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Questions and Answers:

  • Should I put the Entry Sensors on the top or side of the door?
    When installing your wireless security system, either placement is fine as long as the magnet is within 2 inches of the Sensor when the door is closed and greater than 2 inches away from the Sensor when the door is open.
  • Does the Base Station need to be placed in any specific location?

    The Base Station for you burglar alarm can be placed anywhere you like, but there are a few important considerations:

    1. It must be connected to a power outlet.

    2. If you would like to connect it to a landline (not required), it should be near a phone jack.

    3. For the best wireless connection to our Emergency Dispatch Service, it should be placed near a window. (You can place it in a closet, though that will reduce its wireless range, so it is not recommended for larger homes.)

    4. It is easier to use the system if you can hear the voice prompts as you enter and exit, so it can help to put the Base Station near your main entrance.

  • I’ve setup my SimpliSafe components at home but I’m still a little confused about how to personalize my alarm settings.

    No problem! It's so easy to customize your DIY security system!

    The step-by-step SimpliSafe Easy Setup Wizard can be accessed from any computer using your Keychain Remote. Just plug the Keychain Remote into a USB port and the SimpliSafe Easy Setup Wizard will launch and guide you through setting up and using your home security system.

    Even if you don't have access to a computer at home, you can still insert your Keychain Remote into any computer (at work, at a friend's house) to access and change your settings. When you are at home and don't have access to a computer, you can still use your Keypad to customize your settings, though you will not have access to all of the features. Press MENU on the Keypad to access the menu system. You can then 1) Change your PIN, 2) Set a dialing prefix, 3) Add components, 4) Remove components, 5) Test your system, or 6) Exit the menu.

    Remember, whenever you make any changes to your settings on your computer, make sure you insert your Keychain Remote into your Base Station afterwards to update your system.

  • How do I activate the batteries for each component? How long will the batteries last?

    You will need to activate batteries for each component before using your system. To activate batteries, simply pull on and remove the white protective strip labeled “please remove to activate batteries” from each component. (This strip will be located on the bottom of the Base Station and on the back of all the other components.)

    Expected battery life is approximately approximately 3-5 years for all sensors and the Keychain Remote, and 1 year for the Keypad and Extra Siren. The Base Station batteries are rechargeable and will provide you with 8 hours of backup power. (After 5 years, you should consider replacing the rechargeable backup batteries.) The Keypad will alert you when any batteries for your wireless security system are low so that you can replace them.

    To change the batteries in your sensors or Keypad, push up on the front of the sensor (in the direction of the blue arrow) – the back will stay on the wall and the battery(ies) will be exposed. Replace the batteries (AA for the Keypad and CO Detector; CR123 for Entry, Motion Sensors, Glassbreak, and Smoke Sensors; CR2032 for the Panic Button; and CR2450 for Water and Freeze). Then slide the front of the sensor back into place.

    To change the battery in the Keychain Remote, first slide off the USB cap. Then slide the battery cover off by pushing the back of the Keychain Remote towards the USB connector. Replace the battery with a CR1632 battery (the same type used in many watches).

    To change the backup batteries in the Base Station, unscrew the bottom of the Base Station, remove the cover and replace with new rechargeable AA batteries.

  • When I used the SimpliSafe Easy Setup Wizard, my firewall gave me a warning. Is this a problem?
    No problem. The SimpliSafe Easy Setup Wizard may cause certain firewalls to provide a warning – this is normal and you should allow the connection to proceed. If you blocked the SimpliSafe.exe file you'll just have to remove the Keychain Remote that came with your burglar alarm and reinsert it. This time do not block the access.
  • I’m not allowed to install software on my computer from work. Can I still use the SimpliSafe Setup Wizard?
    Yes, you should still be able to use the Setup Wizard. SimpliSafe does not install any software onto your computer. To access the Setup Wizard to change your system settings simply insert the Keychain Remote into the USB port on your work computer.
  • How do I install my SimpliSafe Original System?

    It’s easy to install the SimpliSafe Original System. Check out this 5 minute long installation video to get started.

    If you have our Interactive Monitoring plan ($24.99/month) you can customize your system settings online from your user account.

    If you have our Basic Monitoring plan ($14.99/month) or have not activated monitoring just insert the Keychain Remote into one of your computer’s USB ports to launch the SimpliSafe Setup Wizard. No software will be installed on your computer. Just follow the onscreen instructions. If the welcome screen does not appear, open “My Computer” on your desktop and look for the “SimpliSafe” drive. On the drive, open the “SimpliSafe.exe” file.

    If you don’t have access to a computer at home, just follow the instructions in the Owner’s Manual. You can always use the Setup Wizard to update your settings and use additional features in the future, just by inserting your Keychain Remote into any computer that you have access to.

  • When will my credit or debit card be charged for my monthly Emergency Dispatch Service?
    If you sign up for dispatch service when you purchase your system (recommended), you will be charged for the first month at the time of purchase. However, your service will start only when you activate it. For example, if you purchase your system on June 1 and activate your service on June 15, your first month will begin on June 18 (after the 72 hour wireless security system practice period has ended). Your card will then be charged again just before July 18, August 18 and so on.
  • I ordered my SimpliSafe System online and haven’t received it. How do I track my order? How long should it take to arrive?
    You can log on to your SimpliSafe online account (using your email address and account password) and click on “Order History” to view the current status of your order. Ground shipping typically takes approximately 3-5 business days, depending on where the burglar alarm is being shipped to.
  • What is the SimpliSafe Setup Wizard?
    Whenever you insert your Keychain Remote that comes with every SimpliSafe system into a USB port on any computer, the SimpliSafe Setup Wizard will appear on the computer screen. Use this Wizard to install your system or update your settings, such as your PIN, and access your account.

    Note: If you have our Interactive Monitoring plan ($24.99/month) you can access your system on SimpliSafe.com or through the SimpliSafe App.