One of the biggest concerns most people have when buying a home security system is the installation. Will it be difficult? Do I have the right tools for the job? What will happen if I do it wrong? These are all legitimate concerns; however, the home security systems on the market today are incredibly easy to install. Additionally, just about every brand offers step-by-step installation guides, videos, and customer support to one extent or another. But even with all this information available to every customer, you might still want to know a little more about the installation process before making any final decisions about which home security system to choose.  That's why we've put together this at-a-glance SimpliSafe installation guide of what you will need and what's available to install their most common components.

SimpliSafe Installation

SimpliSafe Base Station

  • Cost: $114.99/ea. when purchased separately
  • Requirements: None
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless, except for the power cord
  • Tools Needed: No tools needed
  • Setup Time: Less than a minute
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Base Station Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Place your Base Station in a centrally located part of your home, but don't set it on the floor.
  2. Plug it into a power outlet that is not controlled by a light switch using the included power cord.
  3. The Base Station's LED light will be blue when it is armed and there will be no light on when it is disarmed.

SimpliSafe Keypad

  • Cost: $69.99/ea. when purchased separately
  • Requirements: None
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless
  • Tools Needed: No tools needed
  • Setup Time: Less than a minute
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Keypad Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Follow the onscreen instructions for setting up the Master PIN.
  2. Remove the coating of the peel and stick adhesive on the back of the Keypad.
  3. Adhere the Keypad to a wall near your main entrance. After you've adhered your Keypad, you can take it with you to name your devices by sliding it up and off its bracket.
  4. Press down on the side of the screen to navigate the Keypad menus.
  5. Install and name your devices with the Keypad by doing the following:
  • Press button on a device to test and name it. For example, Motion, etc.
  • When the Keypad prompts you, you can then remove the battery tab on the device you want to install. Then press its Test Button.

Now you can proceed with installing the rest of your devices where you want them.

SimpliSafe Motion Sensors

  • Cost: $29.99/ea. when purchased separately
  • Requirements: None
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless
  • Tools Needed: No tools needed
  • Setup Time: Less than a minute
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Motion Sensor Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Place on a shelf or adhere to a wall about four to five feet off the ground with the test button facing upwards.
  2. Make sure you do not place the sensor near a heater, air conditioner, lamp, or any other electronics including your Wi-Fi router.
  3. If you have a dog over 30 pounds, install the button-side down about four feet off the ground.
  4. If you have a cat, place the motion sensor so your cat cannot climb near it and with the button-side up about six to ten feet off the ground.

SimpliSafe Entry Sensors

  • Cost: $14.99/ea. when purchased separately
  • Requirements: None
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless
  • Tools Needed: No tools needed
  • Setup Time: Less than 5 minutes
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Entry Sensor Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Line up magnet and sensor on your door or window so the grooves align and both pieces are less than two inches apart when the window/door is closed.
  2. Test alignment before adhering each piece. The blue light should flash once when a door/window opens and twice when they are closed.
  3. Adhere sensor on door and magnet on the doorframe or vice versa. There is no “right side up.”

SimpliSafe Water Sensors

  • Cost: $19.99/ea. when purchased separately
  • Requirements: None
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless
  • Tools Needed: No tools needed
  • Setup Time: Less than a minute
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Water Sensor Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Place your water sensor(s) on the floor, and/or in the drip pan of your water heater, and/or washing machine, and/or near the bathroom/kitchen plumbing to detect any leaks, overflows, or broken pipes.
  2. No permanent attaching is needed, but you can use the provided adhesive tabs if you would like, just make sure you don't cover up any of the six metal contact points on the bottom of the sensor.

SimpliCam Camera

  • Cost: $99/ea.
  • Requirements: Wi-Fi connection, AC power – the SimpliCam requires an internet connection, it doesn't use a cellular signal; therefore, when your internet goes out, your cameras won't work.
  • Wired or Wireless: Wireless, except for the power cord
  • Tools Needed: No tools required
  • Setup Time: 5 minutes
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe SimpliCam Camera Pro Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Open the box.
  2. Slide stand off camera.
  3. Insert Micro-USB into port on the back of the camera.
  4. Replace the camera stand.
  5. Plug the cord into your power outlet.
  6. Use the SimpliSafe app on your mobile device to begin the installation.

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

  • Cost: $169/ea.
  • Requirements: Wi-Fi connection (2.4Ghz), existing doorbell setup (8V to 24V) with an analog (mechanical) door chime
  • Wired or Wireless: This is a wired component that will only work in place of an existing doorbell (there is no battery option available)
  • Tools Needed: a Phillips head screwdriver
  • Setup Time: 30 minutes on average for most people
  • Installation Support: Help center, online troubleshooting guide, owner's manuals, user forums, online submission form, live customer service 9:00 am to midnight eastern time seven days a week
  • Online Installation Guide: Yes

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro Step-By-Step Installation Instructions

  1. Turn off your power.
  2. Remove your old doorbell.
  3. Take doorbell wires and thread them through the mounting bracket and if you are installing your new doorbell in a corner or angled area, go ahead and use the wedge.
  4. Screw mounting bracket to the wall.
  5. Attach wires to mounting bracket.
  6. Put doorbell into place.
  7. Turn your power back on.

SimpliSafe Installation Help & Tips

Setting Up the Wi-Fi

The SimpliSafe system has built-in cellular and Wi-Fi communication. The cellular connects automatically and the Wi-Fi is necessary for the doorbell and camera options, and, the Wi-Fi will help your system update faster, as well as making it more secure.

To set up the Wi-Fi, press the Menu button on your keypad. Next, enter your Master PIN, then navigate to System Settings, then to Wi-Fi and continue setting up your Wi-Fi like you would any other wireless device.

Videos

There are plenty of third-party installation videos online; however, SimpliSafe doesn't have any of their own. But, you really don't need them since their system is wireless and very easy to install. Additionally, if you need help, their Installation Manual has step-by-step instructions and you have the option of calling them for assistance if needed.

Installation Manual

SimpliSafe offers an online Installation Manual with complete installation instructions for each of its components, as well as instructions on how to use everything. This manual is very detailed and offers more than enough information than you will probably need to install your system quickly and easily.

Tools Required

Most of the SimpliSafe products can be installed with adhesive tabs, which they provide with their equipment. The only tool you will need to install a SimpliSafe wireless system is a Phillips head screwdriver. However, there is the possibility that when you are installing a SimpliSafe doorbell that the holes won't line up, in which case you will need a drill. And, if you are not handy with tools, SimpliSafe offers a professional installation service as well.

Professional Installation Service

SimpliSafe has approved technicians that will come to your home and set up your entire system in less than an hour for only $79.00, if you don't want to do it yourself.


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