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Home Security Systems

SimpliSafe The Essentials SS3-01 home security system

About

Paid monitoring required at $14.99/month - without monitoring, no notifications are sent to user. Uses a cellular connection when WiFi is not available. Has a rechargeable battery in base station for when power is out. Motion sensor has a pet mode. Has a keypad for passcodes.

Features

What's in the box What's in the box What main components were included in the tested version - doesn't include cables, fittings, or the like.
Base station, keypad, 4 contact sensors, 1 motion sensor with pet mode
Key fob Key fob Options for arming and disarming the system other than the app and a keypad.
Optional
Two factor authentication Two factor authentication Two factor authentication increases protection against hackers.
Not available.
Voice control Voice control Digital assistants that can be used with your voice to control the security system.
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Passcode Passcode System can be armed or disarmed using a passcode.
Yes
Web access Web access Access to the system through the internet.
Yes
Battery backup Battery backup Systems use batteries to continue to work without power.
Yes
Cellular Cellular If the system can connect using cellular signals when WiFi is out - may require additional fees.
Yes