The transmitter is the main control box for the system that send out the signal through the boundary wire to create the boundary. It is also where you will set the boundary width or distance from the wire that will trigger the warning on the collar. Several system also have the correction level setting on the transmitter as well. And finally, the transmitter has signal lights on the box to alert you to whether the system is working and whether there is a break in the wire, some systems also have an audible alarm for wire breaks.
You will need to locate your transmitter near an outlet. If for some reason you must mount it away from an outlet and you are using lightning protection, you will need a three pronged heavy duty extension cord to plug in your system. We do not recommend this type of setup.
The transmitter is not weather proof so it will need to be mounted inside or in a weather proof enclosure.
And finally, the transmitter should be located on an outside wall so it is easy to get the wires outside to go around your yard.
We get many questions about where to locate the transmitter and the three best places that we have found is in the garage, in an unfinished portion of your basement or in a shed that has electricity run to it. All three are weather proof, have electricity and allow easy access to the outside to run the wires.
Mount the Transmitter
Screw the transmitter to an outside wall using the supplied mounting screws. Control boxes are light so there is not need to find a wall stud to mount to, however, if mounting to drywall or some form of masonry, you will want to use the proper drill bit and some plastic anchors for the screws.
Running Wire to Outside
Once the transmitter is mounted you will need to find the best way to run the wire for the fence outside. The best ways are through a window or vent (Do NOT use a dryer exhaust vent, much too hot). You can also run it out of a garage door opening but this may wear out the wire. Or if there is no other way, you can drill a hole right from inside the house to outside and just use some heavy duty silicone caulk where the wire exits the house wall to keep water and bugs from entering.
Twisting the Wire
Most likely you will not want your dog to get a warning or correction right near the transmitter. For instance, if you install the transmitter near a high window in the basement, the dog could get shocked in the room above. So you will need to use twisted wire directly from the transmitter and/or from your lightning protection, to the outside and to where ever you want to start your containment area. You can find out more about twisted wire and how to use it on our Twisted Wire page.
Lightning Protection – Highly Recommended!!
In most areas, especially those that are prone to lightning storms or for those installations of 2 acres or more we highly recommend getting lightning protection as buried wire can be a conductor for lightning.
A lightning protector is a small surge protector that grounds your system to the ground in your home electric system and will protect your transmitter. The lightning protection unit plugs into any grounded outlet. You then plug your transmitter and the boundary wires into the unit. You then run two short boundary wires from the unit to the transmitter to complete the boundary wire loop with the transmitter.
You have completed installing your transmitter and now need to Bury the Boundary Wire.