LifeShield is very far behind the competition in terms of home automation, but they do offer a decent mobile application even though its capabilities are limited. Overall, it's tough to justify picking LifeShield due to the extremely long contract and lack of a few key features.
Having cellular technology in a home security system is an important component that ensures your system is always up and running. You don't have to pay for a separate cellular line because most companies tap into the existing lines from carriers. Having a cellular-based system is a huge upgrade because a burglar can cut a wire or disable a wireless alarm, but a cellular system will continue to stay active.
Simple DIY setup:
If you don't want to wait around for a technician, LifeShield's DIY setup is simple. It requires no tools and LifeShield claims the entire setup can take less than an hour. All you have to do is decide where to place the sensors and security devices and you will have control over your entire home security system. LifeShield even includes a video to show you the simplicity of the setup process.
Solid mobile application:
With the LifeShield mobile app for your iPhone, Android, or BlackBerry, you can have nearly full control over your home security system. The app is completely free and you can arm/disarm your security system from anywhere, change security codes, and see what's happening inside the house. The iPhone app also has pretty favorable reviews if you check it out in the iTunes store.
Poor home automation capabilities:
The major area of weakness for LifeShield is definitely in the home automation department. Unlike some of the leading home security systems, you can't have your lights turn on at specific times and LifeShield doesn't enable you to set your lights to react to a sensor to make it look like someone is home. In addition to that, there's no remote lighting control so you can't turn lights on or off when you're away from the house like you can with other top products. The same goes for temperature and appliance control. In terms of home automation and technology, LifeShield is simply behind the competition.
Extremely long contract:
Most of the top home security companies will try to lock you in for a three-year contract, but LifeShield takes the contract length to the next level. Their most basic monitoring plan is a 63-month agreement. That means you would be married to LifeShield for more than five years. Considering that LifeShield is missing several home security system features that are nice to have, it's hard to justify committing that long.
Missing a couple sensors and detectors:
LifeShield doesn't come with a full selection of sensors and detectors to complete a home security system. Two of the items missing from their offerings are recessed door sensors and a garage door tilt sensor. Recessed door sensors are hidden and installed inside the door frame to send a signal when a door is opened. The garage door tilt sensor is more of a specialty feature, but if you have a garage and want to know when someone is coming or going, it's nice to have.
Weak surveillance options:
If you want to watch the activity outside of your house in addition to the inside, you probably won't want to use LifeShield. They don't offer any outdoor cameras with their home security system. In addition, you won't be able to have access to any pan-and-tilt video cameras. On a more positive note, LifeShield does offer wireless security cameras that can capture still shots or video and you can access them live at any time.
Monthly Monitoring Fee
$29.99 - $40.99
Total Installation Cost
Arm/Disarm - You can arm and disarm the security system remotely.
Change Access Codes - You can change system access codes for different people who may have to enter your home.
History Log - You can view a logged history of events that have taken place over a specified time period.
Home Alerts - You can automatically receive alerts from your security system to keep you aware of what is happening in your house when you are not around.
Adjust Temperature - You can adjust the temperature of your house remotely.
Appliance Control - You can remotely turn small appliances on or off using a smartphone or Internet connection.
Electronic Door Locks - The company offers electronic door locks that can communicate wirelessly so you are able to lock and unlock your doors from anywhere.
Event-Triggered Automation - You can set your lights to react to alarm sensors or other events.
Lighting Control - You can turn lights on or off using your laptop or smartphone.
Scheduled Automation - You can set a schedule for lights to be on at specific times of each day.
24/7 Monitoring - The company monitors your home 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Fire Department Dispatch - The company will notify the local fire department if an environmental hazard is occurring in your home.
Medical Dispatch - The company will notify a medical team if a medical emergency is occurring in your home.
Police Dispatch - The company will notify the local police if a break-in or other criminal activity is occurring at your home.
Internal Monitoring - The company provides internal monitoring services instead of outsourcing these services.
Sensors and Detectors
Alarm Sounding - The security system has an alarm that is triggered inside the house when there is a break-in or other hazardous event.
Burglar Alarm - The company monitors a burglar alarm signal received from your home and notifies you and the police.
Carbon Monoxide - Carbon monoxide detectors are available that trigger an alert in your home while also sending a signal to the company monitoring center.
Door and Window Sensors - Door and window sensors are available that notify the monitoring center when a door or window is opened.
Fire and Smoke - The company monitors a fire or smoke detector and notifies your local fire department if necessary.
Flood Detectors - Flood detectors are available to help protect your home against water damage.
Glass Break Detector - Glass break sensors are available that notify the company monitoring center if a window is broken.
Motion Detector - Motion detectors are available that sense movement and sends a signal to warn the owner.
Temperature Sensors - Temperature sensors are available that monitor and detect significant changes in temperature within your home.
Wireless Sensors and Detectors - The company offers wireless sensors and detectors.
Garage Door Tilt Sensor - Garage door sensors are available that signal when a garage door begins to open.
Recessed Door Sensors - Recessed door sensors are available. These work like door and window sensors but are hidden from view and installed inside the door frame.
Cellular Monitoring Keypad - Keypads that communicate with the monitoring service through cellular technology are available.
Key Remote - The company provides a key remote or fob for you to control your system and alarms.
Medical Devices - The company offers additional devices for medical emergencies.
Panic Button - The company provides a remote panic button, which sends an alert to the company when activated within your home.
Two-Way Intercom - The company offers a two-way voice intercom system to immediately speak to a representative if you encounter an emergency.
Touch-Screen Panel - The company provides a touch-screen panel for controlling the system.
Wireless Keypad - The primary keypad for the system does not require a phone or Ethernet connection.
Installation and Setup
Custom Systems - The company provides custom security systems for your home.
Homeowners Insurance Certificate - The company will provide you with a certificate of installation that can often be submitted to insurance companies and used to obtain a lower homeowner insurance rate.
Relocation Program - The company allows you to move your security system without assistance from a technician if you move to a new home.
Self-Installation - You can install your own equipment without the help of a service technician.
Technician Installation - A service technician will install your equipment.
Window Decals - The company provides window decals that show the home is protected by a security system to warn potential intruders.
Yard Sign - The company provides yard signs that show the home is protected by a security system to warn potential intruders.
Free Activation - There is no activation fee to start using the system.
Android App - The company has an Android app that you can use to access your security system.
iPhone App - The company has an iPhone app that you can use to access your security system.
Live Video Feed - You can watch a live video feed of what is going on inside your home.
Real-Time Alerts - You can keep tabs on your home by receiving real-time email or text alerts.
Smartphone/Tablet - You can access your system from a smartphone or tablet.
Status Snapshot - You can get an updated status snapshot that shows what is happening in your home.
Web Access - You can access your system online.
Fixed Video Cameras - The company offers fixed video cameras to record happenings inside and outside of the house.
In-Home Surveillance - You can view live surveillance footage of what is happening in other rooms on the TVs in your home.
Live Feed - You can view live feeds of video that is recorded in real time.
Record Triggered Event - The video camera is triggered to record by an event like an entry, exit, or break-in.
Snapshots - The company offers a recording device or camera that takes snapshot photos of triggered events, like entries, exits, or break-ins.
Store Video Recordings - The company offers the ability to record activity within your house and store it so you can watch it later.
Outdoor Video Cameras - The company offers outdoor video cameras.
Pan-and-Tilt Video Cameras - The company offers pan-and-tilt video cameras that can be accessed and operated remotely to view more than a fixed area.
Blog - The company provides a blog with security tips and other relevant information.
FAQs - The company provides a list of answers to frequently asked questions.
Knowledge Base - The company provides a knowledge base of detailed help articles.
User Guide - A user guide or training manual is provided by the company.
Video Tutorials - The company provides video tutorials.
Email/Ticket - The company has an email or ticket system dedicated to support.
Live Chat - You can contact the company through live chat to get support.
Phone - You can contact the company by phone to get support.
Social Media - You can contact the company with questions through social media websites.
Home Monitoring Value Package
Monthly Plan: $29.99
Total Installation: Varies
Standard Contract: 60 months
Home Monitoring Gold Package
Monthly Plan: $35.99
Total Installation: Varies
Standard Contract: 60 months
Home Monitoring Platinum Package
Monthly Plan: $40.99
Total Installation: Varies
Standard Contract: 60 months
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