Ooma Smart Security overview
There’s nothing more important than knowing that your home is safe and secure from threats. Designed to monitor your home and contact you when something out of the ordinary happens, Ooma Smart Security is a low-cost, exceptionally effective solution that will give you the peace of mind you deserve since you can take decisive action in the event of an emergency.
Smart Security works with your existing Ooma Telo Base Station, so getting up and running is a breeze. Best of all, there are several different hardware components to choose from so you can customize your setup to ensure the ultimate protection for your household.
Ooma provides flexible and modern ways to control your home security system. One of those is eliminating the need for an old-fashioned keypad. Instead, you can control your settings through our convenient mobile app with as many phones as you want.
You can also use your voice! Update your home security system through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. This is a great option for allowing non-family members, like a house cleaner or dog walker, to disarm the system without the app. Need a smart speaker? The Amazon Echo Dot or Google Home Mini can help you get started.
- What is Ooma?
- What is Ooma Smart Security?
- What are the different Ooma Smart Security hardware options?
- How do I set up Ooma Smart Security?
- How much does Ooma Smart Security service cost?
- What is the difference between the Monitor Plan and the Secure Plan?
- Is there a contract to sign or any other long-term commitment?
- How do Ooma Smart Security devices connect to my Ooma Telo Base Station? Is the connection secure?
- Will Ooma Smart Security still work if my power goes out?
- What is the connection range for Ooma Smart Security?
- What is the projected battery life for Ooma Smart Security sensors?
- How many Ooma Smart Security hardware sensors can I link to my Ooma Telo Base Station?
- Is Ooma Smart Security compatible with the Ooma Hub?
- What types of notifications can Ooma Smart Security generate?
- Can I use Ooma Smart Security to dial 911?
- How can I change my e911 address?
- Is my Ooma Smart Security setup monitored by a person?
- Is there a video that can guide me through setting up Ooma Smart Security?
- I’m having trouble syncing Smart Security sensors with my Ooma Telo Base Station. What can I do?
What is Ooma?
Ooma is a Voice over IP (VoIP) company that strives to offer affordable telephone service with many powerful features for a low monthly price. In addition to residential phone service, Ooma also offers many add-on features to help make your home smart and secure. These features include compatibility with Nest products, Internet security options, and now home security and monitoring services.
What is Ooma Smart Security?
Ooma Smart Security is a home security system that links to your existing Ooma Telo Base Station. After you install one or more of the hardware sensors and download the Ooma Smart Security app to your smart phone, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you will receive alerts when something unexpected happens.
What are the different Ooma Smart Security hardware options?
You can purchase the following types of Ooma Smart Security hardware accessories:
Door and window sensor
The door and window sensor accessory will alert you when a door or window has opened and closed. It consists of two pieces that attach to a door or window and its frame, and it works by using a magnetic sensor to detect movement. Learn more.
The water sensor accessory can detect either wet or dry conditions, and is perfect for use near a water heater, in your basement, or under a sink. It can also be used to detect when potted plants need to be watered. Learn more.
The motion sensor accessory can be mounted to a wall, or can be installed using the included stand attachment. Intended for use in hallways, garages, and other areas where you would not want people when you are away from home, it has an 85-degree field of view and can sense movement up to 30-35 feet away. Learn more.
The Ooma Siren can be mounted anywhere you have a free spot on a wall outlet. The device will sound a loud alarm when the Ooma Smart Security sensors you specify are triggered. It is an excellent deterrent to would-be intruders. Learn more.
Garage door sensor
The VTech garage door sensor accessory lets you know when your garage door has been opened and closed. It attaches directly to the inside of your garage door and raises an alert when it detects that it has been turned 90 degrees as the door opens. Learn more.
How do I set up Ooma Smart Security?
To get started setting up Ooma Smart Security, you must first download and install the Ooma Smart Security app on your smartphone. The app can be found in both the iOS and Android stores. You can learn more about the app by visiting our FAQ.
Once you have installed the app, you can install the hardware components according to the instructions that came with them. You can find those instructions online here:
How much does Ooma Smart Security service cost?
You should begin by purchasing one or more of the following Ooma Smart Security accessories:
|Accessory||USD price||CAD price|
|Door and window sensor||$24.99||$34.99|
|Garage door sensor||$29.99||$39.99|
Once you have installed the hardware components, Smart Security service can be added to your Ooma setup for the following price:
|Service Tier||USD price||CAD price|
$3.99/month with Premier
$4.99/month with Premier
What is the difference between the Monitor Plan and the Secure Plan?
The Monitor Plan is ideal for customers who plan to use Smart Security as a basic, customizable means of monitoring their home while they are away. The Secure Plan offers all the benefits of the Monitor Plan with several additional features that make it easy to act quickly and decisively in the event of an emergency at home.
The chart below outlines the differences between the Monitor Plan and the Secure Plan:
|Monitor Plan||Secure Plan|
|Real-time sensor status in mobile app|
|Sensor notifications (e.g. motion notifications)|
|30-day activity log|
|Sync Ooma Siren|
|Home, Away, Night, Vacation, and Custom modes|
|Automatic mode switching|
|Audible notifications on Telo Base Station|
|Mobile push notifications|
|Phone, SMS, and email notifications|
|Remote 911 capability|
|Multiple app users|
Is there a contract to sign or any other long-term commitment?
No. With Ooma Smart Security, there are no contracts or long-term commitments. Customers can cancel their monthly subscription at any time.
How do Ooma Smart Security devices connect to my Ooma Telo Base Station? Is the connection secure?
Ooma Smart Security devices connect with your Ooma Telo Base Station through DECT Ultra Low Energy (ULE) technology. This method connection is much less power hungry than a traditional Wi-Fi connection, giving our hardware accessories an estimated battery life of up to two years. It is also extremely secure since the connection does not have an IP address that can be outside of your home network.
Will Ooma Smart Security still work if my power goes out?
If your power goes out, you will receive a notification through the Ooma Smart Security app. Your hardware devices will not be able to send you additional notifications until the power comes back.
What is the connection range for Ooma Smart Security?
Smart Security equipment should be installed within a range of approximately 200 feet from the Ooma Telo Base Station to ensure optimal performance. Please note that certain factors such as the type of home, construction material, number of walls, and others can impact the sensor range.
What is the projected battery life for Ooma Smart Security sensors?
The projected battery life of all Ooma sensors is approximately 1.5 years. Battery life is impacted by usage, so sensors that are used less frequently may have a longer battery life than sensors that are placed in heavily-traveled areas.
How many Ooma Smart Security hardware sensors can I link to my Ooma Telo Base Station?
Ooma customers who are using the most updated generation of hardware, can link up to 30 Smart Security sensors to the Ooma Telo Base Station.
Ooma customers who are using the previous generation of Telo Base Station can link up to three Smart Security sensors.
The picture below shows the old hardware on the left, and the updated hardware on the right:
Is Ooma Smart Security compatible with the Ooma Hub?
Ooma Smart Security is only available to customers with Telo Base Station devices. If you would like to upgrade, please contact Customer Support.
What types of notifications can Ooma Smart Security generate?
Ooma Smart Security can generate the following types of notifications:
- Push notifications: Push notifications will pop up on your mobile phone.
- Base announcements: Your Ooma Telo Base Station will announce each notification through its speaker.
- Phone call [Secure Plan]: You will receive a phone call for each notification. This notification type gives you the option to be connected to 911 as though you are calling emergency services from your home address in the US or Canada.
- Email [Secure Plan]: You will receive an email for each notification.
- SMS [Secure Plan]: You will receive a text message for each notification.
- Siren [Requires Ooma Siren]: After a brief grace period, your Ooma Siren will sound an alarm when the sensors you specify are triggered.
Can I use Ooma Smart Security to dial 911?
The Ooma Smart Security app allows Secure Plan customers to dial 911 as if they were calling from their home phone and using their home address. This means that you can reach your home’s local emergency services from anywhere in the US or Canada, and that the 911 dispatcher will automatically receive your home address and phone number when the call connects. This information will allow the operator to dispatch emergency services to your home as quickly as possible.
The location of the button you will use to dial 911 depends on the hardware you have synced with Ooma Smart Security:
- If you have one or more Ooma Sirens installed: The 911 button can be found in the app’s Action Center, which can be accessed from any screen by pressing .
- If you do not have an Ooma Siren: You can reach 911 by pressing from any screen in the app.
When you push the 911 button in the app, you will be asked to confirm that you wish to dial emergency services from your home address, along with which phone you are using (e.g. cell phone, work phone, etc.). You will then see a prompt telling you that you will receive a call to the phone you have selected shortly. When you pick up the call, you will need to press “1” to confirm that you wish to dial 911.
How can I change my e911 address?
The e911 address that you have on file will determine where emergency personnel will be directed when 911 is dialed for any reason from your Ooma phone or through the Ooma Smart Security app. You can learn more about e911, including how to update your address, by visiting our 911 FAQ.
Is my Ooma Smart Security setup monitored by a person?
No. Ooma Smart Security puts you in the driver’s seat. When the system detects an event, it alerts you via the notification type or types that you choose. Once an alert has been issued, the Ooma Smart Security app allows Security Plan customers to trigger a 911 call to the emergency personnel nearest your home, regardless of where you are in the world.
Is there a video that can guide me through setting up Ooma Smart Security?
Yes! You can watch our tutorial video to help you through the setup process.
I’m having trouble syncing Smart Security sensors with my Ooma Telo Base Station. What can I do?
Please see our accessory pairing problems article for more information about why you may be experiencing difficulty syncing your Smart Security sensors with your Ooma Telo Base Station.