Top Best 12 Home Security Systems – Best Buy in November 2021

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Ring
Ring - Alarm 8-Piece Security Kit - White
Description

Ring Alarm Security System packs the power of whole-home security into an easy DIY package. When armed, Ring Alarm sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever doors or windows open and when motion is detected at home. Integrate it with Ring cams, doorbells, and select smart locks to control your entire security system right in the free Ring App. Activate 24/7 professional monitoring with a Ring Protect Plan and get emergency support when you need it.

8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Myring, 10 out of 10
    Love my Ring!

    My Ring devices provide me with the same quality security as a highly priced security system.

    Oct 22, 2021 21:59
  • Review by 0123456799, 2 out of 10
    Do they respond the same way in an emergency?

    The keypad in the set is defective; instead of the digits running from 0 through 9, there are two 9s and no 8. I thought that it wasn't a big deal, but it turns out that the first 9 key doesn't act like an 8 if you use it in your security code. Of course, I realized this after installing every other piece and gluing the sensors to the doors, windows, and walls. Reached out to Ring customer service twice and they were completely useless (one time they completely ignored my question). They wanted me to reach out to their support team for troubleshooting. How do you troubleshoot a visibly defective piece of equipment? Also reached out to Best Buy and all the only option I had was to return the whole thing. Again, everything is now installed and I would have to remove everything just to have one of the pieces replaced. It's a waste of time and a waste of materials. If this is how Ring responds to such an insignificant issue, it makes me wonder how useful they would be in an emergency.

    Sep 02, 2021 12:57
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Great Product

    Love it! I just need to get a solar charging mounting kit.

    Apr 15, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Falcon, 10 out of 10
    So nice I bought it twice

    I recently installed this home security system for my parents and after the install I was fully sold on getting one for myself. It is extremely easy to set up and use. I did have a slight hiccup when installing my parents system due to the fact that they use and Apple devices and with the Apple devices there's a little connectivity issue when setting up the Wi-Fi access. It wasn't hard to find a quick work around for it but it did slow down the process just a little bit. Once fully installed this gave no problems with their Apple device. The system is great for parents like me with small children giving us alerts when a door has opened or if someone forgot to close something. When on the go it's nice to be able to check on our home and know it is secure. It's also nice to know that the system has its own internal batteries so if there's a loss of power the security system is still able to arm and stay armed.

    Jul 31, 2021 10:10
  • Review by Taurean, 10 out of 10
    Great value for Home Security

    I’ve had a Ring Door Bell, flood light cameras, Smart Carbon Monoxide And smoke detectors in my home for a while. This product truly brings out the true potential in those smart home components and has simplified the process of Disarming and Arming my home without the need for an app. The system installed easily, it looks clean and timeless makes a pleasant sound when the doors open! I’ve accidentally tripped the alarm a few times and you can really hear it. Works with Alexa devices for added convenience! I’m truly glad I purchased this, absolutely one of my best Smart Home purchases yet! I strongly recommend!

    Jul 10, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Owesome, 10 out of 10
    I left ADT and decided upon such...

    I have had the ring doorbell for years now and it seemed quite natural that I would migrate to a Ring Alarm System. I did. I left ADT and decided upon such as it integrated well with that was already in place. I really prefer the self monitoring and the idea that it’s at such a low cost... $8.50/mthly. I love the ease of installation too. Did it myself and quick too.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Georgeooo, 10 out of 10
    Good buy

    Bought this on sale I think for $195 and it’s an easy setup also bought the 1yr ring protect plus from them to monitor my home and record video storage included I think that a good deal. This kit has everything to get started I already added a stick up cam and doorbell outside.

    Dec 18, 2020 16:33
  • Review by Hookedonecho, 10 out of 10
    Great system

    It was so easy to install and connect. Only problem is sensor fell off the wall and yes I cleaned the wall prior to installing and I wish it came with a bracket for permanent installation So I need to buy more tape. The free echo 3rd gen. Just sweetened the pot.

    Aug 02, 2020 11:31
  • 9.6score
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    Ring - Alarm Security Kit 9-Piece (2nd Gen) - White
    Description

    Ring Alarm Security System packs the power of whole-home security into an easy DIY package. When armed, Ring Alarm sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever doors or windows open and when motion is detected at home. Integrate it with Ring cams, doorbells, and select smart locks to control your entire security system right in the free Ring App. Activate 24/7 professional monitoring with a Ring Protect Plan and get emergency support when you need it.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Myring, 10 out of 10
    Love my Ring!

    My Ring devices provide me with the same quality security as a highly priced security system.

    Oct 22, 2021 21:59
  • Review by 0123456799, 2 out of 10
    Do they respond the same way in an emergency?

    The keypad in the set is defective; instead of the digits running from 0 through 9, there are two 9s and no 8. I thought that it wasn't a big deal, but it turns out that the first 9 key doesn't act like an 8 if you use it in your security code. Of course, I realized this after installing every other piece and gluing the sensors to the doors, windows, and walls. Reached out to Ring customer service twice and they were completely useless (one time they completely ignored my question). They wanted me to reach out to their support team for troubleshooting. How do you troubleshoot a visibly defective piece of equipment? Also reached out to Best Buy and all the only option I had was to return the whole thing. Again, everything is now installed and I would have to remove everything just to have one of the pieces replaced. It's a waste of time and a waste of materials. If this is how Ring responds to such an insignificant issue, it makes me wonder how useful they would be in an emergency.

    Sep 02, 2021 12:57
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Great Product

    Love it! I just need to get a solar charging mounting kit.

    Apr 15, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Falcon, 10 out of 10
    So nice I bought it twice

    I recently installed this home security system for my parents and after the install I was fully sold on getting one for myself. It is extremely easy to set up and use. I did have a slight hiccup when installing my parents system due to the fact that they use and Apple devices and with the Apple devices there's a little connectivity issue when setting up the Wi-Fi access. It wasn't hard to find a quick work around for it but it did slow down the process just a little bit. Once fully installed this gave no problems with their Apple device. The system is great for parents like me with small children giving us alerts when a door has opened or if someone forgot to close something. When on the go it's nice to be able to check on our home and know it is secure. It's also nice to know that the system has its own internal batteries so if there's a loss of power the security system is still able to arm and stay armed.

    Jul 31, 2021 10:10
  • Review by Taurean, 10 out of 10
    Great value for Home Security

    I’ve had a Ring Door Bell, flood light cameras, Smart Carbon Monoxide And smoke detectors in my home for a while. This product truly brings out the true potential in those smart home components and has simplified the process of Disarming and Arming my home without the need for an app. The system installed easily, it looks clean and timeless makes a pleasant sound when the doors open! I’ve accidentally tripped the alarm a few times and you can really hear it. Works with Alexa devices for added convenience! I’m truly glad I purchased this, absolutely one of my best Smart Home purchases yet! I strongly recommend!

    Jul 10, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Owesome, 10 out of 10
    I left ADT and decided upon such...

    I have had the ring doorbell for years now and it seemed quite natural that I would migrate to a Ring Alarm System. I did. I left ADT and decided upon such as it integrated well with that was already in place. I really prefer the self monitoring and the idea that it’s at such a low cost... $8.50/mthly. I love the ease of installation too. Did it myself and quick too.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Georgeooo, 10 out of 10
    Good buy

    Bought this on sale I think for $195 and it’s an easy setup also bought the 1yr ring protect plus from them to monitor my home and record video storage included I think that a good deal. This kit has everything to get started I already added a stick up cam and doorbell outside.

    Dec 18, 2020 16:33
  • Review by Hookedonecho, 10 out of 10
    Great system

    It was so easy to install and connect. Only problem is sensor fell off the wall and yes I cleaned the wall prior to installing and I wish it came with a bracket for permanent installation So I need to buy more tape. The free echo 3rd gen. Just sweetened the pot.

    Aug 02, 2020 11:31
  • 9.6score
    3
    Ring
    Ring - Alarm Security Kit 5-Piece (2nd Gen) - White
    Description

    Ring Alarm Security System packs the power of whole-home security into an easy DIY package. When armed, Ring Alarm sends notifications to your phone and tablet whenever doors or windows open and when motion is detected at home. Integrate it with Ring cams, doorbells, and select smart locks to control your entire security system right in the free Ring App. Activate 24/7 professional monitoring with a Ring Protect Plan and get emergency support when you need it.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Myring, 10 out of 10
    Love my Ring!

    My Ring devices provide me with the same quality security as a highly priced security system.

    Oct 22, 2021 21:59
  • Review by 0123456799, 2 out of 10
    Do they respond the same way in an emergency?

    The keypad in the set is defective; instead of the digits running from 0 through 9, there are two 9s and no 8. I thought that it wasn't a big deal, but it turns out that the first 9 key doesn't act like an 8 if you use it in your security code. Of course, I realized this after installing every other piece and gluing the sensors to the doors, windows, and walls. Reached out to Ring customer service twice and they were completely useless (one time they completely ignored my question). They wanted me to reach out to their support team for troubleshooting. How do you troubleshoot a visibly defective piece of equipment? Also reached out to Best Buy and all the only option I had was to return the whole thing. Again, everything is now installed and I would have to remove everything just to have one of the pieces replaced. It's a waste of time and a waste of materials. If this is how Ring responds to such an insignificant issue, it makes me wonder how useful they would be in an emergency.

    Sep 02, 2021 12:57
  • Review by Anonymous, 10 out of 10
    Great Product

    Love it! I just need to get a solar charging mounting kit.

    Apr 15, 2021 20:02
  • Review by Falcon, 10 out of 10
    So nice I bought it twice

    I recently installed this home security system for my parents and after the install I was fully sold on getting one for myself. It is extremely easy to set up and use. I did have a slight hiccup when installing my parents system due to the fact that they use and Apple devices and with the Apple devices there's a little connectivity issue when setting up the Wi-Fi access. It wasn't hard to find a quick work around for it but it did slow down the process just a little bit. Once fully installed this gave no problems with their Apple device. The system is great for parents like me with small children giving us alerts when a door has opened or if someone forgot to close something. When on the go it's nice to be able to check on our home and know it is secure. It's also nice to know that the system has its own internal batteries so if there's a loss of power the security system is still able to arm and stay armed.

    Jul 31, 2021 10:10
  • Review by Taurean, 10 out of 10
    Great value for Home Security

    I’ve had a Ring Door Bell, flood light cameras, Smart Carbon Monoxide And smoke detectors in my home for a while. This product truly brings out the true potential in those smart home components and has simplified the process of Disarming and Arming my home without the need for an app. The system installed easily, it looks clean and timeless makes a pleasant sound when the doors open! I’ve accidentally tripped the alarm a few times and you can really hear it. Works with Alexa devices for added convenience! I’m truly glad I purchased this, absolutely one of my best Smart Home purchases yet! I strongly recommend!

    Jul 10, 2020 15:59
  • Review by Owesome, 10 out of 10
    I left ADT and decided upon such...

    I have had the ring doorbell for years now and it seemed quite natural that I would migrate to a Ring Alarm System. I did. I left ADT and decided upon such as it integrated well with that was already in place. I really prefer the self monitoring and the idea that it’s at such a low cost... $8.50/mthly. I love the ease of installation too. Did it myself and quick too.

    Mar 26, 2021 16:08
  • Review by Georgeooo, 10 out of 10
    Good buy

    Bought this on sale I think for $195 and it’s an easy setup also bought the 1yr ring protect plus from them to monitor my home and record video storage included I think that a good deal. This kit has everything to get started I already added a stick up cam and doorbell outside.

    Dec 18, 2020 16:33
  • Review by Hookedonecho, 10 out of 10
    Great system

    It was so easy to install and connect. Only problem is sensor fell off the wall and yes I cleaned the wall prior to installing and I wish it came with a bracket for permanent installation So I need to buy more tape. The free echo 3rd gen. Just sweetened the pot.

    Aug 02, 2020 11:31
  • 9.6score
    Ring - Alarm Pro Home Security Kit 8 Pieces - White
    Description

    Alarm Pro Home Security Kit, 8-Piece combines whole-home protection, a fast eero Wi-Fi 6 router, and network security in one. Protect 4 windows or doors and add motion detection to 1 hallway or room. Enjoy wifi coverage of up to 1500 sq. ft. Plus, keep your compatible devices connected if the primary internet goes out with 24/7 Backup Internet, an exclusive Ring Protect Pro subscription feature, sold separately. Control your home security system from the Ring App and manage your wifi and digital security settings in the eero App.

    8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by MrGadget, 10 out of 10
    For the right home, great product! See review

    Ring Alarm Pro 8-Piece Home Security Kit with Wi-Fi 6 eero Router

    Ring’s new Alarm Pro 8-Piece Home Security Kit with Wi-Fi 6 eero Router appears to be designed for small homes and consumers looking for a complete package. Complete, meaning that it includes a single Wi-Fi 6 router, ideally centrally located for optimal coverage.

    **WHAT’S IN THE BOX**

    • (1) Alarm Pro Base Station

    • (1) Keypad

    • (4) Contact Sensors

    • (1) Motion Detector

    • (1) Range Extender

    • (1) 3 ft. Ethernet Cable

    • Documentation

    (From the manufacturer) –

    “eero mesh wifi router provides up to 1500 sq. It. of coverage. Internet connection speeds depend on your internet service provider. Coverage estimates are based on normal use conditions. Actual range a and performance can vary, including due to factors such as interference, device usage, building materials and obstructions. Coverage estimates are a configuration reference, not a performance guarantee. Ring Alarm Pro is designed to be used as a router, as using Ring Alarm Pro as an extender may impact your ability to utilize Ring Protect Pro features.”

    From the jump, THIS Ring Alarm Pro system targets users who are part of or will soon join the Ring ecosystem that can include Ring Doorbell, more sensors, indoor and outdoor cameras, additional keypads and more Ring components so as to complete a comprehensive Ring-based home monitoring and security system.

    A small home or apartment might not require add-ons beyond this kit. The kit has four sensors for windows or doors and one hallway or room sensor. If your home needs more of any of these for full coverage, add what is needed. Ours needs more hall and window sensors, so we purchased them, and all work seamlessly with THIS kit.

    The kit includes ONE keypad, so if you want more than one, such as for a back and front door, and for a garage, for example, more keypads will be required. OR, if the household users wish to use the iOS or Android app, then added keypads may not be needed.

    Are you sensing the flexibility offered by this system?

    And what of the eero router? If you are happy with your existing router’s technology and coverage, you may wish to opt for a kit without the eero router. However, this router is also the alarm base with eero Wi-Fi 6 in combination, which is a good thing, though not necessarily for large homes. The included Range Extender will help, but not enough for homes over as little as 1,000 feet up to about 2,000 square feet, depending upon home construction and other standard factors effecting how far and how strong Wi-Fi will be in any home. Not trying to be obtuse, but this is THE issue for any Wi-Fi in any home and there is not one solution for all circumstances.

    Moving on, both the router and keypad have built-in backup batteries for short-duration power outages. Additional Ring Power packs at added cost can extend online presence during power outages.

    If your ISP has provided your modem with a router combination and Wi-Fi, you should be able to disable the router part of the combo unit and use this new eero. If you are paying for Wi-Fi, since the eero has it, you may be able to stop paying your ISP for Wi-Fi, saving as much as $6 or more per month!

    As for me, I prefer to own my own modem and router so this eero is a good way to go.

    This kit does NOT provide monitoring service. Optional 24/7 professional monitoring with a Ring Pro subscription is sold separately and there is no contract. Why have a security system without professional monitoring? Only the consumer can answer this, but as for this reviewer, I am a fan of Ring’s professional monitoring. We already have it for our comprehensive Ring-based home system to which we added the components in THIS kit.

    The Ring app tells each of us when someone is at the door (with Ring Doorbell, sold separately). We also have a Ring Plug-in Chime near the front door, also sold separately, but YOU may be satisfied with notifications on your smart phone through this kit.

    Other add-ons to consider include cellular internet options for Alarm Pro and a subscription to Ring Protect.

    Home security is a multi-level, layered plan!

    **THE SETUP**

    Setup involves placing the sensors, each with their own batteries that should last many months and are easily replaced at low cost.

    Setup is through the Ring and eero apps.

    The Alarm Pro module is ideally placed where it can be connected using Ethernet to your modem.

    Through the apps, setup is straightforward (after users have established accounts). As we already have Ring, we only needed to add the eero account and set up eero as our gateway instead of the existing router.

    And of course, the system is Alexa-compatible.

    A QR-code on each device is used for the setup, one at a time, please.

    The system uses Z-Wave for its internal network, so look up this technology. This is how the Range Extender extends the signal. And so it goes, one sensor at a time until getting to the Keypad, which is used for arming and disarming as well as emergency keys if you have chosen to subscribe to Professional Monitoring.

    **PUT IT TO THE TEST**

    Let’s make this simple. IF the setup and tests have been successfully completed, it just works!

    We have no issues, and this includes integrating with our older Gen 1 hardware.

    **CONCLUSION**

    Lots of “ifs” here. As stated at the outset, IF you are now or soon will become part of the Ring ecosystem and IF you will benefit from the eero router, this is a fine system and should provide safety and security if used properly. More security will be gained from the add-ons as stated.

    Nice job, Ring!

    **WARRANTY**

    Ring Alarm Pro is covered by the manufacturer’s one-year limited warranty.

    Nov 07, 2021 18:13
  • Review by TechnicallyWell, 8 out of 10
    Router and security in 1, but some setup struggles

    ## Setup

    This version of the Ring Alarm system includes a router built-in to the base station. This makes setup a little trickier as you need to juggle between two apps: the Ring app (for setting up the alarm functionality) and the Eero app (for setting up the router functionality). It would be better if you can handle everything in one app, but the Ring app does a good job of redirecting you to the Eero app when necessary. However, you’re still required to set up two accounts: one for Ring and one for Eero.

    The main reason you would want to go with the “Pro” version is the inclusion of the router, but if for some reason you want to use your own router with this system, I couldn’t find a way to disable the router functionality or otherwise put it into “bridge” mode. If you connect it to another router, the Eero will correctly set itself up as a separate network and you can still use the Ring alarm functionality.

    The Ring Alarm Pro also includes cellular connectivity at an additional monthly cost, and the router can use this cell connection to provide internet to other WiFi devices connected to it. The base cellular plan includes 3GB, so your data usage would have to remain very low (no streaming Netflix), but this could come in handy for a remote vacation home or cabin that would otherwise not have an internet connection. From what I can tell, it seems to use AT&T’s cellular service.

    Once you have the internet connectivity squared away, the app will guide you to set up the components of the system, by activating the door and motion sensors one by one, typically by removing the plastic battery tab. I struggled with this a bit, too, because some of the sensors didn’t seem to activate on the first try, and I had to exit the app and go back in to start the process over. There are handy tutorial videos in the app that walk you through how to best place the various sensors.

    ## Performance

    I really like the light-up keypad and voice responses that let you know what is going on as you use the system. To change mode, you need to enter your 4 digit PIN followed by a mode button: disarm, home, or away. If you’re successful, a voice will tell “disarmed” or “home armed” to confirm you did it correctly. If you’re like me and you just press the mode button without entering your PIN first, the numbers will blink to let you know you missed a step (but, sadly, no voice prompt).

    The delay feature when arming the system is also nicely executed: a countdown LED bar on the keypad lets you know how much time is remaining until the system is armed (or until the alarm will go off if you’re returning home). You can configure the delay for up to 3 minutes upon leaving or arriving home. The keypad also chirps while the countdown is in process to grab your attention and remind you that you have something to do.

    I also like that the system allows you to use it without professional monitoring. When the alarm is tripped, you’ll get push notifications on your phone. The siren on the base station is very loud and is sure to get the attention of close-by neighbors. The keypad also has its own siren that’s not as loud as the base station but should deter any would-be intruders.

    The base station has a backup battery that will still sound the alarm even during a power outage (the keypad has a rechargeable battery in it as well that should last months between charges). If you subscribe to the Pro plan, you also get backup cellular internet as mentioned earlier, so this security system has all of your bases covered as far as power outages and internet outages.

    ## Summary

    The Ring Alarm *Pro* version is meant to serve as your home internet router and security system in one. If you’re already happy with your home WiFi router, then you probably don’t need to spend the extra money on this *Pro* version. The keypad’s voice commands and LED animations help you understand the current state of your system, and you’re not required to pay a monthly subscription fee for basic self-monitoring.

    Nov 02, 2021 14:44
  • Review by JorgeST, 10 out of 10
    Self-service beauty

    Prior to moving into my new home I had used a big name security system company, they locked me into a yearly contract that ended up being a pain to get out of. Fast forward to this alarm system, setting up does not require hardwires to be drilled in my walls, I do not need to have a stranger come into my home to install, and the contract is easy to manage on a month to month basis via the superb customer service.

    All in all, the system comes in a pre labeled boxes describing each and every function of every item in the bundle. Once everything is placed, the system was nearly immediately live and in service, which really blew my mind on how quick it was able to be up and running. This 8 piece system was such a breeze so install that I wanted expanded parts to cover other parts of my home, (I haven't yet) but I able to find where to add additional pieces to cover larger or more unique home layouts. Another cool thing about it being wireless is that it can easily be changed or altered based on what areas want to be covered.

    All in all I would highly recommend this starter alarm pack as its super easy to set up, is able to be expanded via purchasing new parts, and sync with my phone/companion app.

    Nov 08, 2021 11:18
  • Review by Grouticus, 10 out of 10
    Quick, easy, affordable and effective security

    This is the perfect security system and add-on for those who already have, or are planning to acquire, a Ring doorbell or any other Ring products. The hardware was very easy to install, set up and sync to your existing Ring app through an existing wifi connection and no tools or professional installation required. I was able to set the whole system up under an hour which included the hardware and app set up. In order to get the most out of your security, you’ll want to think about where to add the door/window sensors as well as the motion detector alert before installing the hardware. Once everything is installed in your home or office, you’ll have to set it up using your Wi-Fi and connecting it all through the Ring app on your smart phone/tablet. I suggest placing the security keypad near the entry door where you regularly enter/exit your home/office for easy access to arm/disarm your system. The 4 entry point magnetic sensors should also be installed on easily accessible doors/windows you may think someone could easily break into and the motion sensor I would recommend installing in an area that traffic or motion could be detected to alert you of. It’s also very easy to add additional sensors to your system as well including cameras, security lights, sensors, etc. One of the other great benefits of this system is it has a built in eero Wi-Fi 6 router built into it that helps extend your Wi-Fi system up to 1500 sq ft which you can also add Wi-Fi extenders to. You can also add Ring power packs to the system to ensure the power for your system stays on in the event of a blackout.

    If/when something is detected on one of your sensors, you will receive a push notification on your smart device and if you did opt for the Ring Protect Pro subscription, they could potentially contact you and/or the authorities to investigate. You can also opt into the Ring Protect Pro subscription which has 24/7 professional security monitoring however it is not a requirement.

    This is a simple and reasonably priced security add on to your home/office with the option of not paying a monthly fee through an alarm company. I would recommend this security add on system to anyone who already has Ring products, or is planning on adding more Ring products, and looking to add or replace additional security.

    Nov 01, 2021 21:00
  • Review by Mike, 10 out of 10
    Everything you need to get started & secure!

    This is a great kit to get started with home security! Setup is very easy and the app guides you all the way through, even prompts you to download and switch to the router setup when appropriate! The kit comes with enough to get started for most apartments, townhomes, and smaller homes but is easily expandable if you need a few extra door/window sensors or another keypad. The Alarm Pro base station with an ultra-fast built-in Eero WiFi 6 router is well worth the cost of the whole kit. I would absolutely recommend this setup to anyone looking for an easy to setup and expand security and WiFi system! The only real drawback is the lack of Google Assistant and Siri support, but it is an Amazon company and works seamlessly with Alexa (where you can setup routines with Hue lights and other non-Ring/Amazon Alexa systems). The expandability and easy of use is certainly the best part of this alarm system!

    Nov 06, 2021 17:14
  • Review by rjv86, 6 out of 10
    Solid system that could have had better finishing

    This all in one system is a great alternative to having a company come out and set up a home alarm once you get it set up.

    I didn't like that two different apps are needed to set up; Eero and Ring Home. During setup, you need to jump back and forth between the apps. It may take a few tries to set up. I kept getting Eero to find the home base, but within the Ring app it wouldn't show as online. After unregistering and retrying a few times, it finally came online in the dashboard

    once you pass that hurdle, setup of the sensors are a snap. one at a time just pull the plastic tab out and within 30 seconds the device is paired and finishing set up is a matter of picking a room and naming it.

    The keypad has a nice feel, however it looks much like a kid toy. what i didn't like is the cord coming out of it. Would have preferred a way to hardwire and hide the power or run it off a bigger battery. It looks messy and ugly. I'm not a fan of exposed wire.

    there are a lot of features that can be tailored to how much you want to be involved or leave it to others. If you're used to smart home features, you may want to opt to personally monitor so you can get your own alerts and act accordingly. For those that want a hands off approach, you can link it to a professional service.

    I dinged the stars because of the power cord for the keypad making the system look lazy and less professional and for the issues getting initial set up. if it works out for you right away and you don't mind the power cord, then this is great for you.

    Nov 05, 2021 10:03
  • Review by stuman1974, 8 out of 10
    Great kit if you want to replace or need a router!

    As a user of the Gen 1 Ring Alarm system, I got this planning to upgrade my base station and add the sensors and keypad that came with this Pro kit. Been very happy with the current system for a couple years. Very reliable and I do like the iPhone app interface a lot. All of the sensors and keypad with this Pro kit are the same as used with the Gen 2 kit and are a bit smaller and more sleek. Nonetheless, they all work well together from the same base which is really nice that Ring doesn't force you to obsolete older hardware when you upgrade.

    Upgrading from the Gen 1 base to the Pro base via the app was very easy. It actually allows you to backup and save all of your settings and preferences for all the sensors so it's not a fresh setup from scratch. If this is your first Ring system, it's still not a bad process. Very easy and intuitive.

    However, as an upgrader and per how I had it setup, the Pro was not for me (knocking it down 1 star). I wrongly assumed I would be able to use this Pro base as I had with the Gen 1...wirelessly connected to my current routed (adding it as a wireless bridge) and in a different room and on a different floor like today. Wrong! This Pro base must either REPLACE your current router or can be hard-wired as a bridge. Unfortunately, that's not what I wanted. I called tech support and they told me that it was not possible (maybe firmware update in the future?). Ultimately, I flipped back to the Gen 1 base which was a pain because unlike the upgrade, I had to call them and set up everything like new again. Detaching and re-registering every single sensor.

    The good news though is everything is back to normal. And I have a mix now of the old and new sensors throughout my home. But like I said, if you need/want a new router that is integrated, Pro may good for you. If not, go get the less expensive current Gen 2 Ring Alarm system.

    Nov 04, 2021 16:51
  • Review by AsiaLovely1, 10 out of 10
    Great system, easy to use

    This 8 piece security kit is perfect for apartments, or small homes. I live in a townhouse with 2 bedrooms that are all upstairs one facing a street, so no true need for sensors on those windows. Downstairs I have 2 entrances, and my kitchen window which I easily placed sensors on. The setup process was by far the easiest of any security system I have had to date, with videos in the app to guide you a long with detailed step by step directions. I set my base station up in my room, so the extender is a nice touch if you’re someone like me who wants their base station a little closer to them. I did not use the motion sensor, because of my dog and his ability to easily trigger it. He’s a large breed dog and when I’m not home he’s not crates, and hops on couches, or beds and it just wouldn’t make sense to risk the possible false alarm. This was not enough to take a star away from the quality of this system for me personally. The reason being is Ring’s ability to connect to the internet on its own via the base station. I have too many things plugged up to my current modem at home, so I honestly didn’t have room. Enter eero, the ability to connect wirelessly without being hooked up to your modem or home internet. I have never seen anything like this personally in a security system and it’s an AMAZING feature. This will work great for people who don’t have internet connection at home/office or wherever this system is being used, or have internet but just unable to manually be hooked up to it. That alone is worth 5 stars to me. Ring did a great job with this. Easy setup, sleek designs of keypad, sensors, and base station, and wireless capability (you will have to pay monthly for that, but you get a month free). Don’t hesitate with this. Protect your property and feel comfortable doing it.

    Nov 07, 2021 17:31
  • 9.0score
    SimpliSafe - Home Security System with Outdoor Camera - White
    Description

    It’s easy to transform your home into a safe haven with SimpliSafe’s award-winning security system. Everything is simple to set up, effortless to use, and designed to do one thing only: keep your home and family safe. Indoor and outdoor security cameras let you see everything happening in full HD. So you can spot trouble before it comes knocking and capture the evidence if it does. And if someone tries to break in, the burglary sensors will sound the alarm right away. But that’s not all. Whenever your alarm goes off, we’ll call you and send police, firefighters, or ambulances to your door in a snap — and stay on the line with you until they arrive. So no matter where you are or what you’re doing, your home is protected 24/7.

    14 Features
  • Layers of Whole Home Protection: Award-winning protection for your front lawn, back yard, and everything in between. Backed by optional 24/7 professional monitoring for fast police dispatch.
  • Wireless Outdoor Security Camera: An ultra-wide 140 degree field of view in HD color night vision and a spotlight that shines when there's motion.
  • Indoor Security Camera with Privacy Shield: Get alerts and watch 1080p HD video. Comes with a stainless steel privacy shutter so you can be 100% sure it is not recording.
  • Simple to set up. Seriously secure.: Set everything up easily in about 30 minutes. No drilling or wiring required.
  • Window, door and motion detection: Entry sensors alert you when someone tries to enter and is designed to work on almost any type of window, door and cabinet. With 90 degree vision, put the motion sensor in a corner to guard a whole room.
  • Get alerts when someone is outside: Alerts you when someone approaches. So you know if someone is on your property who shouldn’t be.
  • Deter intruders before they enter: Tell unwanted guests they’re on camera with 2-way audio - or even sound a loud siren.
  • Power outage protection: If you lose power, your base station’s backup battery kicks in for up to 24 hours
  • You can arm it when you are home: Move freely about your home while still guarding doors and windows.
  • Control your system from anywhere: Arm, disarm, check your security footage and more on the SimpliSafe App.
  • “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to lock up.”: Arm your system at home with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring (optional): We're on guard 24/7, ready to dispatch police, firefighters, and ambulances when you need help.
  • Yard sign & security decals: Let everyone know your home is protected by SimpliSafe — with a big sign and window stickers they can’t miss.
  • 3 year warranty: Get a free replacement for anything that breaks within the first 3 years.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by TechReviews, 10 out of 10
    ** SUPER IMPRESSED ** Incredible Value **

    SimpliSafe has been around for over a decade, but this is my first chance to interact with this product, and i must admit that I’m duly impressed.

    My last security system required costly and invasive installation progress, running low-voltage wires to every main floor and basement windows, doors, keypads, etc.

    I’ll admit initial unboxing was a tad overwhelming, as I’m NOT a handy guy. It had me worried I’d need to sub it out, or ask for help but I’m happy to state, this system is truly a breeze to setup and install. Easy quick start guide, magnets and adhesives, and no tool requirements (save for 2 mounting screws on outdoor camera if you don’t have anywhere for the magnet to bind).

    Simply download and open the SimpliSafe app and it walks you through setup step-by-step, sensor by sensor in whatever order you prefer.

    Having worked with a number of camera systems this was by far the most painless and simple procedure imaginable. Plug the thing in, hit Menu on the keypad, or add camera on the app, and then use the camera to scan a QR code and voila. Literally 90 seconds.

    The outdoor camera took me a second bc i was looking for a base to mount the cam to. Unbeknownst to me, the “base” is actually an ultra powerful magnet. Note it does require 5 hours to charge the Li-Ion battery before first use, so if you’re mounting it up high out of reach keep that in consideration. The top screws off and the battery snaps right in. Foolproof.

    I’m seriously so impressed I’m tempted to look and see if SimpliSafe is publicly traded, bc this company’s product (and optional monitoring services) are truly top-notch. I was even treated to a convenient software update upon install, just put keypad near the base, and 12 minutes later viola, even better !!

    Complete Package includes

    +1 main base station

    +2 cams, indoor and outdoor

    +3 door sensors

    +1 motion sensor

    +Security Signs, stakes, stickers

    Add-on accessories include

    -glass break sensors

    -key fob panic button

    -extra sirens (105 db)

    -smoke detectors

    -carbon dioxide detectors

    -water sensors

    -temperature sensors

    Available at http://SimpliSafe.com/alarm-sensors/

    Pros

    +impeccable value

    +expertly packaged

    +excellent design

    +well built components

    +sexy aesthetics (base station)

    +camera setup scans app QR code

    +voice guided setup, base and camera

    +two-way audio mode to each camera

    +outdoor camera night vision in color

    +extremely powerful magnet attachment

    +works both online monitored or offline non

    +no unsightly wires, no cutting, all wireless

    +base station has 24-hour backup battery

    Cons

    -cameras not 4k

    -app could be more customizable

    -no integration with Apple HomeKit Secure Video

    -image rotation not available in the app (just flip)

    -recording capabilities require cloud monitoring service

    Conclusion

    I’ve reviewed several dozen products, and honestly believe this might be among the best of the bunch. There’s nothing here not to love here.

    This system is incredibly well-refined after several iterations over the previous decade(s). If you’re in the market and wanting to provide peace-of-mind safety, and don’t want to pay a costly professional to install, SimpliSafe is “the” safest bet you can make.

    Recommendation: Strong Buy

    Oct 25, 2021 16:45
  • Review by Solrak, 10 out of 10
    Easy to Install, Top Notch Security Solution

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    >>>>> Bottom Line Up front: <<<<<

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    - Everything you need to start securing the average sized home right in this box – literally upon unboxing it

    - Super easy installation of cameras and sensors thanks to easy-to-follow video walk throughs in the SimpliSafe “App”

    - No phone line needed for system to work

    - The SimpliSafe system has no local storage of recorded events

    - the best security and monitoring features are lock you in monthly price commitments, but long-term contract commitments are not required

    The SimpliSafe Home Security System with Outdoor Camera delivers on so many fronts, but still requires a paying for a monthly “Monitoring Plan” to get the “most” out of the features and enhanced security benefits that is offered on the box. The best thing about the SimpliSafe system is the ability to “customize” the number of sensors, cameras, and types hardware for your needs– in addition to – offering professional grade monitoring plans as well. Factor in dead simple mounting and installation of all the hardware (thanks in part to the SimpliSafe App walkthroughs), clear indoor AND outdoor HD video and audio capture, and a straightforward easy to use User Interface (UI) in the app (to include the included wireless Physical Keypad in the box) …. it becomes really hard NOT to appreciate the level of flexibility and security the SimpliSafe Home Security System can offer.

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    > Overall Design/Aesthetics and Installation: <

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    From an aesthetic perspective, most security systems either go full “stealth” and try to blend or hide into their surroundings – OR – modern/minimalist sort of motif that just goes with “anything”; but doesn’t exactly look like it is trying to hide in plain sight either. I think the SimpliSafe home security system and outdoor camera fall into that last camp. None of the sensors or cameras in this system are exceeding large or unpleasant to look at it – but its not like you going to “miss” one when looking around a room or at the exterior camera mounted location – especially in white like this system.

    All the sensors and wireless hardware pieces are conveniently shipped with self-adhesive pads pre-installed for near instantaneous mounting right out of the box. As you can see in my photos, you just peel and stick and your good to go. The only exceptions being the vase shaped base station, and outdoor camera (actually requires mounting a couple of screws). The open/close entry sensors are small and fit into almost any space, plus you can easily change out the coin shaped batteries once the time comes without having to buy a whole new sensor. Speaking of the base station, I thought it was pretty nifty that the LED color ring helped to identify the status of the system (armed, disarmed, etc).

    The wireless backlit keypad looks slick and modern; however, it doesn’t offer much more than basic arm/disarm and basic sensor (i.e., non camera) options on the built-in screen. At first, I was under the impression (or rather hopeful) that I could get a small video feed (even if low resolution) on it – but alas that’s not how the keypad works. Sure, would be a nice feature have someday, just saying … (although I am sure that would add to cost and reduced battery life).

    The Indoor SimpliCam looks all business in the all-matte black color scheme along with the black metal support stand. There isn’t much to say from a style perspective other than it’s the only “matte black” colored piece of hardware in the box (which was odd to me) – but I am not complaining. The wireless outdoor camera has a white exterior shell, with matte black camera plate and accents. I really liked the way SimpliSafe designed the whole “twist-off” face plate – that in turn houses the removal and rechargeable battery. I t made it really easy for me to keep the unit in place and just access the battery when I needed to.

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    > Personal thoughts /Usage observations: <

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    Having personally used home security systems from Vivint and ADT in the past, thanks to all the contracts, installation and equipment fees – I never went back (that was like 10 years ago). Ever since then I have relied on my own mix of networked home security cameras (to include doorbell and outdoor cameras) – with varying levels of satisfaction. What really stuck out to me is how super easy to set the whole system myself – WHILE STILL being able to get non contractual Professional level monitoring when I wanted it/need it. Prior to installing on the SimpliSafe System, I relied on the Eufy Security System with indoor/outdoor cameras. With that a basis for comparison, I can say that SimpliSafe’s “App” integration and UI is preferable.

    The SimpliCam’s video is crisp in both normal and low light situations, and I really appreciate the physical privacy that it has when not in use (by default). Same goes for the SimpliSafe outdoor camera – particularly the low light performance (as you can see in my photos as well). My porch is pretty dark against a wood line, and I am hard pressed to say the outdoor cam could not have been any brighter in the video captures.

    What I honestly don’t like is that there is no “local” storage, SD/USB, options. Call me old fashioned, but I am old school in having local access to my security and not having to rely on cloud or company servers to “hold” my data. I’d gladly pass “extra” for this functionality if it were ever offered, and if you’re the type of person where this is not a concern, then this may not bother you at all. This is further exacerbated by the fact that if you WANT unlimited recording saved to the “cloud” you have to “subscribe” (i.e. pay) for the lowest tier of “monitoring plans” from SimpliSafe. Otherwise, the “free” tier acts as a real time alert system on your phone or wireless keypad. One of the other things I found truly satisfying is that the SimpliSafe system has a built-in cellular radio, so that it DOES NOT require a dedicated land line to connect to emergency services for help. On top of that, the base station even has a built-in battery than can last a couple of hours - in the event of a crafty crook trying to cut power, or power outages that may encourage unsavory activities by some people looking to take advantage of that.

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    >>>>> Closing thoughts: <<<<<

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    Even though the last couple of things I said about my thoughts and observations seemed negative, I am still overly impressed with the whole SimpliSafe system. Because, if and when I want to go on vacation, I can simply “pay” for professional grade monitoring, that can call emergency services and connect WIHTOUT dedicated phone line service– and then cancel that once I get back home. Very few systems can provide me with that level of flexibly that I am aware of right now. The fact that the system can pull double duty is like having 2 systems in one (one being free “alert” monitoring, and the other being “paid” professional services) without having to “invest” or lock into long term monitoring agreements with the big names like ADT or Vivint, etc. The only thing that would make this perfect is just built-in storage options for events. Regardless, I feel the whole system delivers on what it set out to do – provide professional grade whole home protection that can grow and change to remain as flexible as you need it be.

    Oct 28, 2021 02:43
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Simple but Powerful DIY Security

    SimpiSafe has been a credible brand for DIY security for years now, but they recently introduced their outdoor camera and this kit truly seems complete!

    UNBOXING & SETUP:

    - Simplisafe really makes the unboxing process truly easy. They individually box each item so that its easier to unbox and figure out each item at a time rather than just doing it all at the same time.

    - Setting up was truly a breeze! You do need the “Simplisafe” app on your phone, but once you sign in with an account the app takes you step by step through the process and it was very smooth.

    - Once the base is set up, its really up to you on adding whatever additional things you want for it! So you can add the camera, motion sensors, keypad, etc individually or add them later if you want to take it slow.

    PROS:

    - Simple put, Simplisafe works fantastic! When everything is all set up, it all just works smoothly with each other and the ease of use is great.

    - The base is really elegant and looks nice in a room. Plus I like the sound functionality it has when a door is open, or even when the alarm goes off it is serious! Just nice to have that central base holding everything together properly.

    - I think this package really comes with a lot to offer for the price. An indoor cam, outdoor cam, 3 door sensors, 1 motion sensor, keypad, and the base station. Just a lot to offer that covers a lot of functionality!

    - The indoor cam is fantastic! It was easy to set up and the settings in the app help you really narrow in on how you want it to work. Plus it has a speaker/microphone on it for talking to whoever is in the room.

    - I also like on the indoor cam the “shutter” which gives an extra level of privacy. You can turn off the shutter if you want, but its nice to have in case you want that extra level of privacy when you are home and don’t need the camera recording.

    - The outdoor camera is also fantastic! The picture looks great and the fact that its wireless really hammers home the DIY ease of this entire system.

    - Lastly, everything is tied together nicely in the SimpliSafe app. Its easy to check on everything, monitor the home, and arm or disarm the system depending on where you are. Having a good app is important and this one is well done.

    CONS:

    - The system comes with a 30 day free but Simplisafe forces you to decide right away whether to use it or decline it. I elected to use it because why not, however I found out afterwards the ONLY way to cancel the free trial, is to call in! On top of that, if I want to change my plan, the ONLY way of changing it is to call in. To me, the whole point of these DIY systems is to choose whether you want to pay for professional monitoring or just have some peace of mind that you can monitor it by yourself. And to have no option to change or cancel your plan online is very inconvenient.

    - The app has a history timeline to see what has happened in the house, but it really only shows the history for alarms and cameras. They do not show the history of doors opening and closing when the alarm is off, which other systems do and can be quite handy at times. This seems like a simple app side update to incorporate more actions in the history but at this time they are not there.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - If you are in the market for some DIY security, you would be hard pressed to find better value than this SimpliSafe package. The security monitoring is already fantastic, but to add in an indoor and outdoor camera really completes the package. This is a great way to have some peace of mind for monitoring your home without going overboard!

    Oct 03, 2021 16:54
  • Review by TheDuke, 8 out of 10
    Simple, Affordable, and Highly Customizable!

    Within 1 month of moving into our new housing development, two houses were broken into and robbed...one while our neighbor was still at home in bed. We quickly added additional locks to all windows and doors, but my family felt it would be wise to invest in a home security system. What caught my eye about SimpliSafe (besides hearing nearly constant podcast advertising) is that there is no contract, the service cost is low, and there are more sensor options than virtually any other DYI Security System. I don’t have to deal with any pushy salesmen. I can purchase a starter system and then add sensors and cameras over time to build a custom system that meets my specific needs and interests.

    The system is incredibly simple to setup following the instructions in the mobile app. I was initially worried that the door sensors would not work - as my doors do not close flush with the surrounding trim. But, as long as the two pieces of the sensor are within 2 inches of one another, they work seamlessly. I was quickly able to label each sensor within the app so that I can be notified of which door is open or closed. And, I can set the base station to chime each time one of the doors is opened.

    The camera set-up was also impressively easy. I very much appreciate that the interior camera closes the shutter when the alarm is not armed. This provides assurance that nobody is able to view the interior of our house when we are not expecting it. The mobile app makes changing settings an absolute breeze. The app can be slow to load at times, but navigation and changing settings is easy and intuitive.

    My complaints are mostly minor. I wish that there were options to change the sound effect for the door chime and I hate that the exterior camera batteries charge via Micro USB instead of USB-C. I also don’t particularly like that the exterior camera is only held to the mount with a magnet. If you put the camera within reach, anybody could reach up and steal the entire camera just by lifting it off of the mount. Typically a security camera would not be installed in a location that can be easily reached, but the exterior camera runs off of batteries that will need to be recharged every 3 to 6 months - so you will need to be able to reach them often to change the battery. The good news is that SimpliSafe sells a solar panel adapter that will keep the external camera charged.

    I also don’t like that I can’t get over the perception that the system is reliant on Wi-Fi. The base station does have a Mobile Sim Card and backup battery inside - so cutting the Wi-Fi or power after the alarm is triggered will not prevent the system from alerting the police, but for some reason I am not completely confident that the system can stay fully armed without Wi-Fi. And, I pay extra for video monitoring. If the Wi-Fi is down, the cameras will not work - which may mean that police dispatch is slower than what I am paying for. My research says that SimpliSafe can function without Wi-Fi, but I cannot get over the feeling that communication may not work between all of the sensors and the keypad (or home base) without an internet connection. But, so far I have not experienced any issues.

    Overall, I will absolutely be recommending SimpliSafe to family and friends. Because it is so affordable and easy to set up - I think everybody interested in home security should try the system. SimpliSafe offers a 60 day trial where they will reimburse all equipment costs and even pay return shipping. I am aware that I now sound like one of the many podcast advertisements, but I am quite happy with the system. I will definitely be adding more sensors soon. After all, it is the only DYI system that has the option of Internal Cameras, External Cameras, Motions Sensors, Glass Breaking Sensors, Door Sensors, Window Sensors, Water Sensors, Temperature Sensors, Smoke Detectors, Key Fob Remote, Panic Button, and even a Smart Deadbolt and Video Doorbell. Home security truly cannot get more simple than this.

    Oct 26, 2021 01:04
  • Review by Goncho, 10 out of 10
    Great investment for your safety

    >> Overview

    After having the Simplisafe security system with Outdoor Camera for about a week, the biggest takeaway I have is that it provided me with a huge sense of security when I am at home sleeping more than when I am away from the house. It looks like I am more worried about having security/safety issues while at home sleeping than away from home, so I would say that to me this system works best to protect my family than my property. Of course, I also see myself with an extra peace of mind if I am away on vacation for several days, as I know my home will be monitored and safe. My whole family shares this sentiment.

    Perhaps the only worry I have if I am away from home and the system is activated, is that a false-alarm is triggered and I am unable to get contacted, as I wouldn’t like to bother anyone if there was not need to. I haven’t used the system for a long period of time so I cannot say how the experience with this scenario would be.

    Even though you must pay for a monitoring plan, I think putting the extra money for a plan is worth every penny, having something protect your family, especially while sleeping, has no price. As of this review, I’d give Simplisafe a 5 rating.

    - Pros: easy to setup, easy to add sensors/cameras, no-contract, good selection of sensors.

    - Cons: a little lag in live camera video.

    >> Setup

    Despite a couple of glitches during setup, I was surprised at how easy it was to setup/configure the different components. In this aspect I think Simplisafe has a solid 5/5.

    Let’s look at what came in the box and where I placed the different components:

    - 1 base station: located in the living room.

    - 1 key pad: placed on the coffee table at the entrance for now.

    - 3 door sensors: used for the front door, back door and the garage door.

    - 1 motion sensor: position close to the stairs for now.

    - 1 indoor camera: placed in the dining area for now.

    - 1 outdoor camera: placed in the backyard attached to the shed pointing towards the back of the house for now (until a more permanent place to put it).

    With the setup above, I covered the first floor. For the second floor I might get one extra motion sensor and door sensor, but perhaps I don’t need to add more, time will tell.

    For the actual device setup/configuration, it was suggested to use the Phone App for the configuration, but it couldn’t connect to the Base Station. That is why for the first setup I had to use the Keypad to connect the Base Station to the WiFi. From there, it was easy to add the sensors and cameras.

    Note that for setting app the cameras, you need to subscribe to a monitoring plan (at least it didn’t allow me to just add the cameras and get a live view from them).

    >> Configuration

    There are three modes: Off, Home and Away. Home mode is for when going to sleep and Away mode is when going out. Each mode can be customized using the Simplisafe App. The App (phone) and Webb App (computer) provide good control of your device, and in addition, you have the keypad at hand to configure and control your system. The Keypad comes handy when I enter the house and want to disable the alarm without making use of my phone, in fact I use it all the time before leaving and after entering the house, and sometimes before going to home to set the Alarm System to “Home” mode. In case I forgot to arm the alarm, I can always go to the Simplisafe App and activate it from there.

    I like the fact that the Base Station provides audio notifications on different events, e.g. when opening a door when in Off mode, and also that it plays a real Sound Alarm when the circumstances merit.

    >> Monitoring

    We haven’t had any event that needed Simplisafe to contact us. There is a 72-hour trial period, a so-called Practice mode, that you have to go through before the full features for your monitoring service are enabled. Emergency Dispatch Service becomes active after that 72 hour period.

    >> Outdoor camera

    One thing to note about the outdoor camera, as it is something that is prominently advertised as part of this package, is that it is not intended to raise an alarm when detecting movement. It records on movement detection, alarm raised or if you connect directly to the camera through the Simplisafe App and start recording. Recordings are available for review using the App.

    Also, be careful to place the camera where there is good WiFi coverage. I placed it a little bit far away from the main WiFi router so I’d need to either extend the WiFi or move it closer to the house as I am not always successful to connect to it from the Phone or Web App.

    Although the outdoor camera is easy to setup, it is battery operated and is attached to the camera base with a strong magnet, I am a little worried that it is somehow easy to detach the camera from the magnet. Well, time will tell, but I am thinking about placing it a higher attached to the back of the house.

    >> One or multiple monitoring companies?

    We already have a “smart” doorbell, as well as well as a monitoring camera inside the house, and we have another outdoor camera we’ve ordered. Now, that I think, perhaps it would make more sense to pay only a single company and bundle all your monitoring devices under it. However, sometimes I feel that having multiple companies is akin to having risk spread across different entities instead of a single point of failure. So, I’d say to consider this before buying Simplesafe.

    Oct 10, 2021 19:17
  • Review by Albert, 8 out of 10
    Great Alarm Value despite slow live camera

    I looked into alarm systems a while back and was surprised to find out just how expensive a monitoring service is. SimpliSafe offers a live monitoring plan for $14.99 or $24.99. The cheaper plan doesn’t support recorded videos, so I ended up upgrading to their “most popular” $24.99 plan, which was still half the price of a couple other alarm quotes I’ve gotten.

    The included kit provides a base station, keypad, wireless camera, wired camera, door sensors, and a motion sensor. Setup was fairly easy, and requires downloading the SimpliSafe app. The app itself had good reviews on the App Store, which reassured me that I was in for a positive experience.

    The app itself allowed easy setup of the base station, and then prompted to add accessories like the keypad, a camera and sensors. The whole process was fairly simple and aside from waiting on the keypad to install a software update, was fairly quick. I did have a little trouble navigating the menu after the fact to add another sensor that hadn’t been setup yet, but once I found the right location, setting that up was easy as well.

    Everything is battery powered, apart from the base station, though the base station has a backup battery as well in case power is lost. On the premium monitoring plan, the base station also has backup internet service through a pre installed SIM card. This gave me a lot more peace of mind.

    I have had only a couple negative experiences which prevent this from being a 5 start product and service. The biggest is that launching the live camera feed can be very slow at times. Since it’s run on battery power, it’s in sleep mode until motion is detected, and it can take quite a while to wake up from the app at times. It’s done a fairly good job catching motion activated events, which I can review in the recorded timeline in the app though, which is most important. It also freaks out if 2 devices are trying to load the camera at the same time. When my wife and I tried to view the live feed after a delivery, at the same time, it disconnected her feed, and my feed took a very long time to load. After 10-15 seconds I gave up and just watched the recorded history instead of the live feed. Once the camera has been woken up recently, I seem to be able to quickly pull up the live feed. Hopefully this is something they can improve in future software updates.

    The wireless camera claims to last several months on a single charge, but they do offer a separate purchasable solar panel, which I may look into depending how long the battery lasts in practice.

    My other gripe is the lack of separate user logins. For an app designed for security, having to share a user login with my wife, mom, and in-laws to allow them to use the app to arm and disarm the system just seems really backwards. The system allows you to provide a separate PIN for others, but the convenience of using the app for arming and disarming can’t be overstated.

    Overall, I’m happy with the SimpliSafe system, and I think it may be the best alternative to traditional alarm monitoring companies, considering the cost savings. I would definitely recommend this product if you’re looking into active home monitoring.

    Oct 19, 2021 21:11
  • Review by Poocher917, 8 out of 10
    Very Simple with versatile monitoring options

    All of the components for your SimpliSafe Home security system with outdoor camera come well packaged in a box. You have a let’s get started page in the box. You download the SimpliSafe app. Next you need to create an account. This package has: base station, keypad, motion sensor, entry sensor x 3, indoor camera, outdoor camera, 2 SimpliSafe decals for your windows, and 1 large SimpliSafe sign with stakes you can mount in your yard.

    Setting up the system was very easy. Much easier than I expected. You must use your phone for this setup.

    Base station: this is the first device to set up. You need AC power and place this device in a central location. You should have your Bluetooth and Wi-Fi ready. You are prompted to enter the serial number or scan the QR code. I scanned the QR code. The base station was recognized and I had to enter my Wi-Fi information so it could connect. You also need to set a 4 digit master pin. There was also a Verizon SIM empty card in the box. This base station will use cellular when needed. There is also a 24 hour battery backup.

    Keypad: you press the panic button on the top of the device for set up. You will hear the base station recognize the keypad. You enter the location of the keypad. Use the double sided tape to affix the base station near your main entrance. This keypad has 3 modes: Off, Home and Away. You need your master pin to disable the alarm; or, make changes to your security system using the keypad.

    Motion sensor: I chose to set up this device next. Determine your placement location. The recommendation is 4-5 feet above the ground. You pull a tab to enable the battery. Press the setup button on the device. Remove the double sided tape and place the motion sensor.

    Entry sensor (x3): the two pieces must be no more than 2 inches apart. You can test them by holding them together and pulling them apart. You can use these on windows or doors. Determine exactly where you want to use them. Hold them in place to determine if they will function in your desired location. Open and close the window/door to ensure it will work. Once you are satisfied, press the button on top to activate the sensor so it connects to the base station. Remove the double sided tape and place the sensor. It will blink once when opened and twice when closed.

    Now you are asked to choose a monitoring option. It is free for 30 days so I chose the Interactive monitoring option (best). You are in a trial mode for 72 hours where it will not dispatch the police if the alarm is triggered. You also can choose the Standard plan for $19.99 per month (30 days free of course).

    Indoor camera: You need AC power for this as well. Press the set up button and place it in the desired location. You will see a camera view on your phone. It has a privacy shutter you can enable.

    Outdoor camera: Open the package and start charging the battery. The instructions state it will take 5 hours to fully charge the battery. It took about 20 hours for me. So I had to install the outdoor camera the following day. Find your preferred location (front door area for me). You install a base with 2 screws. The remaining base twists onto this piece. This base is magnetic. So you can place the camera very easily by connecting it to the base. You can get the perfect angle as it is very adjustable.

    I wanted to downgrade my monitoring to see what that experience was like. You cannot do this in the App. You must call the customer service number. I spoke to Kathy and she was very helpful. She also provided a good explanation of the different plans. You can change your monitoring plans at any time. Here is a brief summary:

    Interactive: $24.99 per month. Unlimited camera recording (up to 10 cameras). Police and fire dispatch. Visual verification of the alarm (uses your indoor camera). Smart home integration (Google, Alexa)

    Standard: $14.99 per month. No camera recording. No visual verification of the alarm. Police and fire dispatch. No smart home integration.

    Self-monitoring with camera recording: $9.99 per month. Unlimited camera recording (up to 5 cameras). No Police and fire dispatch. Smart home integration.

    Overall I would rate this 5 out of 5 stars for the simple set up; and, 4 out of 5 stars for the monitoring options. As I cannot rate it 4.5 stars I am rating it as 4 stars. In summary, this was very easy to install and set up. Much easier than I expected. I wanted to try every plan to see the difference. Switching monitoring plans is not easy. I had to call customer service to downgrade from the interactive plan to the self-monitoring plan. You also cannot use the app or web to upgrade from self-monitoring to the Standard plan. It almost seems like they do not want you to pick the Standard plan. My customer service experience was excellent though. If you are fine notifying the police yourself, the self-monitoring plan is the right one for you. If you want the police dispatch, my opinion is the best choice is the Interactive plan.

    Oct 11, 2021 20:43
  • Review by Derek, 10 out of 10
    Easy Set Up, Amazing Value

    I've been with Simplisafe for almost 10 years now. During that time, I've had little to no issues with any of their equipment or their customer service. They are, simply put, the best home security company out there. My first alarm was from a nationally known name brand, and cost an outrageous amount of money each month while not being as reliable as Simplisafe has been. I feel very fortunate that I heard about Simplisafe all those years ago on the radio, because I have been a loyal customer ever since.

    The home security system reviewed here is an outstanding value. You get a base station, an indoor camera, three entry sensors, a motion detector, a keypad, and an outdoor camera. All for only $350. If you price things out individually, whether through SImplisafe or other competitors, there is no way you can reach the value that this package provides. And it just works. As someone who has had a Simplisafe system in their home, I can attest to how easy these are to set up and utilize.

    Since I already had a Simplisafe system, and I was looking to add on to it, this package is perfect. Want a second keypad to mount somewhere else in the house? You can use the existing keypad to add a second no problem. Want to add additional entry sensors, cameras, and motion sensors? You can add the sensors in the keypad and then add the cameras via the app.

    I installed the outdoor camera just off of my front door. It is aimed at my cars in the driveway and catches the front of the garage. I have it tucked up under the eves of the house where it does not get direct sunlight. This outdoor camera is completely wireless, which means it has a rechargeable battery that you have to pull out on occasion and charge. It has a motion detector on it that kicks it on for a brief period when it senses motion. It records and provides that information to you. I have had it installed for several days now, and the charge of the battery is the same as it was when I installed it. I did have some challenges getting it to talk to my router, and I had to reboot my extender to get it to work properly, but the video is 1080P and looks fantastic. The camera can be fastened to stucco with the included inserts and screws, the camera holder snaps into place, and in an ingenious design, the camera itself attaches magnetically. That way it can be easily removed to charge the battery. Kudos to Simplisafe!!!

    I was able to add all the other components without any issue, using the keypad and following the instructions. I now have two keypads, three motion sensors, and entry sensors on just about every part of the house we are in. The sense of safety and security is well worth the pittance paid to have a quality system like Simplisafe in the house.

    I also want to mention that Simplisafe, for those who might be unfamiliar, offers several different plans for monitoring. Since you are buying the system outright, there is no monthly contract. Simplisafe doesn't have anything that says you have to pay tons of money a month for three years to pay off some overpriced equipment like other competitors. If you choose, you can simply monitor the system yourself. You don't pay Simplisafe anything, and you just turn things on and leave. The only bummer about that, though, is if your alarm goes off, you are the only one who is going to respond. Then there is Standard Monitoring, at 14.99 a month. With this plan, Simplisafe monitors your sensors and dispatches emergency personnel if needed. They'll also give you a call if something gets triggered. The Interactive Monitoring plan, offered at 24.99 a month is the Cadillac of the plans. It gives you real time and on demand video feeds from the cameras at your house, provides video verification of a break in (something that is often necessary for the Police to dispatch to your house if the alarm is triggered) and many more items. I've had the Interactive Monitoring plan for nearly 10 years, and I haven't had one single issue with Simplisafe during that time. They have called to verify system tests, they have called when the alarm was accidentally set off (even called once to tell me the cat had set the alarm off), and they haven't had any downtime that I can remember. Everything just works.

    Hopefully this review has helped! I am a satisfied Simplisafe customer. Their products are reasonable in cost, high in value, and extremely reliable. The SimpliSafe - Home Security System with Outdoor Camera is an amazing product at an amazing price.

    Oct 03, 2021 10:53
  • 9.0score
    SimpliSafe - Shield Home Security System - White
    Description

    Only at Best BuyKeep an eye on what matters most with this wireless SimpliSafe security system. It provides full-time professional monitoring of your home's surroundings, and it detects intruders with advanced sensors to keep your family safe. This SimpliSafe security system continues working for 24 hours when the power fails for added protection.

    8 Features
  • Keeps your home or business secure: Includes an alarm base station, keypad, six entry sensors and two motion sensors.
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa: You can use Alexa-enabled devices to arm and check your home security system status with voice commands. You can then go in to SimpliSafe app to link your system with Alexa.
  • Control your security system from your smartphone: The interactive app makes it easy for customers to arm and disarm their system from anywhere.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring: Guards your home and sends police when you need them most.
  • Detects intruders, not pets: The system is precision-engineered to detect the heat signature of humans, not pets.
  • Practically invisible: The sensors are designed so you won't notice them.
  • Power outage protection: Even if power fails, SimpliSafe continues protecting you for 24 hours.
  • Set it up in minutes: No tools. No drilling. Just open the box, plug it in, and start protecting.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by gadgetguy11, 8 out of 10
    #1 User Friendly Monitored Home Security System

    The latest "Shield" security system from SimpliSafe is without a doubt the easiest & the best looking alarm system I have installed; and I have installed over a dozen systems to $5,000 & up from various manufacturers in homes, including in my own home. This newly released completely wireless model is ultra modern in appearance & in operation. It literally talks you through each step by voice & by text on the hand held, easy to read keypad.

    Shield includes: 1) Keypad, 1) Base Station, 2) Motion Sensors, 6) Door/Window Sensors & 1) Key Fob. You can add some very cool & useful accessories for little extra money, i.e. extra sirens, CO2 Detectors, Smoke Detectors, Water Sensors, Freeze Sensors & SimpliCams (Security Cameras).

    The latest SimpliSafe Shield features smaller, better looking hardware, that wirelessly connects with sensors farther away than the previous model & sends & receives signals faster than before. This means you are protected even in a very large home without signal disconnection issues. All devices include batteries; the entire system continues to operate in the event of a power outage.

    To begin, simply pull a plastic separator out of each device that blocks battery power until you set it up & follow the voice & text instructions (you do not need to read a manual), enabling the internal batteries to connect & you are off!

    You name each sensor so Shield can identify it. You press the button to test each sensor. There are no holes to drill; the Keypad & all Sensors are mounted with adhesive tape, included (with spares!).

    The rubberized keys on the Keypad are just the right size, not tiny buttons like most keypads, and look & feel great. The keypad display area serves as a rocker switch: up/down/right/left.

    Menu on the Keypad opens up settings, where you can customize chime volume, voice volume, alarm volume, entry delay / exit delay / alarm off time, just to name a few.

    The Base Station features a most impressive swirling, revolving series of LED's at the base that can be defeated for a hidden installation, or activated to draw attention & to provide exit safety.

    Once setup, you can activate & connect a choice of monthly monitoring service levels online or via telephone. A major benefit is: there are no contracts. Monitoring is state-of-the-art, connecting to your SimpliSafe Shield by both Wi-Fi (faster) & Cellular (back-up if your Wi-Fi cable is defeated or fails). You can specify which alarm triggers get emergency response & which you only receive private notification. And you can change notification choices as often as you prefer.

    SimpliSafe has built a dynamite Monitored security system & the "Shield" model includes the most sensors of any model; the included sensors will be needed in virtually all installations, so the Shield is an outstanding value.

    SELF MONITORING:

    For those who prefer self monitoring, SimpliSafe delivers this option by you paying for monthly monitoring & you select phone call, email & / or text options. You can choose not to alert the authorities & by this method you have set up a self monitoring system, complete with battery back-up (up to 24 Hr on the Main Unit), Wi-Fi & Cellular connection to the Monitoring Station, who will alert you if any sensor is triggered.

    Can You Avoid Paid Monitoring?

    You can use the SimpliSafe Shield as a "local" unmonitored security system; basically a box that screams at the potential intruder & that is all. You cannot activate the built-in Wi-Fi or Cellular to contact you; it is fixed & pre-programmed to only contact the Simple-Safe Monitoring Station.

    CONCLUSION:

    SimpliSafe offers modern hardware that beautifully blends in your home setting. It is ultra reliable, easy to set-up & friendly to use on a daily basis. Monitoring is reasonable & there are no contracts.

    However, if you prefer a security system where the alarm will notify you with an alert (self monitor) without paying for monthly monitoring, look further; SimpliSafe cannot send a signal without paying for monthly monitoring. Some competitive security systems are specifically made to do just this. That is not made clear on the box nor in the advertisements; for this, I deduct 1 star from a perfect 5.0.

    Monthly security monitoring offers many benefits; if an intruder damages the keypad, the signal is still sent to the station via Wi-Fi or cellular. Broken pipes? A great item for silent monitored alert. A local, unmonitored alarm that screams but does not alert anyone may be practical if your neighbors hear it & if they choose to take action; that is not a chance I choose to take.

    Best reason to pay for monthly monitoring? Peace of Mind!! For that reason alone, my home is monitored & I recommend you monitor yours, as well. I find SimpliSafe Shield to be a Top Tier Security System for those who choose to hire a professionally monitoring company to protect their family & their belongings. This system is a bargain & is a delight to use. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

    Mar 14, 2018 19:46
  • Review by Kelby, 10 out of 10
    Simply Splendid Home Security

    Setup:

    SimpliSafe gives you the ability to set up your own home security system, and this was neither difficult nor time-consuming. I actually enjoyed it! Upon opening the box, I found each device to be well-presented and clearly labeled. As expected, there are instructions included, which are clear and concise. Pulling out the plastic tab on each device activates the batteries, then you place each device in the appropriate locations and connect them wirelessly. There is not much more to it than that! The simplicity seemed too good to be true, but it was truly that simple.

    Design:

    Although I did not own the previous SimpliSafe model, I appreciate the updated design. Unlike the previous model, this system has a modern and minimalistic look to it. Each device is well-designed and discreet. Even after setting everything up, I can hardly notice the system in my home, which is nice. The base station is the largest of the devices and it must be placed on a flat surface but, again, I do not mind having it visible on my living room end table due to the modern, sleek design. It is actually quite comforting to see it and be reminded that SimpliSafe is providing an added layer of security to my home. Something else that I wanted to make sure I mentioned is that the keypad is easy to use. Since this is where the interaction occurs on a daily basis, ease of use was very important to me. I can happily say that the screen is easy to read, the buttons are easy to press and options can be easily navigated

    Security:

    Thanks to SimpliSafe, I have never felt more secure in my home or while I am away. Each device integrates seamlessly and is very responsive. There is almost no delay between activating the alarm or being notified when a door/window opens. It is also comforting to know that there are a number of backup features like power outage protection, a cellular connection reinforced by Wi-Fi, and the system still notifies authorities if the keypad is damaged by an intruder. There are even more backups in place, so it seems that SimpliSafe has thought of every situation! As a pet owner, I appreciate that the motion sensors can recognize heat signatures of humans and know not to trigger the alarm for pets moving, running, or even jumping around. I also like that you can add additional devices to the security system as desired. There are even home protection devices such as water sensors and smoke detectors. SimpliSafe definitely has you covered when it comes to home security and protection!

    Verdict:

    Do yourself a favor and invest in a SimpliSafe security system. Whether you just get the basics or upgrade to every device that is offered, you will not be sorry! As someone who has had their home broken into, I would like to say that a home security system is one of the best investments you can make. You may think it could never happen to you, but that is what I thought as well. The heartbreaking feeling and loss of a sense of security when an intruder breaks into your home is something you never fully get over, at least not for quite some time. I wish I would have owned this SimpliSafe security system sooner. It may not have prevented the break-in attempt, but I am confident that it would have certainly deterred the intruder right away and maybe even could have led to an arrest. This system easily deserves a five-star rating!

    Mar 14, 2018 22:15
  • Review by CriticalEye, 8 out of 10
    Easy Setup. Easy to Use.

    This is the perfect system for renters, short-term owners, or anyone who can’t afford or doesn’t want the hassle of a hard-wired, fully-installed system. It’s obvious that great care was taken in the packaging of this system. The instruction book is straightforward, & all the components are fully charged & ready for operation.

    Setup is extremely easy, simple & fast. It took all of 30 minutes to install the sensors & set up the base station. No tools are required. All components are attached by pre-installed adhesives—just unpeel & stick. The keypad guides you through each step of the fairly short process. Deciding where best to install the sensors takes the most time.

    Pros:

    - Easy install/setup/operation

    - Low maintenance. All components list long battery life.

    - Ability to easily add components (cameras, sensors, detectors, panic buttons, sirens)

    - Built in WiFi & Cell connection

    - Base Station includes rechargeable backup battery good for 24 hours

    - Pleasant voice prompts advise of alarm status when appropriate

    - Portable for moving/re-installation

    - Beautiful design & modern look

    - No contract for active monitoring

    Cons:

    - Although the Base Station has a 95dB siren, it’s not really loud enough to get the attention of neighbors as an installed system would. Therefore, the Active Alarm Monitoring (~$15/mo.) is needed or additional sirens should be installed near an attic vent.

    - No instant-on option. If a sensor is triggered, the alarm sound is always on a 30-second delay to allow time to turn it off. But an instant-on option would be useful for nightly use when you’re home & safely in bed. Otherwise, an intruder would have a 30-second advantage before the alarm sounded.

    Mar 14, 2018 22:27
  • Review by Samrio, 10 out of 10
    Easy installation and great support!

    I've read countless reviews around the easy setup, and awesome monitoring. Gone are the days where you have to sign some long contract, and pay for installation.

    I received the white unit, with 6 entry sensors, 2 motion sensors, and a key fob. The sensors can be applied to windows & doors easily with the adhesive tape. So far, none of them have fallen off, even after repeated door slamming from the kids.

    Benefits:

    1. Cellular and Wifi connectivity. If your internet is done, no worries, it will still work over cellular connection (with no service fee and active monitoring subscription)..

    2. Battery backup of the base station. It comes with batteries already installed, and they're easy to replace should they go bad. I'm not sure if they're rechargeable, as I didn't check. A simple screw driver will allow access to the battery compartment.

    3. Monitoring that isn't super expensive. I signed up for the better of the two plans, just so I could have the remote deactivation ability. We have a new home, and sometime contractors have to enter without us home. It's nice to be able to remotely deactivate/activate the alarm.

    On to the install:

    Step 1, is easy. Plug the base station in and remove the battery tab. Then, remove the keypad, and remove the plastic battery tab to begin setup.

    Step 2: Place the sensors, one at a time, taking the keypad with you. You'll need to push the "test" button on each, and name them using the keypad. Naming the sensors is similar to old T9 texting on a phone without a full QWERY keyboard.

    Step 3: Activate monitoring. This is where I had an issue. They payment gateway screen kept saying "Check internet connection." It didn't matter if I reset the base station, setup Wifi on the keypad, or used cellular to proceed (via hotspot).

    My step 4 was calling support. Normally, you'd just walk through online setup and payment, but I couldn't get that far.

    After waiting a couple of minutes for someone to answer my call (placed in queue w/hold music), I was quickly on my way to activation. The support experience was great. They asked me for the Serial Number of my base station and the keypad. Then walked through gathering my information for payment, and sign up of monitoring. The representative I spoke with was easy to understand, and really made the experience great. She walked me through how to use my system, the menu navigation, and ensured that I was able to login to both the online portal, and the iOS app. It was great!

    The app is super intuitive, and simple. I signed up for the better of the two plans. It allows remote activation/deactivation via the app.

    SimpliSafe is really a no brainer. Especially if you don't want to be stuck on a contract from a competitor for 2 years+ to pay for the system. The most expensive plan is still under $30, and provides the same level of monitoring. I went ahead and ordered another keyfob while I was on the phone with support, and I'm eager to set it up.

    Really happy with the setup process, and SUPPORT is a big win. Didn't feel like I was talking to a robot. The experience was great.

    Mar 12, 2018 19:05
  • Review by Snarltoof, 10 out of 10
    Equipment installation and setup

    Just to set expectations here -- I'm not commenting on the monitoring service. As of this writing, I don't have monitoring activated, so it's really too soon to review that! I'm commenting on the devices that are contained in the kit and setting them up.

    This kit included the base station, one keypad, one remote fob, two motion sensors, and six entry sensors.

    The packaging was really impressive -- everything had its own compartment with a description of what it is. It's a firm cardboard material, so I'm assuming it'll break down like normal waste -- no excessive plastic. It included a really nice setup guide with pictures and very clear instructions. Overall, the packaging and the guide would make it suitable for someone with zero technical aptitude or confidence. I'd have no trouble recommending this to anyone who is non-technical.

    The base station is somewhat attractive, looks like a vase or something, would look just fine sitting in a conspicuous place on a shelf. All you have to do is remove the battery safety tab and plug it in.

    The keypad has a bracket with adhesive pads that are similar to the 3M "Command" adhesive systems that allow you to stick hooks to the wall and remove them without damage. The kit comes with extra adhesive pads. When you pull the battery safety tab, it wakes up and tells you what to do to set it up and begin adding sensors.

    The sensors are easy to set up, too. The most challenging part is figuring out where to put the motion sensors; which room or area do you want to monitor? Also -- I have large dogs, so I am watching these sensors to see how they respond to the dogs before I let them be monitored remotely.

    The door/window sensors are also really easy; there's a rectangular notch on the front face of both pieces; just so long as those notches are closest to eachother, there's lots of flexibility in how to mount them. It doesn't seem to matter which part is stationary and which moves; I put the passive magnet thing on my door trim and the active sensor on my door because my door trim has a shaped profile so the active sensor wouldn't lay flat on that molding. The sensors don't have to be touching, so long as they're less than 2 inches apart.

    I know the door sensors are working because the base unit signals when you open and close doors.

    So -- the equipment looks great and appears to function quite well. It's very well designed and it's very simple to install. So far I'd recommend this system.

    However, the system is not very useful without subscribing to the monitoring service. You can turn on monitoring, but it'll just use the base station as an alarm. I'd think/hope that there would be a way to use the system over the internet with the app -- for example, sending alerts to the app or your email when a sensor is triggered, but nope. So now I'm going to activate a monitoring plan, so I'll comment on this review after I've had a chance to use the service. Activating through the app and the website hasn't worked so far, so I have to call customer service. Wish me luck!

    Mar 16, 2018 11:25
  • Review by TechTux, 10 out of 10
    Easy Install , Loud and Reliable

    I was in the market to change out my security system from the pre-built one and decided to try out SimpliSafe. I have been very impressed with the product and the ease of the install / setup

    Pros:

    Durable / Made Well

    Connection through Cellular

    Has both Sticky and Screw hole options

    Battery Sensors lasts for years

    Primary HUB has backup Battery power

    Easy Read Panel

    Loud Alarm Speaker

    Additional Purchased Sensors Easy to Setup

    Cons:

    Cost of Additional Sensors

    Unable to select Cellular Service HUB goes through

    White Covering gets dirty easily

    Primary HUB is bulky

    Setup / Install was very easy and there are audible walk-through's. The first step is to plug in the main hub and it will go into "Test Mode" which allows you to setup all the sensors. There is an app you can download on your cell phone as well however I chose not to use the app.

    The Sensors for the doors and windows have both the sticky strip and screws. I chose to use the sticky and so far it has remained in place without any issues. The sensor has a magnetic bar you line up with the senor itself between 2 markers on the casing. The magnetic bar also has sticky strip on it incase the surface is not magnetic.

    The main hub has been very reliable and when my power went off one night due to storms it remained on without any hesitation of the power switching from AC to Battery. My only concern is being unable to select the cellular service upon purchase as some cell services are weaker than others. I have not experienced the issue however was informed you can call into their customer service to have another Cellular service SIM card installed.

    The keyfob has been easy to use, has good reach range and lightweight to carry on my key-chain.

    Signs / Spikes are provide to alert would be criminals that your house is protected. They are decent plastic board that if not careful will fly away on windy days..

    Subscription service was easy to setup, it cost about 15 bucks a month which is not bad and competitive with other security companies. Upon purchase it comes with a 1 year subscription service.

    Mar 27, 2018 14:00
  • Review by leanwolf, 10 out of 10
    Simplisafe Shield Wireless Home Security

    If you own a regular security system you are probably well versed with the wiring challenge it possesses and how difficult the the whole process can be. Finally Simplisafe shield provides a total security solution with the advantage of being totally wireless. All you do is turn the components on and place them around the house. You do not need an expert to tell you how to install it.

    The system came in a small package and includes the following

    - Keypad (1)

    - Base Station (1)

    - Motion Sensors (2)

    - Door/Window Sensors (6)

    - Key Fob (1)

    There are various addons like camera etc that can be added easily.

    The setup is easy and you need to only name each sensor for the system to find and recognize it. Takes around 25 o 30 mins to get it all up and running. You can easily activate wireless or cellular features by paying a monthly fee. Unfortunately these features do not work in standalone mode since the system is programmed to talk to the provider only. The wireless nature is a definite appeal to home and apartment renters.

    An excellent top of the line wireless security monitoring system from Simplisafe.

    Mar 16, 2018 20:43
  • Review by hsc33, 8 out of 10
    Great Idea, but some issues

    This product is a great idea; but a few problems. Some them/some me. The motion detectors pick up my medium sized dog (and cat when he lived here). Because of this I can’t use the alarm when I’m gone. Was told to install them upside down - but that didn’t work either... the adhesive strips to hold up sensors can be iffy & I’ve had a sensor and a motion sensor fall down/be removed by lifting a blind. As far as me? Some of the problems are myself, as I have pieces of gear I haven’t installed yet due to lack (ugh) of knowledge & my helpful son moving out. Wish I could get a tech out here (like with ADT), but that isn’t offered - to my knowledge. Overall, a great idea — when it works. As far as myself, meed to get the system (motion sensors) issues figured out/then add my new gear. Sad face here. :-(

    Jul 17, 2020 19:20
  • 9.0score
    SimpliSafe - Protect Home Security System - White
    Description

    Only at Best BuyDefend your home from intruders with this SimpliSafe security system. Its wireless design provides reliable, multilayer protection and avoids interruptions from cut phone lines and power outages, and it connects to an app for remote operation. This SimpliSafe security system is easy to install and customizable to homes of any size for flexible use.

    8 Features
  • Keeps your home or business secure: Includes an alarm base station, keypad, four entry sensors and motion sensor.
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa: You can use Alexa-enabled devices to arm and check your home security system status with voice commands. You can then go in to SimpliSafe app to link your system with Alexa.
  • Control your security system from your smartphone: The interactive app makes it easy for customers to arm and disarm their system from anywhere.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring: Guards your home and sends police when you need them most.
  • Detects intruders, not pets: The system is precision-engineered to detect the heat signature of humans, not pets.
  • Practically invisible: The sensors are designed so you won't notice them.
  • Power outage protection: Even if power fails, SimpliSafe continues protecting you for 24 hours.
  • Set it up in minutes: No tools. No drilling. Just open the box, plug it in, and start protecting.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Linksys, 10 out of 10
    Extremely impressed!

    The ease at which it takes to set up the simplisafe system is on the level of Apple products, anybody and I mean anybody can set this system up! So many companies make claims about how easy pairing or setting up components of their system are, simplisafe says it and means it! The versatility of this system is second to none, it has so much versatility with where you can put components and what you can do with it.

    They have keyfobs, freeze detectors,water sensors, smoke alarms, CO alrams,panic button, siren for out or inside, video camera with privacy shade for when your home and soon they will have a video doorbell. These are some of the things you can add to your system at very reasonable prices.

    The monthly monitoring (which can be month to month) starts at $14.95 and $24.95. The system has cellular built in which simplisafe does not charge extra for like most other systems.

    This system is hands down the best, easiest, and most versatile alarm system out right now in my opinion. The only negatives for me would be better range for the motion sensors. But, with the fact you can add extra motion sensors for like an extra $30 a piece, it’s really not that big of a deal. And the fact you can only use the app to control the system with the $24.95 a month plan is the other.

    Piece of mind, upgradeability, versatility, just a few of the reasons I absolutely love this system. And with the simplisafe guarantee of 60 days to try it, test it, love it or return it, I don’t think you can go wrong.

    Mar 12, 2018 16:02
  • Review by TonyMSP, 10 out of 10
    Simplisafe vs Xfinity Home

    I’ve had xfinity home security for the last 2 years and when my contract finally ended, I knew I wanted a security system that didn’t have a contact and required special technicians to come out to install equipment. After seeing some Simplisafe advertisements, I knew this could be the system to replace xfinity.

    What drew me to Simplisafe is the ease of install, no contracts, simple and affordable pricing, and feature rich with room for expansion. I will go into each of these in a bit more detail and how it compares to xfinity.

    Installation out of the box was a breeze for simplisafe. Instructions were well written and it was practically self-guided on pairing and installing each sensor. Door sensors, motion detectors, and keypads were all peel-and-stick with no drilling required. They all come with month(s) long batteries too. Xfinity would have required you to be home and send a technician out to install the same type of sensors.

    The pricing packages is straight forward and much lower than xfinity. Xfinity requires a 2 year contract too. The three plans for simplisafe at the time of this review was $14.99 for standard monitoring, $24.99 for app support, and $5 more for camera support. All plans includes police or emergency dispatch. The $14.99 plan is for folks who just wants to set the alarm and forget it. The $24.99 is what I opted for and that plan was for app support. The app for my iphone is very similar to the xfinity app. It allows me to arm and disarm my system with my phone. I like having the phone app support because it allows me to check if I armed the system when im not at home. The app also sends push notifications to me if the alarm has been triggered or disarmed by another household member. I do find it silly that its an additional $10 over the standard coverage for app support. Is it worth it? Yes for me because app support is important to me. I have forgetful family members and will occasionally need to check via app if the system is armed. Simplisafe would really dominate the market if their $14.99 plan included it all. The $5 additional camera coverage just allows cloud storage of your recordings. Most other places like Arlos offers free cloud coverage. These simplisafe plans are still very much cheaper than an out of contact xfinity home plan and that ranges from $40+ a month.

    The features of the simplisafe is similar to Xfinity. The 3rd generation keypad has a nice monochrome dot matrix display. The keypad also lights up at night when you need it and blends in well with your décor. The keyboard does nothing else but arm and disarm, unlike Xfinity’s screen monitor that shows your camera feed, weather information, etc. The door sensors are similar between both companies but the motion detector for simplisafe is a bit friendlier for large pet owners. Simplisafe’s motion detector aims straight out and also down. The installation guide will suggest that if you have bigger dogs to install the motion sensor 4 feet off the ground and upside down. This will allow dogs to walk around under 4ft without tripping the alarm since the upside down motion sensor now aims straight out at 4 feet and to the ceiling. The app for xfinity has a bit more advanced features like: push notifications if the alarm hasn’t been set during a specified timeframe, very detailed activity tracker that shows time stamps of all opened and closed doors, and a bit more automation with supported smart home vendors like automatic door deadbolts, thermostats, garage doors, etc. I don’t see why simplisafe’s app can’t be just as robust with just an app update. Perhaps in the near future.

    Simplisafe is overall a great system and directly competes with all the other big named security systems. The flexibility to go on their website to buy more door sensors, key fobs, etc and install yourself is what makes this system unique that youre not handcuffed to their technicians.

    I may get another system for my camper/rv as Simplisafe doesn’t require WiFi to work. It has it’s own cellular service so I can still arm, disarm, and get notified if my camper/rv was broken into.

    Mar 19, 2018 09:02
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    An Alarm System that puts me in control.

    There’s a nice feeling about knowing you have your home secured from break-ins while you are at work, or on vacation, or even asleep in your home. I’ll go one step further and say that I also like the idea of having control over the system. I like being able to add devices, add or delete features, and not be dependent on another service guy or locked into contracts because I changed something. SimpiSafe has an array of available sensors (entry, motion, glass break, camera, panic buttons) and extra keypads, key fobs, sirens and yard signs. You own and manage the system. If you want the monitoring, it’s there, but with no contracts, no penalties. and no pressure to extend. Monitoring alone is $15/month (3/2018) which uses the internal SIM card and the Cellular call system. There is also a Wi-Fi connection enabled under System Settings. With Wi-Fi you can add cameras for live viewing. Other plans have costs associated with live viewing via an App or recording.

    Monitoring by SimpliSafe and the details around an actual alarm situation are fairly standard. The Keyboard begins a countdown beep, giving you time to enter your PIN code. If time runs out, a siren sounds and a silent Cell or Internet call to SimpliSafe is initiated. SimpliSafe calls back to either cancel the alarm (IF you provide security word) or else they send police.

    SETUP: The “PROTECT” system includes 4 ENTRY SENSORS, a MOTION DETECTOR, a KEYPAD, and the BASE STATION. Other pre-packaged systems have more or less components and some additional types of sensors.

    The process begins by plugging in your BASE STATION. Location does not seem to be especially critical, but somewhere central seemed reasonable. Distribute your SENSORS to your preferred locations, remembering to yank the battery protection sleeves out. All sensors have adhesive pads, so think first, then attach. Same for the KEYPAD. I chose NOT to adhere it permanently, because I wanted it with me for setup, and I really wasn’t sure where to place it. The KEYPAD is very easy to use. That black screen at the top is actually a large 4-way rocker pad. Your selection choices are always at one of the 4 edges where you press to make a selection. Accessing anything on the keypad requires you to first enter a PIN you have created. Changing the status of your system always required that PIN. (several additional PIN CODES can be created)

    Now comes the “discovery” process. Each sensor has a slightly recessed button which I depressed. The KEYPAD, which I was carrying around with me lit up with a notification that the SENSOR and its type was recognized as soon as I pressed it’s little button. The KEYPAD was requesting me to name it. There was a lengthy list of useful names I could scroll through and then select. Done. Move on to the next SENSOR, no matter the type. The KEYPAD again recognized the SENSOR and its type. A list pops up, I selected a name, and moved on. I was done in minutes. It took longer for me to decide where to put the various sensors. SimpliSafe has thought through this technology pretty completely. At no point did a sensor fail to register. My home is all on one floor and extends 2800 square feet with a decorative brick archway which somewhat divides the home. No problem for me, although those of you with rambling mansions might have issues I didn’t see.

    At this point you can conclude your setup. I went back into the keypad to add my Wi-Fi as a link for monitoring, The system offers a phone number for setting up monitoring . . . but you can choose to bypass that offer . . . without badgering. I’m still testing my system, but it’s hard to fault the device performance.

    COMPLAINTS: I wish the SimpliSite site navigation was friendlier for owners. Getting places at their site the first time was easy. Getting back or getting around to those extras an owner might want was trickier. The BASE STATION siren seemed too tame for me; although if I wasn’t paying for monitoring, I’d certainly acquire another siren anyway.

    SUMMARY: I have the impression that SimpliSafe has been steadily evolving this product to incorporate emerging technologies and take advantage of lowering component costs. This very new (3/2018) iteration of the SimpliSafe product sure offers enough flexibility for my purposes. I don’t always need monitoring even if I always want an alarm to set. I may want to reconsider locations or types of sensors. I like the idea that I might take advantage of newer components as they become available. I guess I like the idea of being in charge. And, it’s not as if there is a price penalty; in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

    Mar 12, 2018 17:01
  • Review by jsisko76, 10 out of 10
    Excellent and Affordable Home Security

    This is the second SimpliSafe product that I have used and I am happy to report that it is an improved version of the SimpiSafe Defend product.

    The SimpliSafe products continue to be very easy to set up. You do not need high technical skill to have everything up and running in under an hour. The included keypad is an improvement over previous designs. It has a sleek look to it where the older design seemed like it was designed 20 years ago. The entry and motion sensors work as expected and will help give you peace of mind as they are protecting your home. The yard sign is a valuable piece included in this kit. A prominent sign is the first line of defense and can easily cause would be burglars to choose a different target. The cost of monitoring is reasonable: $14.99/month

    Things that I would have liked to see with this model is compatibility with voice assistant devices. I have a Google Home system and would like to be able to arm/disarm the system verbally. It would also be nice to have a 2nd motion sensor in this kit, but at this price point I can't complain. You can always expand your system by purchasing additional add-ons as you like.

    At this price it will be difficult to find a better self-install security system. It's a great buy for folks on a budget that want to keep their family and belongings safe.

    Mar 15, 2018 22:50
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Simple no contract home security

    For a basic self-install starter home security system, with no contracts, this one isn’t bad. It is super simple to set up as the keypad is wireless and walks you through the setup and the sensors all have sticky tape pre-installed. It has replacement sticky pieces and also comes with screws if you decide you want a more permanent installation for each piece, though the screws are really small. All of the pieces have a base that they can slide off of so that you can screw them in place or when you may need to replace the batteries. This package comes with 4 entry sensors, one motion sensor, the main speaker and wireless keypad as well as a yard sign and some stickers.

    Once installed you have to go to the website to activate with the serial number. There are 2 basic plans with a monthly rate that can be cancelled at any time. One is only 24/7 monitoring and the other includes interactive options, such as mobile app, SMS/Email alerts and website control. Both options include cellular connection, however, that connection can take up to 72 hours to activate. Even still, if you connect it to your WiFi, there is a 72 hour “test” period where emergency services will not be called if your alarm is tripped. With the interactive options you get immediate notification when sensors are tripped and the alarm is activated/deactivated while the monitoring service will take time after the alarm has been tripped to notify you, get your security word and then notify the authorities. You can also set secondary contacts through the website, though they will need to know the security word as well.

    As for the device the speaker is soft and talks to you during setup, however from that point on it only makes tones for when sensors are opened and closed. It is odd since when you identify the sensors it speaks the name, “Front Door”, but not when they are opened. However, the application and notifications do show that name. Compared to other security systems, the speakers really is not that loud, loud enough to let you know it is going off, but not as ear piercing as other systems. During entry and exit, when the alarm is set, the keypad makes a tone that is extremely low, even set to max volume, if the keypad is not by the door, you might not even realize it is counting down as you left, leaving the alarm to go off as you walk away from your house. However, the main device does have a light to it so that if it is in the open it is easy to see the glowing red ring to let you know it is armed. You can also arm the device while sensors are open without even noticing. The keypad and application will give the notification, but continue to activate without any confirmation. The keypad also has a panic button, should you want to trip the alarm for sound, however this does not notify the monitoring service.

    Compared to other professional systems that usually have a long term contract and higher fees, this is an easy system that you can use without service if you just want a local alarm or activate whenever you need someone to remotely monitor.

    Mar 20, 2018 13:39
  • Review by Moose, 10 out of 10
    Great system for flips!

    I bought this for a flip home we are renovating because it works off cellular so no internet needed unless you want cameras. Love being able to turn off and on from my cell phone.

    The customer service has been excellent whenever I call them!

    Jul 22, 2019 18:54
  • Review by TechMatcher, 8 out of 10
    Nearly perfect home security solution!

    I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my SimpliSafe Protect system - and it arrived a few days ago! Setup was a breeze! Unbelievable actually - even Grandma was impressed as she watched! Pull the battery protection tabs and the base station and all sensors sprang to life and registered - no problems at all!

    I quickly ran the 4 entry sensors to the 4 exterior doors in my house and placed them with easy (self stick pads were already on each sensor). I then placed the motion sensor in the main living area. Next, I labeled device within the master controller - again very easy to do. Super impressed thus far.

    The next steps was service activation. I had not planned to activate the service and pay the $15-25 per month - although I admit this is pretty reasonable. This is where the system falls short in my view. Although the base station has two communication methods (cellular primary and WiFi secondary), you can only leverage either of them with a paid service plan. I would like to be able to use the WiFi connectivity and the SimpliSafe app on my iphone to receive text alerts and notifications of events at my house - but that is not possible without the $25/month service plan. To me - this is the biggest downfall of the product. Fix this - and now we're talking!!

    There are tons of add-ons that make this product really shine. Freeze alarms, water sensors, some and CO detectors and I even hear doorbells are coming soon! Very capable, easy to setup with relatively few faults - albeit a fairly large one to me.

    Again - if you are looking for an easy, quick, DIY solution, want remote access via your phone and don't mind paying the $25/month - this is for you! Personally, I gave it only 4 stars due to that limitation of requiring the service to be actually useful.

    Mar 17, 2018 00:04
  • Review by Selva, 8 out of 10
    Great Balance of Price, Design and Security!

    Simplisafe - Protect Home Security System installation is quick and easy. It took less than 30 mins to install the base, control pad, motion sensor and entry alarms for all doors / windows. It came 4 entry alarms, base, control pad and motion sensor. The design of the base is really good and size of the sensors are great as well. I was able to rename the values by specific location in keypad so that it can be identified which is open or close. It came with cellular connection and was able to connect the home Wi-Fi without any issues. In case of power cut, it will keep monitoring your home for additional 24 hours.

    The monthly monitoring fees with no contracts starts at $14.95 and $24.95. Even though you have option of running a standalone home security system without monitoring, 24/7 Alarm Monitoring for $14.99, 24/7 Alarm Monitoring and APP support for mobile for $24.99.

    I will be ordering additional door sensors and cameras to expand my home security.

    It is perfect product for those who don't have existing pre-wired for home security system. Simplisafe provided products to satisfy those user needs with competitive pricing to enable home security.

    Mar 20, 2018 14:55
  • 8.8score
    SimpliSafe Home Security System
    Description

    Defend your home from intruders with this SimpliSafe security system. Its wireless design provides reliable, multilayer protection and avoids interruptions from cut phone lines and power outages, and it connects to an app for remote operation. This SimpliSafe security system is easy to install and customizable to homes of any size for flexible use.

    8 Features
  • Keeps your home or business secure: Includes an alarm base station, keypad, four entry sensors and motion sensor
  • Compatible with Amazon Alexa: You can use Alexa-enabled devices to arm and check your home security system status with voice commands. You can then go in to SimpliSafe app to link your system with Alexa.
  • Control your security system from your smartphone: The interactive app makes it easy for customers to arm and disarm their system from anywhere.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring: Guards your home and sends police when you need them most. With a professional monitoring plan, starting at 50c/day (sold separately), our 24/7 monitoring staff calls you the second trouble’s detected and stays with you until it’s resolved.
  • Detects intruders, not pets: The system is precision-engineered to detect the heat signature of humans, not pets.
  • Practically invisible: The sensors are designed so you won't notice them.
  • Power outage protection: Even if power fails, SimpliSafe continues protecting you for 24 hours.
  • Set it up in minutes: No tools. No drilling. Just open the box, plug it in, and start protecting.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Linksys, 10 out of 10
    Extremely impressed!

    The ease at which it takes to set up the simplisafe system is on the level of Apple products, anybody and I mean anybody can set this system up! So many companies make claims about how easy pairing or setting up components of their system are, simplisafe says it and means it! The versatility of this system is second to none, it has so much versatility with where you can put components and what you can do with it.

    They have keyfobs, freeze detectors,water sensors, smoke alarms, CO alrams,panic button, siren for out or inside, video camera with privacy shade for when your home and soon they will have a video doorbell. These are some of the things you can add to your system at very reasonable prices.

    The monthly monitoring (which can be month to month) starts at $14.95 and $24.95. The system has cellular built in which simplisafe does not charge extra for like most other systems.

    This system is hands down the best, easiest, and most versatile alarm system out right now in my opinion. The only negatives for me would be better range for the motion sensors. But, with the fact you can add extra motion sensors for like an extra $30 a piece, it’s really not that big of a deal. And the fact you can only use the app to control the system with the $24.95 a month plan is the other.

    Piece of mind, upgradeability, versatility, just a few of the reasons I absolutely love this system. And with the simplisafe guarantee of 60 days to try it, test it, love it or return it, I don’t think you can go wrong.

    Mar 12, 2018 16:02
  • Review by TonyMSP, 10 out of 10
    Simplisafe vs Xfinity Home

    I’ve had xfinity home security for the last 2 years and when my contract finally ended, I knew I wanted a security system that didn’t have a contact and required special technicians to come out to install equipment. After seeing some Simplisafe advertisements, I knew this could be the system to replace xfinity.

    What drew me to Simplisafe is the ease of install, no contracts, simple and affordable pricing, and feature rich with room for expansion. I will go into each of these in a bit more detail and how it compares to xfinity.

    Installation out of the box was a breeze for simplisafe. Instructions were well written and it was practically self-guided on pairing and installing each sensor. Door sensors, motion detectors, and keypads were all peel-and-stick with no drilling required. They all come with month(s) long batteries too. Xfinity would have required you to be home and send a technician out to install the same type of sensors.

    The pricing packages is straight forward and much lower than xfinity. Xfinity requires a 2 year contract too. The three plans for simplisafe at the time of this review was $14.99 for standard monitoring, $24.99 for app support, and $5 more for camera support. All plans includes police or emergency dispatch. The $14.99 plan is for folks who just wants to set the alarm and forget it. The $24.99 is what I opted for and that plan was for app support. The app for my iphone is very similar to the xfinity app. It allows me to arm and disarm my system with my phone. I like having the phone app support because it allows me to check if I armed the system when im not at home. The app also sends push notifications to me if the alarm has been triggered or disarmed by another household member. I do find it silly that its an additional $10 over the standard coverage for app support. Is it worth it? Yes for me because app support is important to me. I have forgetful family members and will occasionally need to check via app if the system is armed. Simplisafe would really dominate the market if their $14.99 plan included it all. The $5 additional camera coverage just allows cloud storage of your recordings. Most other places like Arlos offers free cloud coverage. These simplisafe plans are still very much cheaper than an out of contact xfinity home plan and that ranges from $40+ a month.

    The features of the simplisafe is similar to Xfinity. The 3rd generation keypad has a nice monochrome dot matrix display. The keypad also lights up at night when you need it and blends in well with your décor. The keyboard does nothing else but arm and disarm, unlike Xfinity’s screen monitor that shows your camera feed, weather information, etc. The door sensors are similar between both companies but the motion detector for simplisafe is a bit friendlier for large pet owners. Simplisafe’s motion detector aims straight out and also down. The installation guide will suggest that if you have bigger dogs to install the motion sensor 4 feet off the ground and upside down. This will allow dogs to walk around under 4ft without tripping the alarm since the upside down motion sensor now aims straight out at 4 feet and to the ceiling. The app for xfinity has a bit more advanced features like: push notifications if the alarm hasn’t been set during a specified timeframe, very detailed activity tracker that shows time stamps of all opened and closed doors, and a bit more automation with supported smart home vendors like automatic door deadbolts, thermostats, garage doors, etc. I don’t see why simplisafe’s app can’t be just as robust with just an app update. Perhaps in the near future.

    Simplisafe is overall a great system and directly competes with all the other big named security systems. The flexibility to go on their website to buy more door sensors, key fobs, etc and install yourself is what makes this system unique that youre not handcuffed to their technicians.

    I may get another system for my camper/rv as Simplisafe doesn’t require WiFi to work. It has it’s own cellular service so I can still arm, disarm, and get notified if my camper/rv was broken into.

    Mar 19, 2018 09:02
  • Review by TECHBEENGOOD, 10 out of 10
    An Alarm System that puts me in control.

    There’s a nice feeling about knowing you have your home secured from break-ins while you are at work, or on vacation, or even asleep in your home. I’ll go one step further and say that I also like the idea of having control over the system. I like being able to add devices, add or delete features, and not be dependent on another service guy or locked into contracts because I changed something. SimpiSafe has an array of available sensors (entry, motion, glass break, camera, panic buttons) and extra keypads, key fobs, sirens and yard signs. You own and manage the system. If you want the monitoring, it’s there, but with no contracts, no penalties. and no pressure to extend. Monitoring alone is $15/month (3/2018) which uses the internal SIM card and the Cellular call system. There is also a Wi-Fi connection enabled under System Settings. With Wi-Fi you can add cameras for live viewing. Other plans have costs associated with live viewing via an App or recording.

    Monitoring by SimpliSafe and the details around an actual alarm situation are fairly standard. The Keyboard begins a countdown beep, giving you time to enter your PIN code. If time runs out, a siren sounds and a silent Cell or Internet call to SimpliSafe is initiated. SimpliSafe calls back to either cancel the alarm (IF you provide security word) or else they send police.

    SETUP: The “PROTECT” system includes 4 ENTRY SENSORS, a MOTION DETECTOR, a KEYPAD, and the BASE STATION. Other pre-packaged systems have more or less components and some additional types of sensors.

    The process begins by plugging in your BASE STATION. Location does not seem to be especially critical, but somewhere central seemed reasonable. Distribute your SENSORS to your preferred locations, remembering to yank the battery protection sleeves out. All sensors have adhesive pads, so think first, then attach. Same for the KEYPAD. I chose NOT to adhere it permanently, because I wanted it with me for setup, and I really wasn’t sure where to place it. The KEYPAD is very easy to use. That black screen at the top is actually a large 4-way rocker pad. Your selection choices are always at one of the 4 edges where you press to make a selection. Accessing anything on the keypad requires you to first enter a PIN you have created. Changing the status of your system always required that PIN. (several additional PIN CODES can be created)

    Now comes the “discovery” process. Each sensor has a slightly recessed button which I depressed. The KEYPAD, which I was carrying around with me lit up with a notification that the SENSOR and its type was recognized as soon as I pressed it’s little button. The KEYPAD was requesting me to name it. There was a lengthy list of useful names I could scroll through and then select. Done. Move on to the next SENSOR, no matter the type. The KEYPAD again recognized the SENSOR and its type. A list pops up, I selected a name, and moved on. I was done in minutes. It took longer for me to decide where to put the various sensors. SimpliSafe has thought through this technology pretty completely. At no point did a sensor fail to register. My home is all on one floor and extends 2800 square feet with a decorative brick archway which somewhat divides the home. No problem for me, although those of you with rambling mansions might have issues I didn’t see.

    At this point you can conclude your setup. I went back into the keypad to add my Wi-Fi as a link for monitoring, The system offers a phone number for setting up monitoring . . . but you can choose to bypass that offer . . . without badgering. I’m still testing my system, but it’s hard to fault the device performance.

    COMPLAINTS: I wish the SimpliSite site navigation was friendlier for owners. Getting places at their site the first time was easy. Getting back or getting around to those extras an owner might want was trickier. The BASE STATION siren seemed too tame for me; although if I wasn’t paying for monitoring, I’d certainly acquire another siren anyway.

    SUMMARY: I have the impression that SimpliSafe has been steadily evolving this product to incorporate emerging technologies and take advantage of lowering component costs. This very new (3/2018) iteration of the SimpliSafe product sure offers enough flexibility for my purposes. I don’t always need monitoring even if I always want an alarm to set. I may want to reconsider locations or types of sensors. I like the idea that I might take advantage of newer components as they become available. I guess I like the idea of being in charge. And, it’s not as if there is a price penalty; in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

    Mar 12, 2018 17:01
  • Review by jsisko76, 10 out of 10
    Excellent and Affordable Home Security

    This is the second SimpliSafe product that I have used and I am happy to report that it is an improved version of the SimpiSafe Defend product.

    The SimpliSafe products continue to be very easy to set up. You do not need high technical skill to have everything up and running in under an hour. The included keypad is an improvement over previous designs. It has a sleek look to it where the older design seemed like it was designed 20 years ago. The entry and motion sensors work as expected and will help give you peace of mind as they are protecting your home. The yard sign is a valuable piece included in this kit. A prominent sign is the first line of defense and can easily cause would be burglars to choose a different target. The cost of monitoring is reasonable: $14.99/month

    Things that I would have liked to see with this model is compatibility with voice assistant devices. I have a Google Home system and would like to be able to arm/disarm the system verbally. It would also be nice to have a 2nd motion sensor in this kit, but at this price point I can't complain. You can always expand your system by purchasing additional add-ons as you like.

    At this price it will be difficult to find a better self-install security system. It's a great buy for folks on a budget that want to keep their family and belongings safe.

    Mar 15, 2018 22:50
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Simple no contract home security

    For a basic self-install starter home security system, with no contracts, this one isn’t bad. It is super simple to set up as the keypad is wireless and walks you through the setup and the sensors all have sticky tape pre-installed. It has replacement sticky pieces and also comes with screws if you decide you want a more permanent installation for each piece, though the screws are really small. All of the pieces have a base that they can slide off of so that you can screw them in place or when you may need to replace the batteries. This package comes with 4 entry sensors, one motion sensor, the main speaker and wireless keypad as well as a yard sign and some stickers.

    Once installed you have to go to the website to activate with the serial number. There are 2 basic plans with a monthly rate that can be cancelled at any time. One is only 24/7 monitoring and the other includes interactive options, such as mobile app, SMS/Email alerts and website control. Both options include cellular connection, however, that connection can take up to 72 hours to activate. Even still, if you connect it to your WiFi, there is a 72 hour “test” period where emergency services will not be called if your alarm is tripped. With the interactive options you get immediate notification when sensors are tripped and the alarm is activated/deactivated while the monitoring service will take time after the alarm has been tripped to notify you, get your security word and then notify the authorities. You can also set secondary contacts through the website, though they will need to know the security word as well.

    As for the device the speaker is soft and talks to you during setup, however from that point on it only makes tones for when sensors are opened and closed. It is odd since when you identify the sensors it speaks the name, “Front Door”, but not when they are opened. However, the application and notifications do show that name. Compared to other security systems, the speakers really is not that loud, loud enough to let you know it is going off, but not as ear piercing as other systems. During entry and exit, when the alarm is set, the keypad makes a tone that is extremely low, even set to max volume, if the keypad is not by the door, you might not even realize it is counting down as you left, leaving the alarm to go off as you walk away from your house. However, the main device does have a light to it so that if it is in the open it is easy to see the glowing red ring to let you know it is armed. You can also arm the device while sensors are open without even noticing. The keypad and application will give the notification, but continue to activate without any confirmation. The keypad also has a panic button, should you want to trip the alarm for sound, however this does not notify the monitoring service.

    Compared to other professional systems that usually have a long term contract and higher fees, this is an easy system that you can use without service if you just want a local alarm or activate whenever you need someone to remotely monitor.

    Mar 20, 2018 13:39
  • Review by Moose, 10 out of 10
    Great system for flips!

    I bought this for a flip home we are renovating because it works off cellular so no internet needed unless you want cameras. Love being able to turn off and on from my cell phone.

    The customer service has been excellent whenever I call them!

    Jul 22, 2019 18:54
  • Review by TechMatcher, 8 out of 10
    Nearly perfect home security solution!

    I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my SimpliSafe Protect system - and it arrived a few days ago! Setup was a breeze! Unbelievable actually - even Grandma was impressed as she watched! Pull the battery protection tabs and the base station and all sensors sprang to life and registered - no problems at all!

    I quickly ran the 4 entry sensors to the 4 exterior doors in my house and placed them with easy (self stick pads were already on each sensor). I then placed the motion sensor in the main living area. Next, I labeled device within the master controller - again very easy to do. Super impressed thus far.

    The next steps was service activation. I had not planned to activate the service and pay the $15-25 per month - although I admit this is pretty reasonable. This is where the system falls short in my view. Although the base station has two communication methods (cellular primary and WiFi secondary), you can only leverage either of them with a paid service plan. I would like to be able to use the WiFi connectivity and the SimpliSafe app on my iphone to receive text alerts and notifications of events at my house - but that is not possible without the $25/month service plan. To me - this is the biggest downfall of the product. Fix this - and now we're talking!!

    There are tons of add-ons that make this product really shine. Freeze alarms, water sensors, some and CO detectors and I even hear doorbells are coming soon! Very capable, easy to setup with relatively few faults - albeit a fairly large one to me.

    Again - if you are looking for an easy, quick, DIY solution, want remote access via your phone and don't mind paying the $25/month - this is for you! Personally, I gave it only 4 stars due to that limitation of requiring the service to be actually useful.

    Mar 17, 2018 00:04
  • Review by Selva, 8 out of 10
    Great Balance of Price, Design and Security!

    Simplisafe - Protect Home Security System installation is quick and easy. It took less than 30 mins to install the base, control pad, motion sensor and entry alarms for all doors / windows. It came 4 entry alarms, base, control pad and motion sensor. The design of the base is really good and size of the sensors are great as well. I was able to rename the values by specific location in keypad so that it can be identified which is open or close. It came with cellular connection and was able to connect the home Wi-Fi without any issues. In case of power cut, it will keep monitoring your home for additional 24 hours.

    The monthly monitoring fees with no contracts starts at $14.95 and $24.95. Even though you have option of running a standalone home security system without monitoring, 24/7 Alarm Monitoring for $14.99, 24/7 Alarm Monitoring and APP support for mobile for $24.99.

    I will be ordering additional door sensors and cameras to expand my home security.

    It is perfect product for those who don't have existing pre-wired for home security system. Simplisafe provided products to satisfy those user needs with competitive pricing to enable home security.

    Mar 20, 2018 14:55
  • 8.8score
    ADT - 7-Piece Starter Kit - DIY Security System
    Description

    ADT DIY home security that’s just your style. Blue by ADT offers personalized DIY home security with security devices and home security monitoring options made to grow, move, and adapt to your evolving home security needs—all backed by ADT’s 145 years of expertise. The 7-Piece Starter Kit is ideal for smaller houses or apartment renters. Customize your security system by adding cameras and additional sensors as needed. Get the DIY security essentials you need, no more and no less. Plus, with the 7-Piece Starter Kit, you can self-monitor or receive 6 months of FREE 24/7 professional monitoring from the home security leader, ADT.

    6 Features
  • The ADT DIY home security system: It’s easy to secure your home or apartment. The ADT DIY security system includes a graphite hub, 1 motion sensor, 3 entry sensors, ADT yard sign and ADT security window stickers.
  • Smart DIY security: The 7-Piece Home Security Starter Kit can grow, adapt, and move with you.
  • No contracts: No strings attached because there’s no long-term contract.
  • Advanced Motion Detection: DIY system includes a smart motion detector that is not triggered by pets.
  • Professional monitoring and self-monitoring: Available with optional ADT 24/7 pro monitoring. First 3 months FREE, then only $19.99 per month. Or self-monitor your home with our FREE mobile app.
  • ADT DIY home security: Set up of the ADT DIY home security system is easy and can be done in 20 minutes. ADT is proud to offer its newest line of Blue by ADT home security devices. All from the most trusted name in home security, ADT.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Trusted name but do it yourself

    Home security system from a name you trust without having the salesman and installers coming in. There are other branded self install systems available on the market, but none are from companies that have the history that ADT does.

    This 10 piece starter kit comes with the main hub, 6 door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a yard sign and a sheet of window stickers. When you download the app it walks you through setting the system up adding each pre-configured sensor as you go along. During the setup it mentions testing the sensors, but the only way to test them is to stop the setup process and trigger the sensors while watching the dashboard or listening for the hub. Which then means you have to go back to adding the next sensor instead of just continuing where you left off. Just felt like it broke as smooth process and should have testing built in the step.

    Even though each sensor is already pre-assigned with labels like Door 1, Window 2, they are exactly the same and can be modified later to trigger according to your settings. This means a door has a delay before sounding the alarm in stay & away versus a window which will sound the alarm instantly. The sensors all have sticky back to them that holds really well, but also includes a screw to make them more permanent. The spacing on them has to be fairly close and there is no way to adjust the sensitivity on them. You also don’t have to use all of the sensors included, however, since they are pre-assigned, you will have an open issue of “Shippped” on the sensor till you go in and remove it in the application through Menu -> Devices -> Select your sensors -> Remove Device.

    The biggest issue I have with this starter kit is the hub itself. For one, it only has one option for install and that is sitting on a table or shelf. Unlike some systems that have a separate keypad from their hub that can be mounted by the door for easy arm/disarm, this one may be limiting for some, as I don’t have a table near my door. Another thing about the hub is that it has no backlighting. It has a single LED that alerts you of the status of the system through blue/green/orange steady or flashing. So, in low light situations it is really hard to see the buttons. They are arranged in a standard keypad pattern, so you can feel around for it, but still hard to see. It is loud enough to alert anyone when it goes off though.

    The phone app is fairly simple and clean and allows for a lot of customization for the system. From changing what sensors trigger when, the delays, rules and additional users. The dashboard shows the status of the system, any open issues, recent history and a crime watch map near your location. The map at first I though was totally useless as you can’t click the map or icons, but found by clicking the title “Crime Watch” you can change the map and see more details, but you still can’t get specifics by clicking the icons.

    Another thing that I had to get help on, that might not be so obvious on initial install, is that when using the app you get alerts that a sensor needs to be bypassed when you arm it. However, when using the hub to arm, it just arms and counts down. If you bypass a sensor or a door was open when you armed the system through the hub, it ignores that sensor and treats it as Arm Stay which means the motion sensor will not trigger either. In order to change this option, you have to go to Menu -> Settings -> Security -> Advanced Settings -> then switch Auto Stay on or off. Now if the front door is open and I have to arm from the hub upstairs, it will now properly trigger when the door is opened after the default 60 seconds.

    Another thing is the option to self monitor or use the standard ADT monitoring service. Of course, after the included 30 days it will cost a monthly rate that is only slightly higher than some other brands, but not by much. The benefits of paying the monitoring service is that it has cellular connection should your WiFi connection be down, plus they call you and potentially emergency services if they don’t get a hold of you or your emergency contact. Self monitoring is only through your WiFi and through notifications to your mobile devices. Which could be an issue if your power is out and affects your internet connection as the alarm system has battery backup.

    Overall, this system is easy to install and provides the freedom of choice of monthly monitoring or personal monitoring when you need it. It is expandable with more sensors, locks, cameras and thermostats. I only drop it a star, would be half a star if Best Buy had that option, because of the hub placement limitations and no backlighting. The Auto Stay setting was an issue till I learned how to remove it.

    Nov 20, 2020 16:38
  • Review by BamaBubba, 8 out of 10
    Good & Simple...mostly

    A decent starter pack for home security, I had some issues that will not apply to everyone.

    THE GOOD

    ~ The setup was relatively easy (except for me--- see * below)

    ~ The alarm is loud and will definitely scare/annoy someone. Let's face it, once a burglar hears that, they're going to take off like Usain Bolt.

    ~ Boxes were pre-marked as seen in pics

    ~ Easy to arm & disarm

    ~ Simple droid app for setup and use

    ~ Activation very simple

    ~ Expandable system (I believe it also works with some 3rd party equipment).

    THE BAD

    ~ The central unit (which also houses the siren) is humongous--well...very large. It stands about 7 inches tall and is 4 inches wide and deep.

    ~ The sensor pieces must be very close to one another (which can be difficult. See * below)

    ~ Very bright green LED light on top.

    THE MEH (Could go either way)

    ~ Wish it included a camera

    ~ Text message alerts--This can be very good for working parents with kids if they want to make sure a child got home from school or such. It will send a text letting you know the door opened and closed.

    OVERALL

    Overall, I think it is a decent starter kit for a home security system. The alarm is loud enough to shock someone and probably make them run since they will know an alarm has sounded. They won't know if you have the system actively monitored (paying for it) or are monitoring it yourself through the texts and emails it sends when something happens. I didn't test it, so I am not sure if the alarm will continue if they pull the plug. Either way, my preference would have been for a small wall-mount key pad and an alarm I could have placed on the ceiling or elsewhere.

    The bright green LED on top is now a night light for the living room, making everything very visible for those late night snacks. It is bright.

    * My house was built in the 30's. Consequently, I have thick trim around my doors. This made installation much more difficult for me than it should or would have been for more modern houses. My door frames are 1"x4"s. So, since the sensors must be within 1/2" of each other it took a lot of moving, removing and moving again to get it just right. Once I had everything set, I armed the system and left my Rottweiler and Yorkie at home as I ran to the store. At the store, I received a text telling me one of my doors opened. When I got home, I opened the door without disarming the system. The alarm blared loudly (I didn't hear it outside, but I wasn't listening for it, either). Inside, it was loud until I ran to the giant grey brick and punched in my code. No, the door that said it had been open was still closed. After taking the photos, I noticed the tiny dots on the sensors. I tried to align them with each other and think that helped.

    I would recommend this to friends in certain situations. Security truly is situational. Someone with many doors and windows would probably want an upgraded or professionally installed system. Friends with a couple of doors and windows--in smaller homes or apartments could easily get by with this. They can also add cameras.

    Nov 16, 2020 16:05
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Simple DIY Home Monitoring with Added Benefits

    I’ve really enjoyed how companies are making it easier for people to set up security around their house without unnecessary wiring, expensive systems, or having a technician having to come install it. The Blue by ADT Home Security System has been a delight to install and use!

    SETUP:

    - Unboxing this took a bit of work but right away I was impressed with the look of everything! It just has a nice mild look to help blend in with the rest of the room.

    - This system comes with the Hub, 1 Motion Sensor, 6 door/window mounts, and then the ADT stickers and yard signs. Overall an appropriate amount to easily cover your whole house.

    - Setting up was pretty easy! You download the Blue by ADT app and from there it helps you do the initial hub set up. I really like how the Hub does not require an Ethernet port connection giving you more versatility on where to position the Hub since that is where you arm and disarm the device.

    - Adding the motion and door/window sensors is very easy as well! Just follow the App’s instructions and it really goes quickly. Seriously, after the Hub is setup the rest is a breeze.

    PROS:

    - As stated above, installation was a huge pro for me! I think a lot of people will be attracted to this device on how easy it is to set up. The motion and door sensors attach with 3M sticky sided tape so no screws are needed which is nice, and they just connect so quickly.

    - A little but nice thing is that the Hub will beep anytime someone opens or closes a window/door sensor. It can be a nice thing to have that audible sensor for people coming and going.

    - Also the Blue by ADT app has a “History” section where you can look at when the last time a door was opened or closed. It’s a nice feature to know the last time someone has left the house or been home etc!

    - Of course the most important part is that the security tracking works really well! There are 4 modes: Disarmed, Stay (You are home), Away (No ones home), or Night (you’re sleeping). All have slightly different settings but they make a lot of sense. Like the Stay and Away have a delay in the alarm so you can turn it off when you open a door, but the Night activates the alarm instantly when a door is open. I have found all modes work as expected which is great!

    - Lastly, the Blue by ADT is a Free DIY home monitoring where you pay for the equipment and then just monitor your home on your own. But if you want to, you can buy an ADT monitoring package on a monthly subscription base. I think its good that ADT does not force you into a subscription but for those that want the professional monitoring, its there for you and easily accessible.

    CONS:

    - My main issue with this system has been the “Blue by ADT” app. Although it can be easy to use, it also is a bit cumbersome in ways. There are a lot of settings you have to dive into to fine tune the system and it can be a lot.

    - On that note, they have a “Rules” where you can automate your security system aka turn on “Night Mode” at a certain time and then turn it off. It’s a nice idea, but once again its just not as smooth as it should be. I think ADT needs to make the automation process even simpler. Or even add “Google” or “Alexa” integration where I can easily turn it off and on.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - Home Security is becoming more important as we spend more time at home and want to keep our families safe. I think Blue by ADT is a fantastic way to provide that peace of mind without having to break the bank. It is really easy to install, easy to use, and very simple. Although I would like a better App experience, thats an easy fix to be make! Point is the hardware works great and it will be a safe experience for your home!

    Nov 16, 2020 10:08
  • Review by JKinSYR, 10 out of 10
    Home security for simple DIY setup and monitoring

    The Blue by ADT system is something I wanted to have for some time as it's convenient and simple for a home owner to set up on their own. Choose if you want to pay extra for professional monitoring, as it's an option and not required.

    This particular 10 piece starter kit is well equipped to get your location up and running for entry points and motion sensing. Included in the starter kit is the Smart Hub, a motion sensor, 6 total door/window contact sensors, an ADT yard sign, and also 4 small ADT window stickers. You'll need to install the Blue by ADT app on your smartphone to get it up and running, which can be found in both the App Store and Play Store.

    I unboxed my system and proceeded to get the Smart Hub linked up with my home Wi-Fi network. Then I proceeded to sync each contact sensor to the Smart Hub and then apply them to the doors and window placements of my choosing. The contact sensors I put up were with the 3M double sided tape and they stick really well without any hesitation. Test out the placements of where you're opting to put the sensors and pull away the contacts from the other to ensure you have a stable connection and that it registers as an open/close with the Smart Hub. Notifications on the app are well timed and accurate for the type of event that occurs. The yard sign is a nice thing to have for displaying on your property to help notify others that you have a security system and to possibly move on and avoid your location. The stickers provided are also a nice thing to have to give a visual that you're housing a security system of some sort.

    I have liked the simple use of the app, Blue by ADT. It has given my family and I a better sense of protection of when doors open and close for example. Being away from the house I know it's monitored and that there will be alerts sent to me if something were to happen. I like the fact that ADT has gone this route and offered a monthly monitoring service as an option for those who choose to want it. I preferred to keep this in my house for security and no monitoring right now, but can always opt to activate a 24/7 profesionally monitored monthly service as needed, for which I believe there is a $19.99 monthly fee. ADT is a trusted long standing brand that is known for their home security service, and it's what we used when I was a kid in our family home.

    Overall I feel this is a great ally to have for home owners that want to have some peace of mind and security and protection. Choose to add more sensors if you want to at a later time, but the standard Starter Kit offers a good starting point for most. If you feel you need professional servicing then you can add that option on later as well. Great app so far to use for daily monitoring and to activate/deactivate the alarm from afar. The SmartHub is easy to use and the buttons are easy to press with physical buttons (not the touchscreen kind).

    PRO:

    Easy to use hub and app

    Lots of sensors in the starter kit

    Choose to add more sensors at your own pace

    Optional professional monitoring for a fee

    CON:

    None so far

    Nov 27, 2020 12:52
  • Review by BarackObama, 10 out of 10
    DIY Security at its Finest!

    ADT is known for its well-made security system services. Many of these services require a monthly subscription that can get costly over time. The Blue by ADT Home Security System eliminates the monthly subscription and allows for a DIY experience. Although, there is optional ADT 24/7 monitoring if desired. This newest line of security devices by ADT offers protection like no other.

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    IN THE BOX

    In the box, you will receive 1 ADT yard sign. 7 sensors, 1 motion sensor, and 6 contact sensors. These contact sensors can be used for either your doors or windows. The boxes are labeled individually but you may use them however you desire. A smart hub, the smart hub is the main in-home controller for the security system. This can be used to enable/disable your security system. Only people who know the master code will be able to do this, allowing protection from children or some random person who may disable it without notice. And finally, 4 Window stickers which can be placed around the house.

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    SET UP:

    This 10-piece starter kit can be quickly set up without hassle. It took me a little more than 45 minutes to set the entire system up. The first thing you will need to do is activate your device on ADT’s website. You will be asked to create an account if you do not have one already. Then, you will need to download the Blue by ADT app, and from there, you will be ready to pair the devices and set up the system. You will have the option to set up the sensors with either the double-sided tape or with the provided screws. The Blue by ADT application has worked well so far. I found the app to be extremely user friendly and well designed. Great job ADT!

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    EXPERIENCE SO FAR

    The system is working effectively so far. What triggers the alarm is when the sensors are disconnected from each other. I was afraid I was going to trigger a false alarm anytime I leave my home but fortunately, you will be able to set an exit delay through the app that will allow you to leave your home before the system is armed. If there is ever a false alarm, you can easily disarm it by entering the master code on the smart hub.

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    OVERALL:

    Overall, I am content with the Blue by ADT security system. The security system gives me a feeling of relief knowing that my home is protected anytime I am not home. If you require a quick to set-up home security system with no monthly subscription this system is something you should consider buying. And if you want the extra protection, you can always opt into ADT’s 24/7 monitoring.

    Nov 14, 2020 19:07
  • Review by APFLORES413, 10 out of 10
    Trusted Security System, now DIY

    I’ve enjoyed ADT as a home security system for a while. After we moved into a townhome complex, it was hard to justify an extensive home security system. Although a DIY smart home system, the Blue by ADT meets our needs. After a few days post installation, here are my thoughts:

    Pros:

    -Ease of set up. Per the instructions, it says it takes on average 20 minutes to set up. It is so accurate, you open the box, download the app, and place your sensors at the desired point of entries around the home. Too easy. No wiring needed. No heavy installation. The hub connects to your home WiFi, each sensor after powering up will connect to the hub.

    -Device Sensor set up. Besides the Hub which connects your sensors to your wifi, you are given 7 sensors in total: a Motion Sensor, 2 Door, and 4 Window. The Door/Sensor can be used either for Windows or doors, they are individually boxed and labeled for you to choose. Each sensor comes with the main sensor and a smaller reader. Once the line of sight between these two is broken, the alarm will chime. For doors, the small reader goes on the door itself, the main sensor goes on the frame. Windows are trickier because the metal frame is really narrow, but the small reader was able to fit. They all attach by double stick tape so no need to screw them into the wall (You are provided 2 small screws each).

    -App. The app is your combat information center. You have all the self-monitoring at the touch of your phone. It shows you if the device sensors are online or if that point of entry is open. You can set a delay to the chime for any of your device sensors (30 seconds being the least). The app also notifies you about crime status around you. I found that very helpful. Operating your devices is so simple and easy, and can connect to your Smart Home system like Alexa or GoogleHome.

    Cons

    -you have the option for a free 30 day free trial for full protection, which includes 24/7 monitoring from ADT. I wish it was longer than that. You have the option to do just self-monitoring.

    Overall, great addition to your home security system. Very pleased with Blue.

    Nov 13, 2020 23:56
  • Review by JamexRZ, 10 out of 10
    Easy setup and great home protection

    Great security kit. It came with a monitoring base that connects via Wi-Fi and cellular. It has a keypad for codes and buttons to smart-enable the alarm modes. The base also pairs and controls different sensors. Included in this kit were 6 door/windows sensors (they work with both; you just have to assign if it is for a door or window in their app) and a motion sensor.

    Setup of the system was easy, you first open a web browser and go to an activation page were you create your account with ADT and enter the unique activation code for your device (included in a card), once done, you can choose if you want to self-monitor (no subscription and you get alerts on your phone) or if you want to subscribe to their 24/7 monitoring system, which is $19.99 a month and works like a regular home alarm where they have a monitoring center and if anything happens they can dispatch police, emergency services, medical etc. With the kit, you get your first month free then it auto renews. I chose the free plan because with the pandemic, we are working from home, and are home 24/7. Maybe later I will sub to the monitoring plan when we start leaving home from work…

    Once you are done creating your account and choosing your service, you are ready to start the physical setup, you just download their app and login and follow the prompts. First comes turning the base station on, pairing it to your Wi-Fi and wait for a small firmware update. Then you can start setting each sensor (you can assign names to them, so you know which one is one). The door/windows sensors are easy since they have double sided tape. The motion sensor, although they include tape too, its recommended to use the corner/permanent kit as placing the sensor on a wall corner/junction gives you the best coverage, which is what I did. Nothing complicated, just two screws and using the included plate.

    After that, you choose your modes (stay, away or night, pretty self-explanatory). If any sensor is triggered, you get an alert on your phone via the app and or the siren will go off (you can also choose text or email alerts).

    I highly recommend this kit to anyone wanting to protect their home, without expensive installations, waiting for people to come to your place etc. I installed the whole kit myself in less than an hour. You get plenty of sensors and you can also buy additional ones and add them to your system. I may go for their flood and co2 sensors.

    Nov 22, 2020 22:12
  • Review by MigDigital, 8 out of 10
    Comprehensive Security service for DYI

    This is review of Blue by ADT 10 Pieces Starter Kit.

    The kit consist of a hub, sensors for door and windows and a motion sensor ready to install immediately out of box. The process start with setting up first the hub and sync with the mobile App which allow to setup for home wifi, and the profile among other basic setup. This is quite straight forward, except not sure if it was error but there was hiccup during setting up wifi (high level description below).

    Then start adding Devices that are the sensors and motion detector which was not that hard following the instruction. The sensor can be placed with sticker already comes with, or use the screw.

    Using the hub feels practical as it can be moved around where is more handy spot compared to the traditional control panel on the wall. From the hub self can set different status and has the keypad for to enter the code. So at high-level it is not very different from other brand.

    But what I find unique is the Blue by ADT monitoring options. From Self monitoring to paid service which includes cellular gateway layer of connection. This is better than relying only on home wifi connection as provide backup to internet (reference https://support.bluebyadt.com/s/article/Cellular-Gateway-V1).

    Second benefit is the wide variety of integration of connectivity commonly used in the market. Although I run into issue to add z-wave based light switch, not sure if it has to do with existing network.

    On the application side or the user portal, it is quite comprehensive and almost similar options available from ADT application but meant for self service fully as do DYI. This means it offer full span of options like Alert, Setting Rules, Secondary users, Key Contact fo call.

    And not sure if it is site glitch, but somehow when want to lookup for z-wave information at Device>Security Devices> Hub Name>Advanced Settings>z-Wave Learn Mode/Reset Controller/General Exclusion/Inclusion, upon click nothing happen.

    WiFi Setup problem experienced.

    During setup of wifi, afterward setting password that shows message that it take some time, despite of waiting didn’t complete resulting in closing the screen and restart. Upon reopening shows wifi setup was complete.

    To end, compared to many brand out there, and probably will depend on preference every home owner, and despite of some of difficulties in the process, I find Blue ADT better solution because of the variety connection allowed and optional plan to supplement to self service, and doesn’t have to manage storage plan or monitoring plan that quite differ from ADT pers e.

    Nov 16, 2020 02:03
  • 8.4score
    10
    ADT
    ADT - 10-Piece Starter Kit - DIY Security System
    Description

    ADT DIY home security that’s just your style. Blue by ADT offers personalized DIY home security with security devices and home security monitoring options made to grow, move, and adapt to your evolving home security needs—all backed by ADT’s 145 years of expertise. The 10-Piece Starter Kit is ideal for smaller houses or apartment renters. It provides basic DIY home security system components at an affordable rate while providing the option to add on cameras and additional sensors as needed. Get the DIY security essentials you need, no more and no less. Plus, with the 10-Piece Starter Kit, you have the option to receive 24/7 professional monitoring from the home security leader, ADT.

    6 Features
  • The ADT DIY home security system: It’s easy to secure your home or apartment. The ADT DIY security system includes a smart home hub with a keypad, motion sensor, 6 door & window sensors, ADT yard sign, and ADT security window stickers.
  • Smart DIY security: The 10-Piece Home Security Starter Kit can grow, adapt, and move with you.
  • No contracts: No strings attached because there’s no long-term contract.
  • Advanced Motion Detection: DIY system includes a smart motion detector that is not triggered by pets.
  • Professional monitoring and self-monitoring: Available with optional ADT 24/7 pro monitoring for only $19.99 per month.
  • ADT DIY home security: Set up of the ADT DIY home security system is easy and can be done in 20 minutes. ADT is proud to offer its newest line of Blue by ADT home security devices. All from the most trusted name in home security, ADT.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by DavidJr, 8 out of 10
    Trusted name but do it yourself

    Home security system from a name you trust without having the salesman and installers coming in. There are other branded self install systems available on the market, but none are from companies that have the history that ADT does.

    This 10 piece starter kit comes with the main hub, 6 door/window sensors, a motion sensor, a yard sign and a sheet of window stickers. When you download the app it walks you through setting the system up adding each pre-configured sensor as you go along. During the setup it mentions testing the sensors, but the only way to test them is to stop the setup process and trigger the sensors while watching the dashboard or listening for the hub. Which then means you have to go back to adding the next sensor instead of just continuing where you left off. Just felt like it broke as smooth process and should have testing built in the step.

    Even though each sensor is already pre-assigned with labels like Door 1, Window 2, they are exactly the same and can be modified later to trigger according to your settings. This means a door has a delay before sounding the alarm in stay & away versus a window which will sound the alarm instantly. The sensors all have sticky back to them that holds really well, but also includes a screw to make them more permanent. The spacing on them has to be fairly close and there is no way to adjust the sensitivity on them. You also don’t have to use all of the sensors included, however, since they are pre-assigned, you will have an open issue of “Shippped” on the sensor till you go in and remove it in the application through Menu -> Devices -> Select your sensors -> Remove Device.

    The biggest issue I have with this starter kit is the hub itself. For one, it only has one option for install and that is sitting on a table or shelf. Unlike some systems that have a separate keypad from their hub that can be mounted by the door for easy arm/disarm, this one may be limiting for some, as I don’t have a table near my door. Another thing about the hub is that it has no backlighting. It has a single LED that alerts you of the status of the system through blue/green/orange steady or flashing. So, in low light situations it is really hard to see the buttons. They are arranged in a standard keypad pattern, so you can feel around for it, but still hard to see. It is loud enough to alert anyone when it goes off though.

    The phone app is fairly simple and clean and allows for a lot of customization for the system. From changing what sensors trigger when, the delays, rules and additional users. The dashboard shows the status of the system, any open issues, recent history and a crime watch map near your location. The map at first I though was totally useless as you can’t click the map or icons, but found by clicking the title “Crime Watch” you can change the map and see more details, but you still can’t get specifics by clicking the icons.

    Another thing that I had to get help on, that might not be so obvious on initial install, is that when using the app you get alerts that a sensor needs to be bypassed when you arm it. However, when using the hub to arm, it just arms and counts down. If you bypass a sensor or a door was open when you armed the system through the hub, it ignores that sensor and treats it as Arm Stay which means the motion sensor will not trigger either. In order to change this option, you have to go to Menu -> Settings -> Security -> Advanced Settings -> then switch Auto Stay on or off. Now if the front door is open and I have to arm from the hub upstairs, it will now properly trigger when the door is opened after the default 60 seconds.

    Another thing is the option to self monitor or use the standard ADT monitoring service. Of course, after the included 30 days it will cost a monthly rate that is only slightly higher than some other brands, but not by much. The benefits of paying the monitoring service is that it has cellular connection should your WiFi connection be down, plus they call you and potentially emergency services if they don’t get a hold of you or your emergency contact. Self monitoring is only through your WiFi and through notifications to your mobile devices. Which could be an issue if your power is out and affects your internet connection as the alarm system has battery backup.

    Overall, this system is easy to install and provides the freedom of choice of monthly monitoring or personal monitoring when you need it. It is expandable with more sensors, locks, cameras and thermostats. I only drop it a star, would be half a star if Best Buy had that option, because of the hub placement limitations and no backlighting. The Auto Stay setting was an issue till I learned how to remove it.

    Nov 20, 2020 16:38
  • Review by BamaBubba, 8 out of 10
    Good & Simple...mostly

    A decent starter pack for home security, I had some issues that will not apply to everyone.

    THE GOOD

    ~ The setup was relatively easy (except for me--- see * below)

    ~ The alarm is loud and will definitely scare/annoy someone. Let's face it, once a burglar hears that, they're going to take off like Usain Bolt.

    ~ Boxes were pre-marked as seen in pics

    ~ Easy to arm & disarm

    ~ Simple droid app for setup and use

    ~ Activation very simple

    ~ Expandable system (I believe it also works with some 3rd party equipment).

    THE BAD

    ~ The central unit (which also houses the siren) is humongous--well...very large. It stands about 7 inches tall and is 4 inches wide and deep.

    ~ The sensor pieces must be very close to one another (which can be difficult. See * below)

    ~ Very bright green LED light on top.

    THE MEH (Could go either way)

    ~ Wish it included a camera

    ~ Text message alerts--This can be very good for working parents with kids if they want to make sure a child got home from school or such. It will send a text letting you know the door opened and closed.

    OVERALL

    Overall, I think it is a decent starter kit for a home security system. The alarm is loud enough to shock someone and probably make them run since they will know an alarm has sounded. They won't know if you have the system actively monitored (paying for it) or are monitoring it yourself through the texts and emails it sends when something happens. I didn't test it, so I am not sure if the alarm will continue if they pull the plug. Either way, my preference would have been for a small wall-mount key pad and an alarm I could have placed on the ceiling or elsewhere.

    The bright green LED on top is now a night light for the living room, making everything very visible for those late night snacks. It is bright.

    * My house was built in the 30's. Consequently, I have thick trim around my doors. This made installation much more difficult for me than it should or would have been for more modern houses. My door frames are 1"x4"s. So, since the sensors must be within 1/2" of each other it took a lot of moving, removing and moving again to get it just right. Once I had everything set, I armed the system and left my Rottweiler and Yorkie at home as I ran to the store. At the store, I received a text telling me one of my doors opened. When I got home, I opened the door without disarming the system. The alarm blared loudly (I didn't hear it outside, but I wasn't listening for it, either). Inside, it was loud until I ran to the giant grey brick and punched in my code. No, the door that said it had been open was still closed. After taking the photos, I noticed the tiny dots on the sensors. I tried to align them with each other and think that helped.

    I would recommend this to friends in certain situations. Security truly is situational. Someone with many doors and windows would probably want an upgraded or professionally installed system. Friends with a couple of doors and windows--in smaller homes or apartments could easily get by with this. They can also add cameras.

    Nov 16, 2020 16:05
  • Review by Njuice, 10 out of 10
    Simple DIY Home Monitoring with Added Benefits

    I’ve really enjoyed how companies are making it easier for people to set up security around their house without unnecessary wiring, expensive systems, or having a technician having to come install it. The Blue by ADT Home Security System has been a delight to install and use!

    SETUP:

    - Unboxing this took a bit of work but right away I was impressed with the look of everything! It just has a nice mild look to help blend in with the rest of the room.

    - This system comes with the Hub, 1 Motion Sensor, 6 door/window mounts, and then the ADT stickers and yard signs. Overall an appropriate amount to easily cover your whole house.

    - Setting up was pretty easy! You download the Blue by ADT app and from there it helps you do the initial hub set up. I really like how the Hub does not require an Ethernet port connection giving you more versatility on where to position the Hub since that is where you arm and disarm the device.

    - Adding the motion and door/window sensors is very easy as well! Just follow the App’s instructions and it really goes quickly. Seriously, after the Hub is setup the rest is a breeze.

    PROS:

    - As stated above, installation was a huge pro for me! I think a lot of people will be attracted to this device on how easy it is to set up. The motion and door sensors attach with 3M sticky sided tape so no screws are needed which is nice, and they just connect so quickly.

    - A little but nice thing is that the Hub will beep anytime someone opens or closes a window/door sensor. It can be a nice thing to have that audible sensor for people coming and going.

    - Also the Blue by ADT app has a “History” section where you can look at when the last time a door was opened or closed. It’s a nice feature to know the last time someone has left the house or been home etc!

    - Of course the most important part is that the security tracking works really well! There are 4 modes: Disarmed, Stay (You are home), Away (No ones home), or Night (you’re sleeping). All have slightly different settings but they make a lot of sense. Like the Stay and Away have a delay in the alarm so you can turn it off when you open a door, but the Night activates the alarm instantly when a door is open. I have found all modes work as expected which is great!

    - Lastly, the Blue by ADT is a Free DIY home monitoring where you pay for the equipment and then just monitor your home on your own. But if you want to, you can buy an ADT monitoring package on a monthly subscription base. I think its good that ADT does not force you into a subscription but for those that want the professional monitoring, its there for you and easily accessible.

    CONS:

    - My main issue with this system has been the “Blue by ADT” app. Although it can be easy to use, it also is a bit cumbersome in ways. There are a lot of settings you have to dive into to fine tune the system and it can be a lot.

    - On that note, they have a “Rules” where you can automate your security system aka turn on “Night Mode” at a certain time and then turn it off. It’s a nice idea, but once again its just not as smooth as it should be. I think ADT needs to make the automation process even simpler. Or even add “Google” or “Alexa” integration where I can easily turn it off and on.

    BOTTOM LINE:

    - Home Security is becoming more important as we spend more time at home and want to keep our families safe. I think Blue by ADT is a fantastic way to provide that peace of mind without having to break the bank. It is really easy to install, easy to use, and very simple. Although I would like a better App experience, thats an easy fix to be make! Point is the hardware works great and it will be a safe experience for your home!

    Nov 16, 2020 10:08
  • Review by JKinSYR, 10 out of 10
    Home security for simple DIY setup and monitoring

    The Blue by ADT system is something I wanted to have for some time as it's convenient and simple for a home owner to set up on their own. Choose if you want to pay extra for professional monitoring, as it's an option and not required.

    This particular 10 piece starter kit is well equipped to get your location up and running for entry points and motion sensing. Included in the starter kit is the Smart Hub, a motion sensor, 6 total door/window contact sensors, an ADT yard sign, and also 4 small ADT window stickers. You'll need to install the Blue by ADT app on your smartphone to get it up and running, which can be found in both the App Store and Play Store.

    I unboxed my system and proceeded to get the Smart Hub linked up with my home Wi-Fi network. Then I proceeded to sync each contact sensor to the Smart Hub and then apply them to the doors and window placements of my choosing. The contact sensors I put up were with the 3M double sided tape and they stick really well without any hesitation. Test out the placements of where you're opting to put the sensors and pull away the contacts from the other to ensure you have a stable connection and that it registers as an open/close with the Smart Hub. Notifications on the app are well timed and accurate for the type of event that occurs. The yard sign is a nice thing to have for displaying on your property to help notify others that you have a security system and to possibly move on and avoid your location. The stickers provided are also a nice thing to have to give a visual that you're housing a security system of some sort.

    I have liked the simple use of the app, Blue by ADT. It has given my family and I a better sense of protection of when doors open and close for example. Being away from the house I know it's monitored and that there will be alerts sent to me if something were to happen. I like the fact that ADT has gone this route and offered a monthly monitoring service as an option for those who choose to want it. I preferred to keep this in my house for security and no monitoring right now, but can always opt to activate a 24/7 profesionally monitored monthly service as needed, for which I believe there is a $19.99 monthly fee. ADT is a trusted long standing brand that is known for their home security service, and it's what we used when I was a kid in our family home.

    Overall I feel this is a great ally to have for home owners that want to have some peace of mind and security and protection. Choose to add more sensors if you want to at a later time, but the standard Starter Kit offers a good starting point for most. If you feel you need professional servicing then you can add that option on later as well. Great app so far to use for daily monitoring and to activate/deactivate the alarm from afar. The SmartHub is easy to use and the buttons are easy to press with physical buttons (not the touchscreen kind).

    PRO:

    Easy to use hub and app

    Lots of sensors in the starter kit

    Choose to add more sensors at your own pace

    Optional professional monitoring for a fee

    CON:

    None so far

    Nov 27, 2020 12:52
  • Review by BarackObama, 10 out of 10
    DIY Security at its Finest!

    ADT is known for its well-made security system services. Many of these services require a monthly subscription that can get costly over time. The Blue by ADT Home Security System eliminates the monthly subscription and allows for a DIY experience. Although, there is optional ADT 24/7 monitoring if desired. This newest line of security devices by ADT offers protection like no other.

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    IN THE BOX

    In the box, you will receive 1 ADT yard sign. 7 sensors, 1 motion sensor, and 6 contact sensors. These contact sensors can be used for either your doors or windows. The boxes are labeled individually but you may use them however you desire. A smart hub, the smart hub is the main in-home controller for the security system. This can be used to enable/disable your security system. Only people who know the master code will be able to do this, allowing protection from children or some random person who may disable it without notice. And finally, 4 Window stickers which can be placed around the house.

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    SET UP:

    This 10-piece starter kit can be quickly set up without hassle. It took me a little more than 45 minutes to set the entire system up. The first thing you will need to do is activate your device on ADT’s website. You will be asked to create an account if you do not have one already. Then, you will need to download the Blue by ADT app, and from there, you will be ready to pair the devices and set up the system. You will have the option to set up the sensors with either the double-sided tape or with the provided screws. The Blue by ADT application has worked well so far. I found the app to be extremely user friendly and well designed. Great job ADT!

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    EXPERIENCE SO FAR

    The system is working effectively so far. What triggers the alarm is when the sensors are disconnected from each other. I was afraid I was going to trigger a false alarm anytime I leave my home but fortunately, you will be able to set an exit delay through the app that will allow you to leave your home before the system is armed. If there is ever a false alarm, you can easily disarm it by entering the master code on the smart hub.

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    OVERALL:

    Overall, I am content with the Blue by ADT security system. The security system gives me a feeling of relief knowing that my home is protected anytime I am not home. If you require a quick to set-up home security system with no monthly subscription this system is something you should consider buying. And if you want the extra protection, you can always opt into ADT’s 24/7 monitoring.

    Nov 14, 2020 19:07
  • Review by APFLORES413, 10 out of 10
    Trusted Security System, now DIY

    I’ve enjoyed ADT as a home security system for a while. After we moved into a townhome complex, it was hard to justify an extensive home security system. Although a DIY smart home system, the Blue by ADT meets our needs. After a few days post installation, here are my thoughts:

    Pros:

    -Ease of set up. Per the instructions, it says it takes on average 20 minutes to set up. It is so accurate, you open the box, download the app, and place your sensors at the desired point of entries around the home. Too easy. No wiring needed. No heavy installation. The hub connects to your home WiFi, each sensor after powering up will connect to the hub.

    -Device Sensor set up. Besides the Hub which connects your sensors to your wifi, you are given 7 sensors in total: a Motion Sensor, 2 Door, and 4 Window. The Door/Sensor can be used either for Windows or doors, they are individually boxed and labeled for you to choose. Each sensor comes with the main sensor and a smaller reader. Once the line of sight between these two is broken, the alarm will chime. For doors, the small reader goes on the door itself, the main sensor goes on the frame. Windows are trickier because the metal frame is really narrow, but the small reader was able to fit. They all attach by double stick tape so no need to screw them into the wall (You are provided 2 small screws each).

    -App. The app is your combat information center. You have all the self-monitoring at the touch of your phone. It shows you if the device sensors are online or if that point of entry is open. You can set a delay to the chime for any of your device sensors (30 seconds being the least). The app also notifies you about crime status around you. I found that very helpful. Operating your devices is so simple and easy, and can connect to your Smart Home system like Alexa or GoogleHome.

    Cons

    -you have the option for a free 30 day free trial for full protection, which includes 24/7 monitoring from ADT. I wish it was longer than that. You have the option to do just self-monitoring.

    Overall, great addition to your home security system. Very pleased with Blue.

    Nov 13, 2020 23:56
  • Review by JamexRZ, 10 out of 10
    Easy setup and great home protection

    Great security kit. It came with a monitoring base that connects via Wi-Fi and cellular. It has a keypad for codes and buttons to smart-enable the alarm modes. The base also pairs and controls different sensors. Included in this kit were 6 door/windows sensors (they work with both; you just have to assign if it is for a door or window in their app) and a motion sensor.

    Setup of the system was easy, you first open a web browser and go to an activation page were you create your account with ADT and enter the unique activation code for your device (included in a card), once done, you can choose if you want to self-monitor (no subscription and you get alerts on your phone) or if you want to subscribe to their 24/7 monitoring system, which is $19.99 a month and works like a regular home alarm where they have a monitoring center and if anything happens they can dispatch police, emergency services, medical etc. With the kit, you get your first month free then it auto renews. I chose the free plan because with the pandemic, we are working from home, and are home 24/7. Maybe later I will sub to the monitoring plan when we start leaving home from work…

    Once you are done creating your account and choosing your service, you are ready to start the physical setup, you just download their app and login and follow the prompts. First comes turning the base station on, pairing it to your Wi-Fi and wait for a small firmware update. Then you can start setting each sensor (you can assign names to them, so you know which one is one). The door/windows sensors are easy since they have double sided tape. The motion sensor, although they include tape too, its recommended to use the corner/permanent kit as placing the sensor on a wall corner/junction gives you the best coverage, which is what I did. Nothing complicated, just two screws and using the included plate.

    After that, you choose your modes (stay, away or night, pretty self-explanatory). If any sensor is triggered, you get an alert on your phone via the app and or the siren will go off (you can also choose text or email alerts).

    I highly recommend this kit to anyone wanting to protect their home, without expensive installations, waiting for people to come to your place etc. I installed the whole kit myself in less than an hour. You get plenty of sensors and you can also buy additional ones and add them to your system. I may go for their flood and co2 sensors.

    Nov 22, 2020 22:12
  • Review by MigDigital, 8 out of 10
    Comprehensive Security service for DYI

    This is review of Blue by ADT 10 Pieces Starter Kit.

    The kit consist of a hub, sensors for door and windows and a motion sensor ready to install immediately out of box. The process start with setting up first the hub and sync with the mobile App which allow to setup for home wifi, and the profile among other basic setup. This is quite straight forward, except not sure if it was error but there was hiccup during setting up wifi (high level description below).

    Then start adding Devices that are the sensors and motion detector which was not that hard following the instruction. The sensor can be placed with sticker already comes with, or use the screw.

    Using the hub feels practical as it can be moved around where is more handy spot compared to the traditional control panel on the wall. From the hub self can set different status and has the keypad for to enter the code. So at high-level it is not very different from other brand.

    But what I find unique is the Blue by ADT monitoring options. From Self monitoring to paid service which includes cellular gateway layer of connection. This is better than relying only on home wifi connection as provide backup to internet (reference https://support.bluebyadt.com/s/article/Cellular-Gateway-V1).

    Second benefit is the wide variety of integration of connectivity commonly used in the market. Although I run into issue to add z-wave based light switch, not sure if it has to do with existing network.

    On the application side or the user portal, it is quite comprehensive and almost similar options available from ADT application but meant for self service fully as do DYI. This means it offer full span of options like Alert, Setting Rules, Secondary users, Key Contact fo call.

    And not sure if it is site glitch, but somehow when want to lookup for z-wave information at Device>Security Devices> Hub Name>Advanced Settings>z-Wave Learn Mode/Reset Controller/General Exclusion/Inclusion, upon click nothing happen.

    WiFi Setup problem experienced.

    During setup of wifi, afterward setting password that shows message that it take some time, despite of waiting didn’t complete resulting in closing the screen and restart. Upon reopening shows wifi setup was complete.

    To end, compared to many brand out there, and probably will depend on preference every home owner, and despite of some of difficulties in the process, I find Blue ADT better solution because of the variety connection allowed and optional plan to supplement to self service, and doesn’t have to manage storage plan or monitoring plan that quite differ from ADT pers e.

    Nov 16, 2020 02:03
  • 8.4score
    Ooma - Home Security Starter Pack with Keypad White - White
    Description

    The Ooma Home Security Starter Pack with Keypad works with your home's Wi-Fi system for a wireless home security system that protects and connects. It provides an accurate look into your home's activity for peace of mind, day and night. The Ooma wireless Home Security System is easy to install yourself with no installation fees or setup charges. To use Ooma, you simply download and install the Ooma Smart Security mobile app to your iOS (Apple) or Android device, pair it to the various small, wireless sensors and install the devices throughout your home. You then configure the settings in the app to receive real-time alerts via text, email or phone call. You can also activate optional inactivity alerts that let you know when nothing has been detected or no one has arrived. The app's dashboard makes it easy to check the status of every sensor instantly. You'll know if someone uses the front door, when the kids get home, if the garage was left open and much more. This starter pack bundle includes an Ooma base station, two wireless door or window sensors, a wireless motion sensor, a water sensor and a keypad. The base station, called the Ooma Telo, is the hub for Ooma Smart Security. It connects your system to the app and provides real-time voice alerts for home security events. Door and window sensors detect unexpected door and window activity using magnetic activation. The motion sensor detects unexpected motion activity, even in the dark. The water sensor detects and alerts you to leaky pipes, flooded basements, faulty water heaters and more, so you can spot water damage before it occurs. Finally, the keypad functions as the gatekeeper to your home. It supports five unique PIN codes for multiple users, so you can give your house cleaner or visitors entry to your home. A highly flexible security system, with Ooma you get to choose where you want to place the sensors for personalized protection. All sensors are 100% wireless and can be placed anywhere, indoors or outdoors. Add as many individual sensors as you like (sold separately) for full home coverage. Components are easily removable, so you can reconfigure them anytime or take them with you if you move. Ooma Smart Home Security System offers a selection of plans, so you can choose the one that best suits your needs. The starter pack offers a free trial of SMS, audible notifications or phone calls. The free trial also allows you to automatically arm and disarm the system when you come and go, take action in an emergency with the Remote 911 feature and much more. Optional 24/7 professional home monitoring is available. With its sleek, compact design, this Ooma Smart Home Security Starter Pack seamlessly fits into your home for customized home monitoring and protection.

    8 Features
  • Home Security Starter Kit: Peace of mind and better control with the home security starter kit. Triggers an alert when an intruder enters a room, cracks open a window, or sets off the siren.
  • Item Quantity: Available in the pack of 2 Case
  • Number of Pieces: 6 piece system enables you to secure all the important parts of your house
  • Elegant Look: White color for a great premium look
  • Package Components: Accompanied by 1 x base station,, 1 x motion sensor, 2 x door/window sensors, 1 x water sensor, 3 x stickers, 1 x power cord for base station, 1 x ethernet cord
  • Peace of Mind: Comes with a 1 Year limited warranty to ensure your satisfaction and peace of mind
  • Free Mobile App: Ooma Smart Security app includes customizable settings and a dashboard for a complete view of your home's activity.
  • App-Controlled: Remote 911-Place a call to your local 911 operator from anywhere in the world, with a single touch.
  • 2 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by Happyuser, 8 out of 10
    Switch now!

    Switched over during the holidays from ADT. Which cost over 60 a month! Now I pay less than a half that amount! Debating if we should get this for my in laws which just switched over to the telo 4g.

    Mar 02, 2021 12:37
  • Review by Tlambert, 8 out of 10
    Great value and app is use friendly

    Should be a 4.5 star.

    Had a few minor hiccups along the way but overall the system is nice.

    Pros:

    Very affordable plan

    The app is very user friendly

    Installation was a breeze

    Cons:

    Had some issue with the sensor and

    battery drainage

    Support can be hit or miss.

    Feb 09, 2021 19:21
  • 8.0score
    SimpliSafe - Outdoor Camera Home Security System - White
    Description

    It’s easy to transform your home into a safe haven with SimpliSafe’s award-winning security system. Everything is simple to set up, effortless to use, and designed to do one thing only: keep your home and family safe. Outdoor security cameras let you see everything happening in full HD. So you can spot trouble before it comes knocking and capture the evidence if it does. And if someone tries to break in, the burglary sensors will sound the alarm right away. But that’s not all. Whenever your alarm goes off, we’ll call you and send police, firefighters, or ambulances to your door in a snap — and stay on the line with you until they arrive. So no matter where you are or what you’re doing, your home is protected 24/7.

    18 Features
  • Protect more than just the outdoors: Outside, cameras alert you when someone approaches your property. Inside sensors are ready to detect and deter intruders -- all backed by optional 24/7 professional monitoring
  • Wireless Outdoor Security Camera: An ultra-wide 140 degree field of view in HD color night vision and a spotlight that shines when there is motion.
  • Window and door protection: Entry sensors that alert you when someone tries to enter and are designed to work on almost any type of window, door and cabinet.
  • Arm and disarm on the go: The Keyfob slips into your pocket so you can arm/disarm on the go. Plus it has a panic button for emergencies.
  • Watch over everything, day or night: With 140 degree ultra-wide view, you can see almost everything in front and to the side of the camera.
  • Yard sign & security decals: Let everyone know your home is protected by SimpliSafe — with a big sign and window stickers they can’t miss.
  • 3 year warranty: Get a free replacement for anything that breaks within the first 3 years.
  • Simple to set up. Seriously secure.: Set everything up easily in about 30 minutes. No drilling or wiring required.
  • Never deal with AA batteries again: The camera’s battery lasts for months and months on a single charge -- and recharges in hours.
  • Reliable Wi-Fi connection: 2 Wi-Fi antennas provide a strong connection to your router, no matter where your camera is.
  • Get alerts when someone is outside: Alerts you when someone approaches. So you know if someone is on your property who shouldn’t be.
  • See clearly in color at night: A built-in spotlight shines a light on anyone who approaches - so you can see in color day and night.
  • See faces from far away: With our 8x zoom lens, you can see faces and tiny details from 15 feet away.
  • Deter intruders before they enter: Tell unwanted guests they’re on camera with 2-way audio - or even sound a loud built-in siren.
  • Ready for extreme weather: Works in snow and in rain, and can handle weather extremes from -20F all the way to 113F.
  • Control your system from anywhere: Arm, disarm, check your security footage and more on the SimpliSafe App.
  • “Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to lock up.”: Arm your system at home with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring (optional): We are on guard 24/7, ready to dispatch police, firefighters, and ambulances when you need help.
  • 8 Most Useful Reviews
  • Review by JennBrucato, 6 out of 10
    Great security system, not so great cameras

    The alarm system works great but not the cameras. I have never been able to get the motion sensor to work, which unfortunately means there is no recording of anything. Even called because I paid for the service offered to have professional services and still there is no record if motion sensor is not activated.

    Oct 19, 2021 12:43
  • Review by Dorian, 4 out of 10
    Good idea, but quality wasn't acceptable

    I think the system is a really good idea. It was easy to set up and get going. However, I felt the quality of the camera was less than desirable. Whenever it detected motion, it flashed. I didn't like that. Also, I did not like the quality of the app. It seemed to be on a short loop and took more time than I liked to connect with the camera. It did this every time. I also thought the price of the subscription was somewhat high. So I will be returning the system and staying with my nest cameras.

    Oct 30, 2021 06:19
  • Review by Scottybamf, 8 out of 10
    Great So Far

    Takes a little bit for the cameras to load, although maybe thats normal with security cameras? Had issues setting up the account. Had to set it up through a browser. How you point the cameras is pretty cool. They are magnetic.

    Oct 15, 2021 20:54
  • Review by UnlockedPhone, 8 out of 10
    Product Review

    The bundle is working just fine. It was easy to set up and all I needed was a drill for the camera set-up. Thumbs up!!

    Oct 25, 2021 15:41
  • Review by Royce, 2 out of 10
    Very disappointing

    I had the first generation system for around 5 years with no trouble. It was great! This is my second of the third generation systems, Ava both have been absolute trash. Product constantly fails and customer service is terrible. Wish I had my old one back!

    Oct 18, 2021 20:38
  • Review by NewHomeMustBuys, 10 out of 10
    Simplisafe Security

    This bundle is excellent in all aspects! Highly recommend!

    Nov 07, 2021 07:16
  • Review by Amara21, 10 out of 10
    Best security system

    The best product I have every selected from BEST BUY

    Nov 01, 2021 13:22
  • Review by Maung, 8 out of 10
    Very good products

    I had simplisafe syatems for 4yr with indoor camera i never had an issue. Love it

    Oct 20, 2021 16:36
  • 7.0score