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How to use the Vivint Smart Hub in your Salinas smart home

November 06, 2023
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At the center of your home’s security, the Vivint Smart Hub links your cameras, security sensors, thermostats, and locks into one cohesive system. This easy-to-operate, 7-inch color touch-enabled panel places you in full command of your Salinas home’s automation and security. Get a better idea of how it can benefit you and find tips to get you started.

How can you benefit from the Vivint Smart Hub in Salinas?

Connecting wirelessly to devices via radio wave transmissions and the Z-wave communications protocol, the Vivint Smart Hub is the central command interface for your property. You can arm your system, control lights, change thermostat settings, and more. If incorporating a video doorbell, you may even talk to whoever’s at your front door. The Vivint Smart Hub includes cellular functionality and a battery backup for enhanced reliability. It also provides total remote operation with the Vivint cell phone app.

Here’s a sample of the functions you can perform:

  • Check current or recorded video streams from any connected security cameras
  • Arm and disarm your home’s security
  • Turn lights on or off
  • Operate your garage door
  • Adjust your home comfort settings
  • Communicate directly to your monitoring center

You can do even more with your Vivint Smart Hub in Salinas by implementing schedules or initiating preferences. For instance, you could have your smart thermostat adjust automatically each night at a specified time. Or, you can add preferences like having your front door unlock if the fire alarm goes off.

Steps for arming and disarming your home’s security

Before you delve into all the fantastic things your Vivint Smart Hub can perform, you’ll have to understand how to arm and disarm your home’s security. It’s simple - just abide by these instructions:

  • Press the shield icon on the home screen and swipe to the right for “Away” and left for “Stay.”
  • Stay means you will still be present in your house and arms everything excluding interior doors and motion detectors.
  • Away means you will be leaving, and each sensor in your home will arm.
  • To disarm, just slide the shield icon down and enter your PIN.

The main screen will show a warning if something is stopping the system from arming. To illustrate, an open window or door will prompt you to take action. It’s worth noting that you are still able to arm the system by following the steps above. You will then confirm you would like to circumvent the sensor that isn’t ready.

How to add or remove users to your Vivint Smart Hub in Salinas

Despite the fact that multiple users can be set up during the initial installation, you will probably want to add an additional user down the road. Here are step-by-step instructions to do so.

  • Tap the menu icon (three dots) near the bottom right-hand side of the main screen.
  • Tap “Users” and type in your PIN.
  • Touch “Add new user” toward the bottom.
  • Press “Name,” provide the user’s name, and tap the Next button.
  • If you want to provide the user remote capability, choose email or phone and enter the info to send an invitation.
  • Touch Next and then enter a PIN for this new user.
  • To take out a user, just proceed to the menu, touch users, select the user you would like to delete, and then press “Delete User.”

Automate and secure your home with Vivint

Would you like to take control of your home’s security and automation with an easy-to-operate touchscreen interface? You’ll appreciate the Vivint Smart Hub and your new Salinas home security system. Call (831) 400-5196 to learn more.