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Vivint and DIY home security systems both have benefits, although they are designed to provide varying degrees of security. Vivint is well-known for its strong reputation in terms of professional monitoring and the cutting-edge technology that is used when manufacturing of its devices. While most DIY home security systems are quite effective, they rely more on you, as the homeowner, to play an active role in managing your home security system.

Overview: Vivint vs DIY Security

In most cases, Vivint and DIY home security systems will provide similar devices and features. It's the degree of professional interaction that makes the biggest difference. Another factor has to do with overall pricing. A DIY system will be much cheaper than a system like VIVINT simply because the homeowner does all, or at least most, of the work.

  • Vivint requires a long-term contract
  • DIY systems offer the option of professional monitoring but it isn't mandatory
  • Vivint requires professional installation
  • DIY systems allow the homeowner to monitor their own system without having to pay for a subscription
  • DIY systems are ideal for renters because they can be easily moved from one location to another

Similarities: DIY Security vs Vivint

Vivint and DIY home security systems are designed to protect your home and family from a variety of issues like intruders, environmental issues, theft, and unwanted visitors. Both types of security systems use entry sensors, motion detection, environmental sensors, video surveillance cameras, and even devices that allow for home automation.

  • Video doorbell viewers equipped with two-way voice communication
  • Video cameras equipped with night vision for both indoor and outdoor use
  • 100% wireless systems that use both WiFi or cellular service
  • Home automation options
  • State of the art equipment designed to provide the highest level of protection possible

Differences: DIY Security vs Vivint

Vivint is designed for professional services. Unlike DIY home security systems where the homeowner can buy their system outright as well as install and monitor it on their own, Vivint does everything for the customer. There is a major price difference, however. This is normally why people who want a simpler system will choose the DIY option. Vivint is designed to provide the highest level of security with the greatest amount of convenience.

  • DIY home security systems are designed to be easily installed
  • Vivint requires a long-term contract
  • DIY systems are great for renters because they can be easily moved from one location to another
  • Vivint offers a lifetime warranty on all of its devices
  • Most DIY home security systems are purchased outright


Vivint's features include home automation, video surveillance cameras, a video doorbell with two-way communication, entry sensors, a lifetime warranty, and a 100% wireless system. Vivint's home automation is voice activated and works in conjunction with their Element thermostat. The system is customizable and can be accessed through a downloadable app for your smartphone allowing you to have full access whether you are at home or away.

DIY home security systems are normally 100% wireless and include many of the most popular features, including motion detectors, entry sensors, indoor/outdoor video cameras, and remote apps that allow you for quick and easy access through a WiFi or cellular connection.


Vivint requires all customers to sign a 5-year contract. This is also the length of time if you opt for the Flex Pay program. Contracts can be signed for longer terms, if necessary, which will lower the cost of the monthly payments.

DIY home security systems don't require contracts or service agreements. There are a few, however, that allow you to purchase the equipment and pay for it over a specific period of time.


Vivint has three primary plans that can be purchased. The Smart Protect plan is the most basic and starts at $29.99 a month plus the cost of the financing for the equipment. The second plan is the Smart Protect + Control. It is slightly more advanced and includes burglary and environmental protection, as well as the home automation features, all for $39.99 a month plus the financing costs. For $49.99 a month plus financing, you can sign up for the Smart Complete plan. It offers the most advanced home security options available.

DIY home security systems start at around $10 a month for the most basic monitoring services that are payable by the month with no contract. The biggest cost for a DIY system is the purchase price. There are few financing options simply because you are allowed to buy all of the equipment as well as any additional devices you may be interested in up front.


Vivint's equipment options include entry sensors, motion sensors, indoor/outdoor video cameras, doorbell viewer, base unit, and environmental sensors.

DIY home security systems can come with all of your basic home security devices like motion sensors, entry sensors, key fobs, base units, video doorbells, and more.


Vivint requires professional installation of all devices.

DIY systems are installed by the homeowner unless otherwise specified or a professional installation option is offered.

Emergency Connections

Vivint's 24-hour monitoring center will relay alerts to local EMS professionals as well as send notifications to the homeowner and the numbers on their contact list.

DIY systems require that the homeowner be responsible for notifying the authorities. There are certain systems, however, that do have professional monitoring options.

Summary: Vivint vs DIY Security

Vivint is a good choice for individuals who are willing to pay for top of the line professional service and convenience.

A DIY system is the best choice for homeowners and renters who want to handle their own security needs.