Testing A Wireless Driveway Alarm System

With each passing year, crime statistics are only going higher. Every day we hear or read news of some robbery in our city. This compels us to question the security and safety of our home and our loved ones. Raising such doubts on the effectiveness of the security and safety of your home is not pointless. It’s better to be sure about it rather than to stay in dark and regret after the damage has been done.

Through this article we will inform you how to test the wireless driveway alarms that you might have installed as a security measure. Such testing will help you to analyze the effectiveness of your security system and will help you to decide whether you can continue with same old equipment or you need to buy a new one.

  • Test its Detection Rate:

A good driveway alarm must have a one hundred percent detection rate. Any occasional misses are absolutely inacceptable. Try to test it with different vehicles. First test it with a truck. Trucks are the heaviest amongst the automobiles and hence your driveway alarm must not have any problems what so ever in detecting them. If it fails to detect a moving truck then the answer is simple. Your driveway alarm is malfunctioning and you need to buy a new one. If it passes the truck test then try it with your car. If it passes that too then try it with motorbikes.

  • Take a Note of the Power Consumption:

Most of the driveway alarms are power efficient. You can leave them on a battery for months. But some malfunctioning driveway alarms can drain the battery before its time. Record the time it takes for the battery to completely drain out. If you think that it’s happening a bit too early then you can consider installing a solar panel as a secondary power source. Doing so will make sure that your driveway alarm system never runs out of juice even when you are not in the city.

  • Test its Range:

Like most of the wireless communication systems, wireless driveway alarms also work on the principle of radio communication. A problem with radio waves is that they fade out with increasing distance between the receiver and the transmitter. Another problem is that they become weaker if they encounter large objects in their path. You should test the range of your system and remove the objects that might hinder the communication between the receiver and the transmitter.

Daniel Baker originally wrote and published various online contractor directories. In 2005 he took his lifetime interest in Alarm systems and created his first website SpecialtyAlarms.com. Now he operates many websites under EZ CyberQuest Inc.