Cameras

I recently bought your alarm system. I am also looking to buy cameras to be more secure.
Can you give more info on the cameras you will be releasing. Specs, pricing and such.

@shane Thanks for posting!

@shane

Thanks for posting! We do not have any current specs, pricing, etc. beyond what is posted here. Keep checking the site, however, and we'll keep you up to date!

Will
SimpliSafe Burglar Alarms

I am also interested in

I am also interested in cameras...something that will capture an image upon motion detection, and email the image so I can have a record of what was going on. Here is an example scenario: let's say you have a long driveway, and when a car drives up it, you would like to get an image of the vehicle emailed to you.

Hope that makes sense.

Ditto, police are too far

Ditto, police are too far away, need pics to identify the perp.

Here's a suggestion, perhaps

Here's a suggestion, perhaps you could try posting a camera where you think the offending vehicle may park? In the event of an alarm activation, it's my understanding (after questioning Will) that the monitoring centre is, (with your permission set in your account page) in the event of an alarm, going to be able to view the security cameras to 1.) Verify the emergency and 2.) Provide description information to police in the event of a confirmed emergency. Having a camera posted where the vehicle may park, covering as much of your driveway as possible, would enable the security operator to relay vehicle description information to the police at the time of dispatch. I'm not an employee so I'm not going to comment on the image snapshots and will leave that to Will (or whoever else can make an official statement). :-)

I am really looking forward

I am really looking forward to this, as well as the glass break detection, etc. I feel safer just having this system, but it would be even better to have the cameras.

Do you have any idea on

Do you have any idea on possible projected year, month, ect.
To determine if i should wait or purchase cameras somewhere else that are imternet compatable.

On many, many occasions SS

On many, many occasions SS has stated they are hard at work, wanting only the highest quality and ease of installation, however, any dates given in the past have been smoke in the wind. You have three choices: one, ask here in the forums and Kelly will thank you for posting and that SS will let you know when they are available, two, go out and purchase one of the many available solutions (Dropcam for one) or three, patiently wait for the integrated cameras from SS. I have chosen #3 but do enjoy putting up posts like this one. For once I would like to get a genuine response from the "crack" development team,

@bpd13901 and

@bpd13901 and @captain11

Thank you for posting! I apologize that we do not have a specific release date yet, however, I assure you as soon as we have more information, we'll let you know right away! Thank you for patience.

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

I installed a security DVR

I installed a security DVR with seven cameras in my home. The system is accessible on my I-phone and Ipad with various apps available for free on the app store or on my laptop computer. I use an eight-channel Q-see security DVR with a 320 GB hard drive that can store videos for up to 30 days. Each camera can be set to record in response to motion detection or on a continuous basis.

I purchased the cameras separately and four of them are wireless indoor/outdoor cameras that transmit to a single receiver that has four separate video and audio outputs so that all of the wireless cameras can be viewed at the same time. All of the cameras have infrared detectors and have night vision so lighting is not an issue at night. The security DVR is connected to the Internet through my router via an ethernet cable so that entire system is accessible over the Internet.

The cost? I paid $169 for the security DVR from Newegg.com and I purchased the four wireless cameras and receiver unit for $149 on ebay. The three wired cameras each cost about $12.95 on Amazon.com. The best part is that I don't have to pay extra to be able for video surveillance when I'm away from home because I can set the security DVR to send me an email and text when the motion detector goes off.

I still use Simplisafe and I have a system consisting of two smoke detectors, five motion detectors, and 12 entry sensors. But, with my own video surveillance system in place, which, even though I'm not a technically oriented person I was able to install myself, I'm pretty sure I have adequate security coverage in my home.

So you don't have to wait for Simplisafe to come out with its own integrated cameras.

I installed a security DVR

I installed a security DVR with seven cameras in my home. The system is accessible on my I-phone and Ipad with various apps available for free on the app store or on my laptop computer. I use an eight-channel Q-see security DVR with a 320 GB hard drive that can store videos for up to 30 days. Each camera can be set to record in response to motion detection or on a continuous basis.

I purchased the cameras separately and four of them are wireless indoor/outdoor cameras that transmit to a single receiver that has four separate video and audio outputs so that all of the wireless cameras can be viewed at the same time. All of the cameras have infrared detectors and have night vision so lighting is not an issue at night. The security DVR is connected to the Internet through my router via an ethernet cable so that entire system is accessible over the Internet.

The cost? I paid $169 for the security DVR from Newegg.com and I purchased the four wireless cameras and receiver unit for $149 on ebay. The three wired cameras each cost about $12.95 on Amazon.com. The best part is that I don't have to pay extra to be able for video surveillance when I'm away from home because I can set the security DVR to send me an email and text when the motion detector goes off.

I still use Simplisafe and I have a system consisting of two smoke detectors, five motion detectors, and 12 entry sensors. But, with my own video surveillance system in place, which, even though I'm not a technically oriented person I was able to install myself, I'm pretty sure I have adequate security coverage in my home.

So you don't have to wait for Simplisafe to come out with its own integrated cameras.

I installed a security DVR

I installed a security DVR with seven cameras in my home. The system is accessible on my I-phone and Ipad with various apps available for free on the app store or on my laptop computer. I use an eight-channel Q-see security DVR with a 320 GB hard drive that can store videos for up to 30 days. Each camera can be set to record in response to motion detection or on a continuous basis.

I purchased the cameras separately and four of them are wireless indoor/outdoor cameras that transmit to a single receiver that has four separate video and audio outputs so that all of the wireless cameras can be viewed at the same time. All of the cameras have infrared detectors and have night vision so lighting is not an issue at night. The security DVR is connected to the Internet through my router via an ethernet cable so that entire system is accessible over the Internet.

The cost? I paid $169 for the security DVR from Newegg.com and I purchased the four wireless cameras and receiver unit for $149 on ebay. The three wired cameras each cost about $12.95 on Amazon.com. The best part is that I don't have to pay extra to be able for video surveillance when I'm away from home because I can set the security DVR to send me an email and text when the motion detector goes off.

I still use Simplisafe and I have a system consisting of two smoke detectors, five motion detectors, and 12 entry sensors. But, with my own video surveillance system in place, which, even though I'm not a technically oriented person I was able to install myself, I'm pretty sure I have adequate security coverage in my home.

So you don't have to wait for Simplisafe to come out with its own integrated cameras.

I installed a security DVR

I installed a security DVR with seven cameras in my home. The system is accessible on my I-phone and Ipad with various apps available for free on the app store or on my laptop computer. I use an eight-channel Q-see security DVR with a 320 GB hard drive that can store videos for up to 30 days. Each camera can be set to record in response to motion detection or on a continuous basis.

I purchased the cameras separately and four of them are wireless indoor/outdoor cameras that transmit to a single receiver that has four separate video and audio outputs so that all of the wireless cameras can be viewed at the same time. All of the cameras have infrared detectors and have night vision so lighting is not an issue at night. The security DVR is connected to the Internet through my router via an ethernet cable so that entire system is accessible over the Internet.

The cost? I paid $169 for the security DVR from Newegg.com and I purchased the four wireless cameras and receiver unit for $149 on ebay. The three wired cameras each cost about $12.95 on Amazon.com. The best part is that I don't have to pay extra to be able for video surveillance when I'm away from home because I can set the security DVR to send me an email and text when the motion detector goes off.

I still use Simplisafe and I have a system consisting of two smoke detectors, five motion detectors, and 12 entry sensors. But, with my own video surveillance system in place, which, even though I'm not a technically oriented person I was able to install myself, I'm pretty sure I have adequate security coverage in my home.

So you don't have to wait for Simplisafe to come out with its own integrated cameras.

@samhankin Thanks for

@samhankin

Thanks for sharing! This is a great alternative in the mean time to add an extra layer of security to your home.

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

Need a simple video cam and

Need a simple video cam and DVR now? Dropcam may solve your initial needs.

While the integrated camera (that ties in to SimpliSafe) would be awesome, these cameras are stupid proof and are very plug and play. I was using these as a stand-alone security option before getting SS setup and installed.

DropCams are around $150 on Amazon (http://amzn.to/1fgoZs8)

Totally worth it as a flexible and scalable add-on - until SS cameras come out.

@paqman Thank you for

@paqman

Thank you for sharing!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

Last year (another thread)

Last year (another thread) someone (maybe you) clued me into dropcam, and I never looked back, its not for everyone, but it has some huge advantages.

I can roll my own but dropcam is ridiculous when it comes to plug and play, just like SimpliSafe, and thats why I love both companies.

Either way thank you!

Kelley, Just what is the

Kelley,
Just what is the latest intel on the release of the highly anticipated Simplisafe Cameras? I just hit the 2 year mark as a SS system owner. and have been fairly content with the system knowing motion cameras were close to becoming a reality. Well, patience is wearing thin as of late and I would appreciate you providing an anticipated date for release of said camera. Is it still early 2014 as a now deleted thread once stated?

Thanks in advance

She can speak for SS but she

She can speak for SS but she already posted 2014. Whether January or December, who knows? Will and Ryan had given dates, even specs but with the long delays in glass break sensors, I wouldn't hold my breath. (It would be a nice holiday present to be proved wrong!)

@zinagrant Thank you for your

@zinagrant

Thank you for your interest! We are anticipating early 2014, but we do not yet have a specific release date. As soon as we do, I assure you, we will certainly let you know!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

The problem I have seems to

The problem I have seems to be some systems like Dropcam run continous and require a monthly alottment of 60 GB on you internet. Since my options here in this very remote area are satellite (DISH with 20 GB per month) and Verizon (6 GB per month), it's either very expensive for overages or I will have to wait for a motion activated system that will alert to my cell phone/laptop. Guess I am going to have to wait for the SS cameras when they are released.

Any new info on the

Any new info on the Simplysafe camera developement/release date you can share would be greatly appreciated.

@zinagrant Thank you for your

@zinagrant

Thank you for your interest! As soon as we have any updates we'll certainly let you know!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

Hi Kelly, Can you confirm

Hi Kelly,
Can you confirm that a camera is going to be available for Simplysafe? Will it be before summer 2014?

@lmclister Thanks for

@lmclister

Thanks for posting! We will have cameras available for our system, however, we do not yet have a release date for these! We'll certainly let you know as soon as we do.

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

Hi Kelley, Thank you for the

Hi Kelley,
Thank you for the response however you haven't provided any time frame. If you are going to have cameras, surely you can give all of us a rough timeframe even without have a release date. I'm interested to see what you will offer, but if you can't provide a rough timeframe, I'll be looking at other options.

(Note: sarcasm) SS has

(Note: sarcasm) SS has routinely given approximate time frames for release on cameras: 2012, 2013, 2014 and the reason: working to bring the user the highest quality, easiest to install at the best possible price. By the way, dates and reasons are interchangeable for any product that is released. ( End of sarcasm.)
SS does have quality people, good product and good prices. Initial product quality control and release timelines aside, not much to complain about. I have been a customer for going on two years and will remain with them for a long time. I will never go back to ADT or any company similar to them. We patiently wait.

@lmclister We do expect these

@lmclister

We do expect these by the end of the year. Please let us know if there's anything else we can help you out with!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

@Kelley that is a long ways

@Kelley that is a long ways off, especially given your previous estimates. SS may just want to partner. For example, I'm looking at http://cnet.co/1gpxyzW

Also, do you guys have a beta program?

Given that glass break

Given that glass break sensors just released, while not happy, I will be thrilled if SS meets Kelly's estimate above by end of this calendar year. What would be a nice departure is SS to have an announcement area on the website that honestly and clearly shows status of the cameras. Example:

Estimated release date: Fall 2014
Level of confidence: 80%
Design specifications: Completed
Design specs: xxxxx
Current stage: Prototype testing

Note: Simplisafe provides this for informational purposes and is not intended to commit to any product delivery date or specifications. All information is subject to change.... or whatever.

While unusual for some industries to do this, for others not. And SS will get valuable feedback from the customer community prior to it being released.

I've also experienced the

I've also experienced the push back on release timeframes. I would debate the quality issue as I have had to replace 3 sensors under warranty in rouphly 1 year of using the system. May be the reason they have a 3 year warranty as reliability has been an issue on the sensors. So far my base station is working though.

Just checking site for

Just checking site for updates like you suggested; still no new info. Will check back in another month.

Simplysafe personnel, I've

Simplysafe personnel,
I've not seen any updates to camera status for some time now, is there a new Camera forum somewhere or has the camera system been canned? A response would be greatly appreciated.

@zinagrant Thank you for

@zinagrant

Thank you for your interest! As soon as we have any updates or a release date for our cameras, we'll let you know! Thank you for your patience!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

I use SimpliSafe in

I use SimpliSafe in conjuction with Nexia products. Simplisafe for alarm monitoring. Nexia for automated thermostats, door locks and video. Works pretty well together and Simplisafe is $25 with monitoring and Nexia is $10 for automation. $35/month is really good for an entire package. Beats $60/month for some of the other systems that do it all. Nexia also has phone app to control everything. http://www.nexiahome.com

@TeamGarrett Thanks for

@TeamGarrett

Thanks for sharing!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

Dude you have to be kidding,

Dude you have to be kidding, that Nexia stuff looks pretty nice!
How is it that Simplisafe and Nexia aren't teaming up? Together, they would crush the market!

They could combine their monitoring services into a single package, clear their hardware through the same infrastructure, increase their monitoring from $15/month to $20 -- and literally double their sales!

If you look around the job

If you look around the job postings at the SS website, many were posted in July with a wide assortment of IT and IS positions, including references to working on their Video application, a refresh of the GUI for the website and mobile apps and new features. (Interesting they have grown a lot and still are at only 70+ associates - impressive when you consider what they get done. ) What I read out of this (guess) is that the camera efforts in the past have been scrapped and they decided to start over again, using the latest technology software and hardware available to deliver a better and more cost effective solution. Again, only my guess based on what they have posted in the jobs area. Would be curious to what others think?

@Kelley on 2/10/2014 you said

@Kelley on 2/10/2014 you said We do expect these by the end of the year.

It is now the end of the year, could you please provide an update?

@lmclister From another

@lmclister
From another thread:

"Thank you for posting! I'm glad to hear that you are excited about the cameras. Please keep in mind that 2015 is not our release date, but speculation on behalf of a representative. We do no have a release date yet, but are working hard towards to getting the best and most affordable cameras we can out to you as quickly as possible. They will be compatible with the SimpliSafe1 and the SimpliSafe2. Please let us know if you need any help! We're always happy to where ever possible.

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security"
http://simplisafe.com/forum/customer-support-forum/getting-simplisafe/ca...

@lmclister Thanks for

@lmclister

Thanks for posting! As soon as we have an update about the release date, we'll certainly let you know. Thank you for your patience!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

i've been following this post

i've been following this post for weeks hoping Simplisafe would be forthcoming about security cameras.

Kelly's post from February 10, 2014
@lmclister

We do expect these by the end of the year. Please let us know if there's anything else we can help you out with!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

As a new, potential customer. Please let me know what your company is doing. I need a system with surveillance for my new home which I expect to close on next week. If your company hasn't anything to give officially for your own cameras, please let me know if there's another company that i can use for the surveillance that is compatible with Simplisafe.

This thread has gone on too long and doesn't give confidence in Simplisafe's promises.

@Potential New Customer, SS

@Potential New Customer, SS will announce the cameras and whatever else is up their sleeve when they are good and ready. Its just about timing. I was at the end of my ADT contract (puke) in June of 2012 and purchased the newly released SS2 in May. Ran both parallel for about a month and, despite some product issues that were quickly resolved, stayed with SS and said good by to ADT with a huge smile on my face. I and many others poke fun of the development team but truth be told that as a total package SS is a very good value and performs very well. One drawback is the product releases and with the new venture capital and new talent being hired we are expecting big things. I am in for the long haul and looking forward to acquiring the camera solution, newly redesigned keypads, home automation, integration to other systems (Amazon Echo anyone?) and more. Will my expectations/guesses be fulfilled? Only time will tell but can say one thing with certainty: no way am I ever going to go back to ADT or anything similar to it.

I wish you luck with your decision.

I'm thinking one of the

I'm thinking one of the issues with the cameras is due to the 3G connection having insufficient bandwidth for carrying video and audio. When or if these ever come out, they may have to ship a replacement cellular module that is LTE. For now, I would recommend using a third party camera solution as I am using in addition to SS. The cameras use WiFi.

Good point about the LTE.

Good point about the LTE. And I agree with abcd- right now there are plenty of 3rd party options available. The only thing you wont get is integration with the alarm system, like auto recording when the alarm goes off. But it's easy to find a camera with wireless, email alerts, local recording, free app, remote access, HD, night vision, etc. I picked one up (Foscam) with the features I listed for $89 on sale. DLink and Dropcam offer some good choices too.
SS has a high bar to meet.

The only issue with LTE is it

The only issue with LTE is it will use a lot more data for streaming video so Verizon may not be willing to lease the data connection for what they are charging SS for 3G without cameras. This could be part of the holdup is negotiating reasonable terms with the wireless providers so they can keep the monitoring fees low. They may have to offer a separate monitoring plan that includes video. Wonder how much is the monitoring fee for video with ADT? SS as a workaround could offer WiFi cameras that still connect to the base but would need broadband for streaming but don't stream when power is interrupted.

I don't understand why

I don't understand why everyone is so uptight about needing cameras that just work through SS. I set up a security DVR with a hard drive to record 30 days worth of video which uses four wired and four wireless cameras with night vision to record events inside and outside of my home. The total cost was under $300 for the system and I installed it myself. I can remotely access the video system via an iPhone app on my iPhone 6 and my iPad. I also can access the system remotely on my notebook computer. These days you can get a HD security DVR with up to 1 TB of storage at Costco with a full complement of cameras at Costco and even Home Depot at a very competitive price. The prices are even lower on eBay for decent systems.

Personally, I don't like the idea of an outside monitoring company being able to view the interior of my home at anytime, possibly without my knowledge. I've been a SS user since 2009 (first with a SS1 base station and now with a SS2 base) and I've been pretty happy with the system, especially when I compare it to the ADT system I had before that.

Yes, I have a DVR camera

Yes, I have a DVR camera system just as you described as well. It works well for me and I can easily add additional hard drives for more storage and view the video on demand from my phone or tablet (both live and recorded video). It's a good way to verify a break in before having SS send the authorities. The videos are all date and time stamped and I can offload the footage to a USB flash drive to give to the police if needed for further analysis.

@samhankin @abcd Thanks for

@samhankin @abcd

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this. Great discussion!

Kelley
SimpliSafe Home Security

I have no interest in any

I have no interest in any alarm company that may have the ability to snoop through an intergraded video feed.

SimpliSafe does a great job of providing basic secure monitoring options.

Personally when I install video monitoring it will be stand alone.

@reelleisure, good position,

@reelleisure, good position, however, if you have the option to have it on only during an alarm I would get it. I want a fully integrated solution with video; what makes SS nice it is menu driven.