XFINITY Home Security Review
What You Need to Know about XFINITY Security System Before Buying
Last updated: June 1st, 2017. XFINITY Home Security (from Comcast) has added home security to their bag of tricks to offer to their current customer based. You have to have other services of theirs to consider going using this business as a home security provider. We tested XFINITY Home's new security system versus the top companies in the industry and compiled the data in this report.
Before digging in too deep, lets take a quick look at the good and the bad of their new 'Home Secure' package
Pros and Cons of Xfinity Home:
- TV, security and internet all in one bill.
- Same company to deal with customer support.
- Can service most locations in the USA.
- Good starting prices, can save $200+ versus other companies in the first year.
- Proprietary equipment with standard touchscreen panel.
- Certified technicians but can't always guarantee a smooth installation.
- Not the absolute worst. They win versus AT&T Digital Life, another cable company that added home security.
- Hard to cancel or switch when combined with other services.
- High cancellation fee if terminating contract early
- Price may fluctuate after promotion expires. What looks good now may hurt the wallet later.
- Relocation fee. When moving, users may be faced with a relocation fee or a cancellation charge to get out of contract. Other companies such as Protect America allow you to move at no cost.
- You will deal with a lot of automated customer service.
- Worst rated customer service.
- Worst rated professional installation
- Short history in the home security space. Average years of history of companies reviewed here is 20+ years.
How does Comcast Home Security stack up Against ADT?
XFINITY Home Security
Proprietary. Wireless with Touchscreen control panel.
Pulse automation and Honeywell
Good home automation
Smart home integration
Comcast guarantee to customers
Save on energy bill with lighting control
Trusted name and brand.
Great history (100+ yrs)
Millions of customers
Smooth Pulse home automation
Not a stand-alone security company
New to the market
Promotional pricing (good and bad)
Worst online customer ratings, reviews and experience
Worst customer support
Longest delay between monitoring station and you when testing against other companies
More of a basic system unless you do Pulse
Price may go up after 3 years
A- and Accredited
Fire & C02 Detection:
Yes, may add extra to monitoring fee
Free app to download, available on iOS & Android
Download free pulse app. Smooth interface, available on any smart device
Your local dealer
*If interested in learning more about ADT, Read ADT's Review.
If you want to see how Xfinity security stacks up against 20 of the best home security companies, read this.
XFINITY Secure 300 & 350 system prices
Higher starting costs with average monitoring monthly fees
Prices vary depending on if you plan to bundle with other Comcast services. The 'Secure 350' system they offer starts at $50 a month, which means that after 6-12 months prices could go up as well. The Secure 350 package is needed for larger homes and those wanting home automation. There are several better deals available at that price. The 300 package is more basic and affordable, a better option for the average consumer.
Regardless of what package you choose expect to pay $99 installation fee and a possible $99 activation fee. Monitoring costs will be between $40-60 depending on their current promotions. Just remember that after 6-12 months your monthly price will most likely go up.
Is XFINITY security equipment any good?
Smart phone apps and home automation equipment...
Most of the equipment is wireless. The control panel, cameras and smart thermostats will require connecting to a power source and possible drilling holes in wall to connect wiring. The security camera they offer is not a pan tilt camera. Meaning, users cannot turn it right and left using a smartphone. Their door sensors and motion sensors have a small red light indicator that will light up if triggered. The control panel is touchscreen and functions much like a tablet. Motion detectors, door and window sensors along with their unique touchscreen control panel. Must pay out-of-pocket for most advanced equipment (cameras, smart thermostat) upfront.
Smart home automation integration: If you're looking for companies who can match or do better than Xfinity Home's automation equipment, check out Frontpoint Securty who has a great alarm system at an affordable rate.
What it takes to get their security system up and going
That is if the tech ever shows up...
Schedule: They will set up a 2 hour time frame for installation.
Installation: This is where they get a lot of bad reputation. Anything from broken door frames to faulty sensors have been reported. Now that they have a few years under their feet things should improve on this end but expect delays or mistakes from the technician.
All Set: All equipment is wireless unless you paid extra for some hard wired home automation equipment. The tech will teach you how to use the security system, setup a verbal password and show you how to control it with your smartphone. Make sure you are present when the technician has completed the job so you can see how to run the alarm system.
Our Ratings for XFINITY Home
Monthly price - 3/5 stars
Start up costs - 2/5 stars
Security system - 4/5 stars
Home automation - 4/5 stars
Customer support - 1/5 stars
Reputation - 2/5 stars
Customer reviews - 1/5 stars
National availability - 3/5 stars
Overall - 1.5 out of 5 stars
Alarm Reviews conclusion
While they are still getting their business in order, we suggest using a different company. We have more negative customer complaints in the section below then any other of the 50 companies reviewed on our website. While they have good equipment they lack in too many other things to be considered a top contender.
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