what is the range or coverage area of the motion sensor alarm?
Chad – thanks for the excellent question. The motion sensor that we sell is designed to “ignore” pets up to 40 lb. – although we have heard that some very athletic and acrobatic cats have set them off, jumping around! For homes with larger pets, our customers may limit where a pet can go, or use glassbreak sensors instead of motion sensors, and/or more door/window sensors, etc. There is usually a workaround, and we are very good at helping you through all the options. What you suggest – mounting the motion sensor upside down, but at a lower height, would negate the sensor’s “look down” capability, making the sensor less effective in detecting an intruder moving directly beneath the sensor.
Yes, a cat 4 feet from a motion sensor will set it off. Cats are hot for their size. One thing you can do to attempt to prevent kitchen kounter kitties is an alarm pad (don't know if they still make them). You fold it out on the edge of the counter and if anything lands on it, it screams briefly; scares the fur of the cat and some cease to jump up there after a few exposures.
Depends on the details. How big are the pets, what "zone" are they in, and what species? Dogs, cats that climb, birds, rabbits, and monkeys all present different kinds of problems for motion sensor placement.I have purchased both the Ecolink Z-wave PIR Motion Detector (pet immune) and the Fibaro motion sensor for testing. I have four cats ranging from 6 to 22 lbs. I set the Ecolink up for small dog. So far the Ecolink has worked pretty well with my larger cat, about 95% of the time. My only complaint with it is, I bought it new from Amazon and I couldn't get it paired with the system. I discovered that I had to uninstall it before I could install it. Hummmm, this seems kind of strange for new product? The Fibaro is also a great little sensor, it paired very easily with Smartthings. However, it goes off every time the cats even twitches a whisker.No go for cats as well. Security system motion sensors are calibrated to be slow to become active and not triggered by things like pets or shadows and never false alarm. Home automation sensors are calibrated to be fast for turning on lights and stuff. Usually these have short motion-to-active durations and sensitivity thresholds to keep response fast. The first trick, shown in the video above, is an Arduino-powered squirt bottle that also uses a motion detector to fire rapidly every time there's some motion in front of it. If you're trying to keep the cats off the counters, for example, this is the perfect setup to keep in the corner behind the blender so the cats get a quick, harmless spray every time they jump up on it. You'll definitely need some gear for it—the Arduino for one, but also a PIR motion sensor, not to mention the (cleaned and rinsed!) Raid Power Sprayer motorized spray bottle.Thanks for posting! Re-positioning the motion sensors upside down is often the best with cats and small pets, as sevensiamesecats mentioned. It's great to mount them about 4 or 5 feet off the ground- above the pet's maximum height. This way the motion sensor sees out straight and then up at a 45 degree angle, rather than down. It'll then miss your cat on the floor completely! If your cat is a climbers, it's also important to position the motion sensors towards an area they would not be able to climb (so a doorway is better than a bookshelf, etc.). We'd be happy to help you find the best position for your motion sensors! Just give us a call!Cat and Dog Deterrent Use the Scraminal® for indoor perimeter control. The Scraminal® uses heat and motion sensors to keep animals out of off-limit areas. The device emits an audible sound as a humane deterrent to keep pets out of certain rooms, off the furniture, or from any designated area. Works extremely well with cats.