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SimpliSafe unveils its first proper outdoor cam

PCWorld

For years, SimpliSafe's only option for outdoor video monitoring (other than the Video Doorbell Pro) was its indoor-only SimpliCam wrapped in a weatherproof rubber sleeve. Now, the company is finally offering a proper, battery-powered outdoor cam, complete with a weatherized shell, a spotlight, and people detection. Available now for $170, the SimpliSafe Wireless Outdoor Security Camera is a svelte, cylindrical camera with a swiveling magnetic base, Wi-Fi connectivity, Alexa and Google Assistant support, and a rechargeable, replaceable battery that promises to deliver between 3 and 6 months of battery life on a single charge. Equipped with two antennas, the new SimpliFi outdoor cam is capable of connecting to 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks, but it won't work without a SimpliSafe base station. To get a base station, you'll need to purchase one of SimpliSafe's alarm systems, which start at $230 for a four-piece kit.


Wirecutter's Favorite Home Security System

Forbes - Tech

We spent two months and over 40 hours researching and testing 12 monitored home security systems. We think SimpliSafe is the best self-installed option for most people. It doesn't require a long-term contract and it offers the benefits of a security system that's monitored 24/7. SimpliSafe is reliable, easy to install, and it works with some Alexa voice commands. Our runner-up pick, the Abode, supports many smart-home devices via Nest, Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, Zigbee, and Z-Wave--all of which are managed through the Abode Web portal.


SimpliSafe Is a Hassle-Free Way to Secure Your Home

WIRED

We live in an age where anyone can upgrade a home with smart displays, connected lights, and robot vacuums without contracts or installation experts. So why shouldn't we able to set up security systems to safeguard them by ourselves too? That's SimpliSafe's big promise: to make us all DIY experts at securing our homes. I've been living with SimpliSafe's security system for six months, which includes a security camera, entry sensors, motion sensors, a smoke detector, and a carbon monoxide detector. It also came with a base station and keypad that is the core of any SimpliSafe alarm system.


SimpliSafe Essentials review: Fundamental, hassle-free home security

PCWorld

Such is the promise on the packaging of SimpliSafe, and though the reality is there are 21 pages of setup manual you might want to refer to, for the most part SimpliSafe comes through on that promise. A big part of that reason is that SimpliSafe is entirely self-contained. There is no app to install, because the system doesn't support one unless you sign up for a monitoring service. And while you can (and should) connect the system to Wi-Fi, you don't have to, as SimpliSafe includes a built-in cellular radio. There are pros and cons to this concept.


SimpliSafe monitors the outdoors with its first video doorbell

Engadget

There is already no shortage of options for smart doorbells, and now you can add SimpliSafe's Video Doorbell Pro to the list. The device marks the security firm's first venture into home security outside of the house. There's not much that makes the Video Doorbell Pro stand out in an already crowded market. The smart doorbell sports a super-wide angle camera that can scope out a 162-degree diagonal field of view. It captures footage in 1080p HD and offers two-way audio communication, which is pretty standard fare.