Brinks’s equipment is average compared to other companies like Vivint, ADT, and Frontpoint. Brinks keeps costs down by using tech from third parties like Alarm.com, but outsourcing equipment makes tech support and repairs difficult if something goes wrong.
DIY installation is easy with the sticky backing tape for the motion and contact sensors. They have adjustable sensitivity and will send alerts to your Brinks app when they sense activity.
The Smart Security Ultimate package comes with a doorbell and outdoor cameras that shoot in HD quality, send you alerts to the app, and have a two-way talk feature. Both cameras will be monitored by Brinks professionals too for extra security. The doorbell camera is one of our favorite features: you can watch packages being delivered and kids arriving home, and you can catch any shady characters in action.
While most of Brinks’s tech doesn’t turn our heads, we do like the ASAPer group chat feature. Found in the Brinks app, ASAPer creates a type of chat room for everyone on a customized list. If an alarm goes off, get in touch with your spouse, professional monitoring, and kids all at once to make sure everyone’s okay. It allows you to cancel false alarms, and connect with emergency responders right from your phone.
Brinks offers professional monitoring for Nest Secure users. Professional monitoring covers the entire Nest Secure system, along with add-ons like the Nest Protect smoke alarm and the Nest thermostat.
The good news is that you can get pro monitoring for Nest contract-free, so you can back out and self-monitor with your Nest system whenever you like. Monthly monitoring—with no commitment—is $29 per month. If you don’t mind a little commitment, you can lower your monthly costs to $19, but you’ll need to sign a three-year contract.
The Nest Secure system comes with the smart hub, two contact sensors with built-in motion detection, and two key fobs to tap into the system when you arrive and leave home.
The bad news is that Google discontinued Nest Secure last year—so finding a system could be a challenge. Read our full review of Nest Secure to learn more.