What Works with Vivint Smart Home
See what smart devices you can add to your Vivint Smart Home system to create a secure and smart home.
See what smart devices you can add to your Vivint Smart Home system to create a secure and smart home.
If you already have Vivint Smart Home securing your home or are considering getting Vivint to act as your smart home security company and want to know if your existing smart devices are compatible, this article will help solve your quest. We utilized our product find engine, The GearBrain, to see which smart devices are compatible with Vivint's smart home security platform. Our platform is the only one of its kind and can quickly help you find, buy and connect any smart device, especially those compatible with your existing smart products in your home.
This article will reveal all the connected products that work with Vivint. This includes all smart locks, video doorbells, security cameras, thermostats, smart lights, garage door openers, smart speakers, and displays.
Vivint has security cameras you need to work with the Vivint Smart Home system. The company offers indoor and outdoor security cameras. Like most smart home security systems, the cameras that are compatible with the system are made especially for the manufacturer. GearBrain has tested all these security cameras, including the new Vivint Spotlight Pro. This new smart outdoor security camera combines Vivint Outdoor Security Pro (Gen 2) and a floodlight. It has many new smart features, including having the floodlight cam detect a person lingering outside your home and follow them with lights as they leave your property. It's like how a spotlight is used in stage shows to track the actor. And if you want, you can shout them out using the camera's speaker. You can learn more about Vivint Spotlight Pro by reading our review.
In addition to the new outdoor floodlight cam, Vivint has an indoor 1080p HD security camera with motion detection, two-way talk, a 155-degree field of view (horizontal), and infrared night vision. And there is the Vivint Outdoor Security Pro (Gen 2) camera. This camera is the same camera Vivint uses for Vivint Spotlight Pro. It has 4K Ultra HD video resolution with HDR, two-way talk, IP65 weatherproof rated, 140-degree FOV, and the company's new Smart Deters technology. This new motion detection is built into the camera and helps deter unwanted visitors from approaching your house. It can even detect the person's location and sound a siren that can get as loud as 85 dB. This is loud enough to grab the attention of intruders up to 55 feet away.
If you want to get Vivint security cameras for your Vivint system, you have to buy them from Vivint. They are not available from any retailers, and you do need to have a Vivint system too.
Like security cameras, there is only one smart video doorbell compatible with Vivint Smart Home, which Vivint makes. We recently tested their new Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2), which has many smart features, including 1664 x 1664p video resolution with 2x HDR and high-powered IR LEDs (850nm), which can help you see images up to 25 feet away. Vivint's new doorbell also has a microphone with ambient noise cancellation and a speaker that can go as loud as 90 dB.
Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro comes with the company's new deter technology and a 180-degree field of view (FOV) horizontally and vertically. This wide FOV will allow you to see side-to-side and head-to-toe views on the Vivint app or Smart Home hub. Also, this new doorbell needs to be wired for power. It requires 12-24 DC or 16-24 AC power but will work with your existing video doorbell wires if it has sufficient capacity. The doorbell also connects to your home Wi-Fi network using 2.4/5GHz (802.11 b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth and NFC connections.
Though we would like to have the option to add other smart video doorbells to the Vivint Smart Home system, what Vivint offers is quite good and will protect the area outside the doors of your smart home.
See our review of Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro (Gen 2) here.
With all sound smart home security systems, you need a good, reliable, and secure smart lock. And you want to make sure it integrates nicely with the security system. What do we mean by this? You want the smart locks to work seamlessly with the smart home security system. For instance, when you arm your security system, the smart locks will automatically lock without you having to do anything. You also want to be able to unlock your smart locks from the same screen you are speaking with your visitor through the video doorbell or outdoor camera on your smartphone using the Vivint app. To be able to do this with Vivint, you have to buy smart locks that are compatible with their system. We have compiled all the smart locks that work with Vivint here. All of these smart locks work on a Z-Wave wireless connection. Z-Wave is the wireless protocol that Vivint users to communicate between devices. It's a secure connection and works well in smart homes. The only issue you will have is you will need to communicate with Vivint to help get your Z-Wave smart locks integrated into your Vivint system.
If you already have a Z-Wave smart lock and are considering getting Vivint for your home, you can use our platform to help you see if your lock is compatible with Vivint.
How do you buy a smart lock for Vivint Smart Home? You can buy Z-Wave smart locks from Vivint or go on Amazon, Best Buy, The Home Depot, and other major retailers that sell Z-Wave smart door locks. The cost will vary by design and finish, as well as smart features. And many of these will work with Vivint. Here is our list of the best smart locks you can buy.
Vivint doesn't make smart lights, so if you want to add smart lights to your Vivint system, Signify's Philips Hue smart lights are the ones to choose from. They are the only smart lights compatible with Vivint and can easily be controlled through the Vivint app. But the controls are limited. You can only dim the lights and turn them on or off. You can't change colors or set automation and scenes. These have to be done using the Philips Hue app.
You can learn more about Philps Hue Smart lights by visiting our complete guide for Hue smart lights. Or you can go to Vivint and learn more about how Philips Hue smart lights work with the Vivint app.
If you want to add a smart thermostat to your Vivint System, you can choose two smart thermostats: Google Nest Smart Thermostat or Vivint's. Either of these smart thermostats is compatible with Vivint's smart security system.
The Vivint Smart Thermostat works with standard heating & cooling systems, including conventional forced air, radiant, and heat pump systems. It has three stages of heating and up to 2 stages of cooling and supports many types of fuels, including natural gas, propane, electric, fuel oil, and geothermal.
The Google Nest Smart Thermostat is also compatible with Vivint Smart Home. Whether the new Google Nest Pro Learning Thermostat (3rd Gen), Google Nest Learning Wi-Fi Thermostat (3rd Gen), or Google - Nest Thermostat - Programmable Smart Wi-Fi Thermostat from 2020, all will work with Vivint.
One essential item we need to mention about smart thermostats is the C-Wire. For those of you who don't know what a C-Wire or "common wire" is the wire that enables the continuous flow of 24 VAC power to your smart thermostat. Many smart thermostats today require you to have a C-Wire. (Learn more about C-Wire here.) To check if you have a C-Wire, remove the cover of your existing thermostat and see how many wires are connected. If you have only two wires connected, it's safe to say you don't have a C-Wire. But don't worry, the smart thermostats by Vivint and Nest come in either a battery-powered (4AA) version or 24VAC wired power from the HVAC system. So you don't necessarily need a C-Wire.
If you want to add a smart thermostat to your Vivint System, you can get them directly through Vivint by clicking here. If you currently own a Nest smart thermostat and want to add it to your Vivint system, contact Vivint, and they will help you connect. And if you want to buy your Nest Thermostat, they are available on Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and other major retailers.
Chamberlain Smart Garage Door Openers with myQ work with VivintmyQ
If you have a garage door opener and Vivint and want to add a smart garage door opener, you have one option, myQ. The myQ smart garage door opener is compatible with Vivint and can be controlled using Vivint app. myQ comes in various configurations. You can get the standalone Chamberlain myQ Smart Garage Controller, which has a wireless Garage Hub and Sensor that connects to your Vivint system via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Or you can buy one of the garage door openers by Liftmaster of Chamberlain, which has myQ built-in. Either will help you control your garage door access with one app, the Vivint app.
The standalone version of myQ costs less than $30 and is available on Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.
Vivint Smart Home works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice platforms. You can control your Vivint system with voice commands if you have a smart speaker or display from either of these two systems. The commands can range from asking Alexa to arm your Vivint system to asking Google Assistant to turn your lights on or asking if your door locks connected to Vivint are locked. Either of these smart voice systems can act as a voice controller for your smart devices, including the ones connected to Vivint. And if you have a smart display, you can ask Alexa or Google to "show my Vivint doorbell" or "show my Vivint Spotlight Pro," and a live feed from your Vivint camera or doorbell will appear on your smart display's screen.
In addition to smart speakers made by Amazon and Google, other smart speakers have one of these, if not both, voice platforms built-in that are compatible. For instance, Sonos's new Era 100 and Era 300 smart speakers have Amazon Alexa built-in. This means it can function just like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot. So you can use voice controls on these devices to control your Viviint system. Just make sure the Alexa app is connected to the manufacturer's app or, in this case, the Sonos app to communicate with your Vivint system. Click here to see if your smart speaker with Alexa or Google Assistant is compatible with Vivint. If not, you can sign up on our platform and let us know what smart speaker you have in your home. We will let you know if it's compatible or not.
Vivint doesn't sell smart speakers and displays. You can pick them up at Best Buy, Amazon, or other major consumer electronics retailers. They range from $40 to over $250 per smart device.
Want to live stream video from your Vivint Spotlight Pro onto your smart TV? It's easy to do if your TV has either Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa built-in. And if your Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant accounts are connected to Vivint app. How do you know if your TV has Alexa or Google Assistant built-in? You can check your TV's settings. If you buy a new smart TV and want to ensure it has either Alexa or Google Assistant built-in, you can use our platform to find smart TVs compatible with Vivint. We have compiled a list of smart TVs with either Alexa or Google Assistant or both built-in and ready to work with Vivint. Just click the link below to see the list of smart TVs by Samsung, Vizio, LG, and Sony, to name a few.
Samsung QN65Q7FN Flat 65” QLED 4K UHD 7 Series Smart TV 2018
What smart devices are missing that we want to connect to Vivint Smart Home? We would like to see smart sprinkler controllers, like Rachio, work with Vivint. The Vivint system has motion sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke alarms, door/window sensors, and glass brake sensors. You can also get a smart leak detector to work with your Vivint system. But no smart sprinkler controller or smart water monitoring system like Phyn Plus works with Vivint. We hope to see these in the near future.
The last thing we will say is if, for some reason, you need help finding a smart device that works with Vivint or needs help answering a question regarding any smart device, know GearBrain is here to help you answer these questions and more. On each product page, there is a FAQ tab. If you click the FAQ tab, you can ask us any question about that product, and within 24 hours, our editors and the tech community will provide you with an answer. This includes searching for a product. We will find the product or let you know if it does or doesn't exist within 24 hours. Let us know if we don't provide a result of your search.
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