Ring Security System Vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe batteries

The SimpliSafe security unit is heavily dependent on batteries. It is so designed to ensure the portability of the components. Sensors and keypads can be placed anywhere in the house. Their location in the home is not determined by the availability of power outlets. This design also ensures that security is guaranteed even in the event of a blackout. Therefore, each component of the system from the keypad to the sensors, and the base unit requires the use of batteries to operate.

These sources of energy have an average life span of about five years. Equipment such as the keypad must have its batteries replaced yearly. The base unit and the sensors can have their batteries replaced at least every five years.

SimpliSafe monthly plans

SimpliSafe offers its users security services on a month to month basis. This arrangement does not force users to enter into long-term contractual agreements that may be difficult to dissolve. The security company gives its users a choice between two payment plans; the basic monthly plan and the interactive plan.

The basic plan costs a user monthly payment worth $14.99.  Not much is offered under this scheme. The company binds itself to provide basic professional monitoring services only. This means that, while one is subscribed to this payment plan. SimpliSafe will only monitor the home and send notifications to the user and the authorities whenever the alarm sounds.

This plan does not allow remote access to the system. A user will not be able to arm or disarm alarms, control floodlights or enable push notifications to form their phone. They will not even be able to stream live feeds of their homes on their mobile phones.

The interactive plan will put a $24.99 dent in the user’s wallet. This monthly subscription plan lives up to its name. It allows for full interaction with the security system without any limitations. With this subscription, the user is allowed to remotely control and monitor the entire SimpliSafe unit. Regardless of location, the user can manipulate and even change settings on their home security unit. All this can be done conveniently by using a smart phone. 

SimpliSafe also provides professional monitoring services under this plan. These services include sending notifications to the user and the police of any break-ins that may happen.

SimpliSafe cloud storage 

SimpliSafe security systems provide cloud storage for image and video footage for up to 30 days. A user can monitor their home from the SimpliSafe app on their mobile phone. Any footage recorded can be manually backed-up by the user into the cloud for storage. It can then be downloaded and shared across devices as willed by the user.

How does SimpliSafe monitoring work and how much does it cost?

SimpliSafe monitoring depends on WIFI connectivity. The security company has an entire department devoted to monitoring the activity of all units installed in users’ homes. The information collected by the units is relayed, in real-time, to this monitoring center via the internet. Any breaches into the home by unauthorized persons prompts the monitoring team to alert the authorities and send notifications to the user via their mobile phones

These services are however not cheap. To enjoy these benefits, ones needs to subscribe to the interactive plan. These plans cost $ 24.99. It requires monthly renewal. The interactive plan allows a user to enjoy professional monitoring services and other benefits such as remote access.

Does SimpliSafe require WIFI

To connect all the devices used within the SimpliSafe security network, a WIFI connection is needed. Internet connectivity allows all the components of the system to communicate effectively with each other. It further ensures that the SimpliSafe monitoring team and the user can receive alerts in real-time. 

Does SimpliSafe have outdoor cameras?

Though SimpliSafe is primarily concerned with indoor safety, the company also sells outdoor cameras. The outdoor camera comes with a variety of features aimed at enhancing home security. It takes videos and in HD and 720p quality. The videos can be streamed in real-time by users from their phones.

This outdoor camera is equipped with heat sensors designed to detect heat signatures from the bodies of human beings. Due to this impressive feature, it can distinguish distractions from possible threats. The camera comes installed with end-end encryption software. Such software ensures that only the user and the SimpliSafe monitoring team can access the video feed. 

Can you use the SimpliSafe app without monitoring?

It is possible to use the SimpliSafe app without monitoring. In this scheme, a user is only able to utilize the alarm function of the security system. Once a breach in the home is detected, the alarm will sound. SimpliSafe will not react to the alarm signal. The user is responsible for notifying the authorities of the possible break-in. 

It is also not possible for the user to remotely access the system. This means that one can neither receive any security notifications from their mobile phones nor change settings remotely.  

Is SimpliSafe compatible with ring?

SimpliSafe technology is designed to be very unique. The product and all its accessories are created to operate as one single system made up of components from the same manufacturer. It is thus not compatible with numerous devices or software from other security companies including Ring. Every accessory to be connected to the system, ranging from cameras, keypads, and sensors must all be purchased from the company. 

SimpliSafe problems

For the most part, this home security system comes off as very unreproachable. However, it has been discovered that several vulnerabilities may pose a risk to the more than 300,000 homes currently using it. The SimpliSafe security system can be hacked quite easily by using very affordable and easy to find equipment. Using very basic hardware, it is possible to break into a house, by breaching the integrity of door and motion sensors or even harvest PINS and passwords. 

This vulnerability is worsened by the fact that the system comes with a one-time programmable chip. This means that it does not allow over the air software updates. Therefore, even though the SimpliSafe Company recognizes this error, it is virtually impossible to patch it.

SimpliSafe video doorbell installation

This security system is marketed as a DIY installation product. Therefore, installing any of its components in your home is quite an easy task. To install the video doorbell, one needs to follow a few steps. The first is to turn off power to the doorbell. The next step is to remove the doorbell that is currently in place. After this is done, one needs to carefully push the doorbell wires through the holes of the fixing bracket and then screw it into the wall. Finally, connect the doorbell cable to the mounting bracket and slide the doorbell into place.

Is there a monthly fee for SimpliSafe?

To fully activate all the benefits of SimpliSafe, the payment of a monthly fee is required. There are two plans to which users can subscribe to. These plans are namely, the basic plan and the interactive plan. The basic plan offers users basic monitoring services of their homes. The company also notifies authorities of any security breaches or break-ins. Conversely, the interactive plan offers monitoring services, alerts and notifications to authorities in case of any break-ins, and remote access of the system by the user.

It is possible to use the system without making any monthly payments. A user who opts not to make any payments under any scheme can only utilize the alarm function. If a break-in occurs, the alarm sounds and it is up to the user to notify the authorities.

How to change SimpliSafe alarm code

The SimpliSafe alarm code by default is always 1234. It is prudent to change this once the system is successfully installed. This can be simply done by pressing the “menu” on the keypad. A few options are then displayed on the interface. Pick the “Change PIN” option. Type in the new Personalized Identification Number (PIN) and press enter. The system will ask you to confirm the PIN. Do this by typing it again and pressing enter and voila a new alarm code will have been set.

Charging a SimpliSafe doorbell

SimpliSafe batteries need to be changed every so often. Batteries on the system’s accessories have a life span of about a year. The system prompts the user to change the batteries whenever they are low. To change the battery on the doorbell, simply unmount it from the wall. The battery competent should be visible at the back. Take out the used batteries and replace them with new ones.

Do you need a junction box for ring floodlight?

To fully utilize the properties of a floodlight, the junction box is mandatory. The junction box serves the purpose of protecting the floodlights’ electrical connections. Hardwiring the floodlight within the security junction box allows one to enjoy all the features of the floodlight.

Ring floodlight junction box size

A ring floodlight junction box is a very small box. It is only 4 inches in size. Such a size is big enough to shelter all electrical cables and compact enough to be hidden away from view. 

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