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Testing the Entry Sensor


Test Mode is a great way to test the connection between your Base Station and other sensors. We recommend periodically placing your system into Test Mode to ensure that your sensors are still communicating with the Base Station without any errors. 

Placing Your System Into Test Mode

  1. Disarm your system by pressing OFF on the Keypad

  2. Press the Menu button on your Keypad

  3. Enter your Primary PIN

  4. Scroll until Test Mode is highlighted

  5. Use the rocker and tap to the right to enter Test Mode

You’ll know you are in Test Mode when you see a circle on the Keypad appear with the text, “Test each device by pressing its button”.

Note: If you subscribe to monitoring, you will receive a robo call from the monitoring center asking you to confirm you placed your system into Test Mode. If you do not answer – no worries! A voicemail will be left to alert you to the system test, and it will not result in a request for dispatch.

Testing the Entry Sensor

To test your Entry Sensor, open and close protected doors and windows. The Base Station will announce “Entry Sensor” if the test was successful. 

You can also press the button on the top of the Entry Sensor to test the sensor’s functionality. This will also result in the Base Station announcing, “Entry Sensor” if successful. 

Troubleshooting the Entry Sensor

If you are testing your Entry Sensor and do not hear the Base Station announce, “Entry Sensor”, the first thing you’ll want to do is confirm you can hear the Base Station from the location you’re testing in. You can adjust the Base Station’s volume under the Base Station Settings menu, by selecting Voice Prompts.

As a next step, you’ll want to confirm that the Entry Sensor battery is functioning. The Entry Sensor takes a single CR-2032 Lithium 3V battery and has a life expectancy of up to 5 years depending on placement and usage.

If you are still unable to hear the Base Station announce, “Entry Sensor” it’s possible that there could be an issue with the location of the Base Station, or there is Radio Frequency (RF) interference at play.

Other electronic devices within your home may communicate on similar frequencies, resulting in wireless interference between your SimpliSafe® devices. Because of this, we recommend keeping your Base Station and Entry Sensor at least 3-5 feet away from the following devices:

  • Wi-Fi Routers

  • Large TVs

  • Weather Stations

  • Large Appliances (especially in the kitchen and laundry rooms)

  • Baby monitors

  • Remote Controlled Garage Door Openers

  • LED Lights or Christmas Lights

This above list is to give you an idea of what devices may cause interference within your home, and is in no means an exhaustive list of all devices. There may be other devices that output RF or Wi-Fi signals that could impede the connection between your Base Station and SimpliSafe® devices.

We also recommend avoiding placing your Entry Sensor on a metal or magnetic surfaces, whenever possible. If you do need to place the sensor on one of these surface types, please keep the following in mind:

  • If you are mounting the Entry Sensor to a metal door, we recommend placing a thin piece of cardboard between the Sensor and the Metal door.

  • If you are mounting the Entry Sensor to a magnetic door or frame, we recommend that you place the magnet on the magnetic surface.

This will ensure that your Entry Sensor has the best signal possible to communicate with your Base Station.