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    Hi All,

    Has anyone have any suggestions for PIRs rated for external use (and back ending to Idratek modules)?

    Purpose is for garden, driveway etc use.

    Thanks in advance,

    Marcus

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    Opal-XL - we connected it into the back of an LTH-X (LTH with external kit) module, and we've found it fine ...

    PS: ours is mounted in a gazebo - ie: not fully in the open, but under a roof ... OTOH, we put a large slate above another wall-mounted module, to provide some rain protection, and it's been fine, too ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_j_hunter View Post
    Opal-XL - we connected it into the back of an LTH-X (LTH with external kit) module, and we've found it fine ...

    PS: ours is mounted in a gazebo - ie: not fully in the open, but under a roof ... OTOH, we put a large slate above another wall-mounted module, to provide some rain protection, and it's been fine, too ...
    Thanks for the pointer Chris, I'll check it out (looks good so far). Also I don't suppose you considered any others along the way (any others which might be smaller)?

    Indeed I've bent the rules a bit, and put a PLT-001 under a front porch and and it's been running fine for years.

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    'twas really the only one we found, that was presentable & came with viable connections (voltage & contacts) - it's adaptable, too, in that it has exchangeable screens, to adjust range & angle ...

    only issue we've had is the spiders & the mess they make, behind & below ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_j_hunter View Post
    'twas really the only one we found, that was presentable & came with viable connections (voltage & contacts) - it's adaptable, too, in that it has exchangeable screens, to adjust range & angle ...

    only issue we've had is the spiders & the mess they make !
    Having spent time trying to find what I/we needed for Idratek interfacing, I can appreciate the effort in determination / I'll take your suggestion for what it is (with a huge amount of thanks)!

    I take it spiders and their webs, is just that they tend to do it where the physical layout suits them, more so than the IR? I ask because I heard the same in researching and determining outdoor PoE cams (with IR), and I haven't seem to have found any issues like I was expecting (and we have a lot of spiders around here).

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    Yep, nothing specific to the item ... we do get very occasionsal false triggers, that we've never traced to anything particular - could be local cats, but we've never seen them to correlate ...?

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    another thought ... we found these a while back, and have them slated for filling blind spots around the house :

    http://www.gmelectronic.com/pir-modu...22a-1-p754-294

    http://www.gmelectronic.com/pir-modu...22a-1-p754-293

    they’d interface well with nearby modules of various sorts, both with spare digital inputs & with the Idratek 15V power feed (resistor R1 would need to be adjusted / changed, as per datasheet) ...

    haven’t bought any, yet, so haven’t tried them, yet, but a big attraction is that they’d be inconspicuous & all they’d need is a simple 10mmŲ hole to slot them into, and running a few wires, usually simply in existing hollows / plasterboard ...

    they're also very affordable - we have a long list of blind spots !

    Chris
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    I found the Texecom Prestige External TD a while ago, but haven't got around to investigating further. Have a look - they have NO/NC relay contacts and supply is 9-16v.

    http://www.texe.com/uk/uploads/Prest...afletLOW_2.pdf

    Seem to be around £33.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcuslee View Post
    I take it spiders and their webs, is just that they tend to do it where the physical layout suits them, more so than the IR? I ask because I heard the same in researching and determining outdoor PoE cams (with IR), and I haven't seem to have found any issues like I was expecting (and we have a lot of spiders around here).
    Must admit to acquiring a pet spider which makes its appearance quite regularly on an external IR/IP camera. Makes for some interesting video clips... I saw somewhere you could get some spider repellant spray but haven't tried so don't know if this is effective or not.

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