Classic Home Security System
What’s the ultimate test of a product? When someone purchases it, installs it and gives an honest assessment of how it really works. That’s exactly what happened with the SimpliSafe Classic Home Security System.
A co-worker bought this nine-piece system, and he walked in with a huge smile on his face on a recent Monday morning. He said something along the lines of, “Man, this was easy to install, and it just beefed up the security in my home.”
And that means it’s good, because, when it comes to home security, his standards are extremely high.
The system features a base station, wireless keypad, motion sensor, three entry sensors, extra siren (105 decibels), smoke detector and a free keychain remote.
The base station, or what SimpliSafe calls the “brains of your system,” is a simple plug-andplay. Once the 11-inch tower is plugged in, it locates and controls all the sensors. Don’t worry if the juice in your home goes out. In a power outage, the back-up battery lasts about 24 hours. The base, which is hidden in your home, also sends the alarms signals to SimpliSafe’s 24/7 alarm monitoring center. The system has the same cellular technology that your cell phone has, which means it has a SIM card that is activated when you subscribe to the interactive monitoring plan. This also includes SMS text smart alerts and secret alerts.
The keypad features an away mode, which activates all the sensors, and a home mode, which allows you to deactivate motion detectors, but protects windows and doors. One rea-
son that Simpl iSafe’s system is unique is that the “brains” are in the base station, not the keypad. If an alarm is triggered, the keypad beeps, distracting a burglar. From its hidden location, the base station quietly alerts the monitoring service. Once that is complete, the base station blasts its siren.
The motion sensors detect motion within 30 feet, and their field of vision is 90 degrees. Don’t be overly worried about your pets. Animals that weigh less than 50 pounds won’t trigger the alarm.
Designed to defend your windows and doors, the entry sensor protects all types of doors and windows. If your system is off and someone opens a door or window, the base station sounds a door chime.
The extra siren, known as the burglar blaster, unleashes a 105-decibel siren. To give you an idea of just how loud this is, a jet take-off at 25 meters is
150 decibels. Live rock music comes in at 108-115 decibels, unless you’re at a Who concert, which may be louder. There are no annual contracts. The standard monitoring is $14.99 per month while interactive monitoring is $24.99. By the way, did we mention that the Classic Home Security System supports as many as 41 sensors? From experience, we certainly know that it supports one co-worker very nicely.