Arm and disarm alerts will tell you when a person arrives at your home and when they leave
Motion sensors are designed to detect the specific heat signature of humans, so pets can enjoy 24/7 home security
Base Station: Plug it in and it will locate and control all of your sensors. It’s responsible for sending all your alarm signals to the SimpliSafe 24/7 alarm monitoring center. Your Base Station will arrive equipped with the same cellular technology that’s in your cellphone
Keypad: Many wireless alarm systems have an Achilles heel, if a burglar smashes the keypad quickly enough, the police don’t get alerted. SimpliSafe took the “brains” out of the Keypad and put them into a separate Base Station, which is hidden somewhere in your home or office building
2x Motion Sensors: Detects motion within 30 feet. The sensor has a “field of vision” of 90 degrees. Dogs and cats under 50 lb won’t trigger the alarm.
6x Entry Sensors: Detects whenever the magnet moves more than two inches away from it, so it knows whenever the door or window opens.
Keychain Remote: Arm and disarm your alarm with a push of a button. Set your alarm to away after you leave, and press “off” to disarm your system as you approach your front door.
Max Number Of Sensors Accommodated: 41
Remote Monitoring Capabilities: Yes
Network Connectivity: CDMA, GSM
Power Source: Battery-powered, Plug-in
Operating System Compatibility: Android, Apple iOS, Mac, Windows, Windows Mobile
What’s in the Box?
2x Motion Sensors
6x Entry Sensors
1x Base Station
1x Key Pad
1x Master Keychain
@Hanky it has a built-in cell phone connection. The new model has that and WiFi. I’ve been eying these for a while because unlike ADT they don’t trap you into a 4 year contract. You don’t even have to buy the monitoring, the alarm will just sound, but seems like monitoring is why you’d get one.
@jayman007 Workin’ it from the right side of the country probably helps. It’s only 9PM for me when it’s time for the mehdnight rollout. Plus, as @unksol suggested, no annoying social life to obstruct my efforts.
@unksol My elderly, sedentary 10# cat set off the motion sensors so many times I had to turn them off. See the other comment about checking with law enforcement about the fee for false alarms Their marketing is untrue, and their employees are creepy stalkers watching your video feed … defended & enabled by management, so escalating concerns does no good. Best of luck to anyone who buys in, it’s a huge NOPE from me.
Fair enough…unless birds scale up in very strange way, a regular sized parakeet is about a foot tall, and about one once. Therefore a fifty pounder would be somewhere around 600 feet tall…Somehow that doesn’t make sense to me, but the thought is completely horrifying.
@andyw@awk You can buy similar signs at the big-box home improvement stores along with window stickers. Most times this is enough of a deterrent, unless you flaunt your wealth through the outward appearance if your home. My home screams “nothing but trash inside” so I’m good.
@andyw@awk@Kerig3 Tape a hand written note by the door that says Guests, please call my cell phone before you use your key! Another false alarm and the police will charge me $400!
Optionally: include a phone number.
If you are at a parade, festival, rally, or whatever, and you see bored police officers, ask them what the local fines are for false alarms. Explain to them that you just bought an alarm system off the internet, and you want to know how expensive your $15 per month monitoring fee might really be.
Cross off the $400 and put in the real fine for a fifth false alarm.
@awk@hamjudo@Kerig3 I think in a total of about three years between our previous house and our present one, we have had one truly false alarm. They call you and if you think it is false, you can tell them not to call the police. Actually, with the false one, we got home before the police got there (!) and carefully checked before going in and then called the police to cancel. They should have come anyway (how did they know I was not the burglar), but they didn’t.
One we thought was false, was not truly false-we had left a door unlocked and it blew open. The police came and checked around before we got home.
@andyw@awk@hamjudo@Kerig3 if you install it in a shitty way where it keeps going off you deserve that fine. You are choosing to waste their time. The first time it happens no big deal. When it happens over and over and over because you are too lazy to fix your system and are causing issues for everyone else you should be fined
@awk@hamjudo@Kerig3@unksol The alarm was installed correctly-hence no further false alarms. We told them to call the police because we were not home and thought it could be real. All alarms are susceptible to an occasional false report. I agree that we should not waste their time or expose them to unnecessary risks.
@brandon Last I checked, notifications were part of their monthly service plan. You can use it as a local alarm without notifications at no extra cost. Also note that if you set it up to auto-notify emergency services, many cities/counties require a permit (some with fee.) Check your local ordinances first.
They don’t explain it very well on the website but they have two service plans. One is very basic which gives you the cellular connection to monitoring centers. The more expensive plan gives you remote access, arm/disarm and notifications.
I believe a Ring security system might offer people more and better options for less money monthly but I don’t exactly remember their prices/options but I would suggest comparing before buying.
@brandon You do not have to have it monitor your system. In that case, just the alarm rings. The basic monitoring is $15 a month and they notify you and the police. There is no long-term contract, just month to month. On ours, the connection is cellular, but they pay for it and it is seamless to you.
SimpliSafe are thieves, and super-creepy to boot. I re-installed equipment that I had and re-started my service, then got a call from them. The creep upgraded my system, ordered all new equipment, charged my card & shipped it ALL WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION. When I said no, he started bragging about having “complete control” and screaming at me that he was “helping” me. A disgusting & terrifying display of toxic entitlement. He literally believed that his “help” took priority over my consent, I had to literally remind him that I’m the customer DO NOT use SimpliSafe unless you want Bradley to have “complete control” over your INDOOR CAMERAS, and …
he knows where you live.
(If you do sign up with them, please get me Bradley’s last name … I still need to file a restraining order. Thanks.)
@MKarell@unksol You’re right. We should just take your word for it and boycott this company based solely on the anecdote of a random, anonymous internet user. In fact, meh should drop them all together based on your comment. Thank you for your service!
@dam091@unksol Well that would be pretty stupid. Why on earth do you want to do that?? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised at what random anonymous internet users want … or the absurd crap they assume about me.
TL;DR Watch your back with SimpliSafe … do some research. Use common sense.
And don’t listen to trolls putting words in others’ mouths.