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Driveway Monitor System

Having a driveway monitor system is one of the best ways to know exactly who enters your driveway and when. Whether youíre a business wanting to be able to have a heads up before a customer comes to the door or a cautious homeowner, a monitor system is an affordable, easy-to-install option.

If youíre worried about professional installation, this will not be an issue with most monitoring systems.

Letís discuss two different types of driveway alarms and how they will have their sensor installed.

Probe Models

One of the most accurate driveway monitor systems on the market. Probe systems will detect weight or metal when a vehicle drives over the alarm. These are a little harder to install than infrared models because they will be placed in the ground.
  • The transmitter box will need to be fastened, usually with screws, to a nearby post or wall. A tree will also suffice.
  • Bury cable will need to be placed alongside the driveway. If concrete is present, this is where the big issue occurs. In most residential situations, an infrared alarm would be preferred.
The bury cable will need to be close to the actual transmitter. If you have a front yard, you may be able to lineup the cable with the edge of the driveway to achieve satisfactory results.

Once this is done, all that is left to do is to setup the receiver in your building. The range of each system is different, so always ensure there is the appropriate distance between the transmitter and receiver before burying your cable.

Infrared Models

Infrared, wireless models are among the most popular. While these models are less accurate, they work well and will only produce false alarms instead of missing a vehicle entering the driveway. Installation of these systems is a breeze. Youíll only need to do the following:
  • Install the required batteries into the transmitter.
  • Fasten the transmitter to a post or tree within the monitoring range noted.
  • Set any sensitivity levels as you see fit.
The ideal height of a transmitter will be 4 feet from the ground. Remember this when you are going to fasten your sensor.

Attach the power cord to the receiver or add batteries as necessary. Once done, youíll want to change the tone of your receiver to match your preference.

Now, youíll need to test the unit by walking into the driveway to see if it works.

Installation Notes

There are a few notes that need to be made to ensure that your installation is as easy and efficient as possible. These include the following:
  • Signals need a clear path to have maximum range.
  • Always install the transmitter 4 feet off the ground.
  • Replace batteries if there are any intermittent results.
  • Ensure that the transmitter and receiver are within the maximum allotted range.
  • Transmitters should not be near the road to avoid any false alarms.
Once installed, youíll have a driveway security alert in place that will last for years to come.

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