This section will be filled in with much more detail later. In a nutshell:
Dakota DCMA-2500 Wireless Motion Alert package: Manual (local copy).
- Order your driveway sensor equipment
- Order drvwymon package
- Set up your driveway sensor(s). Set up your sensor base
station, probably on a wall to the outdoors. Do not expect this to
work perfectly first day out -- you will probably have to tweak
sensor placements and settings several times before getting reliable
- Get cabling from your base station to your computer. The
drvwymon package will include the special connector for the parallel
port on the computer. Connect this up.
Dakota DCMT-2500 Wireless Transmitter: Manual (local copy).
Dakota DCR-2500 Wireless Receiver (base station): Manual (local copy).
On the computer:
Install a Perl interpreter - we recommend
Install Carp::Always package
Install Config::Simple package
Perl howto install Device::ParallelPort package
Install Device::ParallelPort::drv::win32 package
Perl howto install Google::Voice package
With a clean install today [08/06/14], the script blows up on
this package, you'll need to modify the perl library files, see
the install link.
Configure the parallel port wires by pin number
Configure the names of your sensors
Configure your GoogleVoice account info (phone number for txt
messages to be sent from, username, password)
[Optional] On any cellphone who'll be getting these messages:
Add a contact for each of the GoogleVoice numbers configured
If desired, add a custom ringtone for each sensor and set it as
the text tone. You'll need to download from here, then do a web
search to learn how to install custom ringtones for your phone.
zone 1 "Classical",
zone 2 "Westminster",
zone 3 "Ding Dong",
zone 4 "Whistle"
I love having the same tones on the phone as from the base station
when I'm out working, however, they are too long - many seconds.
Further, when I'm near the base station, having the same tones from
the phone is a bit disconcerting, it's easy to lose track of which is
the original, a new vehicle arriving, vs. the several seconds later
from your phone. I fixed this by editing the tones in an external
digital audio program, and speeding them up by a factor of 4.