A summary comparison of the home security systems and packages available through Vivint and Protection 1

Vivint and Protection 1 are two home security system providers who routinely garner good customer ratings and third-party reviews. Comparing Vivint and Protection 1 home security systems will give you a better understanding of what options are available to you should you be adding or upgrading a home security system.


Vivint is a newer company than Protection 1, but it has some features that you cannot find at its competitors.

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The basic Vivint home security package includes:

  • Intrusion monitoring
  • Motion detectors
  • Severe weather alerts
  • Programmable home alerts via text messaging or email
  • Hands-free communication
  • Three window/door sensors
  • Touchscreen control panel
  • Wireless keychain remote

The activation fee for a Vivint security system begins at around $99 and monthly monitoring fees begin at around $50 per month.vivint automatic door locks

Customers may also install other home security alarm components to a Vivint system.

Vivint makes the following upgrade components available to customers:

  • Mobile applications
  • Secondary control panels
  • Carbon monoxide alarms
  • Medical alert pendants
  • Additional keychain remotes
  • Wireless keypads
  • Smoke alarms
  • Additional motion sensors
  • Environmental sensors
  • Garage sensors

Vivint offers a home automation package that combines the features of the basic security package with the ability to remotely control thermostats, lights and locks. This package costs starts at $68.99 per month and has a minimum activation fee of $199.

It includes the following features:

  • Video surveillance
  • Remote control of lighting and appliances
  • Programmable thermostat
  • Remote system access
  • Electronic locks

The touchscreen control panel allows customers to add new user codes, arm the system, change user codes, delete users from the system, change the system status, disarm the system, access an alarm event history and set the time.

Touchscreen control panel

Protection 1

Protection 1 has packages starting at $24.99, but this does not include the $99 fee for installation of your control panel and other products. The company offers five different packages, and you can choose to monitor your home via landline or over a cellular line. All systems are wireless, and each package comes with one motion sensor and three intrusion detectors.

If you install a home security alarm through Protection 1, you might consider one of the digital packages. These packages come with a touchscreen thermostat, and you have the option of using optional products to protection 1 home security & automation systems control the lighting, door locks and electrical system in your home. Two of the company's packages feature video monitors, giving you the chance to see your home while at work or on vacation. Protection 1 also has text and email alerts like that notify you within seconds of unexpected changes in your home.

To make home security easier, Protection 1 offers P1 Life, a home automation program. Protection 1 P1 Life home automation options include:

  • Wi-Fi compatibility
  • Web and mobile controls
  • Weather forecasts
  • Email notifications
  • Video cameras with wireless access points
  • Thermostat automation
  • Remote door locking and unlocking

Vivint and Protection 1 are both excellent choices for a home security, monitoring or automation system. QualitySmith can help you by connecting you with local home security professionals who can assist you with selection and installation.