Wireless Driveway Alert
Late night television advertises a lot of items that we quickly pass over, but are actually very good buys. Driveway Patrol, also sold as Drive Way Alert, is one of the products that is in our inventory and has made its way onto televisions everywhere. As seen on TV, this item works exceptionally well and is one of the most popular wireless driveway alert systems for the budget-conscious shopper.
If you’ve bought this product or plan to buy it from our site, let’s go over the installation and troubleshooting process.
Upon unpacking this alert, you’ll notice that it is simple in design. Thankfully, there are not a lot of wires or settings that need to be altered. For a first-time buyer, it really doesn’t get any easier than the Driveway Patrol.
You’ll need the following items handy:
- 9-volt battery
- 3 c-cell batteries
- Screw driver
The receiver is the unit that will stay inside of the home. This is what will alert you if someone or something triggers the transmitter. The best part is that the receiver does not have a slew of options. Instead, you’ll need to:
That is all that is needed. You’re not mounting the receiver, so you can move it and bring it anywhere that you see fit.
- Select the settings (high and low). There is also an “off” option if you wish not to receive alerts.
- Place the unit in an appropriate area. Closest to a window or uninterrupted room works best. If you have the unit in an inner room, you’ll have a weaker signal.
- Turn the unit over and insert the needed battery.
The transmitter is an integral part of your wireless driveway alert. This is the sensor that will be used for detection. First, place the batteries into the unit. Now, you simply need to mount the unit to a surface using screws. Recommended surfaces include: Poles, The side of the house, Mailboxes, Trees.
Place the unit 3 – 4 feet in the air for best detection. Once you have done that, it is time to test your unit. Walk through the sensor path and have someone tell you if the receiver went off. It is that simple.
There are a few areas that always seem to perplex buyers after an installation. The following problems and solutions are most common.
If the sensor is not talking to the receiver, it can be an array of problems. We recommend:
o Ensuring all batteries are inserted and working.
o Moving the sensor closer to the receiver. We suggest 150 feet with no sight obstruction.
If the unit is producing false alarms, you may want to move it higher off the ground. This will remove smaller animal detections and often works best. The maximum elevation should be 4 feet for accurate vehicle detection.
This unit is very sensitive and even birds may set off the alarm. By changing the angle of detection or slightly covering part of the sensor, you will be able to reduce the detection range to further reduce false alerts.