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    Driveway alarms

    In the process of trying to choose one. Where do I start and what to look for? Need a 1000 ft of range. Thanks

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    1,000 ft. range? That's going to be a pretty tall order as far as wireless, if that's what you're looking for. For wireless, take a look at these Wired and Wireless Driveway Monitors but i would also check with any of the home alarm companies and see what they have or can suggest (I've gotten a wealth of information from asking the actual workers from the cable company when I see them at the gas station filling up their vans, ).

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    My Staffordshire Bulldog & German Shepherd offer almost exactly 1000 ft. of wireless driveway warning. You just gotta' watch their eyes & ears. The Shepherd also offers a audible alarm & long-range recon , the Bulldog doesn't bark at all & seems most efficient as close-support. *(Please excuse the semi-highjack, but I have complete & total confidence in my K9 driveway system.) Good Luck!
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    Driveway Alarm Advice

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    In the process of trying to choose one. Where do I start and what to look for? Need a 1000 ft of range. Thanks
    Tough call, there are a lot of different models. I'd recommend this article - Choosing a Driveway Alarm

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    Never used one of those but at one time I was getting paranoid about some unwanted visitors when I was away. I live on a farm with a driveway about a quarter mile long and I experimented with trail cams alot. If your concern was for only when you were away it is not a bad system.

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    Your biggest issue with one that long is the Radio System will not work and how do you power it where it is (other than solar), then if it is a wired system how do you do lightining surge protection before it comes into your house. Remember you have a 1000 to 2000 foot antenna that can bring a lightning surge into your house and may blow out all of your sensitive electronic equipment. I would do a fully wired system with power and lightning protection just outside of the house. The issue here is finding someone who can do this the right way. I work for one of the largest Wireless Systems Provider and have seen all of these issues. You really need a Top Level Technical Company to do this. Good Luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze 57 View Post
    In the process of trying to choose one. Where do I start and what to look for? Need a 1000 ft of range. Thanks
    I just got an email notice from the company I bought my driveway alarm from that they've now got a unit that can send me text messages just by adding it to my existing system, seems a bit pricey but it would mean I can be anywhere on my property and get notification, no more range limits - SWITCHSPOT Dry Contact Sensor -

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    Stretch a tripwire across the driveway; listen for the thud.
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    CWA2000 | Chamberlain Wireless Motion Alert | Home Security Store

    I have this system and bought an additional six sending units they are placed around the ranch house and each has a number tone so I know the area being disturbed. Took down a mountain lion in my sheep with this system. The home base is plugged in but has battery capabilities. The remote units use a 9volt and I replace them once a year. I also have a separate system for when I travel . I put the remote in my car and plug in the unit at the motel room. Works well and very reasonable. My first sensor is well over 100 yards and works fine. I do have a problem with spiders once in a while getting infront of the lens but not often enough to say it is a problem.

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    Update The above web site is old new site http://www.chamberlain.com/clicker-a...s-motion-alert up to 1/2 mile coverage

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze 57 View Post
    In the process of trying to choose one. Where do I start and what to look for? Need a 1000 ft of range. Thanks
    What are you trying to monitor, vehicles or people, also?
    If it's vehicles (and deliverymen with pallet jacks or 2-wheel carts) I use this. I have a base unit and two handhelds. All the receiving units double as walkie-talkies. I tried infra-red motion units and kept getting false alarms for some reason. I had it mounted in several positions, too. Sometimes in a severe lightning storm the magnetic probe will trigger, but it just got rebuilt/upgraded and has been fine this year. I've had the whole thing for about ten years.
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    I 2nd the chamberlin system been using it for years works great has 600 to 800 ft range

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    This is the one I've been happy with: Skylink Products | Garage Door Openers and Accessories | Home Automation | Wireless Security / Alert System | Emergency Dialers | Swing Door Opener |

    The remote is a battery powered motion sensor at the entry gate. The base unit is AC. Signals are wireless. I run mine about 100 yards.

    The only complaint is the Alert beeps cannot be changed or shortened. Darn things always beeps 12 or so times.

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    Just run it shorter distance. The difference between 1000 ft and 500 ft of warning is minimal if walking and only seconds if someone is driving.

    It will also be more reliable, less chance of it being screwed with and when it goes off, you will know somebody for sure has breached the perimeter.
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    I installed the Chamberlain CWA2000 2 weeks ago. It supposedly has a 1/2 mile range from sensor to receiver. Both of my sensors are roughly 80 yards from the receiver and work great. The dogs already know to head for the driveway when they hear the alarms.

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