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ADT vs Protect America

ADT is a good home security system for long-term homeowners. How does it compare to Protect America? Read our comparison chart below.

ADT is the oldest and most popular name in home security. Plans start at $28.99/month for the most basic protection to $58.99/month for video monitoring and home automation. Note that the base plan only comes with 24/7 burglary monitoring by landline. Cellular monitoring is available at an additional cost. Fire/smoke, carbon monoxide and flood monitoring equipment are also extra costs.

You only get the option of professional installation with ADT, which means that you'll usually have to pay for the labor that comes with that. There is a 3-year contract and a 6-month money-back guarantee, but only if there is an equipment or service problem that ADT can't solve.

While Protect America has a low base plan starting at just $19.99/month, which comes with 3 door/window sensors, a motion detector, and the Simon XT Control Panel. The highest tier is priced at $54.99/month and comes with cellular monitoring and home automation. All plans include free equipment, no installation fee (as it's DIY system), and 24/7 monitoring.

However, note that the Protect America base plan only comes with landline monitoring. To get cellular monitoring, the price jumps up to $41.99/month. But then again, you do get free equipment with Protect America, so some people still find the cost is lower overall. There is a 3-year contract and you have a 14-day return period if you're not satisfied.

Compare ADT with Protect America, side-by-side. Read on for an in-depth look, including ratings, reviews, pros and cons.

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Benefits and Features

Home SecurityPlans start from $28.99/month to $58.99/month. All plans include 24/7 monitoring for burglary.
$58.99 ADT Pulse Video Plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
Plans start from $19.99/month to $54.99/month. All plans include free equipment, no installation fees, and 24/7 monitoring.
$54.99 Cellular Monitoring Plan includes cellular connection, smartphone control, automated door locks, and lighting control.
Customer Service24/7 customer support and monitoring.Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm Central. Saturday to Sunday 9am to 7pm Central. 24/7 Monitoring
Return Policy6 months money back guarantee if there is a problem ADT cannot resolve
14 days
WarrantyAfter 90 days, there is a charge for servicing broken equipment. Or you can choose to pay a monthly fee for equipment warranty
Lifetime
Equipment
Basic equipment included
Basic equipment included
Mobile AppADT Pulse app allows you to activate alarm, check sensors, watch live video feeds, control lights and appliances, adjust thermostats and view history of home activities. Available on App Store and Google Play.SMART Connect app allows you to arm and disarm your security system remotely, monitor sensor activity, view live video, and control locks and lights. App is available on App Store and Google Play.
Contract
3 year contract
3 year contract
InstallationProfessional installation available.
Do It Yourself
Yard Sign
ADT-branded yard sign
Home AutomationADT Pulse allows you to arm/disarm your house, control your lights and thermostats remotely.Supports Z-Wave Door Locks, Lights, and Thermostats
Control PanelADT Pulse touchscreen control panel allows you to know alarm status, arm/disarm your alarm, control lights, check weather, and view live video from security cameras. Also allows you to quickly send an immediate alarm (medical, fire, or police).
GE Simon XT
Door LockADT Pulse door locks allow you to remotely lock/unlock your door from any internet-connected device.
Door SensorWired and wireless door sensors. Wireless door sensors can be installed yourself with no drilling or hardwiring necessary.
Glass Break SensorDetects if a pane of glass is shattered
Lowest Monthly Price
$28.99
$19.99
Motion Sensor
Outdoor Camera
 
Security Camera
Indoor and outdoor wireless camera options available (requires power)
Thermostat
Touch Screen
Simon XT Touch Screen
Water Flood Monitoring
Window Sensor
Z-Wave
 

CreditDonkey® Reviews

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Pros & ConsPros:
  • Brand recognition
  • Professional installation
Cons:
  • Long-term commitment
Pros:
  • Plans start at $19.99/month
  • Free equipment with contract
  • Easy installation
Cons:
  • 3-year contract
Bottom LineGood home security system for long-term homeowners... Read full reviewBest home security system for the money... Read full review
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    ADT: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 8, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

    Protect America: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 13, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

    Which is Better: ADT or Protect America?

    In short: ADT's installation and yard sign are excellent. Protect America's discount, customer service, and packages are worth mentioning. In particular, the discount and packages are outstanding.


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