Smart plug recall
Vivint issued a voluntary recall of the Remotec attenuation switch module after detecting a potential hazard of electric shock. It no longer sells the device and has one online form for customers to request a replacement voluntarily.
Vivint sells three security camera models: Vivint Indoor Camera, Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro and Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro. All three models have 1080p video quality and compete well with offers from Frontpoint and ADT.
The company recently updated its outdoor camera and doorbell camera to stay ahead. As with most Vivint equipment, these cameras are more expensive than usual. The price of outdoor camera pro is almost on par with Google Nest Cam IQ *, the most expensive security camera.
If a changing stranger is standing in front of the camera, your camera will start recording and emit a tone or whistle to tell them that they are being monitored. We have not seen anything like it from other security cameras, which gives Vivint a top position in our ranking for the best home security system.
To learn more, our Vivint Camera Guide has more details on Vivint’s indoor, outdoor and smart cameras.
You have to pay for Vivint’s most expensive surveillance service plans to use its security cameras. The plans with lower levels fit better if you just want sensors that detect movement or open doors
Info current pr. 01/21/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and may change.
Vivint Smart Drive is essentially a hard drive that saves up to 30 days of continuous security footage. We like local storage like this because it is typically more secure than storing videos in the cloud, though you should not place it in an obvious location where burglars can find it.
Vivint includes 14-day cloud storage with its security camera service plans. You do not have to pay extra for Vivint Smart Drive unless you want continuous local video storage.
The Vivint Car Guard connects to the OBD II port, which you will find on most cars manufactured after 1996. It allows you to monitor important information about your car using your smartphone:
- Battery life
- Check engine messages
It also records a number of trip statistics (including your impeccable driving habits).
This GPS vehicle track also increases the safety of your car by telling you if anyone encounters it or if a towed truck picks it up. Thanks to built-in GPS and an LTE cellular signal, you always know where you parked your car.
While tour statistics and monitoring are the main reason for getting the Vivint Car Guard, it is also a useful addition to a Vivint safety system. We like that the car guard can trigger lights and cameras in your home in response to thieves breaking into your car.
While Car Guard works with Vivint security systems, it does not require one. There is no contract, but you pay a monthly fee of $ 10 for the first car and $ 5 for each additional vehicle. If you already have a Vivint system, the monthly payment drops to $ 3.33 for each car.
That Basic skills works more like a regular Alexa command and does not require you to ask Vivint anything. While it works with lights, thermostats, locks and cameras, this skill does not offer a connectivity feature.
Feel free to browse our Alexa guide to learn more about Amazon’s smart home platform.
For security reasons, Vivint does not allow you to disarm your system or unlock smart locks using Alexa (or Google) voice commands. This may sound like a drawback, but it’s a security feature that keeps smart intruders from hijacking your smart speaker and using your security system.