Wireless Driveway Monitor

Have you ever experience that sudden rush of panic and confusion that comes from unexpected visitors knocking on your front door? They have a habit of showing up at the worst possible time, usually when we are not ready to greet them. It can be a dreadful feeling that leaves you wishing there was some way to anticipate their arrival. Fortunately, there is a device that can give you some extra time to get ready before they arrive at the front door. The wireless driveway monitor emits a loud chime when it senses a motor vehicle entering the driveway. This handy device is an affordable and discrete solution to the problem of unexpected visitors, and it helps to improve the overall security of your home.

An automatic front gate is a very expensive solution to the problem of home security, and it can cause plenty of trouble should it break down and stop you from leaving the property. Security cameras are more affordable and less troublesome than gates, but you need to be constantly watching the monitor to spot a motor vehicle coming down the driveway. The wireless driveway monitor emits a loud chime that can be heard from any room in the house, and most of the current models also have a light that stays on for several minutes after the chime has stopped. You will have to put up with false alarms occasionally but that is a small price to pay for the convenience it provides.

The wireless driveway monitor consists of a sensor and a chime, much like the warning device that lets shopkeepers know when someone enters or leaves their shop. The sensor is placed at the edge of the driveway and the chime is placed inside the home. Most sensors contain a magnetometer which detects any large metal object moving a few feet away. There are a few models that use infrared light instead, but false alarms are more common with these because they detect any object that passes in front of them, including pets and wildlife. The magnetometer sensor is designed to only detect motor vehicles but it can give a false alarm if a bicycle or wheelbarrow gets too close.

The sensor is normally mounted inside a plastic bulb on top of a plastic stake, which allows it to be pushed into the soft ground at the edge of a driveway. It blends in remarkably well when placed between a row of solar lights. Some sensors are designed to be buried under the driveway so they are not visible, but they will not detect anything if buried too deep. Another thing to consider when choosing a location is the distance from the home. If the chime is too far away, it will not be able to detect the signal from the sensor. The sensor also needs to be accessible because its battery needs to be changed every year.

The wireless chime can be placed in any room of the house but most people choose to have it the living room or kitchen. Just like the sensor, the chime is small and discrete, allowing it to be placed on a table without attracting too much attention. The volume can be adjusted easily and there are several different chimes to choose from. To avoid the battery inside the sensor from going flat, some model have a warning light that lets you know when the battery needs to be changed. The chime itself is normally powered by an AC adapter but some models can also be powered by batteries. The average cost of a wireless driveway monitor is about fifty dollars, which is certainly much less than the cost of installing security cameras or automatic gates.

This Wireless Driveway Monitor Review is Written/Updated on Mar 13th, 2011 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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