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Driveway alarms can be used to monitor motion on your porch, in your mailbox, around your home, in your driveway and more. Have a “heads up” when the school bus arrives or a delivery person is almost to your doorstep. Know when someone is on your property that shouldn’t be by protecting your home, office or another area with a driveway alarm.
Before you get started, you should examine your space for elements that may interfere with the alarm signal. These include thick walls, metal siding, tall hills, and dense forestry, all of which may diminish the wireless range of your driveway alarm.
We considered warranty length, expandability, range (distance from the sensor to the base station), installation ease, number of false alarms, customer support, weather resistance and more.
The Guardline driveway alarm has been tested through thick forestry, hail storms, gusty winds, heavy rains, extreme heat and snow. You can minimize false alarms by adjusting the detection width and focusing the angle of the sensor. It has 30 chime options, so you can customize each sensor to know which one is going off.
One “con” we found was that the sensor emits a red light when motion is detected, so it could alert a criminal that they’re being monitored. However, we see this as a good thing because it could convince them to leave your property before they take anything.
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The Hosmart long range driveway alarm outperforms what it says it can do. Some people say they get more than the stated 1/4 mile range out of it. What makes this one stand apart from the competition is that it is solar based.
The system has been tested in settings with trees, buildings, walls and vehicles as well as thick forestry, hail storms, gusty winds, heavy rains, extreme heat and snow. You can reduce the number of false alarms by adjusting the sensor’s sensitivity between four options, ranging from 15 to 30 feet.
The Driveway Informer driveway alarm has an excellent 1,000-foot range and its sensors detect up to 50 feet away, which is the farthest in this article comparison. The system is expandable, but it isn’t specified as to how many sensors and receivers you can add on.
It only has a 1-year warranty, which is shorter than our top two picks and it’s also more expensive. However, it is made from all-weather materials and has reports of good customer service from buyers, which is why it earned our #3 spot.
|1st Place: Guardline||2nd Place: Hosmart||3rd Place: Driveway Informer||1byone||Govee||Mighty Mule|
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|Warranty||2 Years||3 Years||1 Year||2 Years||1 Year||1 Year|
|Number of Expandable Sensors Available||16||4||Not Specified||50||0||0|
|Number of Expandable Receivers Available||Unlimited||Unlimited||Not Specified||Not Specified||0||0|
|Range||500 Feet||1/4 Mile||1,000 Feet||328 Feet||918 Feet||400 Feet|
|Receiver Power||AC w/ Battery Backup||AC||AC||3 C Batteries||AC||AC|
|Sensor Power||4 AA Batteries||Lithium Ion Battery Charged via Solar or AC||2 AA Batteries||3 C Batteries||3 AA Batteries||2 AA Batteries|
|Sensor Detection Range||40 Feet||30 Feet||50 Feet||26 Feet||26 Feet||12 Feet|
|Number of Chimes||30||4||Not Specified||3||36||1|
|Detects||Humans, Cars, Large Animals||Humans, Cars, Large Animals||Humans, Cars, Animals||Humans, Cars, Animals||Not Specified||Cars|
The 1byone driveway alarm is used more like a security system that you install close to your home. It has a nicer appearance, but it isn’t clear if it’s weatherproof, so you may want to consider installing sensors under roof eaves or other areas shielded from the elements.
The 1byone driveway alarm is a good, inexpensive option if you want to have the sensors closer to your home (by windows, doors, etc.). We like that it already includes two sensors. However, you may be dealing with more false alarms, based on what we found online.
The Govee driveway alarm is designed similarly to the 1byone above. Govee advertises it as a type of motion sensor for the outside of your home’s windows and doors.
However, it has more than a 900-foot range, so you can easily use this for your driveway (depending on its length and where you want it installed). One downside is that wind and sunlight can cause false alarms, so you’ll want to be careful where you install the sensors.
If you’re looking for a bare-bones driveway alarm, the Mighty Mule may be the one for you. It has an electromagnetic sensor, so it only detects vehicles. No need to worry about false alarms from animals or people with this one.
The wand is buried next to your driveway and detects moving metal within a 3 to 12-foot radius. You’ll have to make sure you have the wand close to your driveway since 12 feet isn’t a long range.
If you want video surveillance of what is being detected with your driveway alarm, take a look at these security cameras. You can install one on your property next to the sensor, so you can see what triggers the sensor. Just make sure the camera can be used outdoors.
Do you want to monitor animals, people, vehicles or all three?