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SimpliSafe Doorbell Camera

A smart video doorbell from SimpliSafe

Last Updated On: May 29, 2019
SecureScore™: 8.1 /10
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8.1 SecureScore™
Customer Service
7.9
Value
9.2
Equipment
7.2
Features & Technology
7.0
Ease Of Use
8.9

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro Ratings

Firmly established as a leader in the DIY home security market, SimpliSafe made its well-respected name by developing attractive, easy-to-use products that can provide the peace of mind of much more expensive systems at a fraction of the cost. So it should be no surprise that SimpliSafe’s first entry into the video doorbell race carries through on that legacy. The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, released in the fall of 2018, allows homeowners who already enjoy the company’s products to expand their suite of security gear, but it doesn’t leave everyone else out, as the video doorbell can potentially stand on its own as your only home security product.

PROS
  • Full-HD 1080p image resolution
  • Smart sensors that limit false alarms
  • No subscriptions required for most functions
  • Smooth setup process
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion alerts and notifications
  • Affordable pricing
  • Modern styling

CONS
  • Not compatible with third-party systems or smart speakers
  • Unless you buy a monthly subscription, you won’t get video recording
  • Requires existing doorbell wiring

Overview

SimpliSafe has long been your favorite podcast host’s favorite home security system. Since it burst onto the scene a decade ago, SimpliSafe has allowed homeowners and business owners to buy a pre-made package of sensors and cameras or build their own system perfectly calibrated to their needs. Better yet, there’s no complex setup or weeks of construction required. Simply power up your products and go.

A revolutionary idea at the time, SimpliSafe pioneered the notion that home security shouldn’t cost more than the home itself and that people shouldn’t be tied to long-term contracts just to achieve a little peace of mind.

To date, all of SimpliSafe’s products have been focused on securing homes and businesses from the inside out. That’s all changed with the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro, which is the company’s first effort to provide a bubble of security long before someone even gets near a window.

Packing a punch in a small package, Video Doorbell Pro replaces your existing doorbell and allows you to see in crystal-clear pictures exactly what’s happening on your doorstep, whether you’re down the street or hundreds of miles away — or just curled up on the couch binging your favorite show.

Particularly for those who already have SimpliSafe systems in place, Video Doorbell Pro is a no-brainer addition that will integrate seamlessly into their current setup, assuming, of course, they already have a doorbell.

But even if you don’t currently have any home security systems, all you need is doorbell wiring and you’re good to go, so Video Doorbell Pro is also ideal for low-maintenance folks who don’t want or need whole-house systems.

One of the coolest aspects of Video Doorbell Pro is its unique sensor combination that won’t have you wading through constant pings for motion from cars or dogs using your yard as a … well, you know. You’ll only field alerts when you need to.

One potential drawback is that unless you’re able to respond quickly to alerts, without video recording, you won’t be able to access the images later. But with just a $4.99 fee, video recording definitely won’t break the bank, and if you already have a SimpliSafe system, you likely are already familiar with SimpliSafe’s cloud storage services.

Features & Technology

1080p Full-HD Image Quality

It’s not enough to just see what’s happening on your doorstep. You want to see it as if you were right there, in full high-definition resolution. SimpliSafe’s Video Doorbell Pro enables you to do just that, seeing a huge field of vision crystal clear, both night and day.

Two-Way Audio

Find out who’s at the door and talk to them with a two-way audio setup.

Dual-Sensor Setup

A pair of sensors work to ensure that the system is triggered only by people and not cars driving down the street or small animals in the yard. This is especially helpful if you live in a busy area or if your door is close to the street.

Customizable Sensitivity Settings

A unique sensor setup will only go so far, so you can toggle the sensitivity of your doorbell’s motion detection so that it works perfectly for you.

Novel Power Supply

Cameras generally require substantial power supplies, which doorbells aren’t exactly known for. But SimpliSafe’s video doorbell is designed to use most doorbell setups, as it works with 8- to 24-volt AC power supplies.

Easy Integration

For those who already have SimpliSafe systems, Video Doorbell Pro will fit right in. As soon as a sensor is triggered, the doorbell, along with any other cameras on the system, fire up and begin recording, so you see exactly what happens and not just catch the aftermath.

Infrared Night Vision

High-quality IR night vision ensures you don’t miss important events after the sun goes down.

Pan and Zoom Functionality

Adjust the angle of the camera or zoom in on particular areas of interest easily.

162-Degree Field of Vision

With a wide total field of vision, you’ll see the whole picture, not just part of it.

Door Chime

After all, you still need a doorbell, right?

Easy Installation

With just a Phillips head screwdriver, Video Doorbell Pro can take its place at the front of your home.

Ease of Use

There are lots of reasons SimpliSafe has become so popular. The products being easy to use certainly doesn’t hurt. You don’t need to have an engineering degree to install Video Doorbell Pro, and you need not be a tech-head to get the most out of your doorbell camera. If you can use a smartphone, you’ll be a pro at using this doorbell camera.

A few taps of the app is usually enough to do whatever you need to do with this camera. Plus, it’s still a doorbell, so visitors won’t feel confused upon encountering it.

Customer Service

SimpliSafe’s customer service is among the industry leaders. If you’ve got a problem, you can always get someone on the phone to talk you through a solution, or visit the website for live chat. If those fail, SimpliSafe’s broad online community no doubt will have the answers you seek.

Plus, Video Doorbell Pro comes with a 60-day money-back guarantee, so if you’re unable to get the most out of the product, just send it back for a full refund.

Value

With a $169 price tag, Video Doorbell Pro is on the higher end of the video doorbell price range, but when you consider all the features you get, it’s a steal. With HD image quality, night vision, motion detection and push alerts all free, plus video recording available for a cheap rate, this doorbell cam could potentially provide all the security you need.

Equipment & Accessories

The simple setup and operation of SimpliSafe’s Video Doorbell Pro keeps the options limited.

Video Doorbell Pro $169

Buy directly from SimpliSafe’s website or from Amazon and Best Buy.

Faceplates

For those who don’t want to stick with the glossy white faceplate, consider purchasing from Best Buy, where in the box, you’ll also get black- and jade-colored faceplates.

Wedge Kit

Regardless of where you buy from, you’ll be able to adjust the angle at which the doorbell camera sits against your house with an included wedge kit. This helps accommodate siding and other obstructions that might be on your home.

Summary

If you already have a second- or third-generation SimpliSafe home security system, we’re not sure why you haven’t ordered Video Doorbell Pro yet (unless, of course, you have no doorbell at all). With lightning-quick installation and setup consisting of one or two taps of your phone, Video Doorbell Pro will allow you to extend the service and protection you have inside your home with SimpliSafe to the great outdoors.

For those who don’t have SimpliSafe or have no home security at all, with its affordable price and great feature set, Video Doorbell Pro is still worth considering. You don’t want to stand at your peephole all day watching what’s going on, so let Video Doorbell Pro do it for you.

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2 Comments

  1. Lyn Grunze says:

    We’re just installing our new SimpliSafe system with the interior camera. It has yet to be determined if we need one or two subscriptions since the camera will not record without one. The big complaint is that the camera is on Wi-Fi but there is no recording to any of our selected Clouds or a hard or thumb drive.

    When you add the doorbell it apparently does not allow a connection to Wi-Fi and another subscription is necessary. Is there another reasonably priced product that would allow that additional flexibility?

    Thank you.

    1. Editor says:

      Hi Lyn,
      You can compare doorbell cameras here.
      https://www.safehome.org/compare/doorbell-cameras/

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