How Does SimpliSafe work?
SimpliSafe offers affordable home security that’s low-hassle and easy to install yourself.
What is SimpliSafe?
SimpliSafe is a no-contract, self-installation alarm system that gives you the option of monitoring your home yourself or paying more to have someone survey your system 24/7 for you.
SimpliSafe is a total home care alarm system, meaning you can add on equipment and customize your system to cover more than just break-ins. If you have a pipe about to burst, or a flood in your basement, SimpliSafe can detect that and notify you.
SimpliSafe’s network is extra secure: alarm systems either work on a broadband, Wi-Fi, or cellular network, and SimpliSafe works on a cellular network that’s reinforced with Wi-Fi (just to be on the safe side).
How does SimpliSafe monitoring work?
With SimpliSafe, you get to choose whether you want someone to continually monitor your system, Jake-from-State-Farm style, as well as automatically dispatch emergency services upon an incident happening, or you can keep an eye on the system yourself and call emergency services as you see fit.
Either way, an intruder won’t know the difference, but it could be more useful to have professional monitoring for something like deadly gas leaks.
SimpliSafe divides its plans into two options:
- The Standard plan for $14.99 per month
- The Interactive plan for $24.99 per month.
For the extra 10 bucks a month, you get mobile control (meaning you can check on the alarm from your phone) and you get professional monitoring—not bad for the price of an average burrito.
What security equipment does SimpliSafe have?
SimpliSafe designs and makes its own equipment, which is rare in the industry—and its equipment actually functions well too. The only other competing security company to do this is Vivint.
SimpliSafe’s alarm system kit control center consists of the main control center, or central brain of the system, called the base station, and a small, cellphone-sized wireless keypad where you can trigger the alarm.
SimpliSafe packages, which include various sensors and add-ons to the control center, run anywhere from $229.96 to $534.83, and can include 4 to 148 pieces. You can also build your own system and add sensors à la carte, as you see fit.
- Wireless keypad
- Base station (with a 24-hour backup battery)
- Entry sensor
- Motion sensors
- Glass break sensor
- Water sensor
- Freeze sensor (alarm sounds if the temperature in your home falls below 41°)
- Keychain remote
- Panic button
- Smoke detector
- CO detector
Unlike other home security systems, which can accidentally go off, one of SimpliSafe’s “smart” features is a glassbreak sensor that knows the difference between a window breaking and a toddler shattering your favorite Pottery Barn plate.
Also, SimpliSafe’s $99 Wi-Fi connected SimpliCam is the company’s first foray into the world of video—but we have mixed emotions about it. While the camera itself is great, it requires the top-tier plan, doesn’t live stream to monitoring centers, and costs an extra $4.99 per month per month for any footage you want to download.
In line with SimpliSafe’s efforts to become more high-tech, the new SimpliSafe hardware comes with Alexa integration, which allows you to arm your system by speaking to it, or you can check its status on any Amazon Echo device.
How does SimpliSafe’s self-installation work?
Setup is extremely simple—SimpliSafe literally has a video of a ten-year-old doing it on the website. All you have to do is turn on the base station and an Alexa-esque voice walks you through how to sync sensors to it by tapping a few buttons on your phone, and voilà.
Plus, you don’t have to pull out the toolbox. SimpliSafe’s home security sensors have adhesive on the back that allows you to stick the sensors wherever your heart desires—whether that be your basement stairs or bedroom window.