Driveway alarms are becoming more and more popular. The idea is that you’ll know when someone is coming up your driveway because your receiver will get a signal and an alarm will sound. That’s a pretty cool idea, right?
This particular one is the 1byone Wireless Home Security driveway Alarm and I’ll be telling you if it might be of some use to you at your home.
- Good range
- Cheap price
- Expansion opportunities
- Excellent motion sensor
- Loud alarm
- Complex set-up
The set-up seems a bit complex and confusing at first, so to make things plainer here’s how the set-up goes. Place down the transmitter and the receiver after putting the batteries in, then wait for some bright lights on the receiver. Give it a minute or two.
When the lights start to flash, run your hand over the transmitter, press the unlock button you’ll find on the remote, and it will send out a signal. You should then hear the alarm go off. That’s it, you’re done. It takes about 20 minutes for the whole set-up.
You get one sensor with the device and it’s a combination sensor. This means that it does two things:
First, it’s sending an infrared signal out to find body heat. Any body heat it comes into contact with will set off an alarm inside the house.
Second, it’s detecting movement. Some sensors just passively wait for movement and don’t detect body heat. These tend to produce lots of false alarms because plants or grass waving in the breeze can set them off. Combination sensors don’t have this problem because only movement plus body heat will produce a response. That’s not to say you’ll get no problems here. In hot areas of the country, a gust of wind may sometimes (not all the time) give you a false alarm because of the heat that it carries with it.
You get one hundred meters of range and that’s about 328 feet. This means that you must place the transmitter within 100 meters or 328 feet from the Receiver. That’s quite a lot of range for the price. The detection range on the sensor is equally good.
It has a range of 5-8 meters or 16-28 feet. So anything within the vicinity of your driveway that has body heat will be picked up.
You can add up to 50 sensors that will all trigger an alarm when picked up by the transmitter. This allows you to get coverage on much more than just the driveway area.
You can also add another receiver which makes this unit a pretty flexible thing.
This alarm has a ring tone of up to 100 decibels. That by the way is incredibly loud so you’ll probably wanna go to the settings to turn this down. Unless you like huge loud noises and in that case keep it the way it is. The good news is that you’ll always hear it.
You also get some choices of what it will sound like. There’s the basic ring, or a chime.
The obvious absence here is 2-way audio equipment. On some of these devices you can take a message, but this is only useful for people who have gates. So if you don’t have gates, it doesn’t affect you. There’s also a great range here of up to 328 feet. Not a bad device for the price. The range on the sensor at 16-28 feet is competitive too.