Third-party smart home products compatible with Vivint
Vivint’s third-party smart home support is among the best in the home security industry. We especially like that it sells many of these devices directly to customers, making it easier for you to outfit your Vivint system in one fell swoop.
Vivint has two Alexa skills that allow you varying degrees of control over your Vivint system when you use an Amazon Echo smart speaker. The Complete skill has more functionality since it can arm your system in addition to typical smart home requests, but you need to use the phrase “Ask Vivint to . . . ” before you issue a command.
The Basic skill works more like a regular Alexa command and doesn’t require you to ask Vivint anything. While it works with lights, thermostats, locks, and cameras, this skill doesn’t offer an arming feature.
Feel free to browse our Alexa guide if you want to learn more about Amazon’s smart home platform.
Google Assistant and Nest Thermostat
You can use Google Assistant to control your Vivint system using voice commands and Google Home smart speakers.
Vivint’s support page says that its SkyControl panels support Google Assistant, but we didn’t see mention of the newer Vivint Smart Hub. You can likely expect it to work, but we reached out to Vivint to verify that the Smart Hub works with Google Assistant and will update this article when we hear back.
If you want to learn more about how Google Assistant works, check out our in-depth guide.
Vivint sells both the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E directly to customers. But you shouldn’t fret if you already have a Nest thermostat since you can link it to your Vivint system using Google Assistant and the Vivint Smart Home app.
Philips Hue is one of the most popular smart lighting brands and essentially your only option for integrating smart light bulbs into a Vivint home security system. It’s a bummer that there isn’t more support for other smart lights, but at least Philips Hue makes excellent (though expensive) lighting gear.
The Chamberlain MyQ garage door controller converts your existing garage door opener into a connected device. It’s an excellent option to control your garage door with a smartphone. It integrates directly with Vivint security systems, so you don’t need to buy the Z-Wave garage door controller accessory Vivint sells.
The Vivint Smart Hub has a built-in Z-Wave radio that allows you to control these third-party Z-Wave devices through the Vivint app:
- Smart lock
- Smart thermostat
- Garage door controller
- Light switches and dimmers
Unfortunately, the Smart Hub doesn’t support other types of Z-Wave devices like sensors. This means you have to bite the bullet on expensive Vivint-branded sensors instead of buying reasonably-priced Z-wave alternatives.