Alarm.com Vs. Honeywell Total Connect Shootout

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Aug 30, 2017

In the smarthome and intrusion market, Alarm.com and Honeywell are two of the biggest names. Both platforms offer remote management of alarms, home automation devices, surveillance cameras, and video doorbells. Among increasingly networked smarthomes, interest is high.

But which system is better, and what weaknesses does it have?

IPVM has already tested each individually - see IPVM's Alarm.com Test and IPVM's Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 Test.

Comparison Criteria Selection

In the sections below, we look at the features and performance that both end users and dealers/ installers will be interested in and therefore are useful to differentiate upon:

  • Intrusion Panel Compatibility: With how many brands and types of panels is the system compatible?
  • Service Required: What monthly services are required for the system, and how much do they cost?
  • Video Surveillance Support: How is video viewing and recording managed? How is performance limited?
  • Multiple Panel/Locations Support: Is it possible to control multiple logical partitions from an account? Can multiple panels be managed from one login?
  • Video Doorbell Support: Which types of doorbell cameras are supported? Can they be used from within the primary app?
  • App & Browser Support: Do the systems support webpage portals, smartphone apps, or both? Are there navigation or appearance differences between them?
  • System Pricing: How much does each platform cost, both from a hardware and ongoing service perspective?
  • Consumer Brand Recognition

We look at these factors and more in this note.

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Alarm.com **********

*******, *** ******* ***** *****.***'* ********** ** ** ******** ** Total *******, ************:

  • ***** *******: ***** *******, ***** ******* *.* ***** ** ***, so *****.***'* ** ******* *** ****-***** ******* ********* (*** *********'* lack ** **) **** *** **** ********.
  • ****** '***' **********: *** ***** ******* ** **** *********** ******* station ********** *********, *** *** ** ********* *** **** ******* their *********** ** ***. ***.* ******** ** ***** ************ *** central *******, *** ********* *** ****** ** ** ****** **** buying * ********* ****** **** ****** ***** *******.
  • *** ***** ***** *************: *** ** ********** **** * ****** of ******, *** **** ********* ****** *** *******, ** ********* are *** ****** ** ** ***** **** ******** *********** **** adding ** ********.
  • ************ *******: *** ******** ***** ********** *** ***** *******, ***** TC2.0 **** ***. **** **** ***** ********* ****** *** ****, TC2.0 **** *** ******* *** *******, ***** *** **** **** no ***** **********.
  • ***** *** ******* *******: ** ***** ** '***-*********' *** ******* and *******, *** ***** **** ****, ***** ****, *** '*******' IoT ****** **** ****.**, ***** ********* ** **** ******.

Honeywell **********

*******, ********* ** ****** ** * *** ********* ***** **** has * ***** ***** *********:

  • ********* ***********: ***** ******* *.* ***** *** **** ********** ** controls ********** ** ***** * ***** ** **. *** '***-*********' users, *** *********** ***** ***** *** ****** ******.
  • ********** ***** ******: ***** ***** ******* ** **** ********** **** Honeywell ***** ******, **** ***** ********** **** ** ****** ****** used ** **** *********** *** ********** *******.
  • ********** ***********: ********* ** **** * ***** *********** ****** *** Thermostats, *** ***.*'* *********** **** *** **** '***** ******* *******' line ** ***** *********** ******* ** ****** **** *****.***'* ******* of ******* *-**** ******.
  • ***** ***********: ** ***** ** ********* ******* *** *****, ********* brings ************ *****, *** ********* *** **** ******* ***** **** a *** ****** *** **** ****** ** ****** *** ***** Honeywell's ****.

Platform ****** **********

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** *** ******** ** ********* **********, *****.*** ** *** ******** option, ******** **** ********** ****** *******, ****** ***** ***********, **** panel ************* *******, *** ******* *** *** ********** *** *** users.

*******, **** * **** **** ***** ** ****, ***** ******* could ** ******* *** ***** *** **** ***** ********. ********** for ***** ******* ******** **** ********* ***** ******, ********* ** TC2.0 *** ** **** **** $* ********** ******* ******* *** month *** *****, **** ***** *****.***'* $** - $** ******* charge.

Platform *********

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********** ** ********, *******, *** **** ***** *********** ** ***-***** is *** ****: **** ********** ** * ******, ****** ******** to ***** ** *** ********* ** **** ** ******.

Intrusion ***** *************

*****.*** ******** **** ********* ****** ** ****** *** *** ******** modules *** ********** ***** *** *** *******, ***** ***** ******* is *********** ** *********.

*** *****, *** ** ********** **** **** ******, *** ***** panel ****** ********* ***** ****** ********* **** ***** *****.*** ***** supported ******** '*** *******'. *** ***** *** ***** ** ****** compatible ** *** ********* ****** **** **** *************:

***** ******* ** ******* **** ** ********* ****, *** ** generally ********* ** *** ***** ***** ******* *********. *** ***** number ** *********-**** ******* ** ***** ***********, **** **** **** 20 ********** ****** **********:

***** ******* *** ** ********* ** *** ******** ** *****'* panels, ********* *** ***** ********** ******, ***** *****.*** ** ******* mostly ** *****/******** *********** ****** **** **** *** ******. *** the *********** ******, ***** ******* ** ********* ** *********'* *********** Lynx *** ***** ***** *****.

Required ******* ********

***** ******* *.* ********* ******** * ******* ***** ********** *******, where *** **** ***. **** **** *** **** * *** difference ** ******* ******* ******* ** '***' ********** ** **** with *****.*** **** ***** *** ******** **** ********** **** **** tripped.

***** ******* ****** **** $** - $** *** ***** *** most *****, *** **** ******* $** - $** *** ***** in ********* **********, ******** *** ***** ****** ** ~$** - $85 *** *********.

*****.*** ***** ****, ********* $** - $** *** *****, *** professional ********** ** ***** ** ******. ** ************ *********, *** total ****** **** ** ******** **** **** ***** *******, ** ~$50 - $** *** *****, ******** ******* **** ********* ** priced ******* ***** ** ********* ********** ** *******.

*** ******* ********** ** ** ********* ********** ** *** *******. Alarm.com ******** **** *** $** -$** *** *****, ***** ********* typically ******** ** *** * **** ** $** - $**/ month. ** *******, '***** ********' **** ***** ******** ******* ** less ********* **** ***** *******, ***** * **** ** *** monthly ****, ***** *****.*** **** ***** $* - $** *** account ** ******** ***** ********.

Video ************ *******

*** ** *** ******* *********** ******* ********* ** *****. *****.*** supports ** (** ** ***** **********), ***** ***** ******* **** VGA ****, *** ********* **** ***** ***** *** *** ********* in *********'* ***** ******* *********. ********* **** ** ***** ****** is ***** ********* **** **** ******* **** ** *** **** streaming *****, *** *** *** ******* ** ******** ******* ****.

******* ********** ******* ********* ** *** **** ******** ******** ***** clips. ***** ******* ****** *** ***** **** ** * ************* 'event' ****, *** ****** ** ******* ********* ** ******** ****** manual ***********. ***** ********** **** *****.*** ** **** ********, ** that ******** ***** ****** *** ** **** ** **** ***** clips, *** ***** *** ********** ** ****/****/******, ***** ** ** not.

*******, * *** ******** ** **** ********* ** ******* ****** choice ** ********** *** ***********, *** ** ********* ** *** options ** *** **** **** ***** ****. *******, *** **** of ***** ****** ******* *** ******* **** ***** ****, **** an ******* *****.*** ****** ***** ** ~$*** - $*** *** Total ******* ****** ******* ~$** - $***.

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Multiple *****/********* *******

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*** ******* ** ************ ***** ******* *.* *********** **** ***** ***.* **** *** ******* **** ** ********* panels, *****.*** ****:

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** ***** ** ****** *** *******, ******** ***** ******* ******* panels *** ** ****** **** *** *** *******, *** ********** across ****** ****** ** ****. **** *****.***, '****** ********' *** be ******* ** ******** ****** ** ****, *** ******* *** communication **** ****** **** ****** *** ** * ****.

Video ******** *******

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** ********, *****.*** ********** **** *********'* ***** ********. ***** *** supports **** ******* **** ***** ******* *.*, *********** ***** *** pricing *** ******* ** *** **** ******* *****, *** ******** appearance ** ****** *** ******* ******** ******.

********* ***** ** **** **** ** ******* * '****' ******* when ** ** ********* ** ****** *****, *** ******* ****. IPVM **** **** **** ****, ******** ****** ***-***** ***********, **** it **** *** ******.

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Thermostat *******

***** **** ********* ********* ******* *-**** ******, ***** ******* **** supports *********'* **** **** ** '***** ******* *******' ******. ** practical *****, *** **** ****** *** **** ****** ** ** installed ** ********** *********** ***** ****** ******* *** ** ******* than *-**** ******** **** *** ***** ***** ********.

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Other ********* ******* *******

** ***** ** ********** '*****' *** **** *******, ***** ******* is ********* ****** ** ********* ******* *********, ***** *** ** more ****. *******, ******* ******** ** '****' **** * ********* API, *** *** ******* **** ** ******* ** ***** ********** companies. **** ** ** ******** **** ********* ********** **** **** SmartThings **** **** * ***** **** **** ** ******* *** direct ****** ** ****** ************.

*** ******* *******, *** ********** *********** **** ****.**, *********** *** smoke ********* **** ****, *** ***** ****. ********* ***.* **** not. **** ******* ******* ****** **** *********, ***** **** *********, and **** **********.

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App & ******* *******

**** ********* ***** **** ********* *** **** ******** ****** **** for **** ******* *** *****. *******, ******* ****** *** ******* controls ** ****** **** ***** ******* *.*, **** **** * near ********* ****** ******* ********. *********** ******* *** *** *** portal *** **** ******* **** ***, **** ***** ********* ********* and ***** ***** ** *** **** ******** ******* *********.

*******, ***** ** ****** ** ***, *** ** **** ***** streaming ** ********* ** *** *********. ***** ******* **** *** support ** ****** ** ***, *** **** ***** ** **** viewable *** *** ***.

Geographic *******

******* ******** ****** ** ************ *** ******* ******* ** *** Canadian ******* *** ***** *********. ***** ******* *** *****.*** *** available ** *** ** *** ******, ******** *** *** ******** features ** ***** ******* *** ********* ** *** ** ****.

**** ********* *** ********* ** ********** ******* *** ******* ********** stations, ******** **** ********* *** **** ****** ** '***' *********. If ** ********** ****** ** ****, **** ****** *****-***-******* ** a ****** *** ** ******* ** *** ********** ****** ****. Like *** ********* ******, ***** '************ *****' *** ** **** preventing ***** ******* ** **** ***** **** ****** *******.

Consumer ***** ***********

*** ****** ********* ********* ** ***** ***********.

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Comments (8)

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**** ***********

********** ********* - *** ******* ** *** ******* **** *** both ********** **** ***** ******* ******* *** **** **** ********* for * ***** ** ****.

********* ******* - ** *** * ******** ********** ********* ****** and **** *** ***** ******* ** ****** *** **** * years. *** **** ******* *** ********* **** ** ****** ** the *** ******** *****.

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******, * ******* **** ** *** ****** ********* ***.* ******** coverage.

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******** *** **** ** ******* **** ** ********* *********, *** Skybell **** (********* ** **** ****** *** ******) *** *** locked ** ** *** *** ** ***** **** *** ******* Skybell ***. ******* ****** * **** **** ***** ******* *** both ** *** ******** *** *****.

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