Unboxing the WiFi Fence
The Perimeter Technologies Wifi Fence is a brand new wi-fi fence that's designed to have an extended vary the earlier PetSafe Wireless system and have a few neat new options like enabling two method communication between the collar and the bottom station.
PetSafe has had a wi-fi canine fence system, the PIF-300 out since 2004. This base station creates a round subject. You can set the radius of that subject, from 10 to 90 toes, however it's at all times going to be a circle. The PetSafe is respectable, although not wherever close to good as a wired system. The lure is that you just press a button and you might be up and able to go. How it really works is it sends out a radio sign out from the unit. The canine put on a collar. When the collar will get out of sign vary it offers the canine a warning then a correction.
Here are a few of the drawbacks:
You cannot actually direct the radio waves, you'll be able to solely get a round boundary. You additionally get numerous interference issues, it would solely work in sure houses, and might have hassle getting by obstacles notably steel. And when this occurs the collar can get triggered in unintended locations. Also the boundary is vauge, the boundary line can shift a number of toes again and ahead with no rhyme or cause making it more durable to coach the canine. And the largest criticism folks had was the vary is simply too small. A 90 foot most radius is simply too small for most individuals. The Wifi is a 2009 try and make a greater canine fence. It makes use of the WiFi protocol, just like the wi-fi router you employ on your web. The concept was to have a better collar that would not solely obtain the sign from the bottom station however may talk again. The Wifi promised a 200 toes of vary, taking the protection from half an acre to over two acres. The very first thing you discover once you get the field is how small and lightweight it's in comparison with the PetSafe. It additionally has this very fashionable net 2.zero look to it.
Opening it up, you will notice the transmitter additionally has that very fashionable look, with a chic arcing and a easy controls. The transmitter can be rather a lot smaller; which is nice as a result of if you need to hold this in your home, you don't need this monster.
You management the unit utilizing a simple to make use of menu system utilizing these arrows. The system has eight correction ranges and a beep solely degree. You additionally set the boundary radius utilizing this management pad.
Around the again of the system, you discover an inbuilt recharger with two slots. One slot is for the system battery which powers the unit in case there's a energy failure. The second slot is used to recharge the collar battery. Recharge time is about eight hours. They are each lithium ion batteries which ought to get you a variety of use, however as you'll be able to see they're detachable, so when you ever want to interchange them it's straightforward. They say you get about 300 cycles of charging and discharging on the battery, so it ought to final you about 5 years, that appears believable however it's too new to inform for certain. The collar for the Wi Fi is far larger than the PetSafe, so you shouldn't use this on any canine underneath 15 lbs. The unit does nevertheless appear like it has significantly better waterproofing and simply feels much more strong. You unscrew this part right here to insert the battery.
The first time you begin up the system it's essential to pair the collar with the system. These new methods can deal with two collars on the similar time, not like the PetSafes which don't have any restrict on the variety of collars. Each collar can have the correction degree set independently right here on the base station so there isn't a drawback utilizing it with a giant canine and a small canine. The collar communicates with the bottom station, so once you take a look at the bottom station it could actually inform you cool issues like how distant the canine is, and might warn you when the canine challenges the fence so you'll be able to exit and examine.
All sounds good. But we have now had a variety of issues with these models. The first is to do with dropouts, we have now heard rather a lot from prospects that the system will report the collar being out of contact seemingly randomly, even when the collar is correct there in entrance of the unit.
The second challenge is that the boundary may be very imprecise. We typically see the boundary transferring 3-5 toes minute to minute, so coaching the canine to make use of the system is harder than an inground fence the place there may be little or no motion. Finally, it has a variety of hassle with obstacles. It simply doesn't work in some houses, getting by the partitions. In specific it doesn't work in any respect the place there may be steel siding or a steel roof. It doesn't play properly with sloping tons or with bushes. For all these causes it's simply not one thing that we will advocate
One day there will probably be an important wi-fi system and you will not need to bury boundary wire, however this isn't the product. It has some cool options, however simply would not do the fundamentals properly sufficient to make use of in your canine.