Guide To Purchasing A Driveway Alarm

Almost everyone thinks deeply about the security of their home and loved ones. Some of us buy expensive gadgets aimed at enhancing the security cover of our home. But sometimes these gadgets fail at providing an effective security cover. There can be two possible reasons for such a failure. The first one is that you have purchased a sub-standard gadget. But if you have purchased a nice branded security gadget and still it’s not working then it is obvious that you have invested in the wrong type of gadget. In this article we will enlist the steps for buying a driveway alarm.

Guide To Purchasing A Driveway Alarm

  • Determine the Range:

By range we mean the effective distance between the sensor and the receiver. The effective range must be listed on the package. But this is the range under ideal conditions. For example if the listing on the box says that the particular alarm has a range of 300 meters then this is the range in an open field. The actual range in an environment where there are a lot of walls and trees and other objects will be a lot less than what is mentioned on the package. In most of the cases it will not be more than 90 meters. So if you have a large house and you know that there is a lot of distance between the sensor and the receiver then it is in your best interest to buy a driveway alarm with the largest range.

  • Decide on the Type of Sensors:

Basically there are two types of sensors. The first one detects any thing moving in your driveway. This includes human beings, animals and vehicles. The second type is that will detect only vehicles. The first type is based on infrared sensing mechanism. But this has a disadvantage. There will be times when such alarms will raise false alarms when an animal or a kid enters the driveway space. For high security installations such alarms are perfect but they might prove to be a bit of bothersome for the general population.

  • Eliminate the Interference:

As we told you in the first step, the actual range of a driveway alarms is way less than what is printed on the package and this can be attributed to the presence of obstacles such as tress and walls. You can’t do anything about the walls but you can certainly chop down any trees that might interfere and obstruct the signal between the sensor and the receiver.

Daniel Baker originally wrote and published various online contractor directories. In 2005 he took his lifetime interest in Alarm systems and created his first website He is now dba EZ CyberQuest Inc.