Will SimpliSafe Work without Wi-Fi? (Or without Power?)

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Smart security systems like SimpliSafe bring a whole new level of protection to the home. Still, the need to always have them connected to Wi-Fi or a power supply to function can add a little bit of uncertainty when the power goes out or if your internet connection isn’t reliable. 

Fortunately, SimpliSafe can still function without a Wi-Fi connection or power. The security system has a wireless communication channel that allows users to continue accessing its basic features. Also, SimpliSafe has backup rechargeable batteries that can last up to 24 hours during an outage.

If your power goes out or your Wi-Fi signal drops, there’s no need to worry with SimpliSafe. In this article, you will learn how you can continue to use your SimpliSafe security system without Wi-Fi, power, or even a monitoring plan.

How Does SimpliSafe Work Without Wi-Fi?

The SimpliSafe security system can work without Wi-Fi, as long as you have SimpliSafe’s monthly monitoring subscription, which offers additional cellular service.

The security system has an open wireless communication channel between its components, so you do not need to have a Wi-Fi connection to trigger your security alarm in the event of a break-in. Also, SimpliSafe’s base station has a built-in cellular option that enables it to send a signal to local authorities without needing to be connected to the internet.

However, while SimpliSafe sensors and alarm system can function using both Wi-Fi and cellular service, its security cameras or SimpliCam only works with a Wi-Fi connection.

In addition, if you are using your security system in an area with poor or limited cellular service, then you have no option but to use Wi-Fi instead.

Can SimpliSafe Work Without Power?

SimpliSafe devices such as its sensors, security camera, and alarm system are battery-operated, and the batteries are usually included in the total cost of the device. For this reason, the SimpliSafe system can function even without being hardwired to a power supply.

While the SimpliSafe base station needs to be connected to a power outlet, in the event of a power outage, it can automatically switch to its backup rechargeable lithium battery. The backup battery can power the system for up to 24 hours. (However, with continuous use of the battery, you may notice a slight reduction in its capacity.)

Once the power is back on, the SimpliSafe base station will automatically switch from the rechargeable battery to the power outlet.

Note: Keep in mind that using your SimpliSafe beyond the 24-hour power limit of the batteries may cause the base station to shut down. If you had your system armed, it will be disarmed upon losing power.

For this reason, if you reside in a location with frequent blackouts, it is recommended to purchase additional rechargeable batteries for your system. This link will show you how to replace your batteries in your base station and other SimpliSafe devices. (For older versions of the security system, click here to find out which batteries are compatible with your devices.)

Can You Use SimpliSafe without Monitoring?

One of the best parts with opting for a SimpliSafe system is that there is no contract, and you have the option of doing a month to month monitoring subscription; you can opt-out anytime.

However, since the SimpliSafe is a self-monitored alarm system, you can use your SimpliSafe without subscribing to its monthly monitoring service. However, using your SimpliSafe security system without paying for the monitoring service will prevent you from controlling or receiving security alerts from your security system on your mobile phone.

If you are using your SimpliSafe security system without a monitoring plan, you will have to depend on your base station and manual keypads on your security system device for control. Also, while your SimpliSafe security alarm siren may ring, you will have to notify the authorities in the event of a break-in instead of your security system doing it on your behalf.

SimpliSafe Monitoring Plans

Currently, SimpliSafe offers two monitoring plans—the standard plan and interactive plan.

  • The SimpliSafe Standard plan starts at $14.99 per month and includes a 24/7 monitoring service by the SimpliSafe team.
  • The SimpliSafe Interactive plan starts at $24.99 per month and includes all the features offered in the standard plan but allows you to remotely arm or disarm your alarm via the SimpliSafe app. It also lets you integrate your SimpliSafe security system with existing smart home devices.

Final Thoughts

The ability for users to use their SimpliSafe without power or Wi-Fi connection makes it one of the most used security systems in the US. While it poses some pros and cons, SimpliSafe is an affordable security system with tons of modern-day features.

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