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    Posted September 29, 2014 by
    Rapid City, South Dakota
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    Protecting homes with wireless alarm systems


    A good method of detecting vehicle traffic coming into a driveway is using driveway alarms. The best wireless driveway alarm is that one which is easy to configure and it will certainly require a little maintenance. Ask yourself a few questions before buying a wireless driveway alarm. First of all you have to decide the purpose for which you are buying a driveway alarm. Whether you want to detect people, vehicles or animals at your desired location? How many locations are you going to protect? How many receivers do you need? What you would like to happen when a detection is made?


    If you have answers for all the questions in the list above, then you will most probably find the best system that will meet your requirements. You can also consult an agency who deals in these alarms. They will guide you their best.
    Technically, there are 2 aspects that you would have to consider while choosing a wireless alarm system. These aspects are wireless transmission range and Driveway sensor type. You have to determine the Driveway Wireless Transmission distance that you will need as this is the distance between indoor receiver and vehicle sensor. In case of trouble free dependable transmission, it is recommendable to opt for a system which will have a wireless rated distance twice than your actual distance. Secondly, you have to select the driveway sensor type. This is another most important aspect of a driveway alarm. An electromagnetic sensor is included in some of the best driveway alarms as they only detect metals. This type of alarm ensures that system do not receives false signals from trees or animals. Solar power or small batteries are required to operate this alarm.


    You have to determine by yourself that the alarm will be a standalone alert or a part of your home automation system. Seek and uproot the hindrances. Select a location where the interruption between transmitter and receiver distance is way less. If there are trees and hills present, then you must seek a new location in order to make the interruption less. If you have a very big home, then you must consider that how much sensors are required to maintain the security level high. Last but not the least, you should enquire your salesperson that whether the alarm is waterproof or not? Will each transmitted signal be recorded? Will shortage of power affects its working or not? Consider each and every step in detail before doing a purchase.

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