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Sunday, December 18th, 2022 5:16 PM

Can entry sensors be installed outdoors?

I suspect that someone has been going into my back yard unauthorized. The only entry is through one gate and I would like to put an entry sensor on the gate. Can entry sensors be used outdoors or are they only for indoor use?

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1 year ago

Hi @usmaak,

 

Unfortunately no. The Entry Sensors are best set up indoors, between 32°F - 104°F with 90% max humidity. They're not shielded for dust or moisture at all, so rain, snow, an even morning rain would cause them trouble.

 

The only outdoor option we have would be the Outdoor Camera.

Captain

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1 year ago

@usmaak Rated only for use indoors by Simplisafe, I have used entry sensors outdoors and they work fine, as long as within range of the base, and signal is not blocked (example, on my mailbox 60 feet away, no issues, in my mailbox, no dice).

At 14 and change apiece (less if you buy a  4 pack at Best Buy) even if the entry sensor stops working and it's a total loss, not a disaster.  I say, let 'er rip. Please post your outcome here if you get a chance, and happy holidays to you and your family!

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1 year ago

Can the entry sensor be used outdoors on a pool gate, yard gate, or shed?

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Outdoor use of sensor

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1 year ago

I wonder if it would be possible to coat the entire sensor in a thin coat of rubber or silicone to waterproof it. I found a waterproof case for it on Amazon but they are no longer available. 

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@usmaak​ I haven't checked, but would the cover for the PSP supplied with the Simplicam outdoor kit work - at least to give some protection.  It would need some butchering.

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@Streaky​ I have now done this, and it seems to work.  Several rainstorms haven't stopped the sensor working.

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1 year ago

As with captain11 I also use one outdoors on my gate and it does bark at me when the temperature gets extremely cold, and I usually operate the gate to allow the sensor to find itself again. And also, since they are not expensive, I consider that one expendable as it does provide security while it works. Hasn't completely failed yet though I'm sure the battery has taken a beating and will replace when it does die. 

Would be a nice fix for SimpliSafe to develop an outdoor entry sensor for sale as there is a market for that.

Captain

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@terry_cheever​ From your lips to Simplisafe's prod dev team. :-)

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@captain11​ this would be amazing! I would buy one in a heartbeat

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@captain11​ I'm trying to rig an entry sensor on a chain link fence right now. Would be nice to know the drive way gate is opening when in Home or Away mode.

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1 year ago

I have not tried it, but I did find a seller on Etsy that 3d prints casings for the indoor sensors so you can use them outside. I have not tried them and don't know of their reliability. The sensors themselves are also only rated for indoor use. Use at your own risk I suppose. But its not a bad idea, I had the same thought when the dude that broke into my house used our gate. 

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@sarahminchey1​ I've seen the casing for the gen3 contact sensors, but I have a gen2 system. If you happen to have a gen2 casing link on Etsy, shoot it my way please :) 

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