A driveway alert sensor is a must for homeowners who want to be alerted to the presence of people on their driveways and front yards. But not all driveway alert sensors are created equal to the task, thus, the complaints about the sensors being too sensitive or too delayed.
Indeed, the best driveway alert sensors should combine several characteristics including:
· Wide transmission range
· Adjustable coverage area
· Sensitive sensors that pick up the presence of people within the coverage area
· Smart sensors that will not sound the alarm when small animals, such as squirrels, cats and dogs, are on the grounds
The choices in alarm tones, on-off control, and adjustable volume are icing on the cake, so to speak.
Does the Optex RCTD-20U Wireless Driveway or Entry Announcer meet the criteria? Read on and find out.
The Optex RCTD-20U is a wireless annunciatorsystem. This means that this is a wireless detection and alarm signal with an installation akin to plug-and-play. Just be sure to read the instructions manual first before installing the system for best results.
The system can transmit signals of up to 2,000 feet. This is sufficient for most residential and commercial applications, particularly as a perimeter alert system. The trick is in the placement of the sensor for cost-efficient and results-effective use, as discussed in later sections.
With each purchase of the Optex RCTD-20U, you already have three possible uses for it, namely:
· A driveway alarm, which will sound an alert for approaching vehicles in the driveway
· A wireless doorbell, which can be used to notify people in your home about your approach
· A warehouse delivery notification system, which is obviously for commercial applications
The manufacturer touts it as a complete security solution although this isn’t 100% true. Keep in mind that this is only an alert system so it’s just a single part of a complete security solution. Other security measures, such as lights, bolts on doors, and pressure alarms on windows, will also be necessary.
But as driveway alert sensor for residential and commercial applications, this will suffice. You may or may not add other alarms depending on your security needs.
There are three different tone alerts to choose from. You will appreciate the choices since many manufacturers use annoying tones for alerts with little to no other choice. Fortunately, the Optex RCTD-20U’s alert tones are pleasant to the ears.
The system also offers five sensitivity levels. You can choose the level based on the kinds of objects you want detected on your driveway and front yard. You may, for example, set it so that only cars driving and people walking up the driveway will be detected.
Many driveway alert sensors are either so sensitive or so delayed in their alerts because there are no sensitivity levels to choose from. On one hand, many alarms are so sensitive that even small animals crossing the driveway are detected. This can be such an inconvenience – the alarm sounds off many times during the day and night – that owners just turn them off.
On the other hand, many alarms are so ineffective that no alerts are sounded even with large objects already hitting the sensor. Even when an alarm is sounded, it can be a few minutes after the object came within the sensor’s coverage area. This can result in awkward, even dangerous, situations for the owners.
The Optex RCTD-20U also comes with 12 transmitters that can be programmed for multiple detection patterns. This ensures a well-covered aiming trigger system that covers a larger area in comparison with other driveway alert sensors.
The system is also encased in a weatherproof case the size of a softball. You should have an easy time mounting the sensor on most surfaces in outdoor settings, such as on a post in the patio. You don’t have to worry about wiring it up since it’s a wireless system.
But you have to buy a 9-volt battery to make it operational. Each battery usually lasts for two years, on average, which means the system doesn’t demand high maintenance. You must, however, check that the system works from time to time, just to be sure.
To summarize, these are the features of Optex RCTD-20U:
· Five different sensitivity levels
· Three different tone alerts
· Wireless setup
· 12 transmitters for programming of multiple detection patterns
· 9-volt battery operation
Pros of the Product
The Optex RCTD-20U provides the following benefits:
· Fast and easy installation with no wires to worry about
· Indoor and outdoor use
· Weatherproof housing
· Extra-long transmission range of up to 2,000 feet
· On-off switch
· Adjustable volume coupled with three alert tones
· Sufficiently sensitive to pick up large objects but not so sensitive as to sound the alarm from small animals
· Great tech support
These benefits are made with the assumption that the unit was properly installed and programmed. Again, the importance of reading the instructions before setup cannot be overemphasized.
Cons of the Product
According to a few users, the Optex RCTD-20U has the following demerits:
· Limited range in contrast with the manufacturer’s guarantee and many of the users’ experiences. One user even said that its range was just 15 to 20 feet.
· Delayed alerts in a few instances
· Cheap plastic casing
Emphasis must be made that these observations are only among a few customers. Many of them appear to have installed the unit improperly, thus, these problems.
Who Is It Best For?
The Optex RCTD-20U is best for home and business owners who want a relatively affordable yet effective and efficient driveway alert sensor. This can be easily set up according to the needs and wants of the owner in terms of the area of coverage, type of tone, and volume of alert.
Verdict - Should I Buy It?
Yes, I would recommend it to others, as well as buy it. The Optex RCTD-20U is a satisfactory driveway alert sensor that adds another layer of security in a complete security solution. This is a reliable alert sensor with a wide range of coverage, a product that can please home and business owners alike.