Frontpoint vs Brinks Home Security: An Expert Comparison

Today we will be comparing Frontpoint with Brinks Home Security, both of which are DIY providers and see how they stack up. Let’s dive right in!

There are thousands of people who are shopping around for a home security system every day. Purchasing a home security system is great way to protect your home from home invaders. There a lot of great companies that are out on the market currently that can offer you a security solution that fits your specific needs. And today we will be taking at look at and comparing what Frontpoint and Brinks have to offer.

Frontpoint Control Panel

Frontpoint has a really easy to use control panel that connects all of your devices to one place. The control panel that Frontpoint uses is made of two parts; the Hub and a keypad.

Frontpoint designed their system to be separated from the keypad allowing it to be placed in a separate location. This allows the system to be more secure from damage. Any damage that is done to the separate keypad will not affect the Hub. The Frontpoint Hub offers a smash-proof design. This means that even if the hub is damaged by an intruder, the hub will still transmit a signal to their monitoring station which will notify the station that the alarm has been triggered.

The Frontpoint Hub has a dedicated 4G next generation cellular module which means no wires can be cut to disable the system. If you live in an area that does not get good cellular service no problem, the Frontpoint Hub has an internet back to make sure you are always protected. The Frontpoint Hub comes with a rechargeable 24-hour back up battery.

The keypad itself is wireless and battery-operated which means that it can be placed anywhere around your home. You can choose to add multiple keypads to your system allowing you to be able to disarm your system for any location in your home. The Frontpoint Hub has a Z-Wave protocol that allows you to use other branded devices with it, making it pretty expandable.

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Brinks Control Panel

Brinks actually offers several different control panels, but today we will only be going over their most superior control panel called the Brinks Home Touch, which is the Qolsys IQ 2 Panel (the same one we offer at Link Interactive at a much better price).

The Brinks Home Touch Control panel/Qolsys IQ Panel 2 is packed full of features. It is a completely wireless touchscreen control panel that comes with a 7-inch full color LCD capacitive glass multi-touch screen which sports a 1280 x800 resolution. This control panel has built-in 5MP fixed focus front facing camera that allows users to capture still images. It also has a slot for an SD card allowing users to store these images on an SD card.

The Brinks Home Touch panel has a built in 85 decibel internal siren with a built-in backup battery for times the power goes out. It is powered by an AC power source, and it works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. It has the ability to have a cellular chip installed that has LTE coverage which means you’ll always be protected even when the internet is down.

The Brinks Home Touch panel/Qolsys panel allows users to have 242 user codes. It also includes Smart Z-Wave technology that allows you to connect up to 119 smart home devices. The panel includes Smash and Crash protection as well so even if your panel gets damaged during a break-in it will still transmit a single.

To see our Smash and Crash enables control panel by Qolsys, check out our home security system at Link Interactive >>

Who wins?

Frontpoint and Brinks may offer different control panels, but what they do have in common is that are both easy to use. We like that the Frontpoint Hub has a simple design and it is easy to use but we also feels it’s over simplistic. The Brink Home Touch panel has so many features that it can practically do anything that a home security or home automation system can do. We like the fact that the Brinks Home Touch Panel has a full colored touchscreen along with a front facing camera.

The winner for this category is Brinks because just like us at Link, they offer the Qolsys IQ 2 control panel. And we believe the major difference between the two companies comes down to that.

Frontpoint Equipment

Frontpoint has a lot of great basic sensors that easily connect to their Frontpoint Hub. They offer door/window sensors which can be used to protect either the doors or windows of your home. The sensors are are nano in size which means they are smaller than normal door/window sensors making them much easier to place. Fronpoint’s door/windows sensors are tamper proof which gives better protection against invaders who try to disable them.

Frontpoint also offers motion sensors that have a range of 44 ft. with a viewing field of 90 degrees. Their motion sensors are pet immune which means that they will not detect a 85 lbs pet or two 60 lbs pets.

Frontpoint offers glass break sensors which are great for protecting large glass areas of your home. Glass break sensors work by recognizing the sound of breaking glass, and they will alert you when this event has happened.

Frontpoint also offers wireless and battery-operated temperature sensors. These sensors will detect changes in temperature and will alert a consumer to drastic rises and drops in temperature. They also offer smoke sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. Their smoke sensor will detect rises in smoke and will make an audible alert when this is detected. Frontpoint also offers CO detectors that will alert you to potentially dangerous levels of carbon monoxide gas in your home via an audible alert.

They offer key fobs that sport a 4-button design that allows consumers to arm and disarm their system with only a push of a button. The last piece of basic equipment that front point offers are panic buttons. Their panic buttons will allow you to instantly trigger your system, and you will instantly get a response for your central monitoring station. Their panic buttons come with a comfortable elastic band and neck pendant so you can always have them with you. All the equipment offered by Frontpoint is DIY (do it yourself) which means you will need to set up up all the equipment by yourself, but they do include a setup guide for fast and easy installation.

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Frontpoint additional equipment

Frontpoint offers a lot of great add-on equipment that allows you to expand your system. They offer smart LED bulbs that are perfect for cutting down the energy costs of your home. You can turn on and off these smart lights remotely through the Frontpoint app. If you are looking for a way to control small appliances or light fixtures you can purchase a wireless light control from Frontpoint. The light control plugs into an outlet, and any small appliance that is connected to the light control can be controlled remotely. You can turn off and on these appliances through the Frontpoint app while on the go.

Fronpoint’s also offers automated door locks. Fronpoint’s automated door locks have a fingerprint resistant keypad design that will allow you to create custom user codes.

Frontpoint offers garage controls that will allow you to remotely control your garage doors on the go. If for some reason you forget to close your garage door, an alert will be sent to you through the Frontpoint app (powered by

Frontpoint offers smart thermostats as well. Frontpoint’s smart thermostat will automatically adjust the temperature when a drop or rise of temperature happens in your home.

For video surveillance equipment, Frontpoint offers the V622 Indoor Camera. This camera is wireless, and it is powered by an AC power source. The video resolution of this camera is 1080P with a 180-degree viewing angle which allows this camera to capture video in a wide area. The V622 indoor camera also has 2-way audio built-in with bluetooth audio streaming capabilities. You can also use other cameras with Frontpoint such as their outdoor cameras.

Brinks Home Security Equipment

Brinks Home Security also offers a wide variety of sensors to protect the entryways of your home. They offer door/window sensors that are wireless, and they have a range of 600 ft. and come with a replaceable lithium battery. Their door/window sensors are small in size which allow them to work with a variety of door/window frame styles.

Brinks also offers PIR motions sensors which can detect the heat of emissions of human signatures which allows these sensors to be pet immune for pets that weight up to 40 lbs. Their motion sensors are powered by 2 AA batteries with a battery life of up to 3 to 5 years.

Brinks offers glass break sensors that are wireless and battery operated. These sensors will listen for the sound of glass breakage, and if it is heard these sensors will trigger your system.

Brinks also offers wireless and battery-operated smoke sensors that will watch over your home for rises in smoke. They also have a different kind of smoke sensor that can listen for the sounds of your already existing smoke sensors, and if these sounds are hear they will trigger your system. They next type of environmental safety sensor that is offered by Brinks is their CO detector. Their CO detector is also wireless and battery-operated. Brinks offers a wireless and battery-operated flood sensor that will detect the smallest leaks.

The last type of basic equipment that is offered by Brinks is their keychain remote. It has a 4-button push button design that also includes a panic button. Brinks offers DIY type of installation (do it yourself), but they include everything you need for a fast and easy installation. They also offer professional installation so you can have one of their technicians come out and set up everything for you.

Brinks additional equipment

Brinks Home Security has a a great variety of add-on equipment. Brinks offers Kwikset automated door locks. Brinks has several different models of Kwikset locks they offer, but they all work pretty much the same. You will able to remotely lock and unlock your Kwikset locks on the go as well as set custom users codes.

Brinks offers a few different smart thermostats, and they offer smart thermostats. The smart thermostats they offer work for most HVAC heating and cooling systems. You will be able to customize the temperature of your home remotely, and set custom timers for when your heating and cooling system comes on and goes off.

Brinks has a wide variety of smart plugs and switches as well. You will able to control lights along with small appliances remotely while on the go.

When it comes to video surveillance equipment, Brinks offers indoor, outdoor, and the SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell Camera. The cameras that are offered by Brinks have crystal clear video resolution, and the SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell also includes a 2-way audio feature.

Who wins?

Frontpoint and Brinks have everything you need to keep your home totally protected. We like the fact that Frontpoint has an easy to push panic button because you may have an elderly loved on who has trouble using push-button devices. Brinks has so many different types of basic sensors they really let you customize your security. Because Brinks has a bit wider variety of basic equipment than Frontpoint, we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint and Brinks offer a lot of add-on equipment that lets you personalize your security solution. We like the automated locks offered by Frontpoint especially their fingerprint resistant design. Brinks has a lot of video surveillance equipment, and we really love their Skybell Slim Line Video Doorbell due to its slick design and features (it’s the same one we offer here at Link). Brinks offers better brands of add-on equipment, and they offer a bit more video surveillance equipment that you can buy directly from them instead of having to go through another source so we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint vs Brinks App

Frontpoint and Brinks offer professional, video, and self-monitoring services. Both of their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which work for Apple and Android devices. Their apps are both actually powered by services which is pretty awesome. Their apps allow you to fully customize your system and all devices connected to it while on the go. You will also receive push-notifications any time your devices or system triggers an event. Because they use services you can use’s Geo-fencing technology. This technology sets an invisible fence around your home, and when you cross the fence you can have your devices that connected to your system do different things like turning on and off smart lights.

Their professional monitoring services work the same where you have a professional monitoring station watching over your home 24/7. Their video monitoring services also work the same where you can view recorded video clips and stream live video through their apps.

Another security provider that you should give at is Link Interactive - that’s right, our Link Interactive home security system. With us you’ll get the exact same hardware and app but at a lower price point and better customer service. Take a look at our security system here at Link Interactive. Our system comes complete with Crash & Smash protection, and all latest bells and whistles of a modern day home security system.

Frontpoint and Brinks offer great security, home automation, and video surveillance equipment that really let you personalize your security solution. Frontpoint offers a simplistic control panel that is easy to use and setup, although we think it should have had more features. Brinks offers a lot of different options when it comes to control panels with their Brinks Home Touch panel being their most superior panel which has tons of features that other control panels don’t have like a front facing camera. Because Brinks has a wider selection than Frontpoint when it comes to security products, and the fact that the products that they offer are more superior than that of Frontpoint’s we are choosing them as our overall winner.

But, if you’re interested in purchasing a system that offers the best of both worlds and a lot more in the way of smart home automation and app control at a lower price, give our Link Interactive security system a look.

Why you should get Link Interactive instead

Link Interactive and Frontpoint are very similar in terms of equipment and monitoring services. At Link we offer a better, more advanced control panel in the the Qolsys IQ 2 Panel with self-monitoring (just like Frontpoint) and third-party professional monitoring. We also offer cutting-edge video monitoring services, all at a much better price than Frontpoint or Brinks!

We have thousands of 5-star reviews on various reputable third party review sites complimenting our awesome after-sales support! We encourage you take a look at our offer here, get a quote and compare. You can also call us direct at 1-877-826-5443 for further details and speak with a rep!