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4.0 out of 5 stars Effective, low- cost way to monitor your property, September 19, 2011
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This review is from: Skylink HA-434RTL Long Range Motion Alert Kit; Be notified of your surroundings. (Tools & Home Improvement)
Recent thefts in neighborhood made adding some security necessary. We were looking for a means of being alerted to potential intruders on the property before they could approach the house, as we live on 5 wooded acres. I also was looking to monitor some outbuildings on the property. We purchased the Skylink long-range system with 3 additional sensors. After a month and some adjustments, the system is performing so well that we have ordered 4 more sensors.

The additional sensors were easy to program, install, and integrate. I have yet to replace a battery. They are remarkably effective for a relatively low-cost yet long-range wireless option. I had to adjust them all to a lower sensitivity setting (an easy jumper change in the battery compartment), as the first few nights they had me up every time the wind blew a leaf. Since adjusting the sensors, I've only been up once a night (take your pick of woodland animal looking at me when I go to investigate). So far, the smallest animal to set off a sensor was an opossum. The sensors do twinkle red when tripped, so you can visibly tell when you've triggered one.

The receiver unit is reliable, but could use a few upgrades. Thankfully, the sensors can be programmed to different zones (up to 4 sensors in each of the 4 available zones for a total of 16). When triggered, the receiver sounds an alert sequence corresponding to the zone that has been triggered and flashes a red LED on the unit in the appropriate zone. There are 3 available modes of operation (Off - which still flashes a visible alert, Alert - which functions as described previously, and Alarm - which would wake the
dead). I'd like to see another alert mode, that would simply chime or chirp only once or twice, and a volume wheel.

My sensors are installed at various distances from the house, the farthest are about 80 wooded yards from the house. In all, I'm very impressed with the system and highly recommend it, if you don't mind dealing with a few alarms triggered by animals. Great bang for your buck here. Why no 5th star? When I emailed the company to see if this system would integrate with their auto dialer, I received no response. Bad sign.
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Initial post: Feb 28, 2012 5:03:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2012 11:03:32 AM PDT
The Reader says:
Thanks for the review.
How often do you need to replace the 9 volt battery in the sensor, or shoudl I say, have you needed to replace the battery yet? Also, what type battery does the base station take and how often have you had to change it?

Update Sep 13, 2012:
I purchased the Skylink HA-434RTL Long Range Motion Alert Kit and an extra sensor unit shortly after my original questions above. 7 months of use and the 9 volt batteries in the sensors are still functioning. The receiver unit uses a wall wart power supply and has no backup battery. However if the power goes out the receiver unit does not loose memory and functions normally when power returns. I would purchase again.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 9:20:44 AM PDT
itsme24u2 says:
Do the Sensors have a Alarm in them that sound off... or not ? what I am looking for is something that will set off loud Alarm to scare the what ever's off and away... have had our car broken into a few time out under our car cover thats out of our sight from the house...

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 11:10:10 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2013 1:47:06 AM PST
The Reader says:
The sensors do not have an audible alarm but they do light up when they sense motion to help you in aiming the sensors during set up. Why not set the receiver outside in an out of reach, environmentally protected location where the bad guys can hear it?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2012 12:28:21 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 13, 2012 12:29:12 PM PDT
itsme24u2 says:
That might be great for the Alarm sounding out side ... but it's NOT water Pro'... dang it'... I wanted something that would chase them off... like a big barking dog' might... cause I am not always home'..still looking for something good' ... I use to live in Calif.. there was this one guys home that would sound off so loud the the not only the police could here it every one for over a mile could too. they made him shut it off... now that was the one to have'.. it would yell out " someone is trying to brake in {and give the name of the place and address} then would say Call the Police if you can here this... Boy ya know that was one heck of a Alarm to have...

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 12:54:31 AM PST
Mike says:
Good review...ordered unit.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 5:43:49 AM PDT
Reviewer says:
Youtube here shows how it works

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wg6YkTevUAw

Link to PDF of the manual

http://www.skylinkhome.com/docs/manuals/ha/HA434RTL.pdf

Telescopic antenna for 5.99 from Radio Shack works/looks better than the piece of wire.

Go to www.radioshack.com and search for telescopic antenna

Posted on Jul 21, 2013 12:18:54 PM PDT
scootz says:
is this product weatherproof or does the unit outside need to be placed under cover?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2013 5:09:49 PM PDT
m. smith says:
I dont know if its weatherproof but you could place it inside a small birdhouse

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 7:08:55 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2013 7:09:52 AM PST
R. Straw says:
Great review! After reading your review and watching the video, it was on Amazon's black Friday specials yesterday, and I ordered one for my 81 year old mom.This is just what she needs.

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