Why Use a Wired Driveway Vehicle Sensor?
Driveway vehicle sensors may be wired or wireless. While most people opt for the wireless option, there are some instances when wired sensors may be the better option. Wireless sensors do have their faults, and in some cases, those faults can mean the difference between the sensor working properly and not working at all. Here are two reasons to use a wired driveway vehicle sensor
Wired Driveway Vehicle Sensors are Reliable
If you’re looking to install a driveway sensor that only detects vehicles, magnetic probe and pressure hose systems are your best options. Unfortunately, a lot can go wrong when selecting a wireless version of either of these products. Generally speaking, wired sensors are more reliable simply because there are no issues with interference, range or power.
If a wireless sensor is placed in a location where trees, bushes, furniture or other debris stand between the receiver and transmitter, the signal may not be strong enough to send a reliable signal when someone enters your driveway. With a wired driveway sensor, there is no need to worry about interference as the transmitter is connected to the receiver directly.
Range is also an issue with wireless sensors. If the range between the receiver and transmitter is too long, the signal will either be very weak or non-existent. In this case, a wired driveway sensor is the only viable option. Wired sensors typically come with a 100 foot burial cable, but you can also purchase longer cables (200,’ 300,’ 1000’ or more) if necessary.
With a wired driveway sensor, power is also more reliable as your system will be powered by electricity rather than batteries.
Wired Driveway Vehicle Sensors Don’t Require Batteries
No matter whether you choose a magnetic probe or air pressure hose sensor, a wired version may be a more practical choice for you if you’re concerned about having to change batteries frequently. With wireless systems, low or drained batteries can cause you to miss alerts, which defeats the purpose of having an alert.
This may be particularly concerning if you’re monitoring a remote location. The batteries may drain or run low, and you may not be within range to hear the low battery alert. It’s also quite easy to forget to change batteries, especially if the transmitter is in a remote location.
With a wired driveway vehicle sensor alert, there is no need to worry about changing batteries. The sensor is powered by electricity. So long as you have power, your alert signal should not be disrupted.
A wired driveway vehicle sensor is not without its faults, however. The installation process is a bit more complicated as you will need to bury the cable in the ground. The cable should be buried relatively deep to prevent damage from animals and other sources.
Although the installation process is more complex, a wired sensor is a “set it and forget it” system. Once installed, you will not have to worry about changing batteries, interference or inadequate range.