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This review is from: Skylink HA-434RTL Long Range Motion Alert Kit; Be notified of your surroundings. (Tools & Home Improvement)
Skylink sensors are battery eaters. Battery depleted after 1 week. The 9 volt battery is not a good choice because they are expensive. Sensors say 800' range but it actually is about 100'. Won't transmit thru a structure so must be line of sight. Sensor is not weatherproof. I get many false alarms.
The base station is compact and logic of the circut is good. This could be a good system if the range was increased and the sensor was improved. They should have 120 volt options with battery back-up.
If you are serious about a permiter system, this is not a good choice.
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Initial post: Nov 1, 2011 10:49:00 AM PDT
James T. Sherman says:
The RF range is usually listed as an average or maximum range. You have to look carefully. Something that might transmit reliably from 800 feet in direct line of sight in the middle of the country might transmit unreliably about 20 feet in the RF polluted city through dense walls. It is just physics. No company can really guarantee a certain range in all situations.
Posted on May 22, 2012 4:22:28 PM PDT
This is Customer Support from Skylink.
Thanks for your comments and we would like to follow up with you. Sure the normal battery life is not 1 week, so if the battery lasts only 1 week, something could be wrong with the sensor. The 800' range is based on open area and that's the industry standard of how to specify the range, cause once you are inside a house or building, anything could affect the range, such as the thickness of the wall, material of the wall etc.
The sensor is waterproof with rubber sealing all around the housing. One thing to reduce false alarm is to reduce the sensitivity and adjust the ball joint so it only monitors the area that you want to detect movement. This is especially true when you have the sensor installed outdoor.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-304-1187 EST 9am - 5pm. Thanks
Posted on Sep 8, 2012 9:22:04 AM PDT
Internet shopper says:
There must be a problem with your unit. I get 8 months out of the batteries. I have 4 remote sensors. Have never had a false alarm however they are all installed indoors.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2012 2:19:45 PM PDT
As a CET (Certified Electronics Tech), when this item arrives later today for me, it should be noted that the only reason I've ordered this item after reading this review is that everything stated in the customer services' response is correct and presumed upon purchase. The fact they responded, and with such an accurate retort, gives me faith in their confidence in the product. If I'm wrong, I'll update.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 8:28:15 AM PST
How long do the batteries last?
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 17, 2012 9:16:29 AM PST
Internet shopper says:
I have 4 remote sensors. The battery in the one that "sees" the most traffic lasts for 8 months. At that time the voltage had dropped to 7.3 volts and it becomes unreliable.
I now change the batteries in all of the sensors after 6 months to be on the safe side.
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