Can I Use Vivint's Security Cameras w/o Service?
No, you cannot use Vivint's security cameras without service. The cameras that Vivint provides are designed exclusively for use with their own monitoring service. They will be rejected by any other video surveillance platform. They cannot be taken over by another alarm monitoring company.
Most security cameras are designed to connect with some type of interactive service platform. Once a camera is online, an alarm monitoring company will use the MAC address or some other identifying information from the camera to connect the camera with the user's interactive service. The user will then be able to login to their interactive service account to view the live feed of the camera and configure its settings.
However, Vivint built their cameras so that they will not work with other companies. Instead, they will only work with Vivint's in-house service. If you try to bring a Vivint Camera over to another platform, then it will be rejected. This means that the cameras cannot be taken to other monitoring companies. In order to use these cameras, the user must have active monitoring service with Vivint.
This is not the case for security cameras provided from most other companies. For example, the security cameras from Alarm Grid are non-proprietary, and they can be used with service from other companies. The cameras on our site all connect with either Alarm.com or Total Connect. Even if the user leaves Alarm Grid, the cameras will still function with one of these platforms, all while monitoring service is provided from another alarm company.
If you decide to purchase a security camera from Alarm Grid, there are many great options to choose from. If you have a 2GIG or Qolsys Panel, then you will want a camera that connects with Alarm.com. We offer some HD indoor cameras that connect with Alarm.com. These include the CAM-HD100 and the ADC-V522IR. Both of those cameras provide crystal clear recording and night vision. If you are looking for an Alarm.com Camera for outdoor use, then we recommend the ADC-V722W. The camera features a weatherproof design, and it can capture video in 1080p quality.
If you have a Honeywell System, then you will want a camera that connects with Total Connect. The Lyric C1 and the Lyric C2 are both outstanding Total Connect cameras that will provide you with clear HD recordings in an indoor setting. If outdoor use is needed, then we recommend the Honeywell Lyric OC1. This is a brand-new camera from Honeywell. It features a weatherproof design and 1080p recording, making it ideal for use in an outdoor location.
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