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With Vivint Smart Home, you get what you pay forVivint Smart Home offers a $550 starter kit that delivers professional monitoring, smart assistant integration and app control for $40 per month.
[MUSIC] Vivint smart home security system combines home animation and professional monitoring for complete smart home package. The starter pack cost $550 and includes a 7 inch touch screen panel and joysticks centers Vivint offers a wide variety of smart homes products in addition to its starter pack content. A $200 ping indoor camera offers two-way talk and one way video, allowing you to monitor a room and speak to its occupants via the Vivint app or start control panel. The same is true for Vivint's doorbell camera which alerts you of visitors at your front door. A $300 outdoor camera is also available. All three cameras include wide angle viewing, night vision and 20 second recorded clips when motion is detected. Like all Vivints products this can be viewed and controled from your vivint app. Professional monitoring is the foundation of Vivint Smart Home structure. A smart home service plan for $40 a month gives you access to the Vivint app, 24/7 customer service and professional monitoring. For $50 you'll get the smart home video service plan, which includes 30 days of continuous DVR recording for up to four cameras, if you purchase the Vivint smart drive for $249. Though these plans don't require long term contracts, the biggest downside of Vivint smart home is what you lose if you don't want monthly monitoring. Forgo this service, and you also lose the Vivint app, voice control with Alexa or Google, and most major customer service Features. Without monitoring the vivint smart home will still sound local alarms but emergencies services won't be called and you'll lose the ability to monitor your home via the app. Although vivint professional monitoring system and rangers my home products is robust. If you're ready to commit to monthly and want someone to set up your smart home for you, vivint is a smart choice.