‎Placement of Main Keypad and Key Fobs, Main Entrance has Windows | SimpliSafe Help Center
jonny_gogo's profile

Monday, May 31st, 2021 12:48 PM

Placement of Main Keypad and Key Fobs, Main Entrance has Windows

335 Messages

2 years ago

The only way to see if the alarm is armed without having the lights on at the base (an option that I keep turned off) is to wake the keypad up.  The keypad is battery operated and they optimize battery life by not having any light or other indicators on it.

I can't speak to the keys thing.  I don't use a fob and don't see any use for them.  But my keys tend to be in the pockets of whatever I wore last.  I'm not as organized as you. :)

55 Messages

2 years ago

@ usmaak, We'll use the fobs for convenience. We always keep the keys in one place because with the younger kids and car seat situation, there's not so much a "my car' "your car' situation as there is a "carry kids car' "grownups only' car. So at any time either one of us might need the latter, and the keys need to be right where they can be found easily because the other grownup might be away. I guess, if we are using the fobs, there is little reason to have the control panel near the entrance. Hmm.

On the other hand, if the control panel doesn't show the alarm state, it should be fine even if the panel can be seen from outside the house.

Having a fob in plain view sounds really foolish, we'll have to think about that a little.

335 Messages

Yup.  Everyone's use case is different.  We have one car, no kids, and I tend to be the one that drives.  We also don't really get out all that often.  I do like having the app available, though it's sometimes spotty when it will work.

I have a fob but keep it in the bedroom.  It came with what I purchased.  When I had ADT, I did the same thing with their key fob.  It's probably still in a drawer somewhere next to my bed.  Of course I also have a panic button and keypad in the bedroom, so they key fob is overkill.

Community Admin


4.3K Messages

2 years ago

Hi Jonny Gogo,

Yep, when you use the Keypad, the default screen will show the state of the system. So for example, when you've just exited the menu, or when you arm or disarm. But the screen will eventually turn off, and there will be no other visual indicators. So you'd be pretty safe having that Keypad in your mudroom.

- Johnny M.
SimpliSafe Home Security
New to the Community? Get started by reading our Welcome Post.