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SimpliSafe Home Security review: This system lives up to its name

Jake Widman | Jan. 4, 2016
SimpliSafe promotes its home-security system as a less-expensive alternative to professionally installed systems you can buy from service providers such as ADT and Vivint.

Verdict: A qualified thumbs up

That said, SimpliSafe makes a lot of devices and offers a range of system packages. The Starter package, at $230, includes the base station and keypad, one motion sensor, one door/window sensor, and one keychain remote. At the other end of the scale, the $540 Ultimate package comes with two motion sensors, four door/window sensors, two keychain remotes, a panic button, the extra siren, one water and one freeze sensor, and one smoke and one carbon-monoxide detector, plus the base station and keypad. You also get yard signs and window decals that might deter anyone from testing your system in the first place. If those bundles don’t fit your needs, you can build out your own package by starting with the base unit, keypad, and keychain remote, and then adding whichever other components you choose.

Whether the SimpliSafe system is right for you depends on if you want just a security system or if you’re interested in laying the foundation for a truly connected home. There’s nothing to stop you from installing smart lighting, a programmable thermostat, or any other connected-home components alongside SimpliSafe, but you’ll need to manage them independently of your security system.

In short, SimpliSafe will make your home safer, but it won’t make it any smarter.


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