Home security becomes an increasingly competitive business, which is why it is always nice to see options like the Protect America Home Security system stand out from the proverbial crowd. Protect America offers a feature-rich home security system that fits easily into most of the latest home automation devices that have been released in recent years. But will these two advantages be sufficient for the system to obtain a positive score?
Read on in my review of Protect America’s home security system to find out!
Price: $19.99 – $42.99/month
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Protect America may not be doing much that’s unique, but what they do offer is still as solid as anything else out there today.
Summary: The Protect America Home Security system makes it easy to get your system up and running in less than an hour, with a stellar mobile app to manage it all from your pocket.
What We Liked
- Simple setup process
- Helpful customer service
- No upfront equipment cost
- iOS app is feature rich
- Home automation integrations
What We Didn’t
- No glass break sensors
- Hardware design wasn’t anything special
- Three-year contract is a lot to ask
- Monthly pricing high compared to competitors (though it includes the cost of equipment)
Protect America Home Security System Specs
|Protect America Home Security System|
|Activation + Installation Fee||None|
|Monthly Fee||$34.95 – $49.99|
|Contract Agreement||Three years|
|Door or Windows Sensors|
|Smoke, Carbon Monoxide|
|Mobile App/Remote Access|
|Crash and Smash Tech|
|Power Outage Protection|
|Take It With You|
Hardware and Design
Now we’ve looked at several home security systems here over the past few years, and although there are some unusual options like the Scout alarm system, at least try to maintain some sort of “cool” Aesthetic, there is not much about the Protect America kit that stands out from the point of view of pure design. Everything is relatively standard for what we have already seen, including the flat white door side of the flat white webcam You will not show the Protect America system to your friends anytime soon, and if there is one area we would have liked the system to have taken a step forward, it would be in the implementation of the touchpad.The included webcam streams at up to 720p (recording capabilities sold separately)
We’ve covered our fair share of home security reviews and various setup agents during that time…of all those experiences the one I had with Protect America stands out as one of the best.
This does not mean that the design of the touchpad of Protect America is objectively worse than the other touchpads like those of the LiveWatch system or what we saw with Frontpoint but for a device that is essentially designed to take a significant footprint in your home , the tactile residential security pads always look and look like tablets published ten years ago in a plastic that would seem cheap in almost everyone. Not only is this touchpad particularly aesthetic in its aesthetics, but it is also so small that it becomes impractical to handle most aspects of the experience from anywhere outside your smartphone. Of course, that’s the way most people do today, but we’d like to have a little more space to extend our fingers here, when possible.
The touchpad is protected against crashes and crashes (just like each sensor and the webcam connected to the device network), and connects by radio or broadband connection, depending on the subscription level to which you subscribe the type of subscriptions affects the loadings of equipment below).
A slightly unique feature, which I liked, was the addition of small Velcro tapes to the window and door sensors. This means that if for some reason you wanted to remove them from the window (eg during a particularly hot day) but you did not want the system to record an alarm every 15 seconds, you could simply remove the sensors and stick together in a closet somewhere until you are ready to properly arm the system. Small touches like this help the Protect America system stand out from the competition.
Setup and Installation
As we mentioned earlier, we covered our fair share of residential security reviews and I could probably fill a room with the number of transcripts needed to record all the calls I had with various security agents. installation time. This in mind, of all those experiences I’ve had with Protect America stands out as one of the best.
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But I’m ahead of myself. To start the Protect America hardware configuration process, we first had to install the iOS application, which held our hand through each step with some cute animations and point-to-point instructions. Even though I am essentially a home security expert, I can say that even as a layman, setting up the barebones elements of the PA system would be a breeze.
…getting connected to every signal being live the entire process took around 45 minutes in total.
Once the touchpad is turned on and the sensors are mounted where you need them, the application connects you to a representative of the installation at the touch of a button. The representative we spoke with was extremely helpful and had excellent behavior throughout the call, and connecting to all live signals, the setup process took about 45 minutes in total.
Software and Integrations
The mobile application has supported us throughout the installation process until we connect to the real-time rep.vue.Protect America includes the ability to integrate with your home automation systems, are connected via the old Z-Wave device standard, or are updated to the wave of the future with options like the Amazon echo. The integration of Echo is what really sets PA apart in this category because they are one of the very first home security options to offer full voice-controlled options that can transform your home into a 100% hands-on experience free.
Unfortunately, I myself do not have an echo (if you ask me that they are really another way for companies to spy on you and sell this data to traders), I can still understand the usefulness of able to arm your home system by voice alone can be in a busy household. Not only can you arm your system, but Protect America also allows you to control all these automated systems from the very application of the company.
This includes opening / closing the garage door of your home, controlling the lights and adjusting the temperature of the thermostat. These features are all available on the iOS and Android versions of the app, and even though the software itself is not exactly the nicest or best optimized (the performance of the application on our iPhone 7 test device could be described as “clumsy”). The scope of the flexibility offered is sufficient to make the sale by its own means.
Performance ratings on the Protect America system were consistent with what we expected from any such home security system at this price, and in all of our residential security testing Protect America sensors never logged in at the time of opening or altered. The motion sensor also had 100% accuracy, and the included webcam was capable of delivering high-quality 720p video broadcast on the smartphone application in low-light situations.
Each alarm we attempted to trigger was intercepted by the live monitoring system 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and all aspects of the system worked as advertised once we increased the programming and customization of the mobile application.
Our test scenarios included opening the front door several times after cocking, lighting a small fire controlled under the smoke detector and moving the motion detector at different speeds and heights. All triggered events are saved in the “Activity” tab, where you can scroll through the various alarms and arm / disarm reports from the last 30 days and beyond.
Unfortunately, if we wanted to get recorded clips of the action on the webcam, we had to add our own SD card and even the clips could not be saved automatically. If you want to catch your criminal on video, you must first be warned of the current scene, then go to the mobile app and start the registration process manually. You can record as many videos as your SD card can hold, but there are no cloud services to back up this video, so if the criminals notice the camera and take it with them, you’re unlucky.
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Finally, although it may seem weird, the touchers used to tell us that the system was being armed or that a sensor was triggered could be grated at the ears (as I’m sure they are supposed to be) . Although I would have liked to have the opportunity to change them to make things a little more enjoyable when it comes to what we do each time the front door is opened or a window is cracked to let in a little air.
So, everything about the experience of Protect America so far has been great – where could it go wrong? Well, on prices, to start.
Look, no one is a fan of signing contracts. They ask us a lot to predict where our lives could end up in six months, a year or even two. So when we heard you had to sign up for a three-year minimum contract with Protect America for the system to work for the first time, you can imagine our level of disappointment.
Then there were the monthly costs to run the system, which, of all measures, was not close to the cheapest option to remain operational. Here is how the different plans break down into cost:
Note: All prices below include the cost of the equipment and a 100% 30-day guarantee or refund, which explains the long contractual commitment.
Copper – $19.99/mo
- 3 Door/window sensors
- Motion detector
- Yard sign
- Door/window stickers
Silver – $37.99/mo
- 9 Door/window sensors
- 1 Motion detector
- 1 Yard sign
- 4 Door/window stickers
Platinum – $42.99/mo
- 14 Door/window sensors
- 1 Motion detector
- 1 Yard sign
- 4 Door/window stickers
Even if you have a home large enough to accommodate the 14-door plan and window sensors, we personally believe that the Silver Plan offers the most cost-effective protection that you could reasonably get out of a DIY system of that type. All this in mind, all the equipment and equipment you get with any plan (including the $ 19.99 option) is no charge in advance, which helps to remove some of the last issue.
Protect America is an extremely robust DIY home security solution that excels on almost every front, except for a few strandings in the subscription and contract departments. If you are already on the right track to automate most aspects of your home experience – either by changing the thermostat from your pocket or simply by opening the door automatically when you find yourself in the aisle – application and the integration of Protect America network makes it possible to group your security and automation solutions at home under the same application.
Its webcam included returns high-quality images and its sensors all have a detection rate of 100% in our tests, but for all those who have a case of contract phobia, the three-year commitment required may not be good for you. Apart from that, although Protect America still works tightly, your home security system installation is easy to install and easy to manage from a single application on your phone.