Installing the wireless doorbell

There is a crazy rumor about America and Russia that goes around. According to this saying, America spent millions of dollars in the early 1950’s in trying to create an astronaut pen that could work in space. But each time, they would fail as the ink refused to stay within the ball point pen in zero gravity. Russia on the other hand, took a pencil to space. While I don’t believe the story, the point that I am trying to emphasize is that you can actually avoid a lot of hassles and trouble if you put your mind to it. The wireless doorbell is something similar. Think about all the hassles (if you can call it so) that is associated with installing a wired doorbell. You can avoid it all by installing a wireless doorbell. They are easy to install. Have no wires. And can be installed in minutes by even a novice.

  • The steps for mounting the doorbell button and the receiver are similar to that mentioned in the wired doorbell installation techniques. You always have an easier option of using double sided adhesive tape to mount it.
  • If you are replacing an old wired doorbell installation with a wireless one, then you will have to remove the old button from the door and cover any exposed wires with electrical tape. (Follow safety rules mentioned here) You can also choose to bundle all covered wires together with electrical tape.
  • Install the new wireless doorbell button at a comfortable height on the door. (Over the same hole in case of a replacement installation)
  • Place the receiver at an ideal location inside the house. Always ensure that you keep it within the operation range of the unit to obtain maximum volume and resonance. Most people prefer installing the receiver in the hallway.
  • If it is a plug-in model then the receiver has to be plugged in an electrical outlet. If it is a battery powered model on the other hand, then put in the batteries before installation.


Testing the installation

While the doorbell can be tested by simply pressing the button at the front door, that might not be sufficient. Press the button and have someone move from room to room in the house. This will give you a good idea about the places where the sound is least audible. You can always purchase additional receivers to place at different locations in the house (Ideal for multi floor homes). If there is no sound, then either the unit might be faulty or the batteries might need to be replaced. Wireless doorbells might ring for no reason whatsoever. If this is the case, then it is being caused by external interference like garage doors, car alarms. However, there are advanced wireless doorbell models which have built in support to block out external frequencies.

That’s it. Isn’t that easier as compared to installing wired doorbells? You can actually complete installation and testing in less than 10 minutes. So when are you planning to replace your old wired doorbell installation?