have to say our experience falls in line with just about every review we read. The bottom line is that FrontPoint is on the cutting edge of both home protection and alarm technology. The ease of installation, convenient & remote management, and total coverage regardless of any destruction at either our residence or the FrontPoint headquarters make this a near unbeatable solution for home safety. On top of this, FrontPoint customer service has been extremely responsive and helpful with any questions or concerns we had, and upgrading our system through them was an absolute breeze. FrontPoint is so confident in their services that they also provide a 30-day money back guarantee on all their services and packages. This is a huge plus in our eyes.
We have total confidence that FrontPoint will be able to keep us safe and get the police immediately dispatched in any sort of emergency scenario.