Everything Home Security: Smart Home vs. Connected Home

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In the not-so-distant past, home alarm systems were judged solely on their proven ability to detect intrusion and alert the proper authorities when the bad guys came around. The times have changed. While Frontpoint still places a premium on providing customers with a complete home protection solution, there are more than a few other factors to consider.

Smart vs. Connected

Modern alarm systems are expected to be more than just safe. Increasingly, emphasis is placed on not only how a system can make your life safer, but also how it can make it simpler. It’s easy to lump these features under the broad category of “home automation,” but there’s a little more nuance to it than that. When we talk about home automation, features best fit into two categories – smart and connected.

So, what’s the difference? And which features are right for you? Let’s take a look at both.

The Smart Home

This is probably the most commonly used term to describe home automation in general. However, when a home or system is referred to as smart, it doesn’t mean the same thing to all people. Frontpoint uses the term to refer to a home in which all appliances are connected and able to be controlled remotely. This includes lights, thermostats and locks. One of the primary benefits of a smart home, besides convenience, is energy management and the subsequent savings.

The Connected Home

The features and benefits of the connected home are more tied to well, connectivity. When your home is truly connected, not only do your devices talk to one another, they talk to you, and they listen. You have the ability to stay in touch with and control your home from wherever you are.

The good news for you is that with a Frontpoint system, it’s possible to have the best of both worlds. If you have any questions about home automation features and how you can take advantage of them, give us a call!

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  1. Hemal

    I am currently a FrontPoint customer and I absolutely love the system. I have installed several of the in wall light switches around the house, I can control these lights (on/off) from the app on my phone. However, I would love it even more if there was a way to see the actual status of the lights; if they are on or off. I know I can use the app to send the command to put the lights in the status I want to, but a quick status on app’s home screen would be a really nice feature.

  2. tony serrano

    How can I turn on or off lights by using my phone

    • Gilbert Cho

      Hi Tony! You can use the mobile app to control your lights with your smart phone. You’ll need Interactive or Ultimate Monitoring, and to pair your lights to Wireless Light Controls, but after that, you can use the app to turn your lights on and off. It’s simple as opening up the app, and then clicking on/off on the light you want to control.

      Hope this helps! Please feel free to ask if you have any other questions!

  3. Michael Abraham

    Can u pls send me more info in front point’s smart applications?