GEOARM Review 2017

Founded in 1999, GEOARM provides do-it-yourself security solutions as well as serviced installation for monitoring and alarm systems. The company has headquarters in West Palm Beach, Florida and is a division of AlarmClub. GEOARM provides specialized solutions for businesses and homes which can be integrated with wireless systems, computers, and smartphones. Services are available in all 50 States of the US including Hawaii, Alaska, and District of Columbia.

The Good

GEOARM is quite affordable with monthly fees starting from as low as $8. The company even provides a no-contract obligation on most of their equipment, enabling customers to easily cancel a subscription with a 30-day notice. Another innovative business model is their $0 down option which lets customers forego hundreds of dollars in upfront costs. One of the biggest advantages of GEOARM is their free lifetime technical support service available via phone and email to all customers.

The Bad

If a customer opts for a no-contract package, they will need to pay anywhere from $200 to $500 in upfront equipment costs. On the other hand, if they go for the $0 down option, they will be bound to a 36-month contract obligation with the equipment always remaining the property of the company. Another drawback is that GEOARM provides equipment warranty of only one or two years whereas most of the big players in the industry provide lifetime warranties on all hardware.

Bottom line

GEOARM provides a wide variety of brands and equipment to choose from. Their DIY solutions come with a no-contract and easy cancellation policy, which will make it an attractive option for new customers. Their 36-month contract comes with $0 down, which in itself is a good trade-off considering a customer can save up to $500 in initial costs.

Monitoring Plans and Pricing

GEOARM works with numerous equipment providers with a plethora of services and packages to choose from. Prices vary greatly depending on the hardware and features of each system. Some of their complete security systems are:

  • Honeywell LYNX L3000 DIY Security System – $207.00
  • Honeywell LYNX L5210 DIY Security System – $258.75
  • Honeywell LYNX L7000 DIY Security System – $338.68
  • GE Simon XT DIY Security System – $229.43
  • GESimon XTi DIY Security System – $273.30
  • GE Simon XT Landline Wireless Security System Kit – $216.19

Customers can also purchase single security equipment instead of a complete system:

  • Fortrezz Z-Wave Wireless Alarm Siren & Strobe w/Clear Lense (SSA1) – $63.25
  • Encore Firefighter FF345 Smoke Alarm Detector – $45.99
  • WAPIRZ-1 – Linear Z-Wave Go!Control PIR Wireless Motion Detector List – $45.43
  • Qolsys IQ S-Line Wireless Mini White Door & Window Contact (QS1135-840) – $21.53

Features

Following are examples of features available in some of GEOARM’s most well-known security systems:

Honeywell LYNX L3000 DIY Security System Features

  • 1 L3000 Alarm Control Panel: A touch screen wall or desk mount that ha s video viewing and automatic stay arming
  • 3 door/window sensors: A mounting plate is attached to the window marking each and every movement
  • 1 motion detector: This is an infrared detection method
  • 1 four-button alarm keyfob: A keyfob is a built in authentication hardware device that controls your services and data. It operates on a secret pass code which changes every few minutes.
  • Free lifetime support: Long term service and maintenance agreements
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty: This pertains to the equipment and the parts

Honeywell LYNX L5210 DIY Security System Features

  • 1 L5210 Alarm Control Panel: A touch screen wall or desk mount that has video viewing and automatic stay arming
  • 3 door/window sensors: A mounting plate is attached to the window marking each and every movement
  • 1 motion detector: This is an infrared detection method
  • 1 four-button alarm keyfob: A keyfob is a built-in authentication hardware device that controls your services and data. It operates on a secret pass code which changes every few minutes.
  • Free lifetime support: Long-term service and maintenance agreements
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty: This pertains to the equipment and the parts

Honeywell LYNX L7000 DIY Security System Features

  • 1 L7000 Alarm Control Panel: A touch screen wall or desk mount that ha s video viewing and automatic stay arming
  • 3 door/window sensors: A mounting plate is attached to the window marking each and every movement
  • 1 motion detector: This is an infrared detection method
  • 1 four-button alarm keyfob: A keyfob is a built in authentication hardware device that controls your services and data. It operates on a secret pass code which changes every few minutes.
  • Free lifetime support: Long term service and maintenance agreements
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty: This pertains to the equipment and the parts

GE Simon XT DIY Security System Features

  • 1 Simon XT Alarm Control Panel: A touch screen wall or desk mount that has video viewing and automatic stay arming
  • 3 door/window sensors: A mounting plate is attached to the window marking each and every movement
  • 1 motion detector: This is an infrared detection method
  • 1 four-button alarm keyfob: A keyfob is a built-in authentication hardware device that controls your services and data. It operates on a secret pass code which changes every few minutes.
  • Free lifetime support: Long-term service and maintenance agreements
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty: This pertains to the equipment and the parts

GE Simon XTi DIY Security System Features

  • 1 Simon XTi Alarm Control Panel: A touch screen wall or desk mount that has video viewing and automatic stay arming
  • 3 door/window sensors: A mounting plate is attached to the window marking each and every movement
  • 1 motion detector: This is an infrared detection method
  • 1 four-button alarm keyfob: A keyfob is a built-in authentication hardware device that controls your services and data. It operates on a secret pass code which changes every few minutes.
  • Free lifetime support: Long-term service and maintenance agreements
  • 2-year manufacturer warranty: This pertains to the equipment and the parts

Equipment options

GEOARM offers various kinds of equipment including cameras, motion sensors, wireless alarms, and automation products. Some standard equipment examples are:

One L7000 Alarm Control Panel

  • 7” color graphic touchscreen
  • Video viewing of premises
  • Supports Wi-Fi
  • 48 user codes
  • Automatic stay arming
  • Option of wall or desk mount
  • Hinged cover for easy installing

Three Door/Window Contacts

  • Mounting plate to easily replace battery
  • Long-life lithium battery, which can be replaced by the user
  • Backed by Honeywell’s two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

One Motion Detector

  • Invulnerable to pets up to 80lbs
  • Dual element passive infrared detection method
  • Long-life lithium battery, which can be replaced by the user
  • Backed by Honeywell’s two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

One Button Alarm Keyfob

  • One-button arming/disarming
  • Eight programmable functions using four buttons
  • Remote operation of lights and garage doors
  • Long-life lithium battery, which can be replaced by the user
  • Backed by Honeywell’s two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

Customer Support

Customer and technical support are available are from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm EST and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST. Support is available via email and phone with operators on standby to help DIY customers install their equipment or help them with any other issues that they might have. Sporadic delays in support have been reported but those are few and far between.

Contract Details

GEOARM provides two options to customers:

A no-contract obligation: Customers have to pay upfront for equipment but have the option to cancel a subscription with just a 30-day notice. Equipment remains the property of the customer even after the subscription ends.

36-Month Contract: Customers do not have to pay any upfront costs but have to agree to a 3-year contract.  Equipment remains the property of GEOARM even after the contract ends.

GEOARM Review Summary

Customer feedback as been mostly favorable with clients appreciating the quality of products and the after-sales service. Technical support is knowledgeable and provides step-by-step instructions for installation of DIY equipment. However customers that only purchased GEOARM’s monitoring services did complain about the company’s slow response time. Overall, GEOARM’s unique contract models and free life-time technical support helps it to stand out from competition and is a respite for people looking for cost-effective security solutions.

Home Security List