Tips on Installing a Driveway Alert Alarm
A driveway alert alarm can help you keep your property secure by alerting you each time a person or vehicle enters your driveway. Although driveway alerts can be very effective, they need to be installed properly in order to truly maximize their benefits and to avoid false alarms. Listed below are some tips on how to install a driveway alarm.
Wired vs Wireless Driveway Alerts
When installing a driveway alert alarm, the first thing you need to consider is whether or not you want a wireless
or a wired
system. Wired systems are great for detecting vehicles as they drive past or over the sensor. Wireless systems typically use infrared sensors that can detect both people and vehicles. Determine what your uses for the alert are before making your final decision.
Finding the Right Location
The key to effective monitoring is to install your alert in the right location. The first thing you need to consider is the radio signal’s maximum range. This will determine how far away from the receiver you can place the alert. Naturally, you want to place the alert alarm near your driveway. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid placing your alert’s sensor or transmitter too close to the main road or your neighbor’s property. This will prevent false alarms triggered by your neighbor’s guests and passing traffic.
Installing the Driveway Alert Alarm
Installing your driveway alert alarm may be simple or complex depending on the type of system you choose. Magnetic detection prob
e and air hose systems
can be more complicated to install than wireless infrared systems. That being said, metallic probe and air hose systems are still relatively simple and straightforward to install. Things only get complicated if wires are involved.
- Air hose: Air hose alert systems may be wired or wireless, but wireless is the preferred choice. The hose will be placed across the driveway and will activate whenever a vehicle drives over the hose.
- Metallic probe: Metallic probes will only detect moving metal objects (i.e. vehicles) that move over or past these sensor. The probe will need to be buried as close to the driveway as possible in order to detect vehicles. Avoid placing the probe within 80 feet of main roads and 100 feet of train tracks as passing traffic and trains may trigger false alarms. Wired and wireless probes are available. If you choose a wired system, installation will take extra work as you’ll need to bury the wiring to prevent damage from rodents and animals.
- Wireless infrared systems: Infrared sensors can be used to detect both people and vehicles that enter your property. The great thing about these sensors is that they offer you a great deal of flexibility. They can be placed just about anywhere on your property. In this case, you’ll want to secure the sensor as close to the driveway as possible to detect vehicles and people. The sensor should be placed at car engine height to detect vehicles and to avoid detecting small animals that may pass by.
In this case, you’ll want to secure the sensor as close to the driveway as possible to detect vehicles and people. The sensor should be placed at car engine height to detect vehicles and to avoid detecting small animals that may pass by.