When you own assets you need to keep them secure too. Your home or commercial building can always be protected with the help of an alarm system. However, it’s not that you buy alarms every day and so you wouldn’t know about them much when you are out to buy one for the first time. Of course, the first thing a customer thinks of when buying something is the budget, but high and low budget don’t always tell you whether a product is good or bad. There are some important features that you must look for in a wireless driveway alarm.
First, you must understand an important thing that wireless driveway alarms are not like cameras. They don’t actually see things and inform you, instead they use motion sensing techniques to inform you of any movements. They could detect infrared rays or magnetic flux i.e. the change in magnetic field that takes place in the air when an object moves. Now, the first most important thing is to know your requirements well. Are you looking for alarm for a residential building or a commercial one? How big is the area of the driveway where you want to install the alarm?
Depending on the area you must know the number of sensors will be different too. A larger area will require more sensors to send the signals to the receiver since every sensor has a defined range within which it can transmit the signals. Secondly, you must look at the interferences that are present in the area. If there are trees or other things in the area, the transmitting signals will get weaker and the range of the sensors will be affected. This brings us to the default range of your driveway motion sensor. You must know the range of your wireless alarm system.
There are options with 400ft to 1000ft of range. The bigger the range the fewer the sensors you will need for your driveway. However, this means the alarms will be more expensive too. One important point to note here is that the range a sensor sends the signals to is one thing, the range it detects something within is another. In short, you must also know the range of the sensor within which it will be easily able to detect a moving object. Any sensor that senses motion within a 30ft or more radius is a good option to consider.
Now, you have to pay attention to the way your alarm informed you of any movements. Your options include an LED indicator or sound alarm. Always be sure to pick an alarm system that suits the environment of the area where it is being put the most. Most alarms meant for residential use will start making a noise even when a small pet passes by them. Even the presence of a squirrel can sound those alarms. Make sure you pick one that specifically picks cars and similar objects if that’s what you want the alarm for. Lastly, see if you could have your wireless alarm system integrated with your WiFi and manage it on internet.