Main alarm is far too quiet... ???

I just rec'd my SimpliSafe which I am hoping to replace my current (non-professionally-monitored) system with.

But there's one concern... the alarm (I didn't buy the extra siren) is *FAR* too quiet... not even sure I'd hear it upstairs while sleeping if there was a break-in... and I don't live in a huge home, 1500sq ft.

My current alarm is so loud that we're running around in a panic to disable it whenever it goes off.
This one is so mild we can literally sit and have a conversation only 10-15 ft. from it.

I have logged into the system and configured the alarm volume to be 'high'.
But it's just too weak.

What gives... defect or weak design???

Is the extra siren going to be *SUBSTANTIALLY* and *INCREDIBLY* more loud??? Or is it going to cost me $60 and still be lacking???
All in all, the system is great -- but this speaker is lame. May as well not even have it.

@Bane Thanks for posting!


Thanks for posting! The speaker in the Base Station was designed as indoor only so all of our systems can comply with local noise regulations. The auxiliary sirens are nearly three times as loud, so it'll work much better for your situation than the Base Station siren.

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Bane, Hi. I just got my

Hi. I just got my system a few days ago and by chance I ordered the extra siren and yes, it is
much, much louder. I think you will be very pleased by it.

I just received my system and

I just received my system and have the same concern. The siren is so soft it doesn't even bother my dog! This siren wouldn't scare off a burglar. He'd probably laugh! My neighbor's alarm is very loud and annoying. When my dog heard it he wanted outside immediately! My neighbor says his siren complies with noise regulations.

Why would you be allowed to make an outdoor siren louder than an indoor siren? The indoor siren wouldn't bother your neighbors, only you. Why not put a louder siren in the new base station instead of making it necessary to add on the louder siren at additional cost?

Same complaint here the base

Same complaint here the base station alarm is so quiet that I could talk loudly while it is going off and have a conversation, notice I said talk loudly not yell loudly !

Base alarm serves no purpose and the extra siren I ordered so far has not worked.
Giving simplysafe the benefit of doubt for now though maybee I just happened to have received the one faulty unit out of several thousand that they sell?

@KennethWalewski Thank you


Thank you for posting! It sounds like we'll want to troubleshoot with you over the phone to make sure everything's up and running the way it should be. Give us a call at 888 957 4675 anytime Monday - Friday from 9AM to 6PM Eastern and we'll take care of it!

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i just receive my new system

i just receive my new system and agree the base siren isn't very loud . According to other comments the aux siren is much louder. My question is can the aux siren be used indoors? Thanks for your time.

@ rvd912 Thanks for posting!

@ rvd912

Thanks for posting! The auxiliary siren can be used indoors! Optimal position for the siren is between the Base Station and keypad. It is not necessary, but if you don't position it in this way, make sure to test it to be able to pick up the alarm on/off signals!

Ryan K.
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We live in the country,and I

We live in the country,and I find the sirens are not loud enough also.We had a magnet fall off due to 30 degree temp change last night.The siren outside and inside barely woke us up.Glad we are not on monitoring yet.I would pay extra for an optional loud siren.

@retdufour Thanks for


Thanks for posting! We are sorry to hear that the sirens are not loud enough. Unfortunately we do not have a louder siren at this time but is something that we could always suggest to our engineers.

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Just got 2 aux sirens. They

Just got 2 aux sirens. They are louder, but they are still weaker than "real" alarm horns. My oldest daughter accidentally set it off the other night- it didn't even wake up my youngest daughter!

I looked up the spec for a "real" alarm system horn and it said 119dB. That would make it more than TWICE as loud as these aux units.

Perhaps the limitation is the battery power?

I would be willing to have one that plugged into an outlet (or needed to be wired) to have a seriously loud alarm.

So we'll likely need one of each floor AND one outside.... but I cant tell you how disappointing not to be loud enough to wake a sleeping kid! Lame.

The siren is not loud enough.

The siren is not loud enough. Seriously. It's a joke. It is not going to wake me up during the night if an intruder breaks in. Also, the base station does not beep loud enough to alert someone walking into your home in away mode that they have even set off an alarm system. Our old alarm system LOUDLY said "DISARM SYSTEM NOW!!" followed by very loud beeps. This system is almost completely silent. I have to walk up to it and put my ear on it to hear little tiny beeps. This could be as easy as a software upgrade that everyone could benefit from - use the base station to say "disarm system now" followed by beeps that are as loud as the siren. Please. Other than that, great system, easy to use and set up.

Is there any way we can boost

Is there any way we can boost the base siren? My previous security system siren woke the entire neighborhood ;-) SS1 base siren would do just the opposite - its so soothing ;-) I am not sure buying an extra siren is going to solve the problem - because that too is going to be battery based. Do we have a powered siren option?

@ avknaik Thanks for posting!

@ avknaik

Thanks for posting! Unfortunately, the Base siren is as loud as it can be. However, the extra sirens are 4 times louder than the Base and I'm sure it will create the substantial volume you are looking for!

Ryan K.
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Can anyone tell me the

Can anyone tell me the Decibels on low, medium and high on the base station?

Spend the extra money and

Spend the extra money and install the stand alone siren! They are awesome! The other advantage is if somoene breaks in and wants to make a b-line to destroy your alarm system they are likely to smash the siren first and miss the base station all together. I have mine setup with 2 extra sirens, one in the middle of the house and one in the garage. You could not sleep through the sound these suckers make!

Agree with drunkenpenguin. I

Agree with drunkenpenguin. I have one in the middle of my house, and one outside under a porch roof. When testing, I couldn't hear the alarm outside in my driveway, so I felt something was needed outside to attract more attention. That's when I ordered the second one for outside.

Keep the base station silent.

Keep the base station silent. I think you've got it all wrong - If you're complaining that the base station isn't loud enough. You should set your base station to SILENT, place the base station someplace out of the way, and use the aux alarm. If an intruder does come in, you don't want him to find the base station instantly and then destroy it before it sends out a signal. Our base station is set so that it's only sound or light is the door bell sound.

The base is always silent and

The base is always silent and dark until the signal is sent.

@PaulColorado Thanks for


Thanks for writing in! Please keep in mind that the base station does not make any noise or sound once the alarm is tripped, until the signal is sent out to the monitoring company and by that point it is too late! Even if they tried to turn off the alarm, they would be unable to stop the police dispatch!

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If the base does not make any

If the base does not make any noise until the police are dispatched, how is the siren different. I am considering buying the siren. Would the siren go off immediately or at the same time as the base?

The siren is louder,

The siren is louder, wireless, and can be set to chirp during the entry delay, which is often critical since the keypad chirp is very soft.

When an instant trigger is seen, or the time delay expires, the call to monitoring is made and then all sirens sound, likely within a few seconds of the trigger event or delay expiration.

I agree that the outdoor

I agree that the outdoor sirens are not loud enough. I would like to know if it is possible to use a z wave siren with this simplisafe system. Since the Nest system is compatible, perhaps other systems might be as well.

@rgeraldc1 Thanks for


Thanks for posting. Our system is not Z-Wave compatible. Unfortunately, the 105 db needs to be this volume, rather than lower, to ensure that it complies with noise ordinances. I appreciate your feedback. Please let us know if there's anything we can help you out with!

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Several of our neighbors have

Several of our neighbors have much louder alarms! The noise ordinances must be much more regulated in Massachusetts than Mississippi. I suggest you have factories elsewhere. What good does it do to have an alarm the neighbors can't hear?

@rgeraldc1 We're happy to


We're happy to discuss this with you if you have any questions. Please note that this based on national standards, not our local ones, however, this can vary depending on your municipality.

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