Moving House? How to move your SimpliSafe Service

If you’re moving house, you’re going to have to either move your security service or get a new service entirely. Do you have SimpliSafe? Then you’re going to have to move your SimpliSafe system. Completing a SimpliSafe transfer to new house should be fairly easy, but you need to do some legwork beforehand.

First: Find Out If SimpliSafe Services Your Area

SimpliSafe is a national chain that covers most areas, but not all. If you’re moving into a rural area or just a place that is outside of their coverage map, you’re going to need to look into a different system. Some areas are also not covered by all their cellular services. The northern states are only covered by Verizon, while southern and coastal states are covered by Verizon and T-Mobile.

You don’t need monitoring with this system, so if you intend to monitor it on your own you might not need any coverage. It’s still a consideration (you might want coverage in the future), but the DIY aspect of the system is still going to work even without any monitoring or cellular coverage. That much is up to you to determine whether you feel self-monitoring is enough for your home. There are also three options for SimpliSafe service, and you might want to consider upgrading.

Call SimpliSafe and Alert them to the Move

SimpliSafe is going to need to know where to dispatch emergency personnel in the event that your alarm is triggered, and they’re not going to know that if you don’t update them. When you call SimpliSafe, they will give you more information about moving the SimpliSafe system, and they will be able to tell you anything additional that you need to know.

Move Your SimpliSafe System

Most SimpliSafe systems are not hardwired in any way, and that’s an advantage to you. You don’t need to have a technician move them. You just pack up the SimpliSafe system and then bring it to your new house. Once it’s plugged in again, it’s effectively ready to go. But you do need to tell SimpliSafe that you’ve moved, if you don’t want emergency personnel going to your old address.

You will need to:

  • Make sure all the door and window sensors are connected correctly and in the right place, and you may need additional sensors if you have more doors and windows now.
  • Make sure that the system itself has been setup properly so that it’s connected to WiFi or cellular data.
  • Make sure your monitoring service knows where you are.

As a portable security system and a type of DIY system, SimpliSafe is ideal for those who are moving into rental accommodations, or for those who just don’t want to have to hardwire anything into their home. But it may not be as robust as some users need if they want advanced security solutions.

Upgrading Your SimpliSafe System

If you’re moving into a larger home, you can still use your portable SimpliSafe system.

SimpliSafe has no wires and can travel with you if you move to a new apartment or house. Each component will adapt to your new home quickly and easily. Moving to a larger place? No problem. We can send you additional sensors that easily program into your system.

However, you may need to get more sensors. If you get more sensors, you can expand your SimpliSafe system to any size of property, without any loss of security. This includes door / window sensors and cameras.

Measure out the square footage of your new property to determine whether your current SimpliSafe system can support that property. If your property is going to be a lot larger than your current one, it’s better to be safe and to get additional sensors.

Choosing Whether to Keep SimpliSafe

If you’re moving into a new property altogether, it may be the time to reevaluate whether you want to keep the SimpliSafe system. You may also want to consider other options, such as local security companies, or security companies that offer a more robust setup. If SimpliSafe is already providing you with everything you need, on the other hand, it may be easier to stay.

Many security systems are exceptionally difficult to move with. They are often wired into the walls and need to be professionally removed and then professionally reinstalled. SimpliSafe, thankfully, isn’t like this.

Thanks to the portable design of SimpliSafe, you can take it with you anywhere you go. You can even take it to temporary accommodations, if you may be staying out of your house for a while. But SimpliSafe still has to be apprised of your current location when moving SimpliSafe system somewhere else.

Can Nest Cameras Work Without WiFi?

If you buy a security camera, you expect to be able to use it for security 24/7, whether you’re at home or not. For most people, security cameras work readily to keep your home secure. That is especially true if you live in an area with a concentrated population like a city or town with easy access to WiFi. Those of us who live in cities tend to forget that there are lots of places that don’t have WiFi or consistent, good-quality WiFi.

Nest cameras are an excellent choice for home security. You can operate them from a mobile app remotely to see if you need to be concerned with anything and to confirm that everyone is fine when you’re not at home. Nest cameras can be placed around your home so you can check on and infant or pets when you’re not there. Even if you want to go downstairs, but your infant is sleeping upstairs, you can conveniently watch them from your phone with a Nest.

All this convenience is lost if you don’t have WiFi. Since the mobile app doesn’t work without internet access, neither does your security system. If you don’t have access to WiFi or your WiFi is inconsistent, Nest cameras won’t work.

Nest Cameras Require WiFi to Work

While there are some security cameras that run without WiFi, a Nest camera isn’t one of them. If you live in an area that doesn’t have any access to WiFi, Nest cameras are not the right choice for your security or convenience. WiFi access depends on geographical location and whether a location has installed the proper cables and infrastructure to support WiFi. If you are moving to a small town or rural location but you need WiFi, you should investigate access before you move. Some small towns have invested in good WiFi as a benefit to their residents. Setting up municipal WiFi can be cost-prohibitive for some areas.

If you have WiFi, but it is inconsistent, a Nest camera will work while the internet is on, but stop working when it is out. However, the camera will send you a message letting you know it’s out. In that case, you will have to decide whether the convenience of a Nest camera is worth the inconvenience of your intermittent WiFi. You might need an auxiliary wired security system, too.

Why is My Nest Camera Offline?

If you live alone or have small children, the convenience of a WiFi camera like the Nest can make you feel safe and secure. You can easily place Nest cameras in several rooms to keep an eye on kids, pets, or your front door. However, if you find your Nest camera not working, all of the convenience goes out the window. If that rarely happens, then dealing with resetting it isn’t too much of a problem. But, if you are in an area that has poor or no WiFi, then the Nest camera isn’t the right choice for you and your family.

The Nest Cam, in particular, doesn’t let you do anything from within the Nest app—it pretty much acts like the camera doesn’t even exist by giving you a “your camera is offline” message. You can’t even go in and look at past video recordings.

WiFi is essential for the Nest camera to run. If your WiFi is spotty, so is the performance of your Nest camera. That makes it very inconvenient for you. Since the reason you bought the camera is to use it for security, not being able to work it most of the time isn’t helpful or functional.

Reasons that your Nest camera isn’t working:

  • No WiFi
  • Inconsistent WiFi
  • Worn, damaged, or broken camera

Alternatives to Nest Camera

Without knowing your specific security requirements, it’s tough to suggest other home security cameras or systems. However, without WiFi, the list of security cameras gets much shorter. You may need to install wired cameras throughout your home if you need round-the-clock security without reliable WiFi. Wired cameras operate whether you have an internet connection or not. They are powered independently of WiFi, and take direction without the need for a mobile app. However, it results in fewer features than using a Nest camera.