Security company Vivint is testing a wireless home broadband service in Utah

Gigaom

Vivint, a security company that’s pushing into the home automation and energy management markets, is also trying its hand at a wireless broadband service that offers 50 Mbps for $55. Jeremy Warren, VP of innovation at Vivint, mentioned the trials of the broadband service in an interview Tuesday afternoon, but declined to go into too much detail.

He said that Vivint is testing the service in Utah where Vivint is based, and that it uses a mesh networking topology as opposed to a traditional tower-oriented network design that many Wireless ISPs deploy today. He said the company is taking advantage of off-the-shelf radios and using unlicensed and “semi-licensed” spectrum in a variety of ranges including the 5GHz and 2.4Ghz range used for Wi-Fi.

By taking advantage of the existing customer hardware that Vivint gives its security customers and using software that Vivint has designed to manage what will be a…

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