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Review: SimpliSafe Home Security System


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Here is our review of the SimpliSafe Home Security System.

Simple to choose, set-up and use. The DIY home security system is a self-installed and self-maintained alarm. Just stick the sensors in place, and pair them to the Wireless Keypad and Base Station. No drilling. No wiring. No tools. Secure your home in less than an hour.

Smart detection, faster emergency response. Sensors for every window and door. Indoor and outdoor HD security cameras. Hazard detectors to guard against fires, floods and burst pipes. All powered by 24/7 professional monitoring.

Base Station

The base station comes with the base station itself and a power supply.


The keypad is ready to use with wall stickers already attached.

Motion Sensor

The motion sensor comes ready to use with wall stickers already attached.

Entry Sensor

The entry sensor comes ready to use with wall stickers already attached.


The SimpliCam comes with the camera on a mount, a cable and a plug.

Wireless Outdoor Security Camera

The Wireless Outdoor Camera comes with the camera itself attached to a mount, a battery, cable and wall plugs and screws, along with some instructions. The outdoor camera retails for £179.99.

Configuring the System

Configuring the system involves downloading the SimpliSafe app and following the instructions to set up each component of the system.

Final Thoughts

Depending on what type of protection you want, you buy individual components, or kits. If you buy individual components you will need the base station and keypad as a minimum before getting the other components such as the cameras or sensors.

Once you have decided what you need and have purchased the components or kits, it’s time to set everything up. The first thing you need to do is plug in the base station and download the app. From there you follow each of the steps to set up the initial components, set a master code, connect to wifi, name the locations and update the firmware on the devices.

Once that has been done you can add any additional components from within the app.

Setting up the components was really easy – the app is very clear and tells you everything you need to do, it even gives you advice on where to place the components and on what surfaces you need to do different things with the mounting.

All the sensors and the keypad already come with wall sticker stuck to the bace of them so its really easy just to stick them to the wall without effort. The outdoor camera comes with screws and plugs to fit it to an external wall.

Everything you need to do in terms of monitoring the cameras or other components you can do from the app, including making any changes to the settings.

Part of the installation and configuration process is to decide if you want to subscribe to the additional services provided by SimpliSafe. For example, if you subscribe to the Pro or Pro Premium plan, when your alarm goes off a signal is sent through to their professional monitoring centre to determine what to do next. Obviously you have to pay for those services but it’s worth it for the additional peace of mind it brings.

The outdoor camera itself offers 1080p resolution with an 8x digital zoom and a 140º field of view. A built-in motion activated spotlight and HDR let you see all times of the day or night.

There is a rechargeable battery, that when fully charged lasts between 3 and 6 months, the app will advise you when the battery is running low. You just need to remove the battery and recharge it then pop it back in.

The camera also has 2 way audio so you can not only hear whats going on outside, you can also speak to whoever is there too!

It’s very easy to set up notifications in the app depending on what you want to be told about.

If you are looking for an easy to setup and use security system that you can easily add components to, and also be able to subscribe to professional monitoring then take a look at the various options from SimpiSafe, you wont be disappointed.

You can learn more about the SimpliSafe Security System and its components here.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.

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