Home security and automation is many a geek's dream and many a DIY enthusiast's nightmare. Ambitious plans for interconnected security, HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) and automation systems can easily descend into a chaos of poorly-compatible hardware and unreliable stability. The alarm system that trips every other night is the system that gets turned off permanently. Vivint offers an alternative route: much of the flexibility and convenience of the DIY approach, thanks to a modular setup of wireless components, but the reassurance of pro-installation and 24/7 monitoring. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.