Travis Goodreau

When looking for a home security system, the first question you need to have answered is whether to opt for a wired home security system or a wireless home security system. Once you have determined which route to go, you will then need to know more about the installation process before you can proceed. This will tell you if the installation is something you can do yourself, something you would be better off contracting out, or something the security company requires to be professionally installed.

Here we are going to go over some the Vivint installation processes so you can make an educated decision about whether a Vivint home security system is right for you.

Vivint Installation

The Vivint equipment is all 100% wireless, and they have a professional installation requirement. Additionally, they don't offer any DIY installation options, so you don't have to bother with doing the installation yourself. With Vivint, you have to purchase the equipment upfront, but they have some pretty flexible equipment financing options that span over five years. The good news is that since everything is professionally installed, you never have to worry about getting it wrong or wasting precious time installing your home security system when you could be spending your time on more important things.

Additionally, Vivint offers speedy installation of their equipment. They also have a lifetime warranty on all their equipment as well. And if you're interested, Vivint has a wide variety of home automation and disaster protection features from which you can choose.


Vivint has what they call a “front door package” that includes a video doorbell. It comes with professional installation and no activation fee. This package will let you remotely control your video doorbell, smart locks, and even your garage door using their wildly popular Vivint Smart Home app.


Vivint offers professional installation and no activation fee on all their products with no DIY option available. Vivint has a variety of cameras that include a front door camera, indoor ping camera, and an outdoor camera. The front door camera is also known as the doorbell camera, an indoor camera which is referred to as the Vivint Ping Camera which has one-way video, two-way talk, and a one-touch callout so you can keep track of everyone who is coming and going. This is different from other brand cameras that only have a view option, but don't provide you with a direct video-chat line between you and the people in your home. And, of course, the outdoor cameras work just like any other outdoor camera except they have an extremely high resolution, a smart motion detection feature, and night vision.

Control Panel

The installation of your Vivint control panel(s) is performed by a professional. And they don't offer any DIY installation options. Vivint home security systems are controlled using a Vivint Smart Hub control panel with 7″ touchscreens. With a Vivint system, you can operate everything using one or more control panels while having the ability to control everything from your mobile device as well. This includes your entire home security system, video cameras, environmental sensors, as well as your home automation equipment.


If you have purchased some smart home automation features, either as a standalone product or as part of a home security/automation package, Vivint will have a professional install it for you; however, they don't have any self-install options available. Vivint has two thermostat options, so you will have to review each one to see which of them best suits your needs. There are the Nest thermostat and the Element thermostat from which you can choose.


Sensors are a part of the Vivint home security package, and they will have them professionally installed for you once you have purchased your security system. Vivint uses professional technicians to make sure your entire system is set up properly and works without errors or defects. And, with Vivint, you don't have to wait very long for your installation because they offer same-day installation, in most cases.

Vivint has a wide variety of sensors which include window and door contact sensors, glass break sensors, recessed door contact sensor, wireless door tilt sensor, garage door and controller sensor, and passive infrared motion sensors. They also offer environmental sensors, such as smoke, water, flood, carbon monoxide, and even a temperature sensor.

With all of these “matter of life and death” sensors, it's vitally important they are all installed properly. Improper installation could literally put your life and your family's life at risk, and that's not something Vivint is willing to risk, thus the professional installation requirement.

Vivint Installation Costs and Pricing

Does Vivint Offer Free Installation?

Vivint does offer professional installation, but it is not free. Vivint charges a one-time installation fee that ranges from $49-$199 which varies between components. You have to call to get the cost of the installation because it will depend on which pieces of equipment you choose. However, because it is a professionally installed system, you will never have to worry about doing it yourself or getting it wrong. As you can see from the Vivint website, they only use qualified, licensed Smart Home Pros to perform their installations. So you can be sure your installation has been done properly without damaging your home or equipment.

However, Vivint does offer a free in-home consultation with a highly-trained security advisor. He/she will help you determine exactly what you need and what you don't without missing anything you might not have otherwise realized you needed. It will also provide you with a customized home security system so you aren't paying for anything you don't need.

Can Vivint Be Installed in an Apartment?

You can have a Vivint home security/automation system installed in an apartment; however, you might not want to. Even though the Vivint equipment is wireless, you have to pay installation fees and will be locked into one of their long-term financing plans (unless you paid cash for the equipment). So if you have to move, you could be charged for new equipment and other contractual requirements.