WiFi Fence Update FAQ
Perimeter Technologies has an update on the WiFi Fence
. We will post a WiFi Fence Review
as soon as we can get a working unit in our hands. Their FAQ is included below:
Does the Wire-Free™ WiFi Fence require a computer or
Wire-Free is a self contained fencing system that requires no computer or outside internet services. The Wire-Free WiFi Fence utilizes WiFi-like radio signal protocol 802.15 and operates completely independent of your computer, WiFi router or other computer devises.
Will the Wire-Free Fence interfere with my home’s wireless
Wireless routers do operate on the same 2.4GHz radio frequency, however they are utilizing a different signal protocol – 802.11. The Wire-Free WiFi Fence utilizes WiFi-like radio signal protocol 802.15 and operates completely independent of computer router or other WiFi devises.
Is Wire-Free easy to setup and install?
Wire-Free is a snap to setup. Plug the indoor SmartStation into any household 110v outlet, pop the rechargeable battery into the Pet Link collar and you’re ready to set your pet’s boundary. To set the fence boundary, simply push the program button on the SmartStation, walk the Pet Link collar out to the nearest desired fence boundary, return to the indoor SmartStation and push the program button to save your settings. It’s as easy as that! You’re ready for training your pet to their new fencing system.
Several attempts at setting the boundary might be required to ensure that the desired boundary is achieved.
How many pets can be contained with the Wire-Free system?
Wire-Free is unique in that the indoor SmartStation and your pet’s Pet Link collar are highly integrated transceivers that continually monitors the movement of your pet within the boundary area, this unique link limits the Wire-Free system to a maximum of two pets.
Does the terrain affect the fence range or performance?
Unlike other wireless systems, the Wire-Free radio frequency signal is not affected by your yard’s terrain. The Wire-Free Fence’s effective range will be reduced over hilly terrain only if the indoor SmartStation base station loses direct line of sight (such as over a steep hill) with the dog’s collar.
However, unlike all other wireless systems, the indoor SmartStation will actually benefit from a higher location in the house, such as a second story, to improve its “line of sight” with the pet’s fencing collar when dealing with difficult terrain issues.
What is the maximum fence range or coverage area?
Given optimal circumstances, the Wire-Free system can achieve a radius of 200 ft. or a total area of 2.5 acres with an unobstructed direct line of sight between the dog and the indoor SmartStation.
What could negatively influence the products coverage area or
Any large object or terrain that limits or obstructs the line of sight between the indoor SmartStation and your pet’s fencing collar can reduce the effective range or coverage area of the Wire-Free Fence. Even with natural obstructions such as trees and hilly terrain, you will find that the Wire-Free system will out perform any other wireless pet fence on the market, however due to the number of variables within your particular house and property, Perimeter can not predict or guarantee coverage area.
There are some obstructions you will need to make particular note of when determining if a wireless fence is right for you. No radio signal will pass through or will be reflected by large metal objects which could include cars, metal studs and siding, metal sheds and water heaters. The closer the metal object, the greater the potential for unwanted interference and will result in the reduction of performance.
What kind of batteries does the collar take?
The Wire-Free Pet Link collar transceiver uses a replaceable, rechargeable lithium ion battery. The lithium ion battery is charged in the system SmartStation. A full charge takes only 4 to 6 hours.
How long does the battery last and is it expensive to replace?
The rechargeable 3.6v lithium ion battery should take 300 recharge cycles. Even with frequent weekly charging the battery will last years. For optimal battery life, it is recommended to only charge the collar battery when alerted to do so by the indoor SmartStation. This consumer replaceable battery is inexpensive and readily available.
What size of dog is the system recommended for?
Due to the power requirements and specialized electronics, the size of the Wire-Free Pet Link collar transceiver is larger than traditional in-ground wire systems and comparable to competitive wireless systems.
The collar transceiver is best for pets 25lbs and larger. The weight is only 2.3 oz. with the battery installed and its outer dimensions are 1.5”W x 2.5”L x 1.25”D
Can you use two indoor SmartStations to increase the coverage area or add additional pet to the Wire-Free System?
Due to the unique relationship between the SmartStation and Pet Link collars during the initial set up, the answer is a theoretical, yes. However, potential interference issues exist where the two SmartStation signals intersect and requires further field testing for Perimeter to recommend using multiple systems in the same household.
What is the system warranty?
The Wire-Free comes with a limited lifetime warranty. Any defects in material and workmanship will be covered by Perimeter for one full year at no cost to the owner. After one year, a labor charge will be assessed depending on the damaged component. Shipping fees may apply.
Some interesting things to note about the WiFi Dog Fence are that it does not look like initially there will be a way to overlap systems.
Adding a removable rechargable battery is a nice touch. While we have not seen any problems with batteries losing charge over time, it is a concern to many buyer who have had bad experiences with laptops, iPods or cell phones.
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