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Best Home Installed Security Systems with Free Installation: Frontpoint vs Protect America vs LiveWatch

Nobody likes paying for a service, then turning around and having to pay for installation, so we’ve outlined the top security system providers that offer one or more options for free installation, whether that means you roll up your sleeves and install the system yourself, or that they’ll send out a professional at no charge!

In this article we’ll explain the installation process for each of the companies ranked in our 2018 Home Security Systems Review that have a free installation option. We have ranked the companies 1-7 to help you see who comes out on top and who falls short, so you can know what you’re getting into before you buy a system. Find out how difficult it is to install these top rated security systems by reading this article.

home security package selectorIf you want to compare all the systems with free installation and see which package might be the best fit for you, check out our Home Security Package Selector.

If you’ve already purchased a security system and are looking for guidance on how to install it, feel free to glance at this article. But please read your system’s installation instructions and do not take our information as the only elements of the installation process. We have summarized the process so you can easily understand what you’ll have to do. There are other things you’ll want to do as well. For example, cleaning the sensor locations before installing them, configuring the control panel and more. So let’s get started!

#1 Frontpoint

Frontpoint has you install your system yourself at no cost. The control panel is preconfigured to all your sensors (trust us, this is a huge benefit / time saver). The only thing that has to be plugged in is the control panel and it includes a tabletop stand as well as a wall mount kit so you can decide whether you want it on the wall or on a counter, desk, etc. After you plug your control panel in, install your sensors at your doors and windows first, then follow with the rest of your sensors (motion, cameras, etc.). There are no other assemblies required for this system. Simply peel and stick the devices onto the walls. Once you’ve got everything in place, give Frontpoint a call to test and activate your system. Frontpoint’s phone number is (888) 369-1949 and you can reach them Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m. Eastern or Saturday – Sunday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern.

Pros

  • Great customer service
  • No relocation cost
  • 100% wireless
  • Cellular communication
  • Self installation

Cons

  • Must sign a 3 year contract
  • Not a lifetime warranty (only 3 years)
  • No professional installation available

Price

Monitoring PackageProtectionInteractiveUltimate
Equipment & Activation Fee
$99.00
$199.93
$199.93
Monthly Price
$34.99
$44.99
$49.99
Contract Length
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
Base / Console*
Motion Detector
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
Door or Window Sensor
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
Alarm.com App
Keychain Remote
Additional Cost
$31.99 each
1 Included
Additional $31.99 each
1 Included
Additional $31.99 each
Light Control
2 Included
Additional $49.99 each
2 Included
Additional $49.99 each
Thermostat
Additional Cost
Call for Price
Additional Cost
Call for Price
Automated Door Lock
Additional Cost
Call for Price
Additional Cost
Call for Price
Glass Break Sensor
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Smoke & Heat Sensor
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Flood Sensor
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Wireless Indoor Camera
Additional Cost
$99.99 each
Wireless Outdoor Camera
Additional Cost
$299.99 each
Wi-Fi Doorbell CameraAdditional Cost
$189.99
Monitoring Method
100% Cellular
100% Cellular
100% Cellular
Monitoring Package
Equipment & Activation Fee
Monthly Price
Contract Length
Base / Console*
Motion Detector
Door or Window Sensor
Alarm.com App
Keychain Remote
Light Control
Thermostat
Automated Door Lock
Glass Break Sensor
Smoke & Heat Sensor
Flood Sensor
Wireless Indoor Camera
Wireless Outdoor Camera
Wi-Fi Doorbell Camera
Monitoring Method
Protection Interactive Ultimate
$99.00
$199.93
$199.93
$34.99
$44.99
$49.99
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
1 Included
Additional $64.99 each
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
2 Included
Additional $32.99 each
Additional Cost
$31.99 each
1 Included
Additional $31.99 each
1 Included
Additional $31.99 each

2 Included
Additional $49.99 each
2 Included
Additional $49.99 each

Additional Cost
Call for Price
Additional Cost
Call for Price

Additional Cost
Call for Price
Additional Cost
Call for Price
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Additional Cost
$74.99 each
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Additional Cost
$64.99 each
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Additional Cost
$44.99 each
Additional Cost
$99.99 each
Additional Cost
$299.99 each
Additional Cost
$189.99
100% Cellular
100% Cellular
100% Cellular

*Qolsys touchscreen available for an upgrade fee

Read Our In-Depth Review of Frontpoint

#2 Link Interactive

Link only offers free self installation, there are no professional installation options available at this time. They have extensive installation guides on their website for you to use while installing your system. The panel can be mounted on the wall or placed on a surface with the stand. This system is a bit more labor intensive than some other systems but the steps are clearly explained in the installation guides. The majority of customers find the system easy to install.

Pros

  • Easy to relocate and no additional fee
  • 100% wireless and cellular
  • Free self installation
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • Only a 3 year equipment warranty
  • No professional installation available

Price

Package nameStandardGoldPlatinum
Monthly Monitoring Fee
$30.99
$35.99
$40.99
Link Interactive Go!Control Cellular Panel
Door/Window Sensors
Motion Sensor
Smoke/Heat/Freeze Sensor
Z-Wave Light/Appliance Modules
Z-Wave Thermostat
HD100 Indoor Camera with Night Vision
Package name
Monthly Monitoring Fee
Link Interactive Go!Control Cellular Panel
Door/Window Sensors
Motion Sensor
Smoke/Heat/Freeze Sensor
Z-Wave Light/Appliance Modules
Z-Wave Thermostat
HD100 Indoor Camera with Night Vision
Standard Gold Platinum
$30.99
$35.99
$40.99

#3 SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe is one of the most DIY routes in this article. Installation is done by yourself at no cost and you have the option to monitor the system yourself or pay for monthly monitoring (we recommend going with monthly monitoring if it’s in the budget). They claim the installation process should take less than 15 minutes thanks to your system being pre-programmed. The keypad has an adhesive strip on the back of it so all you have to do is peel and stick to install.

Pros

  • No contracts
  • Easy to relocate and no fee
  • Cellular connection
  • Wireless equipment
  • Good customer service

Cons

  • 3 year equipment warranty (not lifetime)
  • No cameras or home automation features
  • Interactive features cost an additional $10/month and a $100 setup fee

Price

The first table is SimpliSafe’s security packages and the second is their monitoring packages.

PackageStarterEconomyClassicMasterUltimate
Price$229.96$259.95$349.92$449.87$539.85
Keypad
Motion Sensor
Entry Sensor
Keychain Remote
Smoke Detector$29.99 each$29.99 each
Carbon Monoxide Detector$49.99 each$49.99 each$49.99 each$49.99 each
Freeze Sensor$29.99 each$29.99 each$29.99 each$29.99 each
Water Sensor$19.99 each$19.99 each$19.99 each$19.99 each
Panic Button$19.99 each$19.99 each$19.99 each
Glassbreak Sensor$34.99 each$34.99 each$34.99 each$34.99 each$34.99 each
1 Yard Sign & 2 Decals
5 Year Batteries
Adhesive Strips
Package
Price
Keypad
Motion Sensor
Entry Sensor
Keychain Remote
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Freeze Sensor
Water Sensor
Panic Button
Glassbreak Sensor
1 Yard Sign & 2 Decals
5 Year Batteries
Adhesive Strips
Starter Economy Classic Master Ultimate
$229.96 $259.95 $349.92 $449.87 $539.85
$29.99 each $29.99 each
$49.99 each $49.99 each $49.99 each $49.99 each
$29.99 each $29.99 each $29.99 each $29.99 each
$19.99 each $19.99 each $19.99 each $19.99 each
$19.99 each $19.99 each $19.99 each
$34.99 each $34.99 each $34.99 each $34.99 each $34.99 each
Monitoring PackageStandardAlertInteractive
Price Per Month$14.99$19.99$24.99
24/7 Monitoring
Notifications from Central Monitoring Station
SMS/Email Alerts
Remote Access from Mobile Device
Monitoring Package
Price Per Month
24/7 Monitoring
Notifications from Central Monitoring Station
SMS/Email Alerts
Remote Access from Mobile Device
Standard Alert Interactive
$14.99 $19.99 $24.99

#4 Protect America

Protect America claims their installation is easy and takes customers an average of 30 minutes from beginning to finish. If you go the DIY route, a professional will walk you through the process over the phone for no fee. You also have the option to have a professional come to your home and install the system for a fee. If you’re installing yourself, the first thing you’ll want to do is connect the battery in your panel before you plug it in to your wall outlet. Depending if you have landline, broadband or cellular monitoring will determine how your control panel is installed. If you have landline, you’ll need to install the panel near a phone jack and a non-switched electrical outlet. If you have broadband, you’ll need it to be near your router and a non-switched electrical outlet. And finally, if it’s cellular you only need to plug the panel into a non-switched electrical outlet. The Simon XT panel can be set on a surface using the stand and the Simon XT Touchscreen panel must be screwed into the wall.

Pros

  • Locked in rates for life
  • Lifetime equipment warranty
  • Easy to relocate and no fee
  • Self installation available
  • 100% wireless

Cons

  • Aggressive sales tactics at times
  • Must pay extra for cellular monitoring
  • Must pay for professional installation
  • Must sign 3 year contract

Price

Monitoring PackageCopper (Landline)Copper (Broadband)Copper (Cellular)Silver (Cellular)
Equipment & Activation Fee
Free
Free
Free
Free
Monthly Price
$19.99
$37.99
$41.99
$49.99
Contract Length
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
Base / Console
Motion Detector
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
Door or Window Sensor
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
6 Included
SMART Connect App
Keychain Remote
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Glass Break Sensor
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Smoke Detector
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Wireless Pan/Tilt Indoor Camera
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Monitoring Method
Landline
Broadband
Cellular
Cellular
Monitoring Package
Equipment & Activation Fee
Monthly Price
Contract Length
Base / Console
Motion Detector
Door or Window Sensor
SMART Connect App
Keychain Remote
Glass Break Sensor
Smoke Detector
Wireless Pan/Tilt Indoor Camera
Monitoring Method
Copper (Landline) Copper (Broadband) Copper (Cellular) Silver (Cellular)
Free
Free
Free
Free
$19.99
$37.99
$41.99
$49.99
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
36 Months
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
1 Included
Additional $125 Each
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
3 Included
7 Sensors are available for $6 more per month
6 Included
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$49.50 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$99.99 Each and
$2/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Additional Cost
$199.99 Each and
$10/Month
Landline
Broadband
Cellular
Cellular

#5 LiveWatch

With LiveWatch, you are in charge of installing your home security system. They claim the installation takes an average of 15-20 minutes. Your LiveWatch security system is preconfigured before it is sent to you. Then all you have to do is plug it in and activate it. No worries, a LiveWatch rep will walk you through the process to make sure you set the system up correctly and will then run some tests. The sensors are synced up beforehand so you don’t have to do any of that. The panels offered by LiveWatch can be hung on the wall or placed on a flat surface using the stand.

Pros

  • Systems are 100% cellular
  • Self installation
  • Return the equipment in the first year and get a refund and cancel your service for no fee
  • Wireless systems
  • No relocation fee

Cons

  • 2 year warranty (only offer lifetime warranty if you specifically ask, but they don't advertise it)
  • Customer service not as good as Frontpoint and Protect America
  • No professional installation available

Price

The first table includes LiveWatch’s security packages and the second is their monitoring packages. Please note that the equipment prices are listed at MSRP and are often on sale so be sure to use our link above to see if there’s a discount.

Plug&Protect BasicPlug&Protect IQ 2.0
Equipment Price
$99
$99
Activation Fee
$19.95
$19.95
Door Sensors (Qty. 2)
Motion Sensors
24/7 Monitoring
Mobile Alerts & System Control
7" Touchscreen Smart Panel w/ Built-in Camera
Simon XT Alarm Panel
Keychain Remote
Equipment Price
Activation Fee
Door Sensors (Qty. 2)
Motion Sensors
24/7 Monitoring
Mobile Alerts & System Control
7" Touchscreen Smart Panel w/ Built-in Camera
Simon XT Alarm Panel
Keychain Remote
Plug&Protect Basic Plug&Protect IQ 2.0
$99
$99
$19.95
$19.95
Basic MonitoringMobile ProTotal HomeTotal Home + Video
Monthly Price
$29.95
$34.95
$39.95
$49.95
24/7 Professional Monitoring
ASAPer Rapid Alarm Resolution
Crash & Smash Protection
Smartphone Control
Home Automation
Location Based Control
Smart Video Capture
Live Video Streaming
Includes Security Camera
Monthly Price
24/7 Professional Monitoring
ASAPer Rapid Alarm Resolution
Crash & Smash Protection
Smartphone Control
Home Automation
Location Based Control
Smart Video Capture
Live Video Streaming
Includes Security Camera
Basic Monitoring Mobile Pro Total Home Total Home + Video
$29.95
$34.95
$39.95
$49.95

#6 Lifeshield

You can self install your LifeShield security system or you can have it professionally installed for free. FYI, professional installation is done through DIRECTV. This is the one of the few companies in this article that offers professional installation at no cost. However, we did find a place on LifeShield’s website that said, “If you need some help getting started we can have a LifeShield authorized installer come to your home and set-up your system for you. Installation costs can typically range between $100-$200 and can be requested when you order your system or after it has been received.” So we’re a little confused as to whether it’s free or not. The control panel can be placed on a countertop or mounted on the wall. Overall, we found a lot of conflicting information on LifeShield’s website. LifeShield was recently purchased by DIRECTV so they are likely going through some changes and until things have settled, you may want to look at other options.

Pros

  • Existing DIRECTV customers can get $10 of your monthly fee if you sign a 36 month contract
  • Self install or have it professionally installed
  • Easy to relocate and no fee that we found
  • Wireless

Cons

  • A one-time $49.99 start-up fee applies at initial order
  • Early cancellation fee is $15/month for each remaining month
  • Equipment is leased so you must return it at the end of your use in "good standing"
  • 3 year contract
  • Broadband systems with landline as a backup
  • Only 1 year warranty
  • Unsure about customer service since they just switched owners

Price

Security Kit NameSecurity EssentialsSecurity AdvantageSecurity Professional
Price Per Month
$39.99
$49.99
$59.99
Wireless HD Video Camera
1 Included
2 Included
Video Storage
250MB
1GB
Door & Window Sensors
4 Included
6 Included
8 Included
1 Security Touchpad
1 Base, 1 Keypad, 1 Keychain Remote
1 Pet-Friendly Motion Sensor
1 Fire-Safety Sensor
Whole-Home Fire Protection
Mobile App (iOS & Android)
1 Yard Sign & 2 Decals
Security Kit Name
Price Per Month
Wireless HD Video Camera
Video Storage
Door & Window Sensors
1 Security Touchpad
1 Base, 1 Keypad, 1 Keychain Remote
1 Pet-Friendly Motion Sensor
1 Fire-Safety Sensor
Whole-Home Fire Protection
Mobile App (iOS & Android)
1 Yard Sign & 2 Decals
Security Essentials Security Advantage Security Professional
$39.99
$49.99
$59.99
1 Included
2 Included
250MB
1GB
4 Included
6 Included
8 Included

#7 AlarmForce

AlarmForce offers free professional installation with $0 down and $25/month. They don’t offer different monitoring plans, just one plan for all. They don’t go into detail about what the system consists of, so if you’d like more information we suggest contacting them directly. Overall, they’re not very transparent about their systems, contract lengths, etc. so we suggest looking at other companies who are more open about their offerings.

Pros

  • Easy to relocate and no fee that we found
  • Lifetime equipment warranty (unless you break it)
  • No upfront costs
  • Free professional installation
  • Wireless systems
  • Cellular communication

Cons

  • Equipment is on lease
  • No self installation
  • No home automation
  • Contract length is unknown

Price

AlarmForce states a $0 down and $25/month fee. VideoRelay can be added for $79.99 upfront and an additional $11.99/month. What’s VideoRelay? It allows you to see and speak with people at your door. You can also receive video alerts and watch live and recorded video on your smartphones and computers.

Best Home Security System with Free Installation Recap

  • Frontpoint
  • Link Interactive
  • Simplisafe
  • Protect America
  • LiveWatch
  • LifeShield

What About Other Companies?

Wondering why certain companies aren’t included in this article? It’s because they don’t offer free installation. Companies like ADT and Vivint charge for their systems to be professionally installed so they do not fit the requirements for this article. For a full comparison of security companies see our Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

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About Kimberly Alt

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly has been writing for ASecureLife.com since 2013. She is passionate about home security and enjoys learning about the advances in home security and the trend of moving toward more of a do-it-yourself method. She is also an advocate for online safety and strongly believes in the power of strong passwords and identity theft protection for living a more secure life. Since purchasing her first home in 2016, Kimberly has been implementing everything she has learned through her writing at ASecureLife.com in her personal life and home.

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