Simplisafe 'All New' Generation 3 Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Feb 08, 2018

Feared by the traditional alarm industry, Simplisafe has launched its 'all new' Generation 3 platform that they declare is "Stronger. Faster. Safer.":

doubling-down on SimpliSafe’s core mission from day one: to make the best home protection possible available at a price that is radically fair. There is nothing else like it.

Undoubtedly, Simplisafe has become a significant factor in the market and, as a leading financial advisor declared Simplisafe is 'Blowing The Doors Off' financially.

But how good is Generation 3? Simplisafe technology has come under attack for its quality relative to traditional platforms, from traditional players.

To find out, we bought and tested Simplisafe's newest Generation 3 platform to see how it compares to the previous generation of Simplisafe, commercial brands like 2Gig, Honeywell, and even other DIY systems like Nest Secure.

Inside, our test results explain:

  • Key Tested Positives & Negatives
  • The Biggest Difference Between Gen 3 and Previous Releases
  • The Redesigned Keypad & Sensors
  • Simplisafe's App Controls
  • System Pricing Compared To Incumbents
  • UL Listing Issues Impact
  • Whether Simplisafe Gen 3 is Disruptive

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******, *** **** ******* explain:

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  • *** ******* ********** ******* Gen * *** ******** Releases
  • *** ********** ****** & Sensors
  • **********'* *** ********
  • ****** ******* ******** ** Incumbents
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Key *******

*** ********* ** * summary ** *** ******* (and ****** **** ****** the ****) ******* *** generations. *****, *** * improvements:

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  • ******* *******
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  • ********* ****** *****, ** to ***' *******
  • ****** ****** ******* ******
  • **** **** ************* (***** WiFi)
  • ********** ****** *****
  • ********** ****** **** **** lines ** **** *** larger *******
  • ****** ***** ***********

*******, **** ********** ********* the **** ******* ***********:

  • ********* *************
  • *** ********** ***
  • ****** *** ******* *******
  • "***** **** ****' ***********

Negatives ********

*****, *** *********:

  • ** ******:**** ******** ******* ************ ******* ** *** Gen * ******, *** is ***** ** ***** for ***** **** ******** floor *********, ************, ** large *****. * ********** system, ********** ******* ****** ** *******, comprises *** ****. ****** traditional *******, ***** ********** zones *** ********** ** groups ** *******, ******* where ** * ****** a ****** ** ******** is *** ********. ** the ***** **** ** opened, *** ****** **** messages * ******* ********* than ** ***** ****** is ********, *** **** not ******* *****/***** **** sensor ** *******.
  • ******* ******* ****** ******:****** ** ********* ****** that *** *** ******** of ********* ****** *****, Simplisafe's ******* *** ******* to *** ***** ****** option *** ***** *** motion ********, ***** ******** types *** ***** ********* and ****** *** ******* designs ********* ********* ****** or ****/****** *****.
  • ********** *** ************: ***** ******* ********** control ** *********, *** app *** ****** ******** connecting ** *** ****** remotely, *********** ********** ***** response ** ************ ** events ** ******** *****.
  • ******* ****, ******* ***********: ********** ** ****** a ****** ******, *** the *** ******* ** integrate ** **** ****** Alexa ** **** *** not *** ******** ** only ********* ***********, *** require *** *******-****** ********* subscription **** ** ***.
  • ******* ********** ******:**** **********, ***** ** only *** ******** ******* station **** *** ******* the ****** *** **** be **** ********** ** performance ** ****** **** increases. ***** ********* ******* may ***** ******* ********,** *** ****** ** unlocked ** *** ** monitored ** ******** *********.
  • ** ******* ****: *** * ******* and ******* *** *** compatible **** ***** ********, and **** *****. ******** Simplisafe ***** **** **** to *** *** *** replace ***** ******** ******* to *******.

Positives ********

***** ***** '****' *** marked ******* ********* *********, Simplisafe's ****** ******* **** clear *********, ** ****:

  • ********* ********:*** ******* ********** ****** the *** ******* ** introducing ********* ********, ***** the ******* ****** ********* the '***********' ******* **** of ******** ******** *** many **********.
  • **** *************:*** * **** ******* communication ****, ****, * feature **** ****** ********** over ******** ********-**** ******. Our **** ***** **** also ** ** ********* in ******* ****** *******.
  • **** *******:*** * ** ******* to ******* ** ******** systems, *** ** ********* an ****** ***** ***** of ******* ** ***** 30 *******. **** ******* in, *** **** ******* and ****** ******** ******** prompts ** ********** ************ steps *** *** *******-********** system.
  • ********* ****** ********:*** * ********* ** Gen *'* ** ****** capacity ** ***, ***** is **** **** ******** for **** ***** *****.
  • *** ****** (*** * Price):*** **** ****** ***** the ********** *** ***** remote *** ****. *******, the ******* ** **** possible **** ********* **** the '***********' ******* **** costs $** *** *****. The *** ** *** available ** *** **** costly ***** ******* ******* packages, *** ****** ***** a **** '****** ***********' option *** **** ******** utility ** *********.
  • ****** *********:*** **** *** *** choice ** ***** *** keypad, *******, ***, ********** ***/****** *** ******. The **** ***** ******** and *********** ** **** in *** **********, *** learning *** ******* **** applies ** **********.

Biggest ******: ********** ********** ******** ******* ****

********** *** *'* ******* claimed *********** ** ************* supervision *** ********** ** sensors, * ******* ******* in ******* ********.

*** **** *** ********* as * '************* ******* vulnerability' ** ******** **** Forbes' "***,*** ******** ***** **** To ***** ** '*********' SimpliSafe *****". *** **** ****** applies ** **** ***** of *******, ** ** detailed ** ****** ** **** ** ADT ***** **********. *******, *** ******** problem *** ********** ****** for ********** **** ****** a ******* **** **** titled '*** ********** ** **** Security' ****** *** *****, citing *** **** *** 'sophisticated *** ****** ********.'

******* ********** *** **** may ** *** *** be, *** *** ****** be ****** **** * software ****** *** ******** new ********, ********** *** motivation ****** '*** *'. Simplisafe ******* ** **** IPVM ******** ******* ***** the ********** ******, ****** 'protected **********', ******* ******* reps ********* *** **** between *** **** ******* and ******* ** *********, and ** ** *** cell *** **** *********** used ** *** ************* paths ******* **** ******* and ********** ******.

*** **** ********* **** bidirectional, ********** ******** ******* are ** ***** ** checking *** '*******' ************* if ****** ********* **** removed. ******, *** ******** supervision ******** ****** ***** time ** ****** ** at ********* ****** ** different ****** ** *******. Sensor ********** ******* **********, but ***** *** ***** of ******** *** ******* verified ******** **** ***********, our **** **** ** immediate ******** ** ***** the *****.

Other ************

** ******** ** **********, 3rd ********** ********** ******* have ******** ******* *** base ******* ********. *** those ******** **** *** previous ******, ****** ** our********** ************, ***** ***** ******* are ******* *** ******* things **** ******* *****, adding ********* ************* *****, battery ****, *** ******* aesthetics.

*** *******, *** *** gen *********** ** ***** on *** ****, **** to *** ****** *** gen *****. *** *** basestation ** ********* ** colors ***** **** **** white (** ****** *****), and *** ********** ***** and ***** *********** ** louder, ********* ** ** dBs **** ** ***. However, *** ******** ** volume ** ******, *** unless ********** ******** ****** are **** ** ******** floors ** ** ***** houses, *** ***** ************ may ***** ** *** muted ** ******* *********.

*** *** **** ******* also **** * **** communication ****, ** ******** to *** ******** ********** cellular ****. ** *** testing, **** ***** ****** reliably *** ******* ********, and *********** **** ** optional *** ********* *** can ****** ** **** use ****. *******, *** 'over *** ***' ******** updates *** ****** ***** WiFi ****, *** ** only ******** ** ****, system ******* ****** *****. While * ***** ***** for **** *****, *** future ************ ** ***** features ****** ******** ** WiFi ******* ** *** available.

****** ******* ****** ** longer ******** '** ** hours', * *********** ***** we ********* **** *** system ******* *** **+ hours ****** *****. *** extended ***** ******** ** a **** ****** **** the ******** ****** ******** of ~** ***** ** the ***** ******.

'Smashsafe' ********* ***** ***** *************

*** *** **** ******* also ****** ********** '***** & ****' ********** **** a ******* ****** '*********', ********:

"** ******** *** ****** the ****** ** *** Base *******. *****’* ******. We ***** ***** *** police. *****, *** ****."

**** ******* ******** *** monitoring ******* ******* ** queues ** ***** ** a **** **** **** immediately **** * ****** is *******, *** **** not ******** **** *** alert ** *** ****** is ******** ****** * short ********, ******* ******** users ** ***** * keypad ** ****** * phone ***.

*** *** *** '*********' feature ************* ***** *** alert ** **** ******* with ** ****** ******, a ******** ****** ** the ****** ** ******** with ** ** *** base ******* ** ********** destroyed. **** ******** ******* is *********** **********'* ****** to * ******* **************** ********************. *******, ******* ********** neither **** * ********* keypad *** ****** ***, the ****** ** *** compatible **** *** ******** the **** **** ******* as ***** *********** ***** The *********** **********.

Redesigned ******

****** ******* *** **** redesigned ** ** ******** smaller *** *******, *** with ****** ******* *** a *****-**** **** *******, rather **** *** ***** LCD-style ****** **** ** previous ********.

*****, *** * ****** is **** *** ***** keypad ** ** *** right:

******* ********** **** *** keypads *** *** ************* different **** ******, ******** commands ****** **** ** cleared **** *** ****** were ****** **** **** done *** ********** ***.

App ********* ********

*** *** ****** **** Gen * ** *** closely ********** **** *** extra **** ********** *** to ***. ***** *** system *** ** **** entirely **** * **-********** cost ******, *** ********** subscription ***** ***** '******' accessibility ** *** ****** via *** ***.

***** *** ******* ****** of *** ***, ** has **** ************* ********** and *** ******** *** primary, *********** ********* ***/****** button:

*** **** ***** *** most ********, *** ****** and *** ****** ** what **** **** *** to ******* *** ******. However, ** ****** ************* or *** ***** ******** is ******, *** *** displays ***** ** ****:

** *** ***** ****, the *** *** *** basic ****** ********* ****, but *** ****** *** 3 ******** ** ******* integrated **** **, *** every ****** ***** *** be *******, ******** *******, and ****** ***** ********** from *** ***. ***** were ** '****** ****' features ** *********** ****** testing, *** *** *** itself *** ****** ************* more ******, ******** ********** the '******** *******' ****** of ****** ********** * monthly *** ** *** it.

App ************ *** ***% ********

** ******* ********* ****** our ****, ~*% - 3% ** *** ********, the *** ******* *** with * ******* ******* shown *****:

** *** *****, ***** errors *** *** ***** major ********* ** ****** use, *** ** *** cases ****** ** *****.

*******, ***** *** **** sensitivity ******** ** ****** commands, ***** ************ ****** could ***** ** ** more **** * *********** to **** *****, *** could ** * **** usability ******* ** *** system ****** ******* **** remote ******* ****.

** ************ ****** **** noted ***** *** ******, but ******** ***** *% - *% ** *** time ** *** ****** 7, ***** ********* *****.

Sensor ***********

** ****, *** * sensors *** ******* *** claim ****** ******* **** and ***** **** ******** models. ** ******* *** 800'+ ***** ***** ** about ***' ****** ******** brick ***** *** *********** no ******* - * circumstance **** ***** ********* extreme ********* *** **** homes.

*** ******* **** ** appealing *** *** ****** detector *******. ****** **** the *** * ****** at *** **** ** the ********:

**********'* *** ****** ****** 'pet ********' ** *******, and ** *********** ** false ****** ** ****** alarms ****** *** ****, although *** *********** *** not ********* *** *** monitored *********** ************* ****** in ******** ** **** homes.

***** ** ** ***** of ****** ******** ****/****** contacts. ****** ***** *** small **** ** *** Gen * ****** ** far **** ******** ** the ***** *****:

**** *** ********* ** the ****** ******** ******, all ******* ********* ** Gen * *** ********* now *** *** * systems. *******, ** ********** noted, ******* *** *** cross-generation ********** *** **** system **** ***** **** it's ******** ******** *******.

System *******

******* *** *** ****** in ******, ********** ****** they **** **** ******* unchanged. ********** ******:

"** ***’* ** ******** the **** *** ****** prices *** *** ******** systems *** ********."

**** ***** *** ******* hardware-only ***** *** ******* homes **** ***** *******~$***-~$***, **** ******* ********** based ** ***** ****** of ******* *********. ********** monthly ********** ** *** required, ******** ***** *** want ****** ************* ** central ******* ********** **** need ** *** * $25/month ************ **** ******** no ******* ******** ******.

** ******** **** ***** consumer, *********** ********, ******** alarm ******* ********, *******.*** **. ********* ***** Connect******* *******, ********** ** less ********* **** ********* outright ******** ******** *****, although * ******-********* *** monitored ****** *** **** less ** *** ***** upfront **** ******* ********* contract ******* *******.

Simplicam *******

***** *** ********, ******* are ********* ** *** 3 *******, *** ****** the ***** ****** *****, indoor-only ********** *** ********** with ****** *** * or *** * *******. We ******** ****** *********** in ************* ****** ************.

** *******, ** ***** performance ** ** *******, with **** *** ***********, specifically:

  • **** *** ***** ***** quality:***** *** **** ***** image ******* *** ***** or ******* ** ***** competitors, *** ********** ****** performed ****** ** *** light, **** **** ******* noise *** ***********.
  • ******* ********* ****/******** *********:**** ***** **** ******* and **** ********/******** *** supported. ***** ****** ******** such ** ******* ****, snapshot, **** *******/******, **** audio, ***., *** *** available.

*******, *** ****** ** equipped **** * ******** privacy ******* **** ****** the **** ******* **** triggered ** *** *** or ** ********, *** common ** ***** *******. The ********** ****** ***** for $** ***.

Integration **** **** ******* *************

**** ** ***** ** integrations **** ****** *****, Nest, ** ****** **** automation, *** * ********** only ******** **** **** the ******* ~$**/***** ******* plan ** *********.

*** **** ****, **** integrations *** *******. *** example, *** **** *********** does *** *********** ******* **** ******** *** thermostat ********, ******** ***** alarms, *** ********* ******, and ********** ************ ** door ***** ** ******.

******, **** ** *** 'integration **** **********' ******** have *** *** **** fully ********, ** ******** at ***. ********* ******* for ** ********** ***** system **** **** ** look *** ******* ***** than **********.

Still *** ** ******, *** *** * *********** *** ****

*** ****** *** * Simplisafe **** *** *** alarm ****** *********** *************** from **, * *********** source ** ********* **** the ********* ****** ********.

** * ****** *********,******** **** **** ***** noted ********** ***** '**** Certification'(********** ********* ******* ***) from **. ******, **** commercial ***** *******, *** even ***** *** ******* like**** ***********'*****' ************** **** ** 1023**** ********** *** * does ***.

*******, *********** ********** ** strictly * ***-**** ******* (while ****** ******** ******* ** ****** weak '***' ***************), *** ******* ********** and *** ******** ******* does *** ***** *** these *** *******. ***** that ********** ******* *** not ****** ** ********** installers, *** *********** *********** mechanism *** ********* ** performance **** *** *****. Moreover, ******** '** **** Conformance' *** * *** system ****** ********** * mostly ***********-**** ***** ** the ******* *** ** not ********* **** ******* systems ******* ******* **.

********* ******* *******, ** uncaring, ***** **** ************** helps ******* **********'* ******** indifference ** ******* ****. Indicative ** ****, *** missing ************** ** *** cause**********'* ************* **-********* ********** facility**** ******** ********** ******** differently **** ***** ********* systems. ***********, ****** *** using ********** ** *** hindered ** ********* ********** the ***, *** *** 'missing' ************** *** *** likely * ******* ** most *****.

New ******* *******, ********* ******

********** ********* ***** *** ******* will ** ********* '** weeks, *** ******', ********** of * ***** *******-***** camera:

*** * ***** ********. Operation *** ************* ** those ******* **** ******* premium *** ************* *** will *** ** ********* by ****** *******.

**** ***** ** ******* were ***** ** *** Simplisafe **** ***** ** the ********** *** ****. ***** ******* ** not *** *********, *** although *** ******* ***** us ***** ******* ** imminent, ** **** ****** five ***** ** ******* the********** *********** ***** *********. ***** the ******** ****** ** both ** ********** ******** and ******* ******, ** will ****** **** ******** and ******** * **** based ** ****** ********.

A ********* ******

*** ******* ******** ** Simplisafe ** ********* ***** disruptor ** ********* *** likely ************ **** *** Gen * *******, ******* the **** ** ********* planning *** ******* *** existing *********.

********** *** ******** *********** brand *********** ** *** 'DIY ***** ******', *** with *** ********** ** easy ******* *** ** mandatory **********, *** ******* retains ****** *** ********* dwellers *** ***** ******* for * ***** *********** alarm ****** ******* ********** it **** ** ********* company.

*** *********** *********** **** *** *** alarm ******* *** ***** some ********* *****, *** given **********'* ***** **** start, ****-****** *********** *******, and ********* *******, *** wholesale *** * ****** update **** *** ****** weaken *** ******'* ****** to ***** **** ** traditional ***** *********.

Comments (6)

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