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    Driveway alarms; do they work?

    Northern Tool has Chamberlain and Mighty Mule driveway alarm systems.

    Chamberlain Wireless Motion Alert System, Model# CWA2000 | Motion Detection | Northern Tool + Equipment

    Mighty Mule Wireless Driveway Alarm, Model FM231 | Motion Detection | Northern Tool + Equipment

    Do either one of these work worth a darn? Are there other brands worth considering?

    Or is this another good idea gone bad due to Chinese manufacturing?
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Hey, I have been pondering these for some time as well. It will be interesting to see what we will learn.
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    Guardline

    Just installed 1/4 Mille version of guardline driveway alarm. Works great. It is expandable.

    https://www.guardlinesecurity.com

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    I did the HF cheap system.

    Its like 18 bucks but goes on sale for half that.

    Good to 300'.

    Also did the Cobra Camera system also HF....The 4 camera ( only comes with 2) The one WITH the Moniter screen.

    Works good for what it is and the App to smart phone is working.

    I'm sure there is better...but in a pinch they are OK.


    I hear Costco has some set up thats good....I hate that place and will likely never return.

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    The Chamberlin sounds like it wouldn't be any better than the Harbor Freight unit which costs much less.

    Gates are better!

    I have one of the HF units I bought on sale for $10. It will detect ANY movement so may not be good for a driveway sensor if you have a lot of critter traffic. You might could mount on a pole and aim it high enough to make it work. I use it when I have an armadillo digging up the yard to detect when it shows up. I might try mounting it on my inside keypad post to see if it works without a bunch of false alarms but it would only go off when the wife comes and goes.
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    I had these out in WA and now have them here on the new house in PA. I got the base with dectector $179 and an extra detector $119. They are awesome. When something passes the outer one probably about 1/4 mile out it goes “Alert Zone 2” then when something crosses the inner one at the edge of the heavy woods, about 100yds it goes “Alert zone 1”. You can set up to 4 zones they also have magnetic sensors you can bury under the drive and they have a mobile receiver etc. the base can handle 4 senors.

    They also sell a fake bird house to put the detector in. Note the antenna hole. They use a black rubber ducky antenna on the detectors now.

    They have other cool stuff like a gizmo that tells you when someone opens your mailbox, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain K View Post
    Just installed 1/4 Mille version of guardline driveway alarm. Works great. It is expandable.

    https://www.guardlinesecurity.com
    This is the only reliable drive alarm I've ever found that will work from our gate to the house (exactly 600' line of sight). I need to move the sensor above the fence to get it in the clear, when we have wet or drizzly conditions it doesn't work, I suspect the signal gets attenuated too much due to the moisture and fence proximity. I installed it two or three years ago.

    Oh, I've never had a false alarm with this but it looks down and across from our gate entrance.

    Oh, (#2) - I tried a Dakota alert and sent it back to Amazon. Wouldn't work at 600'.
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    Pretty cool that an 8.5 year old thread was revitalized!!


    I had a Mighty Mule magnetic driveway alarm that was a piece of crap.

    My Harbor Freight alarms were triggered by shadows.

    I've had good luck from my Dakota Alerts! I've got the shorter range system (1000' I think) and it works fine several hundred feet from the house, even with the receiver in my basement office.

    I've also read good things on another forum about the Guardline systems. They supposedly have great customer service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    Pretty cool that an 8.5 year old thread was revitalized!!

    I've had good luck from my Dakota Alerts! I've got the shorter range system (1000' I think) and it works fine several hundred feet from the house, even with the receiver in my basement office.
    We also have had good luck with the Dakota Alert system aka, the Dave Detector (Dave is our UPS driver.) It is the one with the probe buried in the road that only detects ferrous objects. I can set it off with the wheelbarrow, rake, shovel, etc. The good news is that deer, griz, coyotes, jack rabbits, etc do not set it off as they are most active when we are trying to sleep. A power 'blip' will cause the receiver to go off. The one time it woke us at 1AM, I decided enough was enough. Now we power the receiver in the house with one of these and not the supplied wall wart. Problem solved. Even the tech guy at Dakota Alert thought it was a good solution.

    We have a 2nd receiver in the garage. It just runs off the wall wart as I have not (yet) been sent out to sleep with the tractor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjncad View Post
    Northern Tool has Chamberlain and Mighty Mule driveway alarm systems.

    Chamberlain Wireless Motion Alert System, Model# CWA2000 | Motion Detection | Northern Tool + Equipment
    I have had the Chamberlain system for over 6 years and it has proven to be very reliable. The battery life is very good. I've never had them go dead on me but I change them out once per year as a preventative measure.
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