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Will remote monitor signals interfere with other signals?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Carrie Lynn, Nov 30, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wanted to be able to use a baby monitor in my small coop so I will be tipped off if there's a problem at night.
    I also want to use a solar motion detector light/alarm gadget for security. The detector will send a signal to an alarm indoors, and can turn on a lamp if something triggers the light at night.

    Might these units "cross signals", or interfere with the other's unit's signal?

    Thanks for any insights
    Carrie Lynn
     
  2. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm Premium Member

    Yes an no. If they use the same wave length they will completely kill each other. If they don't its not that bad. But remember radio waves are like waves on a pond. If the pond is dead still an you drop a rock in the water someone can see the waves hit the other side. If someone else drops a bigger rock the same time you drop yours his will make bigger waves so you can still see your waves from his on your end but as they move out across the pond it gets harder to tell them apart an they break up as they hit each other. The person on the other end just gets random junk if anything at all an not smooth even waves. So the more you have broadcasting the less clear everything gets an the shorter the range of everything gets especial the weaker signal.
     
  3. VA Lady

    VA Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This doesn't really answer your question about them being compatible but I can at least tell you that I've been using a baby monitor for months now and it really helps with peace of mind. I don't like the idea that all h:!! could be breaking loose out in the coop and I wouldn't know about it until morning. I've also learned that chickens make cute noises sometimes at night... Lol. Lots of cooing and such. Unfortunately my rooster has started crowing around 3 am and that can startle you right out of bed! [​IMG]
     
  4. My6Chicks

    My6Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    I suspect both will operate without interfering with each other. The specification (cycles per second = Hertz) will indicate the frequency used by each device. If they are the same (almost identical numbers, ie. 900MHz) then your baby monitor will set off your motion detector. Some baby monitors come with switchable frequencies, if one frequency isn't working well.

    There are so many frequencies around us from AM/FM radio transmission, power lines, cell phones, blue tooth devices, etc that another 2 devices won't cause any issues.

    Hope this helps...
     
  5. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the information, I'm completely out of my element here...

    I have the feeling my monitor knocked out my remote temperature gauge, so I was skeptical about another device.

    But, since I'm so nervous about neighborhood raccoons coming in the yard before I get home, I think I'll give it a try.

    Perhaps the light will deter them somewhat.
     

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