Simplisafe 'All New' Generation 3 Tested

Author: 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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Negatives ********

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

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  • ** ******* ****: *** * ******* *** ******* *** *** ********** **** prior ********, *** **** *****. ******** ********** ***** **** **** to *** *** *** ******* ***** ******** ******* ** *******.

Positives ********

***** ***** '****' *** ****** ******* ********* *********, **********'* ****** offered **** ***** *********, ** ****:

  • ********* ********:*** ******* ********** ****** *** *** ******* ** *********** ********* wireless, ***** *** ******* ****** ********* *** '***********' ******* **** of ******** ******** *** **** **********.
  • **** *************:*** * **** ******* ************* ****, ****, * ******* **** offers ********** **** ******** ********-**** ******. *** **** ***** **** also ** ** ********* ** ******* ****** *******.
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  • ********* ****** ********:*** * ********* ** *** *'* ** ****** ******** ** 101, ***** ** **** **** ******** *** **** ***** *****.
  • *** ****** (*** * *****):*** **** ****** ***** *** ********** *** ***** ****** *** easy. *******, *** ******* ** **** ******** **** ********* **** the '***********' ******* **** ***** $** *** *****. *** *** is *** ********* ** *** **** ****** ***** ******* ******* packages, *** ****** ***** * **** '****** ***********' ****** *** adds ******** ******* ** *********.
  • ****** *********:*** **** *** *** ****** ** ***** *** ******, *******, app, ********** ***/****** *** ******. *** **** ***** ******** *** *********** is **** ** *** **********, *** ******** *** ******* **** applies ** **********.

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

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*** **** ********* **** *************, ********** ******** ******* *** ** place ** ******** *** '*******' ************* ** ****** ********* **** removed. ******, *** ******** *********** ******** ****** ***** **** ** tested ** ** ********* ****** ** ********* ****** ** *******. Sensor ********** ******* **********, *** ***** *** ***** ** ******** and ******* ******** ******** **** ***********, *** **** **** ** immediate ******** ** ***** *** *****.

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

** ******** ** **********, *** ********** ********** ******* **** ******** sensors *** **** ******* ********. *** ***** ******** **** *** previous ******, ****** ** ************* ************, ***** ***** ******* *** ******* *** ******* ****** **** sounder *****, ****** ********* ************* *****, ******* ****, *** ******* aesthetics.

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

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"** ******** *** ****** *** ****** ** *** **** *******. Doesn’t ******. ** ***** ***** *** ******. *****, *** ****."

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Redesigned ******

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*****, *** * ****** ** **** *** ***** ****** ** on *** *****:

******* ********** **** *** ******* *** *** ************* ********* **** before, ******** ******** ****** **** ** ******* **** *** ****** were ****** **** **** **** *** ********** ***.

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

*** *** ****** **** *** * ** *** ******* ********** ties *** ***** **** ********** *** ** ***. ***** *** system *** ** **** ******** **** * **-********** **** ******, the ********** ************ ***** ***** '******' ************* ** *** ****** via *** ***.

***** *** ******* ****** ** *** ***, ** *** **** significantly ********** *** *** ******** *** *******, *********** ********* ***/****** button:

*** **** ***** *** **** ********, *** ****** *** *** button ** **** **** **** *** ** ******* *** ******. However, ** ****** ************* ** *** ***** ******** ** ******, the *** ******** ***** ** ****:

** *** ***** ****, *** *** *** *** ***** ****** functions ****, *** *** ****** *** * ******** ** ******* integrated **** **, *** ***** ****** ***** *** ** *******, settings *******, *** ****** ***** ********** **** *** ***. ***** were ** '****** ****' ******** ** *********** ****** *******, *** the *** ****** *** ****** ************* **** ******, ******** ********** the '******** *******' ****** ** ****** ********** * ******* *** to *** **.

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

** ******* ********* ****** *** ****, ~*% - *% ** all ********, *** *** ******* *** **** * ******* ******* shown *****:

** *** *****, ***** ****** *** *** ***** ***** ********* to ****** ***, *** ** *** ***** ****** ** *****.

*******, ***** *** **** *********** ******** ** ****** ********, ***** connectivity ****** ***** ***** ** ** **** **** * *********** to **** *****, *** ***** ** * **** ********* ******* if *** ****** ****** ******* **** ****** ******* ****.

** ************ ****** **** ***** ***** *** ******, *** ******** about *% - *% ** *** **** ** *** ****** 7, ***** ********* *****.

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

** ****, *** * ******* *** ******* *** ***** ****** battery **** *** ***** **** ******** ******. ** ******* *** 800'+ ***** ***** ** ***** ***' ****** ******** ***** ***** and *********** ** ******* - * ************ **** ***** ********* extreme ********* *** **** *****.

*** ******* **** ** ********* *** *** ****** ******** *******. Notice **** *** *** * ****** ** *** **** ** the ********:

**********'* *** ****** ****** '*** ********' ** *******, *** ** experienced ** ***** ****** ** ****** ****** ****** *** ****, although *** *********** *** *** ********* *** *** ********* *********** comparatively ****** ** ******** ** **** *****.

***** ** ** ***** ** ****** ******** ****/****** ********. ****** again *** ***** **** ** *** *** * ****** ** far **** ******** ** *** ***** *****:

**** *** ********* ** *** ****** ******** ******, *** ******* available ** *** * *** ********* *** *** *** * systems. *******, ** ********** *****, ******* *** *** *****-********** ********** and **** ****** **** ***** **** **'* ******** ******** *******.

System *******

******* *** *** ****** ** ******, ********** ****** **** **** keep ******* *********. ********** ******:

"** ***’* ** ******** *** **** *** ****** ****** *** our ******** ******* *** ********."

**** ***** *** ******* ********-**** ***** *** ******* ***** **** range *******~$***-~$***, **** ******* ********** ***** ** ***** ****** ** ******* purchased. ********** ******* ********** ** *** ********, ******** ***** *** want ****** ************* ** ******* ******* ********** **** **** ** buy * $**/***** ************ **** ******** ** ******* ******** ******.

** ******** **** ***** ********, *********** ********, ******** ***** ******* like****, *******.*** **. ********* ***** ************** *******, ********** ** **** ********* **** ********* ******** ******** purchase *****, ******** * ******-********* *** ********* ****** *** **** less ** *** ***** ******* **** ******* ********* ******** ******* periods.

Simplicam *******

***** *** ********, ******* *** ********* ** *** * *******, and ****** *** ***** ****** *****, ******-**** ********** *** ********** with ****** *** * ** *** * *******. ** ******** device *********** ** ************* ****** ************.

** *******, ** ***** *********** ** ** *******, **** **** key ***********, ************:

  • **** *** ***** ***** *******:***** *** **** ***** ***** ******* *** ***** ** ******* to ***** ***********, *** ********** ****** ********* ****** ** *** light, **** **** ******* ***** *** ***********.
  • ******* ********* ****/******** *********:**** ***** **** ******* *** **** ********/******** *** *********. ***** common ******** **** ** ******* ****, ********, **** *******/******, **** audio, ***., *** *** *********.

*******, *** ****** ** ******** **** * ******** ******* ******* that ****** *** **** ******* **** ********* ** *** *** or ** ********, *** ****** ** ***** *******. *** ********** camera ***** *** $** ***.

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

**** ** ***** ** ************ **** ****** *****, ****, ** Google **** **********, *** * ********** **** ******** **** **** the ******* ~$**/***** ******* **** ** *********.

*** **** ****, **** ************ *** *******. *** *******, *** Nest *********** **** *** *********** ******* **** ******** *** ********** ********, ******** ***** ******, *** intrusion ******, *** ********** ************ ** **** ***** ** ******.

******, **** ** *** '*********** **** **********' ******** **** *** yet **** ***** ********, ** ******** ** ***. ********* ******* for ** ********** ***** ****** **** **** ** **** *** options ***** **** **********.

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

*** ****** *** * ********** **** *** *** ***** ****** performance *************** **** **, * *********** ****** ** ********* **** the ********* ****** ********.

** * ****** *********,******** **** **** ***** ***** ********** ***** '**** *************'(********** ********* ******* ***) **** **. ******, **** ********** ***** systems, *** **** ***** *** ******* ******** ***********'*****' ************** **** ** ******** ********** *** * **** ***.

*******, *********** ********** ** ******** * ***-**** ******* (***** ****** like**** ******* ** ****** **** '***' ***************), *** ******* ********** *** *** ******** ******* **** *** exist *** ***** *** *******. ***** **** ********** ******* *** not ****** ** ********** **********, *** *********** *********** ********* *** standards ** *********** **** *** *****. ********, ******** '** **** Conformance' *** * *** ****** ****** ********** * ****** ***********-**** value ** *** ******* *** ** *** ********* **** ******* systems ******* ******* **.

********* ******* *******, ** ********, ***** **** ************** ***** ******* Simplisafe's ******** ************ ** ******* ****. ********** ** ****, *** missing ************** ** *** ***************'* ************* **-********* ********** ************ ******** ********** ******** *********** **** ***** ********* *******. ***********, buying *** ***** ********** ** *** ******** ** ********* ********** the ***, *** *** '*******' ************** *** *** ****** * concern ** **** *****.

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

********** ********* ***** *** ******* **** ** ********* '** *****, *** months', ********** ** * ***** *******-***** ******:

*** * ***** ********. ********* *** ************* ** ***** ******* will ******* ******* *** ************* *** **** *** ** ********* by ****** *******.

**** ***** ** ******* **** ***** ** *** ********** **** booth ** *** ********** *** ****. ***** ******* ** *** *** *********, *** ******** *** company ***** ** ***** ******* ** ********, ** **** ****** five ***** ** ******* ************* *********** ***** *********. ***** *** ******** ****** ** **** ** integrated ******** *** ******* ******, ** **** ****** **** ******** and ******** * **** ***** ** ****** ********.

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

*** ******* ******** ** ********** ** ********* ***** ********* ** unchanged *** ****** ************ **** *** *** * *******, ******* the **** ** ********* ******** *** ******* *** ******** *********.

********** *** ******** *********** ***** *********** ** *** '*** ***** system', *** **** *** ********** ** **** ******* *** ** mandatory **********, *** ******* ******* ****** *** ********* ******** *** those ******* *** * ***** *********** ***** ****** ******* ********** it **** ** ********* *******.

*** *********** *********** **** *** *** ***** ******* *** ***** **** ********* sales, *** ***** **********'* ***** **** *****, ****-****** *********** *******, and ********* *******, *** ********* *** * ****** ****** **** not ****** ****** *** ******'* ****** ** ***** **** ** traditional ***** *********.

Comments (6)

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