Pros / LifeShield charges less for monitoring and mobile access than most other services.
Cons / It doesn't offer any home automation outside of arming or disarming your system.
Verdict / LifeShield is an affordable home security system with good contract terms.
LifeShield is a solid option for budget-conscious homeowners looking for simple, effective home security with cheap monitoring. The company makes its own equipment in order to offer competitively priced security systems that you install yourself. The high starting costs, short warranty and lack of home automation features are disappointing but help keep this system affordable.
LifeShield was acquired by DirecTV in 2013 and subsequently shut down after the latter's acquisition by AT&T in 2015. In July 2017, LifeShield's previous owner, Hawk Capital Partners, bought the company back from DirecTV and began selling home security systems again.
This home security provider offers two 24/7 monitoring plans, Security Essentials and Security Advantage, which cost $20.99 or $24.99 a month respectively. Regardless of which plan you choose, this is the lowest monthly monitoring price in our comparison. At the time of writing this review, the company is giving a free year of monitoring to new customers, but we don't include promotional offers in our scoring.
LifeShield doesn't require a contract and has no fees for early termination, something that's rare among the home security systems we've reviewed. However, this also means you pay upfront for the equipment in your system. In fact, LifeShield's starting costs are higher than average at $219.99 for equipment, activation and preconfiguration. If you decide LifeShield isn't right for your needs, you can return your equipment within 30 days.
The company sets up your system before shipping it to you for installation. You just connect the internet-ready base to your router and place the other devices where needed. The wireless tablet control panel uses internet connectivity from the base along with a cellular connection and battery power and phone lines to keep going.
If you need help with installation or have a problem with the system, you can contact support representatives via social media, live chat, phone or email. There's also an extensive selection of FAQs and tutorials. A one-year warranty helps you replace faulty equipment but is shorter than that of most home security systems.
Each LifeShield system comes with at least two door and window sensors, a motion detector, a keychain remote and a fire safety sensor that listens for smoke alarms. There's also a mobile app to remotely arm and disarm your system. You can purchase other security devices to supplement your system, such as extra sensors to detect freezing, flooding and loud sounds like breaking glass.
LifeShield only offers security cameras on its most expensive package, but charges less for video monitoring than competitors like Link Interactive and SimpliSafe. Unfortunately, LifeShield still doesn't offer home automation capabilities. Most of the home security systems we reviewed at least provide the option for home automation using a smart thermostat or light modules, while more advanced automation allows for controlling lights, temperature and, in some cases, small appliances from your mobile device or computer.
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