Anybody use SimpliSafe? Or any mail order home security?

beard&bow

Ten Pointer
Contributor
What are your thoughts on new-school home security vs the guys from 20-30 years ago?

Likes and dislikes? I've never had a wired/wireless home security system. Looking for one, but I'd rather install myself. Not too keen on strangers traipsing about my house.
 

pickle

Eight Pointer
I have SimpliSafe and love it. Easy to install, inexpensive, NO contract is what I love best. And when you trip the alarm they are calling in seconds.
 

Downeast

Ten Pointer
I have two SimpliSafe systems (one at duck camp) and I have had no problems. I just wish they would have an extended range (say 100 yards or so) so I could rig up my out-buildings. That would be sweet.
 

SamCo89

Twelve Pointer
Contributor
I have two SimpliSafe systems (one at duck camp) and I have had no problems. I just wish they would have an extended range (say 100 yards or so) so I could rig up my out-buildings. That would be sweet.
You’ll have to step up to an higher end system to get that range-I would just have it installed if you want it monitored.. 2 different brands of wireless that will have that range: Honeywell Outdoor contacts: 300ft.. and DSC Power G: 3/4 mile open air..



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SamCo89

Twelve Pointer
Contributor
What are your thoughts on new-school home security vs the guys from 20-30 years ago?

Likes and dislikes? I've never had a wired/wireless home security system. Looking for one, but I'd rather install myself. Not too keen on strangers traipsing about my house.
I’ve seen the cost comparison, they are not saving you any money in the long run,once you start adding options. Last I looked at Simplisafe, the equipment they were selling was like 10 years old.

I would also advise anyone that’s looking at installing your own, do some research on tips & device placement. There’s a bit more to it than just slapping devices up.


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Downeast

Ten Pointer
I have the old Simplisafe system and they now offer a newer upgraded system. But they still support the older one. I built a new home so I removed the old system, cancelled the monitoring, and now reinstalled the system back in the new home. Along with all of the doors and windows I have one motion detector covering my safe plus a broken glass detector covering the sliding glass door. I hope it never has to do its job. About as close as I can figure it out is that it is a cellphone and it calls out when the system is triggered. It has a battery backup in case of power failure. The system does an automated routine check every month to make sure everything is working ok. You buy the system and monitoring is $15 a month.
 
I have had SimpliSafe for 2 years. I love the system and their response time is unbelievable. As mentioned, this system uses a cell phone. When you order be sure to request the cell phone company that has the best coverage in your area. My first base unit was equipped with T-Mobile and the unit did not work. Called tech support and got the cell service changed to Verizon(they overnited the new card) and have had zero problems. I use the upgraded monitoring package so that I can control the system through my cell phone.
 

Familyman

Ten Pointer
Have had a basic SimpliSafe wireless home protection package in my home for nearly 6 years with no problems. Very affordable option for no-frills home security. I would buy from them again.
 

samuelrp

Eight Pointer
If you want police dispatch, a local alarm company may be the best value based on the first three years cost. Professional advice can be helpful. Set the alarm using a key fob to instant, eliminating a delay on any door. These new cellular communicators work in seconds.
 

DozerD

Spike
Anyone here use the ring system? My wife and I were discussing the pros and cons to ring and simply safe last night. Going to be installing one or the other in a few weeks
 

Hines

Spike
Also consider a BlinkXT2 camera. You operate them via an app on your phone. Great battery life and triggers with movement. It will notify your cell and you can watch video and even 2 way talk through the app. Not a true security system, but it definitely fills gaps.
 
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