Packages & Equipment
Vivint offers five security packages that include various equipment like control panels, entry sensors, and motion detectors. To supplement your security system, Vivint offers more advanced equipment like smart locks and doorbell cameras.
You can purchase optional add-ons including door/window sensors, glass break sensors, motion sensors, smart smoke detectors, flood/temperature sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and more.
You’ll be able to self-monitor your system with no monthly contract or cost if you purchase the security equipment outright. You can arm your system, create custom alerts, and see live video using Vivint’s mobile app.
In addition to the mobile app, you’ll be able to control your system using the included Vivint SkyControl panel or a voice assistant like Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.
Your Vivint equipment comes with a 120-day warranty that begins after installation. During that 120-day period, all repairs are free. For quick questions, Vivint is available online through their support chat or through the phone at 1-800-216-5232.
Learn more: Vivint Home Security Review
Pros & Cons
✔ Offers bundling discounts to customers of Xfinity’s internet or TV services
✔ Has compatibility with various smart lights, smart locks, smart thermostats, and more
✔ Doesn’t trigger motion detectors for pets up to 85 pounds
✘ Has higher starting prices than many other providers in this review
✘ Requires professional installation
Packages & Equipment
Xfinity offers three standard home security packages for homeowners. The Base Home System includes a touch screen, three door and window sensors, and a motion detector. The Complete Home System includes the touch screen controller, five entry sensors, a motion sensor, a wireless keypad, and an HD indoor or outdoor camera.
The most comprehensive of the three packages is the Ultimate Home System, which comes with everything in the Complete Home System plus five more entry sensors and an extra HD camera.
You can also add devices to any of those packages, such as an additional camera, a video doorbell, a smoke detector, additional sensors, a keypad, a smart thermostat, and an outlet controller.
You can monitor your system with 24/7 video recording, real-time notifications, and live video streaming from your smartphone with the Self Protection monitoring plan, which costs $10 per month. If you decide to upgrade to professional monitoring, that’ll cost you $30 per month.
In addition to a 30-day money-back guarantee, Xfinity equipment comes with a 12-month limited warranty, so you can call customer service for replacements or repairs to your security system devices during that period. To reach Xfinity, you can use the live chat on the company’s website.
Learn more: Xfinity Home Security Review
How to Buy a Self-Monitored Home Security System
Before purchasing a self-monitored home security system, consider the following factors:
- DIY vs. professional installation: When choosing your self-monitored home security system, consider your installation options and their associated costs. Most self-monitored systems can be self-installed, utilizing wireless devices and adhesive strips to simplify the installation process. Other systems require professional installation and may have a fee attached to the labor.
- Special features: Special features include devices that aren’t traditionally included in home security bundles. These are items that go beyond motion detection or base stations, like glass break detectors or an outdoor camera with night vision capabilities.
- Affordability: Before purchasing a system, look into how much the system costs and how much you’ll be paying monthly for the system. Additionally, research the company’s warranty and return policy so you know what’s covered and what equipment you’ll be able to return.
Pros & Cons of a Self-Monitored Home Security System