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Top 5 Driveway Alarms of 2018

August 28, 2018

An important part of your security plan, is keeping tabs on what's happening around your home.

Whether it’s monitoring your home for uninvited visitors or keeping tabs on stray pets crossing your property, a driveway alarm can be a useful tool for any homeowner.

What are driveway alarms?

Driveway alarms are essentially sensitive motion sensors and receivers. When something moves into the path of its infrared beams, you are immediately notified.

Many driveway alarms can also detect outgoing movements, so you can tell which way your pet went or if a family member is entering or leaving the premises.

There are many benefits to installing a driveway alarm, however, with so many on the market, it’s helpful to know how to differentiate between them to find the one that best meets your security needs.

What to look for in a driveway alarm

  • Clear upgrade paths: Can the driveway alarm systems be expanded to include a number of receivers and sensors?
  • Weather-resistance: Is the alarm designed with weatherproof features?
  • Status check: Is the user alerted if the driveway alarm connection is still working or if the signal is lost?
  • Ease of installation: Is the alarm system wireless or wired?
  • Alternative power options: Does the product use rechargeable batteries or single-use battery, or has an alternative power source
  • Sensor effective range: What is the range of the sensor to detect motion?

Chamberlain CWA2000 Driveway Alarm System

The most prominent positive feature of this alarm is that it has a very long range. Its sensors can connect with its receiver from as far as half a mile away, making it an excellent choice for monitoring large areas.

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It its simple structure and  design, it is highly accurate, easy to install, and reasonably priced for its features.

PROS

  • Loud alarm
  • Effortless to install and set up
  • Affordable compared to similar products
  • Long half-mile range
  • Offers alternative sources of power -- battery or connect it to a power outlet
  • Expandable and can accommodate signals from as many as four sensors

CONS

  • Too sensitive, leading to false positives
  • The volume cannot be adjusted
  • Reports of inaccurate car detection
  • Susceptible to the elements and can wear out due to prolonged exposure

Guardline Wireless Driveway Alarm

Although this alarm comes with a single passive infrared motion sensor and receiver, its system can be expanded to accommodate up to 16 sensors and many receivers from other home security systems.

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Another versatile feature is that users can select from over 30 alert tones. It detects movement from as far as 40 feet away and can transmit up to a quarter of a mile. A small red light comes on when the sensor detects movement.

It is highly durable and comes with a lifetime warranty. Its sensor is designed to be weather resistant, and the receiver comes with a rechargeable backup battery.

PROS

  • Flexible and expandable
  • Offers alternative power options
  • Easy installation
  • 30 customizable alert tones for variety

CONS

  • Expensive
  • May require several battery changes a year

Dakota Alert Driveway Alarm

The Dakota driveway alarm is perfect for users who want more advanced vehicle detection. The alarm has a probe-style design that you install in the ground to detect vibrations produced by metal objects (e.g. vehicles).

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It comes with about 50 feet of wire for underground installation, enabling transmission over long distances – good for those with a large amount of space between their homes and the end of their driveway. Its electromagnetic probes and passive infrared motion sensors make it excellent for monitoring your property.

PROS

  • Good for large properties
  • Relatively low cost

CONS

  • Underground sensor has a short cable length that restricts how far it can be positioned from its receiver
  • Short transmission range
  • Not wireless and may need some technical expertise to install

Rodann Wireless Driveway Alarm

The Rodann Wireless Driveway alarm is excellent at detecting human or animal movement across an area because its reads thermal output produced by living things rather than listening for vehicular vibrations.

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It has the most extended passive infrared motion sensor range of all the listed alarms, but has a short sensor-receiver range. It is best installed closer to the house.

The most distinctive feature of this alarm is the LCD counter on its receiver which tabulates  the number of bodies detected until the user resets it.

PROS

  • Longest passive infrared sensor range
  • Expandable with extra external sensors
  • LCD counter notes how many times the alarm has been triggered

CONS

  • Short-term warranty (1 year)
  • Premium price

Safety Technology Wireless Driveway Monitor

This driveway alarm is designed to look more like an innocuous solar-powered garden light than an alarm so as not to draw attention from trespassers. This device only detects vehicular motion.

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The Safety Technology Wireless Driveway sensor is magnetic and solar powered, so you won’t have to change any batteries. Installation is easy as it doesn't require any wiring.

Among its outstanding features is an extensive sensor-receiver range but it has an average detection range of 12 feet.

PROS

  • Solar light design makes it unobtrusive
  • Driveway alarm is perfect for detecting vehicles
  • Wireless and easy to install

CONS

  • Only detects motion 12 feet away
  • Price is high for the number of features offered

For large properties, a driveway alarm gives you the extra coverage you need for complete peace-of-mind.

Whether it is just an electromagnetic probe to sense incoming vehicles or passive infrared alarms to detect human activity, there is a driveway alarm to meet your needs.

While driveway alarms provide us with great utility, they cannot replace the role of a complete home security system.

To learn more about what goes into making a comprehensive and powerful security system, check out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security.

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  • Top 5 misconceptions about home security
  • How to assess vulnerabilities in your home
  • Why home security is about more than preventing burglaries
  • Cutting-edge security equipment: how home security has changed
  • Monitored vs. Self-Monitored Systems
  • Local vs. National Security Companies

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