How do I start this thing up?

Back of UnitsEasy! It’s about as simple as inserting the batteries.

You will need a small phillips screwdriver, three AAA batteries, and three C batteries. (These items are not included.)

Note: The receiver unit can be powered by an optional 6 volt, 200 mA power adapter (not included).

Using a screwdriver, remove the battery cover of the receiver, and insert three AAA batteries, Position them as indicated inside the battery compartment. Replace cover.  Repeat this process with PIR Motion Sensor.

Turn the unit on, there is a small power switch on one side.

The transmitter will be functional about ten seconds after the batteries are successfully installed. The receiver will take a few seconds to warm up and enter a code matching mode after the batteries are inserted and switch is turned on AND you push the programming/pairing button (lower button under the power switch). After you’ve pushed the pairing button, activate the motion sensor by passing your hand over it or waving it in front of something . You will hear the receiver beep twice to confirm a successful match or matches. The receiver can accept up to fifty codes (separate transmitters) while in code matching mode. After about another thirty seconds to a minute, the receiver will go into power saving mode. If no match was made, the unit will can still be matched by a single transmitter, but will immediately switch out of a code matching state. Once matched, the system is immediately “armed” or ready for use.

You can also choose to have the alarm tones sound without the LED lights flashing, or you may also choose to use the LED lights flash without any audio alerts. You can cycle through these choices by pushing the button directly under the power switch. 

What the hell, it’s not working, what am I doing wrong?

Hold on, hang on a minute. The most important thing you need to have a little patience setting this up.  It’s incredibly simple, however, there are a couple things you can do to make sure it gets working.

And while the following things may seem very basic, it’s easy to to overlook sometimes when you’re in a hurry.

  • IMG_5093Just for the sake of being sure, make sure you have fresh batteries and that they are inserted correctly. (positive to positive, negative to negative, etc. etc.)
  • Make SURE the little power switch on the side of the receiver is in the on position. (This is actually one of the simplest things to overlook.)
  • IMPORTANT: The newer models require that you push the “Pairing/Programming” button (the lower button under the power switch) after you put the batteries in the unit. Then you should be able to “trigger” the motion sensor and the units should pair. 
  • If you are using an AC/DC power supply, make sure that the voltage is matched correctly, (6 volts), and that the center pin is +.  Make sure it is plugged in and working.
  • GIVE ALL PROCEDURES A MINUTE OR TWO TO COMPLETE.  Most of the misunderstandings are from rushing through the setup. Both units require a couple seconds to warm up after the batteries are inserted and the receiver is turned on. After the programming button is pushed, the receiver should be in “pairing” mode. When it pairs with a motion sensor, (wave your hand over it, note that the little LED will light up on the motion sensor,) the receiver will beep twice.  It will remain in “pairing mode” for about a minute or two, during which time you can add more receivers if you wish. After about a minute or two, it will leave pairing mode and be operational.  Have some patience… give it an extra minute or so before you pull the batteries out or switch it off and start over.
  • In operation, when the motion sensor is triggered by heat, (a human, animal, warmed plants, vehicles, sunlight in shadows…) the receiver’s LEDs should blink and the tone of your choice should sound.
  • YOU CAN NOW CHOOSE TO HAVE THE LED LIGHTS FLASH WITHOUT THE AUDIO TONES. You can also choose to have the chimes or alarm sound without the lights, and of course, have them all trigger together. You can cycle through these choices with the button directly under the power switch.
  • Remember, take an extra minute or two and let the receiver cycle though the startup process.
Can I use my driveway alarm with AC power?

The receiver unit will accept most of the generic DC adapters available at Radio Shack, Best Buy, and of course, Amazon. We don’t sell them, but I just searched Amazon for “DC Adapter” and several popped up.
Almost all of them come with a switch that lets you choose the voltage supplied, and also the “polarity” of the DC provided.
The Alarm Receiver needs 6V (6 volts) and the center pin on the AC adapter needs to be the positive or plus side. Almost all of the adapters provide that, just make sure they allow you to do that.
Be sure and get one that has several choices for the little fitted tips that you insert into the unit (where it plugs in.) Our receiver is a pretty standard size, but since there are so many little DC operated devices these days, there are lots of little plug types. Again, most of the ones sold offer interchangeable little plugs to insert into various devices.

You might put some batteries in the receiver unit as well, in case of power outage! But it’s definitely a way to go to save on battery costs.

Will the motion sensor work outside?

Yes, the PIR motion sensor will work outside and is weather resistant. Note that the unit is a fairly sensitive electronic device, and it will work better and last longer if it has at least some protection from the elements. We suggest placing the unit under the eaves or overhand of a roof; on a porch; or even inside a protective (open sided) box. Customers report great success “hiding” or placing unit inside an open birdhouse or project box. A larger AC gang box will also work.

The motion sensor works from sensing heat signatures. A warm blooded body or a motorized car will set it off in a heartbeat. However, direct sunlight or the constant transition of harsh light and shade may also set the sensor off. So if your sensor is exposed to the interplay between light and shade, you may hear it sound the alarm frequently. This can happen either in direct sunlight as tree branches or clouds hide and then reveal direct sunlight, OR if the unit is “pointed” at a surface that reflects dramatic differences in light and shade.

My receiver goes off so easily, I can’t tell what is setting it off.

If you’re using your unit outdoors, remember that heat differences set it off. If the motion sensor is pointed at something that gets a lot of direct or reflected bright sunlight, you might try and find a pale where it’s not exposed to extreme changes. This might be bright sunlight being broken up by the shade of waving branches in the wind, or warm sunlight shining onto moving branches. Some sun and shade variations are fine, but if the contrast is particularly close and strong, it might set off the unit.

Don’t forget that all kinds of critters set it off. A regular alarm sounding from a sensor set in the garage may indicate you’ve got some rodents running around, or a neighbor’s cat playing around. Pets walking into the field of sensitivity will certainly sound an alarm. You might have to experiment with placing the sensor high enough to avoid “seeing” the family dog. You might try putting the unit on a shelf to keep the sensor from pointing downward.

Remember that vehicles will set the unit off as easily as a warm body. So pointing your sensor towards the front of your yard might also pick up an cars that drive by on the street. You can experiment by hanging the unit higher up and pointing the unit downward, trying to keep the area of sensitivity along a walkway or entrance more that the entire street.

The field is quite wide, so you might have to experiment how it’s directed. Customers report great success “hiding” or placing unit inside an open birdhouse or project box. A larger AC gang box will also work.

Can I plug this into a wall outlet?

IMG_5429Yes, with a proper universal AC-to-DC adapter, you can plug in the receiver unit. These adapters are available at most stores that have an electronics dept, or Radio Shack, and certainly Amazon. Most adapters come with several “tips” or plugs. Find the plug that matches Bubba’s receiver. There is usually a small switch on the adapter, be sure it is set to “6V”. The polarity should be set to center pin positive or “+”.  (In some units this can be set by the way the plug is attached.)

Insert the plug into the receiver, plug the wall outlet in, and turn on Bubbas Home Security receiver. It should power up exactly as it would with a fresh set of batteries.

The motion sensor does not accept a power adapter, it is designed to be used in remote areas and places that are not necessarily easily accessible

I’ve followed the instructions closely, but my unit doesn’t seem to work, now what?

At Bubbas Home Security we make every effort to deliver a solid, working product. Every now and then, one of the units just doesn’t work; it won’t power up. We want you to be happy with your purchase, and Amazon helps us make it easy for you to exchange your unit for a working unit, or get a quick refund.

Before you send it back, do one more check on the following:

  • Make sure the batteries you have in both your receiver and sensor are fresh, working batteries. Maybe test them in a flashlight or other known working electronic device.
  • Make sure that the batteries are inserted correctly. The “positive” (+) terminal to the positive terminal, negative to negative.
  • Be sure that you have pressed the “pairing/programming” button (lowest button under power switch.) 
  • Check to see that the batteries are seated correctly and making good contact with the terminals inside the unit. When the batteries are inserted, the units should power up.
  • Make sure the on/off switch on the receiver-alarm is set to on.

If one or both of the units is still unresponsive, (or simply does not work in a way that you are satisfied with), then logon to your Amazon account, and go to “your orders” tab. Follow the links to “return or replace”. Amazon will give you instructions on how to return the unit; they will give you a shipping label and arrange for delivery of a new unit or an immediate refund.