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What's the difference between Entry Delay, Exit Delay, and Instant Trigger?

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Your Entry Sensor comes equipped with several modes that can help you with arming your system, disarming it, and triggering an alarm event the moment the sensor is triggered. Below you can learn more about what each mode does and how it impacts the usage of your system. Scroll to learn more, or use one of the anchor links to go to that section directly.

Entry Delay

When enabled, the Entry Delay is the amount of time between when an Entry Sensor is opened and when the alarm begins to sound when your system is in an armed state.That way, you have time to put in your PIN and disarm your system when you come in through one of your protected doors without the alarm immediately going off. Once a sensor is triggered, it will begin to beep indicating that the system is counting down to the predetermined time at which the alarm will sound.

The Entry Delay can be set anywhere from 0 - 250 seconds. The default setting for your system is 30 seconds. It can also have different settings for Home and Away modes.

SimpliSafe® Mobile App

  1. Open the SimpliSafe® mobile app on your phone or tablet

  2. Choose My System from the bottom navigation bar

  3. Select Base Station Settings

  4. Tap on Entry Delay

  5. Adjust your timing, as needed, for Home and Away mode

  6. Once done, click Save in the upper right corner to save your settings

Keypad

  1. Press Menu on the Keypad

  2. Enter your Primary PIN

  3. Choose System Settings

  4. Scroll down for Entry Delay

  5. Use the rocker to choose Edit, then press the Keypad buttons to designate a time

  6. Once done, press the rocker to the right for Set to save your settings

SimpliSafe® Web App

  1. Log in to the Web App

  2. Select System from the left-hand navigation menu

  3. Adjust your Entry Delay by editing the field and inputting a specific number, or by using the up and down arrows to fine-tune your selection

  4. Once done, click on SAVE at the bottom of the screen

Exit Delay

The Exit Delay setting is the amount of time allotted for the system to countdown and arm when you set your system to Home or Away mode. This setting is most useful for main entryways to your home, so you have time to arm your system and leave your home without setting off the alarm. By default the setting is 60 seconds, however, it can be set anywhere from 45 - 120 seconds. 

SimpliSafe® Mobile App

  1. Open the SimpliSafe® mobile app on your phone or tablet

  2. Choose My System from the bottom navigation bar

  3. Select Base Station Settings

  4. Tap on Exit Delay

  5. Adjust your timing, as needed, for Home and Away mode

  6. Once done, click Save in the upper right corner to save your settings

Keypad

  1. Press Menu on the Keypad

  2. Enter your Primary PIN

  3. Choose System Settings

  4. Scroll down for Exit Delay

  5. Use the rocker to choose Edit, then press the Keypad buttons to designate a time

  6. Once done, press the rocker to the right for Set to save your settings

SimpliSafe® Web App

  1. Log in to the Web App

  2. Select System from the left-hand navigation menu

  3. Adjust your Exit Delay by editing the field and inputting a specific number, or by using the up and down arrows to fine-tune your selection

  4. Once done, click on SAVE at the bottom of the screen

Instant Trigger

When you turn on Instant Trigger, your Entry Sensor will sound your alarm right away when it is moved or opened. This feature can be helpful for doors and windows that you don't use as often—like a cellar door, basement window, or skylight. That way, when your system is armed, you'll know immediately if one of them is opened.

Instant Trigger can be set for individual Entry Sensors by editing your device settings.

SimpliSafe® Mobile App

  1. Open the SimpliSafe® mobile app on your phone or tablet

  2. Choose My System from the bottom navigation bar

  3. Select Device Settings

  4. Tap on the Entry Sensor you wish to edit

  5. Toggle Instant Trigger ON or OFF by pressing the button

Keypad

  1. Press Menu on the Keypad

  2. Enter your Primary PIN

  3. Choose Devices

  4. Use the rocker to select your Entry Sensor

  5. Scroll down to Instant Trigger and use the right rocker to toggle between ON and OFF

SimpliSafe® Web App

  1. Log in to the Web App

  2. Choose Devices from the left-hand navigation menu

  3. Select your Entry Sensor

  4. Toggle Instant Trigger ON or OFF by clicking the button