Feb 10, 2022|

Smart Home Devices That Work With Vivint 

If you’re ready to graduate from a smart home device or two to an entire smart home ecosystem, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure your devices work together.

Vivint integrates seamlessly with your favorite smart home devices, including Google Nest, Google Home, and Amazon Echo. Not only that, but when part of a Vivint smart home, you can get even more out of your smart home devices to make your house more convenient and comfortable than ever.

amazon echo in kitchen.
 

Smart home device compatibility

In a smart home, each of the devices need to be connected to function properly. When connected, they communicate with each other—it’s how you can use your smart speaker to turn off your lights, set your front door to lock when you arm your security system, or use the same app to control all of your devices.

If you’ve done any research on smart homes or smart home devices, you know there are dozens—if not hundreds—of different brands. While it would be nice if all smart home devices worked together without a hitch, it usually doesn’t work that way. Each device brand typically speaks its own “language,” or protocol, and when pieced together, they don’t always communicate well.

There are a few ways around this. One option would be to get a central hub that supports various protocols, then “translates” for each device so they integrate. This can be complicated. Another easier option would be to purchase smart home devices that are part of an ecosystem, or already compatible with each other.

Vivint smart home devices integrate seamlessly with each other, so you can keep some of your favorite smart devices and still enjoy the benefits of a Vivint system.

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What works with Vivint?

Many people start their smart homes with a device or two before deciding to implement whole-home automation; in fact, one survey found that 65% of Americans own at least one smart home device. Does that mean your current devices won’t work with Vivint?

Vivint systems integrate with many of the most popular smart home products, allowing hands-free control of many of the different devices and functions around your home.

Smart speakers

Among people with at least one smart device in their home, the most popular is the smart speaker. Smart speakers, like Amazon Echo and Google Nest, are internet-connected speakers that use smart assistants (such as Amazon’s Alexa) and voice recognition technology to provide information, perform various tasks, and even control your connected smart devices.

Vivint integrates with two of the most popular smart speakers—Amazon Echo and Google Home.

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo provides an easy way to control your Vivint smart home with your voice. Its far-field voice recognition can hear you across the room, even over music (or rowdy kids!). Getting your smart speaker’s attention is as easy as saying, “Alexa!” From there, your speaker can answer questions, perform commands, and provide useful information.

Many people use the names “Echo” and “Alexa” interchangeably—and it’s easy to see why—but it’s worth mentioning that these are two different parts of your smart speaker. The speaker itself is the Echo, while the smart assistant is Alexa. Alexa is what wakes your speaker up, answers your questions, and performs your tasks.

With Amazon Echo, you can:

  • Control your smart home’s lights, locks, thermostat, cameras, and home security
  • Access entertainment, including music, TV listings for the day, or even jokes
  • Use your personal assistant to set timers and reminders, check weather and traffic times, or find recipes

You can also extend the benefits of your Echo with the Echo Dot, a smaller but just-as-mighty version of the Echo. The Echo Dot is another Alexa device, so it is also equipped with Alexa and can perform the same functions.

Google Home

Like Amazon Alexa, Google Home is another smart speaker that works with Vivint. It’s powered by the Google Assistant and Google Home has far-field microphones that can recognize each family member’s voice to provide personalized answers for each member of the family. It can also recognize your voice over background noise or music, so you can be sure you’re heard.

With Google Home, you can also control your home and access information, including:

  • Use your voice to arm your security system, lock your front doors, turn your lights on and off, or adjust your home’s temperature
  • Make calls, set reminders, and check weather and traffic
  • Listen to news, music, podcasts, or stream shows via your Chromecast

In addition to integration with Vivint products, Google Home also integrates with other Google products, like Chromecast or Google Nest, making it a smart choice for anyone with a suite of Google products.

Google Home on kitchen counter.
 

Using Amazon Echo and Google Home with Vivint

So how exactly do your smart speakers integrate with your Vivint products? You can use your Amazon Echo or Google Home to extend the control of your Vivint devices, allowing you hands-free control of many functions around the house. Take a look at a few situations where they will come in handy:

  • Turn your lights on and off. Imagine you’re coming home late after a long day of running errands and taking kids to and from activities. Your arms are full and the house is dark. Rather than risk tripping in the dark or dropping something to find the light switch, simply say, “Hey Google, turn on the lights,” and voila! Your lights come on, illuminating your way
  • Adjust your temperature. With a smart speaker, you don’t need to hop out of bed or look for your phone to adjust the temperature in your house. When your speaker is connected to a Vivint thermostat, simply say, “Hey Alexa! Turn the temperature up 3 degrees.”
  • Set your security system. You’re already in bed, and you remember you didn’t arm your security system. No problem. Just tell the Google Home or Echo Dot sitting on your nightstand to arm your system. With Vivint, you can arm your security system with a simple voice command.
  • Close your garage door. With Garage Door Control and your smart speaker, don’t worry about going all the way downstairs to close your garage after coming home. Just tell Alexa to do it for you!

In addition to providing greater convenience and comfort, integrating your Vivint system with your smart speakers is an important feature for anyone who has mobility issues, allowing them greater access over their smart home and its features.

Google Nest

No smart home is complete without a smart thermostat, and no Google home setup is complete without the Google Nest Learning Thermostat. Of all the utilities needed to keep a home running, most of us will spend the most money on heating and cooling costs.

Smart thermostats like Nest help you save energy and money by learning your temperature preferences, then adjusting them automatically. They can also tell when someone is home, so you’re not paying to heat or cool an empty home. And best of all, it does this all automatically—no programming or manual adjusting required.

Using Google Nest with Vivint

If you’re one of the 11 million Nest owners in the US, you can rest easy knowing your smart thermostat will integrate with your Vivint smart home.

Your Nest works with different devices to not only make your home more comfortable, but easier to control and adjust as well. Take a look at some of the benefits of integrating your Nest products with Vivint:

  • Control from a single app. If you want to adjust the temperature at home, you’ll use the same app you use to manage your entire smart home—no matter where you are.
  • Hands-free control. Your Nest automatically adjusts the settings based on your preferences, but sometimes those preferences change. In addition to adjusting with your app, your Nest will also integrate with your smart speaker for hands-free control. So if you’re cooking up a storm on Thanksgiving and the house is getting a bit too hot, just tell your smart assistant to turn the temperature down.
  • Helps limit the spread of flames during a fire. In the event there’s ever a fire in your home, your smart home kicks into gear to help keep your family safe. In addition to notifying the monitoring center, your front doors will unlock and your smart thermostat will automatically shut off the airflow from your home’s HVAC, helping limit the flow of a fire. In the meantime, you can focus on getting your family to safety.

A smart thermostat like Nest provides the best of both worlds—automatic control for a comfortable house around the clock while still providing the flexibility to adjust the temperature as needed. And when part of a Vivint smart home, you can get even more from your Nest.

Google Nest on living room wall.
 

Connect your favorite products with Vivint

With Vivint, you can enjoy all the benefits of a smart home without saying goodbye to your favorite devices. Contact our Smart Home Pros today and find out how you can get the most out of your smart home devices with Vivint.

Find out how Vivint can make your home more comfortable and convenient. Call us at 855.822.1220 for a free consultation today.

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