Installing Glassbreak Sensors

Received my glassbreak sensors today (Thank you). However, no instructions were included. I understand how to add them to the system and can do that with no problem. I am looking for pointers as far as where to place them, etc.

Thanks

Ditto !

Ditto !

Same here. For example, how

Same here. For example, how are we supposed to test them? There is a test button but no clue on how to do a test. Am I supposed to drop a glass on the floor?

The information on the web

The information on the web site says, "Sensitivity settings allow you to increase and decrease the range of sound detection to your preference. Easy to test to find the optimum range for your home." Where are the sensitivity settings?

See page 7 of the owner's

See page 7 of the owner's manual for installation instructions:

http://simplisafe.com/files/manual2.pdf

And, on page 18, it says you can test them as follows:

"Press “test” on the bottom of the sensor then clap your hands loudly near your windows. The light on the sensor will flash and you will hear “Glassbreak Sensor” from the Base Station."

Let us know if this works. I am waiting for mine to arrive . . .

Thanks. That works. The

Thanks. That works. The sensitivity adjustment is under the battery. I had to turn mine up to high to get a range of about 15 feet using the hand clapping test.

I am surprised that these are being shipped without enclosed instructions or even a note to check the manual for installation and testing information. I received my SS2 manual in 2012 and the sensor was released in 2014 so it wasn't an obvious place to go for information.

Interestingly, the manual

Interestingly, the manual says the sensors have a range of 20 feet, but the webpage says 30 feet:

http://simplisafe.com/glassbreak-sensor

I am testing my sensor now

I am testing my sensor now and, so far, no where near 30 feet. 20 yes, but 30 is not likely.

I'm surprised it responds to

I'm surprised it responds to clapping. Probably shouldn't arm in home mode and if someone drops a bottle outside your home, it could trigger a false alarm (or more likely loud music from someone's subwoofer in their car). Seems like it would be better to do without these or set the sensitivity low. Not sure if I want to keep the ones I ordered or maybe just use one in the living room. Luckily, we have 60 day no questions asked money back if we change our mind.

Clapping in test mode may

Clapping in test mode may just show that the sensor is listening. I would try clapping with it armed and see if it actually sets off the alarm. If that doesn't set it off then try clapping loudly followed immediately by rattling a set of keys rapidly. This is suppose to simulate someone breaking a window. This is something I read about testing glass break sensors.

I am about to turn in, but

I am about to turn in, but the glass sensor is mounted in the kitchen, facing a large, 3 window bay. Clapped in just in front of the window and tested successfully but as stated above the range appears to be around 20 feet. For my location, this is fine. Although the instructions advise not to put in kitchen, I am only using it in armed mode. If glass breaks while its armed, I want the police to come.

Probably should test it armed

Probably should test it armed rather than test mode and with entry delay. I'll have to play some loud music as well and see if it is better at distinguishing between clapping/loud noise and actual glass breakage when armed vs. test mode. Still a little concerned about false alarms, which is why I avoided the over priced factory glass breakage sensor for my car. The way it is now, there's no way my car alarm would every have a false alarm due to vibration or loud music as you have to open or manually unlock a door from the inside to trigger an alarm. My current setup had one false alarm thus far, which I attribute to the location of my motion sensors too close to the window and catching some sunlight off the sides of the blinds so I moved them.

I just installed mine last

I just installed mine last night. One in the dining room, one on a wall between the kitchen and great room, facing windows and a french door. I tested by clapping at several places, and it was hit or miss. I noticed that it almost has to be direct line of sight. I tried clapping really loud just behind the couch that sits in front of a window, and I don't think the sensor ever picked that up. So I have a set of wood blinds on the large window in the kitchen- would the sensor pick up the glass breaking behind the blinds? I would think it's a 50/50 chance, unless someone just really smashed it in. So I've got entry sensors, glass break sensors, and motion sensors (in Away mode). I think I'm covered.

I think they calibrate

I think they calibrate conservatively to reduce false alarms. Do you have the smoke and CO detectors? I have one of each. The other smoke detectors I have are stand alone. I leave the bedroom doors open when I'm away as the SS smoke detector is in the hallway.

I have 2 smoke detectors (in

I have 2 smoke detectors (in addition to the ones already in the house) and 2 water sensors (water heater and washing machine). I figure the glassbreak sensors will be like the motion detectors- may take a little trial and error to get right. It's all about multiple layers of protection, and I'm glad I've got these in my arsenal. I've never experienced a break-in, but my wife says she sleeps better, so it's all well worth it.

Is there a need to buy a

Is there a need to buy a GLASSBREAK SIMULATOR to test simplisafe glassbreak sensor?

No. If they say you test by

No. If they say you test by clapping your hands, that should be it.

@dafish Just got my glass

@dafish

Just got my glass break sensors. The clapping only registered during sensor test, clapping didn't set it off when armed. I'll try clapping and keys to see if that does anything.

I did the clapping and keys,

I did the clapping and keys, no alarm. I'll test it some more in home mode and manually remove for when I leave over the next few weeks to see if I may need to adjust sensitivity up or down.

Let me share what I know. I

Let me share what I know. I downloaded a glassbreak app for my andriod phone. The app produces 12 different glassbreak sound effects. However, it did not trigger the sensor beyond 2 inches.

I tried the clapping test. It did work for 20 feet when the setting is high. I did not have to clap near the window. I could clap anywhere in the room to trigger the alarm. I wonder if this sensor is sensing loud clapping sound or glass breaking sound pattern.

Just break an old glass into

Just break an old glass into a cardboard box to REALLY test!

Maybe it's best to leave the

Maybe it's best to leave the setting at medium or lower as that doesn't seem to trigger alarm. Do any of you own a lawnmower and do your own yard work? I have a gardner that works when I'm away, can you try and test how it responds to mowing the lawn @cmyang001? In the meantime, I'm manually removing all glass breaks from my system during the day and re-adding at night, since there isn't a home only mode in the keychain software. (only home and away or away only).

When you did your clapping test, was it actually armed or in test mode? Did it start the countdown?

Same here all works great

Same here all works great during Test Mode, but doesn't do the same when armed. Did you find a solution? Im getting frustrated, and about to send all 3 back!

I believe when armed it will

I believe when armed it will only respond to the sound of glass breaking. An old beer bottle in a paper bag smashed loudly enough should do the trick.

I just want to make sure if

I just want to make sure if it is truly based on DSP technology. I opened the case. I would not encourage anyone to do that. It is pretty hard to open it. Anyway, It has a TI microcontroller, M430F2274, in it. All chips are smd chips. It does not look like a cheap design. Definitely not analog filter design.

Yes, they sell them at

Yes, they sell them at Walmart. They're called dishes. ☺

Testing Procedure... Finally

Testing Procedure...

Finally figured out you have to:
1. Add sensors to your system
2. Put system in test mode
3. Push test button and clap as described above.

I assume that test mode makes it respond to hand claps, and in normal mode it responds to the sound of glass breaking.

It's a little strange here

It's a little strange here that no SimpliSafe person has weighed in here to explain this. But I think the prior comment would be the most likely way to think about how this works, where safennc says: "I assume that test mode makes it respond to hand claps, and in normal mode it responds to the sound of glass breaking."

I would suspect that test

I would suspect that test mode disconnects any filters it uses to isolate the band of frequencies typical of glass breaking.

The Glass Breakage Sensors do

The Glass Breakage Sensors do seem to be a bit of a mystery to everyone, including myself, and I am surprised and disappointed that in the 2+ years this post has been up "nobody" from SimpliSafe has even bothered to comment. I have (4) of them and can really only hope and pray that they work as SimpliSafe describes them. They do seem to work as described in "test mode" but when actually armed I have "never" been able to set them off myself. I have tried glass breaking sounds through an app, rattling my keys, banging 2 glass cups together, my dog barking as loud as he possibly can, turning up the volume on my television extremely loud and "nothing" every time. I did accidently trigger it once by coughing very loudly but that was about it. For $35.00 each, and I have $140 invested, they had better work in real world scenarios!!! They just seem to be a mystery to me????

Thank you all for writing in.

Thank you all for writing in. The glass break sensors are looking for two things when not in test mode: first they look for a loud sound, and then they look for the frequency of breaking glass. When putting your sensor into test mode, you are telling it to trigger when it hears a loud sound (clapping). You can read more about our glass break sensors here: http://simplisafe.com/blog/glass-break-sensors

If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Michelle
SimpliSafe Home Security

I have set one of mine off

I have set one of mine off when I dropped a bundle of pipes in the same room (metal on metal contact). I also set the other one off when playing an action movie loudly (it happens to be mounted only a foot or so away from a speaker.) Others have set it off by breaking glass (a test with glass left over from a window replace) and dropping a cookie tin (metal on tile contact). So generally, they do work. Which is not to say none are ever defective..

I just accidentally tripped

I just accidentally tripped my glass break detector a couple of nights ago by banging a metal spoon on the bottom of a glass baking dish. Detector was about 8' away from the dish.

:)

:)

If the glassbreak sensor goes

If the glassbreak sensor goes off when I am home, if I enter my pin# will that shut the alarm off?

Yes, as I found when I

Yes, as I found when I dropped a bundle of pipes