Frontpoint vs CPI Home Security: An Expert Comparison

Today we will be comparing home security providers Frontpoint and CPI Home Security, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, and more!

There are many benefits in protecting your home with a home security system. Generally, most home owners get some sort of discount with their home owners insurance by having a home security system. Home security systems are also very important to have so that you can keep your family and home safe from home invasion crimes. Today we will be taking a look at and comparing what Frontpoint and CPI Security have to offer.

Frontpoint Control Panel

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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CPI Control Panel

CPI Security has a modern control hub that is packed full of features, and it connects all devices wirelessly to one place. CPI Security offers their inTouch SmartHub which centrally connects your system with all your security, home automation, and video surveillance devices. The inTouch SmartHub is a full colored touchscreen control panel that allows you to control your security system with a touch of a button. One really cool feature of the inTouch SmartHub is that it has a front-facing built-in camera that takes a snap shot of whomever is near you control panel when your system is being disarmed. The touchscreen itself is 7 inches with an HD screen resolution. It has a 2-way audio feature that will let you directly communicate with your central monitoring station along with allowing you to communicate through video surveillance equipment that has an audio output feature.

The inTouch SmartHub also uses Z-Wave technology which will allow you to connect and control smart home automation devices all in one place. This panel allows you to connect up to 119 different devices to it, and you will be able to create up to 242 custom user codes. It has a Micro SD slot built-in which will allow you to use a Micro SD card for expanded storage. The inTouch SmartHub is powered through an AC power source, but it does come with a backup battery just in case your power goes out. This control hub is wireless and transmits data via cellular data, but it also allows you to connect it to your home’s WIFI network so that you have two ways your hub is transmitting data which makes your connection more reliable.

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Who wins?

Frontpoint’s and CPI Security’s control panels are quite different from one another. Fronpoint’s control panel has a simplistic design, comes in two parts; the base and keypad, and it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles. We do really like Fronpoint’s smash and crash feature that is built into their control panel due to the extra security it gives you. CPI Security’s control panel is packed full of features, has an amazing display, and its easy to use. Because CPI Security’s control panel has a ton of more features than that of Fronpoint’s, we are giving them the win for this category.

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 Home Automation

Frontpoint offers a ton of additional equipment to really expand your system. This is mostly thanks to, which is a home security platform that many alarm companies in the United States use to provide home security services. In fact, if you’re thinking about getting a Frontpoint security system, we strongly suggest giving our offer at Link Interactive a look. Our home security systems are powered by as well, and we can get you pretty much everything Frontpoint can at a much more attractive price point.

Frontpoint offers touchscreen Yale smart locks that allow to remotely lock and unlock your locks on the go. You can also create custom user codes that can be enabled and disabled at any time. The keypad for the Yale lock is illuminated making it easy to see even in the dark.

They also offer garage door controllers. Their garage door controller allows you to remotely open and close your garage doors on the go. You also will be alerted any time your garage door has been opened and shut.

Frontpoint has a wide variety of smart lights, smart switches, and smart plugs. Smart Lights and smart switches can be turned on and off from the app as well, and you can set custom timers for when they turn on and off. Their smart plugs work with small appliances and allow you to remotely control small appliances while on the go. You can also set times for when your smart switches turn on and off.

Frontpoint offers smart thermostats that work for most HVAC heating and cooling systems. Their smart thermostats can be remotely adjusted as well as have timers set for when your heating and cooling system turn on and off.

Frontpoint Video Monitoring/Cameras

Frontpoint also has a nice variety of video surveillance cameras. They offer a couple of different models of indoor cameras, an outdoor camera, and a video doorbell camera. The cameras are wireless and work by connecting to your home’s WIFI. They can capture video in crystal clear video resolution and are easy to use. Frontpoint’s doorbell camera has a 2-way audio feature that allows you to directly communicate with whomever is around your camera, and it has motion sensors that will trigger it to start recording.

CPI Equipment

CPI Security has a nice selection of basic equipment that you can use with your inTouch Smart Hub. CPI Security has wireless and battery-operated door/window sensors. These sensors are great at protecting the entryways of your home such as your door or windows. They also offer motion sensors that are wireless and battery-operated. CPI Security’s motion sensors are great at protecting large areas of your home. CPI Security has wireless and battery-operated glass break sensors. Their glass break sensors will listen for the sound of breaking glass, and if breaking glass sounds are detected by a glass break sensor it will trigger your system. For a fast way to arm and disarm your system CPI Security offers battery-operated keychain remotes. CPI Security’s keychain remotes have a push-button design that includes a built-in panic button.

When it comes to environmental safety sensors, CPI Security has a nice selection of these types of sensors. They offer wireless and battery-operated smoke, CO, temperature, and flood sensors. These sensors are designed to look for rises in environmental factors that could cause damage to your home. The last basic equipment that CPI Security offers is a battery-operated medical pendent. This is designed to keep an eye on those in your family who may have health problems. It has an easy to push push-button design that will immediately notify emergency services that help is needed. All the equipment offered by CPI Security is installed by a professional installer so you don’t’ have to worry about setting up the equipment yourself.

CPI Home Automation

CPI Security has everything you to need to really expand your system to include more than just security devices. CPI Security has a variety of home automation devices that will turn your home into a smart home. For starters, they offer garage door controllers which will allow you to remotely close and open your garage.

CPI Security also offers smart thermostats that are really great at cutting down the energy cost for your home. Their smart thermostat allows you to set timers for when your heating and cooling system comes on and off. You will also receive push notifications when drastic changes in temperature have occurred.

CPI Security offers smart switches that plug into standard outlets to be powered. You can use small appliances with CPI Security’s smart plug, and you can control these appliances remotely. You can also set custom timers for when your small appliances come on and go off.

The last type of smart home devices that CPI Security has to offer you is Yale Smart Locks. Yale is a highly rated along with a well-known producer of smart locks. CPI Security offers Yale touchscreen locks that allow you to quickly lock and unlock your Yale lock with a simple touch of a button. You can create custom user codes that can be enabled and disabled at any time. With the inTouch app you can remotely lock and unlock your Yale lock along with setting up custom event push notifications that will be sent to you for when your Yale Lock has been used.

CPI Monitoring/Cameras

CPI Security has several different video surveillance cameras you can choose from. They offer a couple of indoor cameras, an outdoor camera, and a video doorbell camera. All of their cameras can capture video in 1080P. They have 2-way audio, night vision, and work by connecting wirelessly to your home’s WIFI network. CPI Security’s 2 indoor cameras, and their outdoor camera are powered by an AC power source while their video doorbell camera is powered by your existing doorbell wiring.

Who wins?

Frontpoint and CPI Security offer a lot of similar types of basic equipment. Their entryway and environmental sensors are battery-operated and wireless. Fronpoint’s door/windows sensors are smaller than normal door/window sensors making them easier to place. CPI Security however offers some basic equipment like their medical pendent that Frontpoint doesn’t offer. Because CPI Security has a larger selection of basic equipment, we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint and CPI Security have a lot of addon equipment that lets you expand your system to give it a personalize feeling. Frontpoint offers a lot of great energy saving devices like their LED bulbs which are great at cutting down on your home’s energy cost per month. CPI Security has a really nice selection of video surveillance equipment, and we really like all the features that built into these cameras. CPI Security again has a bit of larger selection of addon equipment for you choose from than Frontpoint, and due to that we are giving them the win for this category.

Frontpoint vs CPI App

Frontpoint and CPI Security offer professional, self, and video monitoring services. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps. Their apps are free to download and work for Apple and Android devices. Their apps will allow you to remotely arm and disarm your system, stream live and recorded video, and receive push notifications for events. Fronpoint’s app also includes Geo Fencing which is a feature that allows you to set an invisible fence around your property that will either turn of or on your system, devices, and/or cameras when leave and/or return home. Their professional monitoring services work the same where you have a 24/7 professional monitoring station watching over your home. When it comes to pricing information, Frontpoint is transparent and have their pricing for their equipment and monitoring services listed on their websites. You will need to reach out directly via email or phone to get this information from CPI Security.

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Frontpoint and CPI Security are well known and highly rated security providers. Frontpoint’s system is easy to use, and you can really expand it. CPI Security’s control panel is super nice and packed full of features, and CPI Security has a huge selection of basic, life safety, home automation, and video surveillance equipment so that you can really personalize your security solution. Because CPI Security offers a nicer control panel with a larger selection of equipment, we are making them our overall winners.

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