Man has forever sought seamless and uninterrupted transfer of information over a long distance without the use of wires. It is this quest that led to the invention of Infra Red technology, electromagnetic spectrums and radio waves. Remote Controls, security systems and cellular phones are the prime examples of wireless technology. At a time when wireless technology seems to be engulfing all ordinary appliances of the home, it was evident that even the doorbell wouldn’t be spared. Yes, wireless doorbells came into being sometime in the early 90’s and have been a rage since then. They have played a key role in the resurgence of the doorbell into a luxury item.
Wireless doorbells can be further categorized into
Wireless doorbells are portable, easy to install and uninstall and most importantly, they are chic. Yes, it’s all about being in sync with time and technology. No more electrical wiring, no more tracking along the wall or annoying wall supports. It perfectly complements the concealed wiring in your home. The sheer convenience associated with the wireless doorbell makes it a must have for any new home. In fact they can also be installed in mobile homes or RV’s. If you live in a leased apartment and the landlord does not allow any invasive repairs to the property, then you can replace their outdated doorbell with your own wireless door chime and then carry it with you when you move to another place. Having spoken about the portability and the ease of use, it is also important to mention its signal strength, price and common problems.
Costlier than wired models
While wireless doorbells are clearly more expensive as compared to wired models, the cheapest ones can be purchased for as less as $15 to $20. The most expensive ones can cost as much as $150. The elite models have lots of add on customizable features and usually have a longer range from the doorbell to the receiver. But a mid range functional wireless doorbell can be purchased for roughly $75.
The range of a wireless doorbell is one of the most important factors to consider while purchasing it. Most models have a transmitter to receiver range of 100 to 150 feet. These models are ideal for smaller to mid sized homes. But if you have a large multi storied home, then you will have to opt for long range wireless doorbells. Another option is to connect multiple receivers at different locations in the home which might be otherwise inaudible (garage, basement, attic). Several units also offer additional amplifiers and bell receivers which allow the sound to resonate throughout the home.
Installation is a cinch
Installing a wireless doorbell is as easy as hanging a picture on your wall. The bell which is the transmitter is mounted on the door using either a double sided tape or you can choose to screw it in. The chime unit or the receiver can be placed anywhere inside the house according to the range of the wireless system.
Powering doorbells Doorbell sounds
While most wireless doorbells are battery powered, there are a few models that run on DC and you can plug it into the household current. However, you have to ensure that you install the receiver in a place where you have an electrical outlet. Somehow this reduces its portability. Battery run models need to be periodically checked for battery power and they need to be replaced when necessary. Low end models use Triple A batteries for power whereas high end models use D batteries. A unit using D batteries is preferred because the battery tends to last longer. Some chime units even double up as night lights but this add on feature can be a real battery power drainer.
The doorbell sound options are vast. There are wireless doorbells that offer the common and basic sounds like Westminster, Ding Dong and ring and there are advanced models that offer everything from a pre-selected list of 50 to 200 songs, recording your favorite TV phrase, song or dialogue, uploading songs from your computer or music player, in CD quality sound of course. Any basic wireless doorbell model offers up to 12 different melodies. You can also opt for an add-on feature where you can purchase a set of different melodies for your doorbell. The number of chimes you get depends on your taste, personality and budget.
If you live alone in a largish apartment, then you can actually carry the receiver by clipping it to your belt ala a paging device. Yes, newer wireless doorbell models have extremely compact receiving devices that have customizable features like adjustable tunes and volume. These receivers have a belt clip.
Popular Models: The record-a-chime (Thomas & Betts, Carlon Wireless Model RC4346
There is no limit of popular wireless doorbell models. They are everywhere and sell like hot cakes. But one of the most popular models is the Wireless Record-A-Chime. As the name suggests, your doorbell chime is not limited to 3, 4 or even 15 chimes now. You can choose the sound and the record-a-chime will play it. Yes, how about a doorbell that laughs, cries or screams? This is the most unique style statement that you can add to your home. Customizing cars using decals is passé. This is the in thing. It comes built in with an internal microphone that allows you to record up to 10 seconds of your favorite melody. What’s even better is that it has an external plug-in jack that can be plugged into your Laptop, radio or CD player. Simply plug it in and start recording.