Review: Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 Wireless Driveway Alarm System

dacota-dcma-2500Summary: The Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 is one of the best driveway alarms on the market. However, I recommend the Guardline GL2000 simply because it has a higher quality motion detector sensor.


  • Long range
  • Exit delay
  • Reliable sensor
  • Weather Proof
  • Easy installation


  • Shorter range than advertised
  • In some cases the sensor get triggered by light, wind or rain


  • Detects poeple and vehicles
  • Radio range: 1/2 mile
  • Motion detection area: 50 feet
  • Weather proof
  • Notification: sound and flashing LED
  • Sound choices: 4 chimes (Westminster Chime, Classical, Ding Dong, Whistle)
  • Expandable: monitor up to 4 zones
  • 5 minute exit delay
  • 1 year warranty

Is This Alarm System Right For You?

The Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 features a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that detects people, vehicles and large animals.


The alarm kit comes with 1 motion sensor, 1 receiver, 1 transformer, mounting hardware and installation instructions..

How It Works

When the passive infrared sensor detects a moving object, it will send a signal to the receiver. The receiver will notify you by playing a chime (Classical, Westminster Chime, Ding Dong, or Whistle)

Installation Tips

  • For best results, the transmitter should be about three to four feet off the ground, and about twenty feet from the side of the drive.
  • In order to avoid false alarms, do not point the transmitter at streets or roads
  • The transmitter should remain immobile, so avoid mounting it on small diameter trees that move in the wind

Bottom Line

The Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 features a reliable passive infrared (PIR) sensor that detects people, vehicles and large animals. It comes with a lot of useful features, such as flashing LEDs, exit delay and the ability to add more sensors in order to monitor several areas of your property. The Dakota Alert DCMA-2500 is a great alarm but I prefer the Guardline GL2000 because it has a better motion sensor.

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