SimpliSafe is one of the best security systems and there is no doubt that with the use of its new encryption codes, the system is almost invulnerable to the hackers around the world.
Therefore, I planned to stick with Simplisafe even I knew that I don’t have the option to get an outdoor camera but I keep exploring for any method that can make me use another or the indoor camera from SimpliSafe as outdoor camera.
So, does simplisafe have an outdoor camera? We have got an announcement from SimpliSafe that they are going to release an outdoor camera for their users soon. But their SImpliCam can also be used an outdoor camera when used with SimpliCam outdoor kit.
Now that you know that SimpliCam can be used as an outdoor camera but you might not be knowing how to use the SimpliCam Outdoor kit or whether it can compete with other brands outdoor cameras or not?
So, go through the entire post to know how to fix outdoor kit with SimpliCam and what advantages you get over other competitive outdoor cameras from Nest and Ring.
What do you need to install for Simplisafe Outdoor security?
Since, I have been using SimpliSafe Security System for years so I never wanted to move out to other smart security system kit. At the same time, I needed to keep my house safe and protect my family which was not possible without the installation of outdoor camera.
So, I had to do some research and luckily I found the way that SimpliSafe was providing SimpliCam outdoor kit to turn the SimpliCam into an outdoor camera. I was surprised that even the way was out there for me I didn’t know it.
For the people who doesn’t have an idea about SimpliCam, it is an indoor security camera offered by SimpliSafe for home security.
Can Simplicam outdoor kit withstand outdoor elements?
The outdoor security cameras are built in such a way that they can withstand severe heat, cold, rain and other outdoor elements. But since SimpliCam is built for indoor security, can it withstand outdoor elements?
It is the obvious thing that would come to your mind when you think of installing an indoor security camera as an outdoor unit. I too was worried and therefore it was necessary for me to know the features and specifications of the SimpliCam Outdoor Kit.
Features and Specifications of SimpliCam Outdoor Kit (Source-SimpliSafe)
- Comes in Two colors (Black and White).
- Waterproof Kit with weather proof sleeve.
- Withstand temperature range of -4° to 114°F.
- 25ft. extra-long cable for easy installation.
This outdoor kit from SimpliSafe is like a protective case that can withstand extreme weather condition and keeps SimpliCam working and protected. So, once you install it with an outdoor kit you can easily use it as an outdoor security camera.
But before using it for myself, I wanted to compare it with other competitive outdoor cameras so that I can know whether it fulfils my needs or not!
Simplicam-A Brief Guide, Specifications and Features
SimpliCam is the only camera that SimpliSafe provides till now. The announcement of SimpliSafe outdoor camera was done but there is no report of it coming soon.
The SimpliCam is plug and use camera from SimpliSafe for indoor home security that makes me really conscious while using it for outdoor security. But a simple research is something that makes you know all the qualities and abilities of an indoor camera like SimpliSafe.
I did some research and putting the specifications of SimpliCam in the table below.
|Resolution of Video||720p HD|
|Two way Audio||Yes|
|Compatibility with Smartphone||Yes|
All the features above make it a strong competitor for outdoor camera when used with SimpliCam outdoor kit. I was actually attracted by the night vision feature as it is a must to have in an outdoor camera.
Alternatives to SimpliSafe Indoor Camera with outdoor kit – All competing outdoor cameras
When it comes to outdoor cameras that SimpliSafe is competing with, you would find 4 of them that leads the market in terms of providing security cameras for outdoor.
It is really great for the SimpliSafe security users to have a way of using the SimpliCam indoor camera for outdoor use with just placing it with outdoor kit. But why to only use SimpliCam for outdoor securities too if you have a bunch of other option available.
Let’s see the features and specifications of our 4 outdoor cameras that SimpliCam is competing with-
Nest Outdoor Cam
When it comes to keep an eye on the outdoor activities around your house, Nest Cam outdoor is one of the camera that comes to my mind. The features and abilities that it has got is amazing and being a product from Google itself, it really understands the user needs and keep you alerted of any activity around your house.
- 24/7 monitoring
- 1080p video resolution
- Easy to use, plug the camera and install Nest App to get started
- Night Vision makes sure you don’t miss a single activity even its darker outside
- 30/60 days of event history cloud storage
- 130 degrees of wide view angle with 8x Zoom
- Motion and Sound alerts
Ring Spotlight Cam
Who doesn’t want a camera that can be used to warn off the intruders that your place is not the right choice for them? Yeh!! I am sure everyone of us would like to have such an ability in our camera, Ring Spotlight Cam provides you this with its two ways audio feature.
This is not the only feature that makes it one of the top choices in the market for outdoor cameras but has several others that makes it distinct from others.
- 1080p Video resolution live streaming
- Two-way audio/talk system
- Remote siren that can be activated from anywhere through smartphone or web
- Motion sensor alerts with 110db siren sound
- Customizable motion sensor zones
- Works with Alexa
- Weather resistant with -5°F to 120°F operating temperature
- 140-degree wide angle view
Blink is not a brand that needs to be introduced. The company has marked its presence with several high end home security system products like indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells, sensors and several other devices.
Blink XT2 is a versatile camera from the company that can be used anywhere, either you use it for indoor security or outdoor you don’t need any external kit.
- Smart Wifi camera with 2-year battery life
- Two-way audio feature
- Motion sensors
- Works well with Alexa
- HD live streaming
- IP65-rated/weather resistant with temperature monitoring feature
- Infrared Night vision for clear video in dark
- Recorded video can be stored freely on Cloud
- 110-degree view angle
Arlo Pro 3
Arlo has always been known for providing top rated high end security cameras. Recently, it has come out with its video doorbell that has become the top competitor to Nest Video Doorbells.
Talking about cameras, Arlo has a series of versatile cameras that works with Alexa, Google and Apple Homekit.
- 2k HDR video recording (2560*1440)
- Works with Alexa, HomeKit and Google Assistant
- 160-degree wide view angle
- Color night vision
- Custom activity zones to keep an eye on areas that is sensitive
- Integrated spotlight
- 30 days’ free cloud storage
- Package detection alert
- 6 months’ battery life
- Wire free setup-easy install with magnetic mount
Comparison table of 5 best outdoor security cameras
|Features||SimpliCam with outdoor Kit||Nest Outdoor Cam||Ring Spotlight Cam||Blink XT2||Arlo Pro 3|
|Video Resolution||720p||1080p||1080p||1080p||2K HDR|
|Night Vision||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes, Color|
|Operating Temp. Range||-4°F to 104°F||-4°F to 104°F||-5°F to 120°F||-4° to 113° F||-4°F to 122° F|
|Compatibility||N/A||Google Home||Alexa||Alexa||Alexa, Google Home, Appple Homekit|
Why should I use SimpliCam with outdoor Kit? Is it right for me?
I am not going to tell you to buy SimpliCam with outdoor kit for outdoor home security. Yes, there are cameras specially built for outdoor use and they can really serve the purpose well.
But believe me, SimpliCam can be of great use, if
- You already have a SimpliCam.
- You want an affordable and budget friendly outdoor security camera.
- You already have a SimpliSafe security System.
- You want a camera that is easy to set-up (DIY).
SimpliCam is no doubt an indoor camera and comparing it with the other outdoor cameras would not make it a great one.
But, if you already have a SimpliSafe security system or you want an outdoor camera where you don’t have to pay extra for subscription plans then SimpliCam with outdoor kit is really going to save a lot for you in the long run.
However, if money is not a problem then it is always better to go with a camera which is built for outdoor use.
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