Driveway Alarms Sends Alerts When a Car Enters Your Driveway!
We have a large number of driveway alarms & wireless driveway alert systems available. Our 20 years of experience working with these products has given us unparalleled industry knowledge that we would be happy to share with you. Need A Bright Strobe Light, Speaker or Siren for Your Driveway Alarm? Click on the accessories category to find strobe lights, fire alarm bells and more to add to your ERA-DSDCR driveway alarm kit.
Driveway alarms typically come with three driveway monitoring sensor types. The sensor/transmitter is usually an outdoor rated Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR), Magnetometer Probe, or a pnuematic rubber hose.
Three Main Differences in Driveway Monitor Sensor Types
What’s the difference?
PIR sensors are the most popular. These sensor will detect a combination of heat and movement to trigger. A magnetometer will detect large metallic objects moving through the monitored zone to trigger.
Which driveway alarm product should I choose?
Ultimately, it comes down to the a) type of sensor you need, and b) how far it is from the transmitter/sensor to the remote receiver.
Why Choose the ERA-DSDCR Driveway Alarm Kit?
With over 15 years of experience marketing different driveway alarm products, we know what works and what doesn’t. You may find less expensive products on Amazon, but purchasing a product from us guarantees it’s a good product and our customer support team is here to assist you with any problems you may have during set up.
Although we would recommend any product on this page to our customers, we would like to highlight one of the newest models, the ERA-DSDCR by Safeguard Supply.
Like all products in the ERA line, this driveway alarm has a wireless range of up to 4,000 ft. It is fully compatible with all the products in the ERA line and may be expanded by adding more sensors (push buttons, motion sensors, and door contacts) and/or additional receivers. Don’t let the price point, under $100 fool you. This is a top rated product GUARANTEED TO WORK or your money back.
Choosing the Right Driveway Alarm System
Driveway Alarm Systems are typically kits made of sensors and receivers. The driveway sensor, or motion sensor is a motion detector that uses a passive infrared photocell that detects motion. When a car enters your driveway, the sensor found in most driveway alert systems alerts and sends a wireless signal to a receiver. These sensors are only triggered when there is a combination of heat and movement at the same time, eliminating false alarms caused by a standard motion sensor.
Many families and businesses in the USA have sensors to detect activity in their home, but neglect to add security alarm products outside there home. There is no better peace of mind than to have a driveway monitoring product that alerts you when someone, or something, enters your driveway.
Driveway Monitoring System Comparison Chart
|Alarm Model||Range||Detection Type||Zones||Compatibility|
|4||Works with all Safeguard Supply ERA series of products|
|Di2000S-A||2,000 ft.||PIR, movement||4||Works with additional Rodann transmitters and receivers, also DA50L-A|
|DCMA-4000||2500 ft.||PIR, movement||4||Works with all Dakota 4000 series products|
|MURS-BS-KIT||Up to several miles||PIR, movement||4||Works with all Dakota MURS products|
|MAPS-BS-KIT||Up to several miles||Metallic objects||4||Works with all Dakota MURS products|
Perfect for long or hidden driveways, or to allow you just a little extra warning before guests (or intruders) arrive. We offer motion based (PIR); magnetometer (detects metal only), or pneumatic (rubber hose) kits and accessories. There is not one product that fits every scenario, but depends on many important factors :
- Do you want to identify ALL movement or only vehicles?
- What is the distance from the transmitter to the receiver?
- Do you have metal, concrete, stucco, hills or a heavily wooded area? (These factors will decrease the range of a wireless system).
Because of the level of sophistication newer alarm systems have, you can be alerted by many different ways like through an audible noise, an email or even an SMS text message, all customized to your preference. Remember that the alarm is not going to prevent a car or a person from coming onto your property. It only serves as a notification tool to let you know that the alarm has detected something.
Regardless of your needs, the wireless driveway alarm system is versatile enough to handle most situations and gives you the added comfort of knowing that your property is monitored.
Types of Driveway Alerts
It never hurts to have extra eyes and ears on your home or business, and there is no better way to add that extra layer of protection than to have a driveway alarm system installed. This alarm has a motion sensor that lets you know when cars, people or even animals are approaching- depending on which system you choose.
Our wireless systems work on batteries. However, rest assured that in a power outage, your protection will not be affected, and your home or business will always be safe from harm. All you have to do is replace the batteries periodically.
The system works by sending a wireless signal from the transmitter to the receiver. Driveway alarms have one of 4 sensors: Passive Infrared, Magnetic Probe, Pneumatic, or Break-Beam.
Installation & Set up of Driveway Monitors
The monitoring kits we offer are true do-it-yourself security products and are cost affordable. Setting up or installing this kits at a basic level is simple. As a matter of fact, kits like the Di2000S-A and DCMA-2500 installs in a manner of minutes. The most “difficult” part to install is the sensor/transmitter. The PIR (passive infrared sensors) are mounted using the supplied mounting bracket, while the magnetic probe versions are buried next to the driveway or area you want to monitor. Also note that these products are robust enough for integration with other devices. The C-relays and live 12V DC output on many of the receivers allows integration with a variety of other products and services.
If you live in the country or on a large property, monitoring the surrounding area with a good driveway alarm can make life a lot easier–and safer. With a cost-effective, easy-to-use driveway alarm, you’ll be immediately notified of unexpected visitors or sales people and warned of trespassers. Nothing is more disturbing then the sound of someone pulling up to your house when you’re not expecting it. Many homeowners with a larger house and grounds, and rural dwellers especially, often find out about unexpected visitors indirectly–or not at all. At worst, this sort of surprise can be a safety concern or, at best, an annoyance. You might have already reviewed dozens of systems, but yet probably still have a lot of questions. It’s our goal to answer those questions with this guide.
Low-Tech Driveway Systems can be Unreliable
Without an alarm, you won’t know until your “surprise visitors” is already on your doorstep! You might be lucky enough to have dogs that bark as a car winds up your driveway. The dogs are helpful, but how do you distinguish whether they’re barking at a squirrel–or a car? Should you check every time? And what may happen if you don’t check? The “canine early warning system” may turn out to be worse (or at least more inconvenient) than if you had no warning at all. In cases like this, a driveway alarm provides both safety and convenience for you and your family.
The concept of a driveway alert system is not new. However, the technology has greatly improved in recent years. These systems typically provide the most affordable and reliable way to protect your home and alert you when someone is on your property. The latest technology has made the best systems more effective, yet very simple to set up and operate. Just some of the improvements you’ll find on today’s driveway alarm systems include: a greater effective distance and protective radius than ever before and basic recognition of objects. Quality systems now have the ability to distinguish between a car, a goat and someone on foot. That's a crucial feature that you can look for to identify the system that you need, depending upon your priorities and requirements. These and other high-tech features have made driveway alarms the reliable way to tell when someone is coming for an unscheduled visit.
How Driveway Alarms Work
Sets generally come with one transmitter, installed at some point along your driveway (how far down the driveway is up to you.). When the transmitter picks up the heat from an approaching vehicle, or the movement of a person or animal, it transmits an alarm signal to the receiver. Receivers typically plug into a standard electrical outlet in your home, wherever you want to hear the alert. Most systems give you the option to add additional receivers (if you want to be alerted in more than one location of the house) or additional transmitters (if you have more than one driveway leading to your property). You may also choose a driveway alarm system with a wireless, portable receiver that moves with you.
How to Choose A Driveway Alarm System
There are many models of driveway alarms to choose from and finding the best for your needs may seem daunting. Make your decision a simple one: First clarify your driveway alarm needs in the following important categories, then check the system's feature lists against your needs. The closest match should be the best choice for you!
Things to consider when making a driveway alert selection:
- Transmission distance: How far do you need the transmitter to reach? What is the distance from where the transmitter will be installed (on my driveway) to the receiver in the house? Driveway alarms on the market today can transmit anywhere from 650 ft. to several miles.
- Signal interference: Will there be trees, hills or buildings between the location of the transmitter and the receiver? Obstacles such as heavy woods or hills on the property may decrease the overall range. On a property with object interference, you may need a more powerful system. You can also use the experts at 1800Doorbell.com as a resource for information if you need guidance on the best strategy if you live in a wooded area.
- Type of notification: Do you want to detect ALL movement, including vehicles, people, and animals, or to be alerted only when cars enter your property? Are you having a problem with people entering your property unauthorized, or a pesky deer or dog reeking havoc on your flowers? If these distinctions are important to you, make sure your chosen alarm is sophisticated enough to tell the difference—and provide unique alarm sounds for each.
- Number of receivers and transmitters needed: Do you have multiple driveways or entry points–and will you want different chimes for each? The more sophisticated alarms can handle this–but be sure to check that the feature is inDo you need a wireless alarm receiver? If you need to move around your home or office or spend a lot of time outdoors, avoid systems that offer only a plug-in receiver. Look for a brand that offers a wireless, portable, handheld receiver. This advanced feature gives you the freedom to roam, yet still be alerted of a visitor on your property–no matter where you happen to be.
- Battery life:It's cheaper and more convenient if batteries don’t need to be changed often. Check the battery life on the driveway alarms that you are considering. Ask an expert about real-world battery life and you can learn if systems live up to the specs they advertise. We have an expert staff at 1800Doorbell.com, so you can also contact us with any driveway alarm questions.
- Durability: Is the transmitter waterproof and will it work in the dark? Make sure to buy a durable unit for the best long-term performance.
- Installation: Look for a driveway alarm that is easy to install and use—and you’ll avoid the need to pay an electrician or contractor. Quality alert systems may have lots of advanced features, but that does not mean they have to be complex. Well-designed ones should be user-friendly.
- Customer Support: Once you've found the best driveway alarm for you, just order online from a reputable company. Reputable, knowledgeable dealers will ship quickly and provide phone and email support after the sale to help you with any questions. Later, if you want to add security lighting or other accessories, consult your dealer (such as 1800Doorbell.com) to help you choose the best products that integrate perfectly with your system.
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Features that Makes the ERA-DSDCR the Best:
The Driveway Informer – Wireless Driveway Alarms Like the Di2000S-A Keep Intruders Away Model DI2000S-A
At 1800Doorbell.com, our most popular (and most recommended) driveway alarm is the Driveway Informer by Security 2020 (Model DI2000S-A). It’s the best because it easily satisfies all the important requirements–and excels in all of the categories above. This is an easy-to-use, yet fully featured, alarm solution that is also cost-effective. We’ve received tons of positive feedback about the DI2000S-A. We urge you to compare the Driveway Informer feature list below with your requirements. After that, we won’t be surprised if you decide that the Security 2020 (Model DI2000S-A) is the best solution for you.
Top 10 Driveway Informer features:
MURS-BS-Kit Wireless Driveway Alarm Model MURS-BS-KIT
When you have a really long driveway or far-away gate, or even a corral entrance that you would like to monitor for activity, this long-range system was made for you. Users of this alert typically find it useful that the receiver and monitor work on the same frequency that handheld walkie-talkies use. If you already own or want to purchase walkie talkies you can have a multi-use device to communicate over large properties like a big storage area or ranch.
Driveway Signal Bell Kit 1 Model 8DSBS1
This Signal Bell Kit is a replica of the old-time gas station driveway bell–the type that rings when somebody drives over the black rubber hose on the ground across a driveway. Customers often comment that this type of signal bell was used by full-serve gas stations in the 1950s. It can give your business a vintage or “old-timey” feel, and it's simple to assemble. The ding-ding sound is loud enough to be heard from anywhere–even in a noisy and busy environment. This Driveway Signal Bell Kit won't work on a gravel driveway, however.
Whether you're interested in improved security or just need a warning before visitors turn up at your door, 1800Doorbell.com has many driveway alert options to fit your needs. These alarms can serve as a nice supplement to your home or business security system. Give us a call if you need assistance or have questions, before or after your purchase. Our customer service specialists are happy to help you choose the best solution for your property. We're also here if you need support during installation, troubleshooting advice or information about accessories. Contact 1800Doorbell.com today.