Since range is one if not the most important factor to consider when choosing a package, it is always better to have more than less. Sure you may park in your driveway or garage while at home, but consider when you are away from home. Large parking lots such as airports, sports games, shopping malls, restaurants, and movie theaters are just some of the examples where you want enough range.
Choosing an appropriate range ensures that you return to a comfortable and safe vehicle wherever you go and selecting a higher range is not significantly more expensive. Also if your package has a 2-way remote you want to ensure you can receive feedback on the key-fob. Generally, range varies from 1,000 feet to one mile.
Another factor that may not come to mind is interference. Sine most remotes work on radio frequency (RF) there will always be a certain amount of interference. Buildings, motors, electrical lines, windows, other vehicles, fluorescent lights, and other RF signals can significantly reduce range. This is not reflected on the packaging. The distance transmission power advertised is in an ideal straight line situation.
Viper Smart Start & Compustar Drone is another excellent advancement in technology that when integrated with a remote start/security package extends range virtually anywhere you can get cellular service. Working with your smartphone it acts as a 2-way remote letting you start, stop, engage, and disengage your system from afar. It can also notify you if the vehicle leaves a certain area, is traveling over a specific speed, if the alarm is triggered, operated after a designated time, and more. Now that’s piece of mind!