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Saturday, March 28th, 2020 1:39 PM

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Louder Keypad Countdown

I'm talking about the beeps you get when you trigger the alarm giving you a few seconds to put in your pin before the loud alarm goes off. The volume of it is TOO LOW! I made 3 false alarms from just walking out my front door forgetting I had the house in home mode. My keypad and base are near my front door. I have it set on high.

Matter of fact, I wish it just wasn't just beeps. Something more to get my attention like voice, "Alarm triggered. 30 secs to disable" or something to catch my attention.

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4 years ago

Agreed.  My old ADT system was plenty loud.  It just beeped, but they were loud beeps.  And it went from single beeps to double beeps as the countdown came to an end.  It would be nice if the volume could be increased or controlled.  Part of it might be the fact that the keypad is battery powered and they're trying to make the batteries last.

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4 years ago

We have 2 keypads in the living room and the extra siren also beeps.  There is no possible way we would not hear that.  It's plenty loud.  We also have a keypad in the master bedroom and I had to take apart the keypad and rip the speaker out to keep it from waking us up in the middle of the night.  I can't imagine how you guys are not hearing them.

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4 years ago

^Who knows.  Maybe for me, it's hearing loss from old age?  lol
I can hear it.  It's just pretty quiet.  I can't hear it from outside the garage door.  And I used that to tell me what to expect when I inevitably have to go back inside for something that I forgot.  As for setting it to Home, I have my delay set to 0 seconds, so I don't care because no beeps.

I guess everyone's use is different and some people will notice things that others might not notice at all.

I don't have a siren on the first floor and that is something that I am going to get soon.  I have a siren on the second floor and in the basement.

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4 years ago

Do you guys have wall to wall carpet?  My house is hard floors so it echos more than most.  That could be the difference I suppose.

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3 years ago

We use the 'home' alarm as our night alarm, and so the last person to go to bed turns it on. The beeping for the 30 seconds delay can be a bit loud for a light sleeper.

Is it possible to adjust this in any way?
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Louder Keypad Countdown

Captain

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@kk90 while there is no way to lower the keypad volume, there is an easy way to stop the countdown. Just change the arming delay to 0.

For our set up, we have away at 45 seconds exit and 20 seconds entry.  For Home mode, it's 0 entry and 0 exit. Our bedrooms are on the 2nd floor and the basement and first floor are all armed with instant alert on everything, including the entry sensors on our two garage doors (sorry, one sensor, the kitchen entry door from the garage, is the only one not on instant. A keypad in our master bedroom makes arming a one button push and all is silent. :-)

You can also use your keyfob or phone app.  Hope this helps.

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@captain11​ it does not. Wife has to leave 2 hours before I get up. So has to set to Home and so can't set to 0.

No way is she going to mess with the app. And the fob kinda defeats the purpose of a forced entry code. 

Captain

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@stuckey937​ I would think, possibly, my suggestion would work for kk90, whereas I can see in your situation it would not. Short of SS provide a volume adjustment, possibly relocating the keypad?

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3 years ago

So we keep setting off the alarm because if it is in home mode and someone comes in a door they can't tell if the keypad is beeping to enter pin. Other alarm systems the keypad beeps pretty loud to alert someone that they just triggered an alarm.
Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Keypad beeps need to be louder when alarm is triggered.

Captain

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@ea.mail2001 if you have an aux siren you can configure it to chirp with the keypad so it will be very, very loud.

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Good to know. But I think it should be an option in the keypad.

Community Admin

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ea.mail2001,

Thanks for the feedback. I've moved this thread to the

Advocate

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If the keypad had a louder or more configurable sound capability, it would raise the cost and reduce the battery life.  The external siren can be configured to provide a louder signal.

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2 years ago

It would be very helpful if when someone opened a door in home or away mode that the keypad or base would beep. They keypad has a ridiculously low beep(s) when it's triggered. So beeps that can be adjusted. This would be helpful to remind someone to enter the pin if they forgot the system was in home mode or when they enter and it was in away mode.  

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Feature request: Keypad or base beeps

Advocate

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If an entry sensor is on the door, the Base Station (which you referred to along with the Keypad) should chime upon opening. Now, your Base may be in a location that makes it difficult to hear, but the option is available along with volume preferences.

The Keypad does not have the above feature, but posts for workarounds are on the old forums (and I assume the new upon data migration) that amplify it and the Base Station sounds. Others can assist in reiterating those options as I have never used them. 

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@shiherlis You don't here the base station when you walk in to the house. But the main thing I'm asking is that when keypad is triggered that there be beeping that can be heard before the alarm goes off. Like most other alarm systems the keypad beeps loud to remind people they tripped it. It is also a good warning to someone if they broke in.

Yes if someone can post a work-a-round I'd be interested but still think it should be a feature.

Advocate

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@eamail2001 

I sometimes catch the Base Station chime when I walk through my front door, but it is not easy to hear as it is on the second floor of three stories. My Keypad beeps if I open the front door (the Keypad’s location) without disarming the system, but the setting is no Exit Delay in Home Mode, so the beeping begins immediately. Is yours not beeping at all? Also, it is loud enough for me, but it being louder has been a feature wish for others.

 

Many customers have requested the same over the years, but I do not see how SimpliSafe can implement it presently. Therefore, such an update/upgrade would have to wait until the next generation of the system.

 

Here are two links for the time being that may provide a solution to your situation:

 

Link 1

Link 1A

 

And another which might help if your Keypad is not beeping at all (it should):

 

Link 2

Community Admin

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Hi eamail2001,

I'm a little unclear about what you're asking. The Keypad already does chirp for the countdown, before the main alarm sirens start. It's just not very loud (since the speaker in the Keypad isn't very powerful - and there is no way to change volume right now), and is rather high pitched. I've heard that some users might have trouble hearing it at all.

The Base Station, conversely, does not make any sound at all during the countdown, and also shows no indicator light. This is on purpose, so it can stall for time. If the intruder ever finds it, it should be too late for them!

But as Shiherlis mentions, there is also a Wireless Siren, which does both the main siren, and the countdown chirps. It's significantly louder, and even echoes the Door Chime for when Entry Sensors are opened. Check it out on our online catalog.

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@davey_d

Yep that is what I am asking for. for a "reminder" during countdown to enter the pin. The beeps on the keypad are too soft.  I might get that siren. But at $60 it's seems a lot for a feature that other system just have.

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