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How to Install the Simplisafe Home Security System

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Get step-by-step instructions for installing the Simplisafe Home Security System, including a list of the necessary tools and materials.

Unboxing and Setup

Setting up your Simplisafe Home Security System is easy and convenient. Whether you hire a professional to install it or choose to do it yourself, the process should only take a few minutes. Let’s get started with the unboxing and setup of your Simplisafe Home Security System. This step by step guide will walk you through each step so that you can have a secure home in no time!

Unpack and inspect all components

Before you begin the installation process, it is important to unpack and inspect all components of your home security system. You should begin by verifying that you have the correct equipment for your specific type of system. The needs of each individual system can vary, from smoke detectors to motion sensors and more complex components.

Once you have identified that all components are either included or already installed, proceed with unpacking them. Depending on the size of your system, this could include numerous sensors, a keypad entry console, an alarm siren, and/or other equipment such as lamps or cameras. Carefully unpack each item and place it in an accessible location where it can be easily installed later on. Be sure to check them over for signs of damage or missing parts that might affect their operability – a well-maintained security system is paramount in keeping your home safe!

Examine the exterior casing of each item to ensure that it has not been tampered with as well as check for any damage such as cracks or other deformities. Ensure power sources are properly attached such as battery packs or cords if necessary (Note: some systems may use wired connections). Before proceeding with installation, make sure that all components are accounted for including screws/bolts or other accessories needed for proper setup and operation.

Install the base station

Installing the base station is one of the most important steps to setting up your SimpliSafe Home Security system. To install your base station correctly, please follow these simple steps:

1. Place the base station in a central location in your home that does not have direct sunlight, high temperatures, or high humidity. Make sure to choose a location away from electronic devices like computer monitors, cordless phones, and thawing boxes as these could interfere with your signal. Additionally, make sure to stay close to an electrical outlet for power where you won’t need an extension cord or adapter.

2. Connect the power adapter of the base station directly into an electrical outlet and plug in the included antennas at equal distances from each other on either side of the hub.

3. Use your smartphone or tablet device to open WiFi settings and connect to SimpliSafe-XXXX (where XXXX will be a code specific to your unit). You can also turn off other WiFi connections if you need to conserve battery life on any other connected devices. Follow any additional configuration prompts until you are successfully connected – this may include verifying your address as well as configuring settings such as time zone and language preference.

4. Once fully installed and connected, TEST YOUR ALARM by raising it once and then disarming it via either your keypad or mobile app – this ensures that everything is up and running successfully!

Connect the base station to your router

The base station is the hub of your home security system and must be connected to your router. In order to do this, connect one end of the Ethernet cable to your router’s LAN port and the other end to the back side of the base station. Make sure that both sides are securely locked in place before continuing on. After connecting the base station, it will begin automatically downloading software updates. During this time, you will not be able to use your SimpliSafe system; however, an update should only take around 10 minutes or less. When finished, you will hear a loud chime emitted from both the base station speaker and your keypad. At this point, you can continue with setting up your security sensors as instructed by your SimpliSafe user manual.

Mounting and Placement

Installing your Simplisafe home security system is easy and can be done in a few simple steps. The first step is mounting and placement. You’ll need to make sure that you place each of the sensors in the right spot for maximum coverage. You should place the sensors in places that are easily visible, but also away from potential sources of disruption like radios, TVs, or microwaves. This will help ensure your system works properly.

Place the sensors in the correct locations

The SimpliSafe home security system requires proper installation of the sensors in order to function correctly and provide optimal protection. Ensuring that you place the sensors in the ideal locations will help make your system as efficient and effective as possible.

When installing SimpliSafe sensors, you want to pay attention to two key components: where you place them and how secure they are once in place. All sensor types should be secured firmly with screws, mounted about 6′-10′ from the ground, and placed where no objects will block them from their area of coverage. When placing motion detectors, ensure that they are centered 4′-9′ above floor level so they can detect motion at arm level or chest level. With entryway sensors, it is important to install them on doors with shim spacers so they won’t move when the door opens and closes. Also be sure to check doors for sufficient insulating material behind them – if not detected within one inch of the entry way surrounding area, more insulation may be required due to temperature fluctuations affecting its performance accuracy.

Target focus areas include windows and doors (entryway sensors), rooms (motion detectors), closets (temperature sensors), entrances/exits (glass break detectors), smoke detectors should be placed near your kitchen or wherever most cooking occurs on all levels of your home, gas leaks near items such as boilers or furnaces (gas/carbon monoxide detector) , flooding prone areas near appliances capable of producing water leakage (water sensor) , large magnetic objects such as a safe or filing cabinets (shock sensor). Additionally vibration/tampering sensors should also be installed in multiple places throughout your home – for example by replacing existing door knobs & hinges with ones equipped with integrated magnets for additional home security measures around easily accessible areas of your home that may otherwise bypass a traditional alarm system entirely.

Mount the motion detectors

The motion detectors of the Simplisafe Home Security System should be mounted in areas that are seven-to-eight feet off the ground and no more than 10 feet apart. When mounting, use a short Phillips head screwdriver to secure the detector bracket onto the wall with two drywall screws that are provided.

For best results, place motion detectors in large rooms near walkways and entryways, such as hallways, doorways and stairwells. Aim each detector slightly away from walked paths; this will help reduce false alarms but keep enough coverage for wide movements from any direction. Additionally, mount them close enough to securely monitor any area that is prone to intruder activity. Refrain from placing motion detectors near heating and cooling vents or any other objects that may be subject to regular movement

When all of your motion detectors are installed and activated, it’s important to do a test-adjust each one until it covers all angles of the room you are aiming to protect while ignoring harmless everyday activities (pets or any other ambient movements). This calibration process is essential for avoiding false alarms while having reliable home security coverage.

Place the keypads and sirens

Once the keypads and sirens have been placed, it’s time to mount them onto the walls or other surfaces where they will be located. This should be done in accordance with the manufacturer’s installation directions, paying close attention to electrical safety precautions. To start, determine where the holes need to be made for placement; pre-drill any holes if necessary. For some locations you may need to use mounting hardware such as toggle screws or wall anchors.

Once any holes have been pre-drilled, mounting surface areas should be cleaned with isopropyl alcohol before mounting begins. Once clean, apply a small bead of silicone adhesive at every anchor point around each keypad and siren before screwing in place; this will help hold them securely in position. Consider placing the keypads in locations that are easily reachable by family members while still being out of sight from external viewers. Keypads should also remain free from food or liquids – remember to keep young children away!

Finally, mount the sirens at least 10 feet away from heat sources such as ovens and fireplaces. Also remember when pressing test announcements during testing after installation that sirens should not be placed near place settings often utilized during meals as this can lead to disruption during mealtimes due to unnecessary alarm activations.

Activation and Testing

Once you have your Simplisafe Home Security System installed, it is important to activate it and test it to make sure it works properly. This section will cover how to activate the system and how to test it to make sure it is working correctly. After going through this step, your Simplisafe Home Security System will be fully operational and ready to keep your home safe and secure.

Activate your system

After having installed all the sensors and placed your Base Station in your home, it is now time to activate your system and make sure that it is working properly. Activation of your system helps to ensure that an emergency signal can be sent to the SimpliSafe Monitoring center if an intruder attempts to enter your home.

To activate your system, you need to call the SimpliSafe Customer Service Team at 1-800-GO-SIMPLI. A member of their team will then verify that the installation has been done correctly and assign a unique security code for your system. When prompted by the customer service representative, enter this code into the Keypad of your Base Station. This will be used later to arm or disarm the system when you leave or enter your home.

Once you have successfully entered the security code into Keypad, you can now start testing each sensor by opening its corresponding door/window or triggering a motion detector. As each sensor is triggered, a notification will flash on keypad screen along with a loud sound from its built-in siren, letting you know that it’s working fine.

Your SimpliSafe alarm also comes with Panic Buttons located inside and outside of your home which can be pressed in case of emergency situation where quick help is required – such as medical emergencies or intrusion attempts by burglars at odd hours. The Panic Buttons are attached to heavy-duty magnets which offers them protection against tampering attempts; therefore they must only be turned on when absolutely necessary with caution!

Test the sensors

Testing your Simplisafe sensors is an important step to ensuring that your system is working properly and ready to provide protection. Testing ensures that each sensor is functioning properly, detects any potential issues, and allows you to make adjustments to sensor placement if necessary. Once you have installed all of your sensors, the following steps should be taken to complete the testing process for your Simplisafe home security system.

1. Determine which types of sensors are installed in your home such as motion detectors, window and door contacts, or smoke & co alarms.
2. Identify where each sensor has been placed within the house and make sure it is in an accessible location that can allow for testing without any obstructions or interference from other objects in the room.
3. Turn off anything interfering with the sensors such as overhead lights or fans as these can produce vibrations which will cause false signals during testing events.
4.Check each sensor by opening and closing doors/windows or using a tool like a broom handle to trigger motion sensors; this will ensure each alarm has been triggered and is working correctly when activated by someone entering the premises or opening a closed window/door surface
5. Test all transmitters by standing near them while they are triggered – ensure they send alerts successfully through both sound waves (audible) and radio waves (effective housewide).
6. Use a specialized magnetic wand tool to check window/door contacts – this will also test for contact between two pieces of metal that may not be visible at first glance but still poses a security risk if left unchecked
7. Make sure all smoke & co sensors are connected either wirelessly or directly into hard wired system components such as those found in existing alarm systems – beware of sensitivity levels when setting up new smoke & CO2 detectors so that it does not give false alarms due to regular cooking activities in kitchen areas
8. Monitor all systems remotely either using external hardware devices such as cameras pointing towards entry ways into homes or through smartphone applications like SimpliSafe’s own mobile application – this ensures quick response times when something happens requiring immediate action

Once these steps have been completed successfully it means your SimpliSafe home security system has been tested successfully and is now fully operational! It’s advised to do this once every 3-6 months so you’ll always know exactly how secure you are!

Test the sirens and keypads

Once you have the Simplisafe home security system installed, it’s important to test the sirens and keypads. To start, open your Simplisafe app and draw your home security plan, entering each of the components of your system. Be sure to make note of which sensors are placed in each room. While testing your alarms, you’ll want to open the doors and windows slowly. If a sensor triggers an alarm you should hear an audible beep coming from the sirens in that room or around the house as well as a notification sent to the Simplisafe app indicating which sensor was triggered.

You should then reset each individual alarm by entering your 4-digit code at the base station keypad or within the Simplisafe app. It is important to test both methods for resetting alarms so that you can be confident that all systems are working properly when needed.

Once all tests have been complete it is crucial to check every window and door where there are sensors installed so that you do not leave any sensors activated when not needed for added peace of mind against intrusion or breach on space.


Installing the Simplisafe Home Security System can be a daunting task if you’re not familiar with it. That’s why troubleshooting is essential when it comes to setting up your system. This section will cover the most common errors and solutions to make sure your system is correctly installed. We’ll also provide tips on how to avoid issues that could potentially arise.

Reset the system

If the Simplisafe system is not responding correctly, it might need to be reset. To reset the system, you will need to start by unplugging the main Base Station for 30 seconds and then plugging it back in. Once powered back on, follow the steps below:

1. Locate the PIN code associated with your Base Station on the bottom of the device and enter this PIN code into your smartphone app by tapping “Add New Base Station” near the top right corner of your main menu.
2. If a prompt arises asking you to “Verify Your System”, then you will need to check all sensors in your home and ensure they are properly connected according to their instructions.
3. When connected, a green LED light should appear on each sensor – if no LED light appears or appears shaky or faint, try re-connecting all cables once more before attempting again (this can take up to 10 minutes).
4. Once each sensor appears as connected with a stable green LED light shining at all times from each device, tap “Finished” from within your Simplisafe app menu.
5. Lastly, hold down both the “Test” and “Reset” buttons simultaneously for 10 seconds until a red LED appears on each sensor in addition to a beep signal confirming that your sensors have been reset successfully!

Replacing batteries

When installing the Simplisafe Home Security System, if you need to replace any component batteries, please read the following information carefully.

For base station (Hub), and contact sensors, you will use CR123A lithium batteries. For motion sensors, use 3V Type CR2032 lithium batteries. When replacing them, ensure the positive and negative terminals of the battery match with those in the device and that they don’t leak or become corroded. If any of your devices begin beeping every 30 seconds indicating low battery levels, please replace all component batteries within 24 hours.

To install or replace component batteries:
-Turn off Simplisafe system and unplug power adapter prior to replacing batteries.
-Unscrew base station lid (for Hub) or back cover of contact sensor/motion sensor.
-Gently remove current battery from compartment and insert new battery with correct polarity matching up with (+) and (-) markings as outlined in device’s user manual prior to replacing back panel/lid of device.
-Replace panel/lid back on device and screw shut tightly enough that it won’t wiggle when tested yet not so tight it may cause damage to plastic casing around screws loosening during movements of people within range proximity of unit posts installation.
-If replacing Hub batteries: Plug power adapter back into Hub before turning system “on” again via primary keypad located at main entry point per homeowner manual instructions supplied with initial shipment package.)

Troubleshooting common issues

If you are experiencing issues when installing your Simplisafe Home Security System, there are several steps you can take to troubleshoot the problems. These tips may help resolve common problems, but if they don’t work you will need to contact customer service for further technical support.

Some of the most common issues are:
-Sensor is not connecting/pairing correctly
-Keypad is not working properly
-Motion detection/activation is faulty

To diagnose these issues:
1. Ensure all connections are securely connected in the right place and that everything is powered on.
2. Check if devices have been paired properly and that the correct drills were followed.
3. Give your security system a few minutes to reset after making any changes or reset the system manually by pressing and holding down the ‘Reset’ button located on your base station for 5 seconds (the Reset Button will be located under a protection panel).
4. Make sure that all sensors have been placed in their designated locations with at least 3 feet of unobstructed space around them for optimal performance.
5. If some areas of your home still seem to be triggering false alarms, disable them from inside your app or increase activation time limits from within the Settings menu of your Keypad device (a beep will sound each time a selection has been made).

If any of these tips do not resolve your issue adequately, contact customer service straight away so they may direct you towards more appropriate solutions qualified technicians can provide you with additional troubleshooting advice or send out a technician immediately should something go wrong with one of their systems during installation or operation.

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