All of these types of driveway alarms use what is called passive infrared sensor technology. They work by detecting moving heat. One common cause for these units to be ‘missing’ vehicles in the winter is that the vehicle simply has not warmed up yet. It’s normal for a vehicle which was just started up and is leaving the property […]
Category: Driveway Alarms
Driveway Alarm Reviews and Help
Optex Wireless 2000
Is more expensive always better?
Often this is the case, but it’s also important to consider whether you need the most expensive system. The best example of this is with our wireless driveway alarm systems, the MURS units are generally the most expensive and have by far the longest wireless range. However in terms of reliability, sophistication etc. they are […]
I’m looking at the CARSPOT WiFi driveway alarm. But I’m concerned I don’t have WiFi out at the end of my driveway for the sensor. What can I do?
This is a common question, fortunately the answer is, nothing! The WiFi component actually connects directly to the wireless chime part of the driveway alarm system. Which will be located inside your home, office, store front etc.. So having WiFi out in your driveway is NOT a requirement.
My wireless system is false alarming/repeatedly chiming for no apparent reason. How come?
This is a symptom of low battery(ies) in the sensor/transmitter unit. Most systems will begin to alarm erratically, and sometimes continuously when the batteries drop below a sufficient level. One thing to pay attention for is “repeat” alarms. Many of our wireless systems have a built in low battery warning system, which will cause the […]
Can I use multiple sensors/transmitters with my wireless driveway alarm system?
Yes, absolutely you can. This is a very common question that we’re asked daily. With ALL of our wireless driveway alarm systems you can use multiple transmitters/receivers together all within the same system to protect and monitor multiple points on your property. Some of our wireless systems do have limitations on the number of devices […]
Can I connect more than one metal sensing probe to my driveway alarm transmitter/system?
The magnetic driveway probes operate as being part of a complete circuit/loop which is being monitored. So a probe with 50 feet of wire for example is in a circuit which consists of 50 feet of wire, plus the probe. When a fluctuation across that circuit (caused by nearby moving metal) is detected it triggers […]
Can I monitor more than one driveway with my driveway alarm?
Yes, all of our wireless driveway alarm systems (Rodann, Optex, Dakota Alert, STI) can have multiple driveway sensors working with one chime receiver. Most even have the option to have different tones so you know which driveway has triggered the chime.
My driveway alarm can’t be line of sight to my house, does that mean none of the wireless systems will work?
This is a question we are asked frequently. When wireless ranges are determined they are always rated in a “line of sight” situation, meaning over an open field. This is why the advertised wireless ranges are almost always significantly further than what you a customer may experience in a real world application with obstructions (this […]
Can you use more than one metal sensing probe on the Mier, Winland or Dakota vehicle detection systems?
Yes, up to two probes may be wired in series to protect two areas by wiring them in series (wire the black wire from one probe to the red wire of the other probe and then use the two remaining wires to connect to the controller.. However, there will be a reduction in sensitivity so […]
How many OHM’s should I read across my driveway alarm probe? (approx.)
Most driveway alarm probes should read about 800 ohms across them when tested under non-alarm conditions.