Home security companies are more likely than not to push their systems with pre-made packages, and additionally force customers to pick a monitoring service. However, Armorax and Scout Alarm beg to differ. Both companies offer full freedom when you assemble your home defense kits. It’s up to you to decide how many alarms you purchase, and whether you want a monitoring service at all. Despite sharing the same premise, these two companies do differ in many aspects. So in this comparison we’ll highlight their main strengths and core features.
Armorax is a home security provider with a unique concept. They provide the equipment free of charge alongside the mandatory monitoring contract that binds homeowners for three years. The basic package consists of a 2GIG GC2 control panel, a pet-sensitive motion detector, and two door/window sensors. Beside the standard sensors there are a variety of cameras and environmental detectors available, most prominently the smoke and CO sensors. All equipment follows the plug & play mentality, meaning that you can safely install them on your own, without any tools.
It’s important to mention that Armorax licenses the alarm equipment from other companies. This is especially true for their home automation devices. Since the smartphone application is provided by Amazon, only a selected range of smart devices are compatible with the system, which must be purchased separately. This app is a big help at keeping an eye on your property while working or on a vacation. But even if you miss a push or email notification, the corporate watch team will cover your back. In case you prefer a one-time payment to the monthly fees and long commitment, it’s possible to purchase the basic home security kit from Amazon, but this way you won’t get access to the smartphone app or the professional monitoring.
Scout Alarm was founded by a group of security engineers and designers, who used crowdfunding to implement their ideas of a new generation home security system. Scout Alarm devices all sport a stylish design and they blend in perfectly with a modern living room. The company doesn’t feature pre-tailored packages, and it’s up to the customer to decide which kind of equipment they wish to purchase. There is a cellular main hub necessary to operate the system, but the rest of the sensors are purely optional.
Scout Alarm offers a motion sensor with night vision, a door panel for the main entrance and a small sensor for indoor cabinets. Through the hub unit all devices are in constant connection with the company’s very own smartphone app, Scout Mobile. This app also plays a significant role when it comes to integrating smart devices. Scout Alarm’s system is compatible with the Nest camera, thermostat and smoke detector, but you can add smart lighting bulbs too. Still, the biggest step towards home automation is their partnership with Amazon Echo, meaning that homeowners are able to give several voice prompts to the security system through Alexa.
Armorax and Scout Alarm both focus on customized home security experiences, but they execute it in a different way. On one hand, Armorax offers only products licensed from other manufacturers, but in exchange the equipment is free when opting for the rather lengthy monitoring service that starts from $24.95 per month. But if you don’t feel the need for the professional monitoring service as a backup, then you can buy the starter kit with just the equipment from Amazon. As for Scout Alarm, they do have their own basic sensor set, complete with a cellular hub station. The system is compatible with other smart device brands, most notably Nest and Amazon Echo. Homeowners must pay for each piece of equipment, but for this reason the monitoring fees are very low. The self-monitoring with the app costs $9.99 per month, the professional monitoring charges $19.99 per month, or you can turn this feature off, and just buy the alarms.