Do Animals Set Off Outdoor Motion Sensors?

Hey, DIYers, Dylan
with AlarmGrid. Today we’re going over do
animals set off outdoor motion sensors? The quick answer is yes. There are a couple
things that we can do to prevent that, though. The main thing you want to
focus on with these motion detectors– unfortunately,
I don’t have an outdoor one. I only have the indoor one. We’ll be doing a little
compare and contrast. The main difference
is the actual height that you’re going to
be installing these at. The indoor ones are recommended
about five to six feet off the ground. The outdoor ones
surprisingly, are recommended to be about 2.7 to
about four feet off the ground. Reason being is that they
are looking directly out, as a wireless indoor motion is
looking kind of more an angle. With the outdoor motion,
if you say install it about 3.3 feet
off the ground, it has a 40 foot radius
of where it’s looking. So that way, it’s not
really looking too far down for smaller animals that
can pass and set it off. You do have to worry
about larger animals. But if they’re tall enough,
they could in theory walk right over it. Another thing you
want to focus on is the dip switches
inside the outdoor motion. As mentioned, we don’t
have one to show, but there are about four
or five dip switches on the outside motion. Depending on how you
set those is detecting the sensitivity of the motion. The lower the
sensitivity, the less chance that it’s going
to have a false alarm. It’s basically waiting
for directs movement right in front of it to set off. The higher sensitivity will set
off for pretty much anything. You’re going to have a lot
of false alarms on that. But it’s in a high security
mode, so it’s just extra aware. For wireless indoor
motion detectors, it’s the same idea of there’s
no dip switches on this. There’s actually just
going into the programming and setting the
loops, loop 1, 2, 3, 4, that can adjust
the sensitivity of the actual motion detector. For both of those,
it’s recommended to check either the
product page on our website or the actual user
manual for the device. That’s going to give
you more specifics on how you should set
those, how high it’s recommended to install
them, so on and so forth. There are also little blockers
within the actual motion detector that you can set up. Let me see if I can
get this one open. So this right here,
this black piece that is kind of blocking a
certain area of this motion detector from being seen. You can kind of add onto that
by putting some tape in there, possibly, electrical tape,
moving this around a bit. And then you’ll notice on
the outdoor motion sensors, you’ll see the dip switch is
kind of around the same area. Let’s see. For the indoor motions, it’s
also recommended placement– same thing for
outdoor, I suppose. For indoor, you don’t really
want to put it in an area where it’s facing furniture
that small animals can jump on, cats, dogs,
anything like that. The motion is basically
looking for multiple areas to be tripped before it
sets off the actual alarm. So if you’re having
the motion looking at a piece of furniture,
either indoor or outdoor and an animal is jumping from
the ground up to that furniture and then possibly
back down, it’s passing a couple different
areas of detection, possibly setting off the
motion, causing a false alarm. That’s going to be
adjusted by the sensitivity that you set it at. So if you have it on
a lower sensitivity, that’s less likely
to trip it off, but it’s still a possibility. You just always want
to keep in mind. Another thing that can
set off the outdoor motion is sunlight, surprisingly. The sun doesn’t actually do it. It’s more the heat. So if you have
the motion outside and it’s either where the
sun is rising or setting and it’s going to get direct
sunlight for a good amount of time, kind of heat it
up, that could possibly also trigger a false
alarm, because it’s seeing a large heat signature,
be it either animal or light. And it’s mainly–
it’s bad to say, but it’s kind of trial and
error with these sometimes. You can place the
system on a test mode if you have it with
a central station. Your alarm company can do that. Or you might also be able
to contact central station directly. That way, if any
alarms are going off while you’re testing
this you’re not worrying about false dispatch
or anything like that. You just see how the alarm goes,
you see how the motions react. If you’re on a self
plan where you’re only monitoring it
yourself, you just have an application alerting you, you
don’t have to worry too much. You can set off the alarm
as much as possible. You don’t have to
worry about dispatch. We do have plenty
more information on the outdoor motions
and how to set them up. We also have a couple of
outdoor motions on our website that show a product
description, also going over dip switches,
height recommendations, so on and so forth. You can check those
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