A doorbell is a device to notify the people staying inside the home or room about the arrival of a visitor. The visitor has to press the switch fixed outside the door to make the unit inside the room to make a sound to get the attention of the people inside the room. There are two types of doorbells available, namely wired and wireless.
A wireless doorbell does not need any wiring. You can place the outdoor switch anywhere convenient for the visitors to notice it. The indoor panel can be placed anywhere inside the room within the range provided so that you can listen to the sound instantly. Therefore, a wireless doorbell does not need any professional to install it as there is no wiring involved.
Not just that, it is highly portable within its range, and hence, you can carry it from one room to another depending on where you will be at any given point on time. All it needs is a power source which could be an electric outlet or battery depending on the model you buy. There is absolutely no need for drilling holes in the wall.
Which Factors Should I Consider While Buying a Wireless Doorbell?
Wireless doorbell kits come with different features that you should consider while buying one. Some of the important features that you must check for are as follows:
1. Type of Doorbell:
Wireless doorbells are available in two types: intercom and non-intercom. Even though intercom doorbells are expensive, they give you an option to see the visitor via a video call.
Non-intercom doorbells, on the other hand, are inexpensive but they don’t offer a video calling feature. Hence, you won’t be able to see the visitors.
It is better to buy an intercom doorbell from a safety point of view.
2. Operating Range:
Before buying a wireless doorbell, you will have to finalize the range that will work well for you. The operating range means the distance between the transmitter and the receiver. The transmitter has a push button which the visitor needs to press from outside. The receiver is the speaker or the chime and is located inside your house.
When determining the range, one point that you must remember is the range that is mentioned on the device might not be the exact range that you will get. The reason behind this is the manufacturers determine the range in ideal conditions. However, in real-time, the wall and other barriers might interfere with the range of the doorbell.
For standard residential units, an operating range of 150 feet should be fine. Long-range doorbells can feature a range of up to 2,500 feet.
Wireless doorbells are designed using two types of technologies: radio frequency technology and Wi-Fi technology.
Doorbells with radio frequency technology allow you to control the unit via an indoor receiver only. These models are less expensive comparatively.
Wi-Fi supported doorbells allow you to control the doorbell from anywhere using your smartphone. Wi-Fi technology is expensive though.
4. Frequency Blocking and Avoiding Interference:
As wireless doorbells work whenever there is an exchange of frequency between the transmitter and receiver, it is important that the doorbell should respond only to its own push bells and not others.
Hence, check whether the doorbell that you have selected has an option to block other frequencies or not. Most of the doorbell units feature this frequency blocking feature.
Also, it is better to select a doorbell featuring varying frequencies. If you see that there is any type of interference, you can change the privacy code on the bell and adjust the frequency accordingly.
5. Doorbell Sound Options:
When it comes to wireless doorbells, there is a wide range of sounds available including basic dings and buzzes. You can check the sounds and select one that you prefer the most. You can even choose a customizable doorbell where you can upload and use a different music clip.
Some doorbells even feature a mute and timer option. Products offering these features are very useful as some users prefer turning off the doorbell during the night. Hence, rather than turning on and off the doorbell, you can set a time and automate the process.
6. Volume Control Adjustment Options:
It is always better to select a doorbell that allows you to have control over the sound levels. You can adjust the volume as per your convenience.
It is a good option for those who don’t like noise during night-time and many such occasions.
7. Power Source:
Wireless doorbells need a source of power to operate. There are two options available here: you can either select a unit that is battery-powered or plug-in power.
If the place where you want to install the bell and the receiver are near the outlets, you can select an electric bell. However, if there is no power outlet nearby, you can choose a battery-powered model.
Most of the wireless doorbells come with disposable batteries. You can even check for the models of wireless doorbell that has rechargeable batteries along with a charging plug.
8. Weather Resistant:
As you install the doorbell outside so that the guest can press the push button, it is susceptible to come in contact with several elements such as dust, rain, etc. throughout the year.
Thus, the doorbell should be able to withstand varying weather conditions. Make sure that you select a model that can work well in any weather condition and will not get damaged due to factors like temperature fluctuation, snow, or rain.
You can select a bell that mentions weatherproof or weather-resistant in the packaging or in the product description.
9. Number of Push Buttons/Bells Supported:
If you are staying in a house that has multiple entrances, you can check for a doorbell with multiple push buttons.
First, check that how many push buttons does the doorbell supports. Some models of doorbells can support up to 6 buttons. Some models can support even unlimited push bells.
10. Number of Receivers:
After deciding the number of push buttons, check how many receivers do you want for the doorbell. Most of the doorbell kits come with only one receiver but if you have a big house, one receiver might not be enough. You will need extra receivers so that you can hear the doorbell in any corner of your house.
11. Design and Style of the Doorbell:
While buying a doorbell, you should select a unit with a push button that will blend well with the design of your door and the receiver should look compliment the interior of your house. A doorbell with a good design and style should go well with the aesthetics of your house.
Basic models of wireless doorbells are often made using plastic and are available in limited neutral colors. You can find a wide range of colors, styles, and finishes (like metal, wood, or ceramic) in luxury models. You should select a bell that will look good overall.
12. Flash Light/Illumination Indicators:
Some wireless doorbells come with sensors that light up when you press it rather than making a sound. It is extremely useful for those who have babies at home. Thus, the bell will illuminate rather than playing a chime and it will not disturb the baby’s nap time too.
These bells are even helpful if a member of your family has a hearing impairment. They can get a notification due to the flash of light. If you prefer having a silent environment at home, you can choose such models too.
Wireless doorbells are available in different shapes and sizes. You can select a size depending upon the space available near your door. Check which size will look apt on the place where you are planning to install the bell.
14. Ease of Installation:
A wireless doorbell should be easy to install. These doorbells often come with double-sided tape or you can even screw them on the wall. You should also have the flexibility to fix it either vertically or horizontally, or in whatever position you want to keep.
Wireless doorbells have a complicated yet sensitive circuitry. Hence, you must be careful while installing it. Make sure you don’t drop it or handle it roughly as it might damage the important parts of the doorbell.
Most of the modern units of doorbells come with an installation guide along with a customer support team. While selecting a doorbell with a video camera or a model that is compatible with other smart devices at your home like phone, tablet, or Alexa, make sure you double-check everything before buying it.
15. Integration with Home Security Accessories:
When it comes to the integration of home security features in the wireless doorbells, many improvements have been made recently. This is optional if you already have a robust home security automation system in your home.
There are some advanced models of doorbells that can even work with motion sensors and multiple push buttons. It is your choice whether you want to opt for these features or not.
In some cases, you might want to be able to communicate with your house’s security system. For example, you can set up the unit to make a sound or notify you when a guest has pressed the push button on the doorbell and it can make another sound when the guest is walking in the proximity of the motion detector after some time.
Some doorbell kits are even capable of doing this.
You might want to set up a wireless doorbell (with a video camera) to record the video automatically for 15 seconds soon after the doorbell is pressed. This video will get uploaded to the cloud. If you want this setup, you should inform your visitors about the CCTV footage.
A few doorbells even allow you to communicate with the guests on your phone or tablet. Thus, when you are out, you can inform the guest or tell the delivery guys to leave the parcel at a particular place.
You can get a good quality wireless doorbell at a price range of Rs. 1,000 to Rs. 3,000. The price of the wireless doorbell is decided majorly on the basis of technology used and the number of features that it offers. You can select a model that fits in your budget and offers all the important features.
Make sure that you are buying a wireless doorbell that comes with a limited warranty period. This will be helpful if there is an issue with the device.
Types of Wireless Doorbells
There are different types of wireless doorbells available in the market, each offering different features. Let’s learn more about them in detail.
1. Standard Wireless Doorbell:
A standard wireless doorbell is quite similar to a wired doorbell but without a wired connection. You will have an outdoor switch along with an indoor unit that will play the ring when the switch is pressed from outside. Depending on the range, these doorbells are available as short-range, medium-range, and long-range standard wireless doorbells.
2. Wireless Video Doorbells:
Wireless video doorbells feature embedded video cameras. They also have speakers along with a microphone system so that you can hear and talk to the guest that is standing in front of the door. Whenever there is a visitor, depending on the device that you use, you can receive an alert on your smartphone along with the audible chime.
By simply touching a button, you can establish a video feed connection to the front door. After the link is established, you can have a video conversation with the guest. As the information is transmitted via Wi-Fi, it is not necessary for you to be at home to connect with the guest.
3. Wireless Video Doorbells with Motion Sensing:
Most of the video doorbells come with motion sensors that are located next to the camera. Whenever a person is touching the doorbell or if a person came near your doorbell but didn’t press it, the motion sensor will send you an alert.
The motion detector then activates the camera and the doorbell starts recording before the person gets near the door. It is a helpful feature to increase the security level in your home.
4. Wireless Video Intercom Doorbells:
The video intercom doorbells comprise of a monitor, a handset, an intercom system, a doorbell camera, and the energy/power source for the monitor and the handset. Most of these handsets even allow you to view and speak to the guest. Some even let you open the door.
Advanced units of video intercom doorbells come with infrared illumination that lets you see who came to your door even during night time.
5. Long Range Wireless Doorbells:
If you have a large house or if you are planning to install the doorbell in a commercial building or office, buying a standard wireless doorbell might not be enough.
The standard doorbells offer a range of about 75 feet to 100 feet. These doorbells might not penetrate through heavy-duty materials that are used while constructing large homes or in construction sites.
6. Flashing Strobe Light Doorbell:
A flashing strobe light doorbell is an ideal choice for those who have a hearing impairment, or related issues. It is also useful in offices that are generally loud as you might not be able to hear a chime. A visual indicator can be helpful in such situations.
Benefits of the Wireless Doorbell
There are several benefits of a wireless doorbell, and they are the reasons behind the growth in popularity of the doorbells.
1. No Wiring
The biggest benefit of wireless doorbells is the lack of use of wires. This is because the wiring part needs a professional to set up the doorbell. Besides, we can all agree that wiring does mess with the room décor and they can cause distract from the beautiful pieces inside the room. Therefore, by eliminating the wires, you are saving money on the wires as well as the setting up service from professionals. Not just that, there is no question of casing or concealing and no chance of short-circuiting by any means.
When you have a large room, and you place the indoor panel of a doorbell in one particular room, you may not hear it clearly from the other rooms which are far away. With a wired doorbell, you cannot move it from one room to another instantly as it is fixed at one place through drilling. Moving it from one room to another will require a professional to do it, and he has to install wires, do casing and drilling, and then it can be done.
With a wireless doorbell, there is no such headache as you can move it anywhere and place it everywhere without anyone’s help. If it is an electrically powered wireless doorbell, you just need to plug in it the power outlet. If it is powered by batteries, you can place it literally anywhere in any room. If you are staying in a rented house, you can easily take it to another rent house when you shift.
There are various innovative features available in a smart wireless doorbell which are not yet implemented in a wired doorbell. Some of the smart wireless doorbells have camera and screen feature so that you can see the visitor without opening the door. Some have a magnetic backside to attach it to iron and steel objects anywhere you want. Apart from that, the smart ones allow you to set music through a smartphone app, and the possibilities are limitless.
A wireless doorbell is safer and securer than a wired doorbell. A wireless doorbell is powered by electricity or battery. The battery ones are safer as there is no chance of electrocution or short-circuiting. Even the electric-powered wireless doorbells are safer than wired ones because there is no wire involved. You have to simply plug it in the power outlet. But in case of a wired doorbell, the wires can wear out and the possibility of short-circuiting increases. The visitor who will press the bell can get electrocuted. The same possibility does not exist for wireless ones due to no wire connection.
There is hardly any installation required in a wireless doorbell. You can do it yourself without any professional help. You have to drill to make the switch sit outdoor for the visitors to press. As far as the indoor unit goes, there is no need for any installation, and it is just a plug-n-play device. It is literally free of maintenance, and you can carry it to the nearby store for repairing. None of these advantages hold for a wired doorbell.
6. Multiple Connections
With a wireless doorbell, you can connect the indoor unit with multiple switches. If you have a house with multiple doors, you can install multiple switches, and only one indoor unit will suffice. This is not possible with a wired doorbell under normal circumstances and setup.
Wired Vs Wireless Doorbells
A complete comparison of wired and wireless doorbells will help you understand why you should opt for wireless doorbell over wired ones.
To install a wired doorbell, you need to have a wiring system to connect the outdoor switch to indoor panel. You have to drill the walls to attach the switch as well as the inner panel. For wireless doorbells, there is no need for wiring system, and therefore, the walls stay clean and enhance the room décor. You have to just attach the doorbell switch. The indoor panel is either attached to the power outlet or can be kept anywhere if it is powered by the battery. In short, there is no installation headache or extra expenditure on the installation of the wireless doorbell.
The range of a wired doorbell is limited, and it depends on the length of the wire. It is very difficult to increase its range though it is not impossible. You have to get an electrician to increase the length of the wire and do casing or concealing. On the other hand, the wireless doorbell comes with a defined range, and within that range, you can move the indoor panel as per your requirement.
However, there is no way to increase the defined range unless you want to buy a new one. But with the flexibility of moving the doorbell, there is practically no need to increase it if you buy wisely beforehand to cover your entire home.
3. Extra Expense
There is a lot of extra expense associated with a wired doorbell. First of all, you need wires, casing, drilling, and setting the indoor and outdoor parts. On top of that, there are charges of the electrician who sets it up for you. For wireless one, you just need to attach the outdoor switch, and that is it. If you are buying an electric based doorbell, the consumption of electricity will be the same for wired and wireless. For battery-based ones, you just need to change the batteries from time to time. Therefore, the expense is minimal.
As far as the connection goes, the wired ones win here. There could be situations where the wireless doorbells may not be picking up the signal from the transmitter in the outdoor switch when it is out of range. Therefore, there can be inconsistency, which is not the case with wired ones. It is no issue with sound strength when you use a wired doorbell. Thanks to the direct line, the consistency is optimal.
A wired doorbell does not have any features for defining its versatility. A wireless doorbell has so many features to make it versatile. For example, with one doorbell switch, you can make multiple indoor panels set at different rooms as well as different floors. The opposite is also true where you can place multiple switches at different doors and use one indoor panel for the same. You can change the ring tone with the smartphone app in some.
Besides, there are controls to change the preset ring tones manually. The portability also makes it versatile in its usage. Sick and elderly people can use it to call family members when needed. Moreover, some of them have a camera attached to the outdoor switch, and you can check the visitor’s face in the indoor unit.
Apart from these, the wireless doorbells are safer than wired ones as we have already discussed in the benefits.
How to Install A Wireless Doorbell?
You can easily install a wireless doorbell without the help of an expert. All you need to do is follow the steps mentioned below:
1. Hang the doorbell near the door at its dedicated location
Install the batteries in the doorbell and hang it at a comfortable height. You can select the side (right side of the door or left side) depending on your preference or in which way does the door opens. It is better to hang the bell near the opening rather than near the hinges. You can either use double-sided tape to mount the bell or screw it to the wall.
2. Connect the receiver to a power outlet
Now select a place in your home where you can install the receiver. You should keep it in such a way that you can hear the chime in any area of your house. If there are two storeys in your house, you can place the receiver near the staircase. Or you can place it in an area where you spend most of your time such as your living room.
If there is more than one receiver in the kit, you can place them at different locations to make sure you can hear the bell from any corner of your house.
3. Change the privacy code to adjust the frequency, in case of interference
If you notice that your doorbell rings when someone is pressing the neighbor’s door, it means that both the bells are operating on the same frequency. In such scenarios, you can adjust the privacy codes and change the frequency. This will eliminate the chances of interference.
To set and change the privacy code and the frequency, you can follow the user’s guide that you get along with the doorbell kit.
Frequently Asked Questions?
A wireless doorbell comprises of two main things: a transmitter and a receiver. The outside unit where you press the button is called as a transmitter and the inside speaker unit where you hear the chime or ringtone is termed as a receiver. When you press the button on the transmitter, a signal is sent to the receiver that makes a particular chime.
It is very easy to sync a wireless doorbell. After buying the doorbell, insert the batteries and turn the device on. Now press a button on the transmitter and see if the receiver is ringing. In some models, you will have to push both the transmitter and receiver initially.
To sync all the devices perfectly, we suggest you to go through the user manual thoroughly and follow the instructions accordingly. It will not take more than 2-3 minutes if you are following the step by step process.
To change the chime of your wireless doorbell, all you have to do is follow the steps mentioned below:
First press the “Push” button.
*Soon you will hear a melody from the doorbell and then the Halo light will flash.
*Once it is done, press the “Melody” button.
*Keep pressing it until you find a chime that you like.
*Once you find the chime that you were looking for, stop pressing the button and that tone will be selected.
This is a general way of changing the chime of a doorbell. You can go through the user manual once before changing the chime. Some units even allow you to set different chimes for different doors of your house.
Almost all the models of wireless doorbells allow you to adjust its loudness. However, before buying a doorbell, make sure that you check the dB mentioned on the product. If you have set the device on the highest dB and if you are still not satisfied with the loudness, you will have to replace the entire unit.
The loudness of the chime mostly depends on the size as well as the capacity of the speaker that is installed in the receiver. Beyond the speaker’s capacity, you will not be able to increase the loudness. You can always decrease it though.
You have to mark the place where you will place the outdoor switch. Then take a measuring tape and measure from that point to the extreme corners to the end of the house. It is important to note that the corner should be opposite to the side of the house where the switch will be placed. If you want to simplify, you can measure your house diagonally and buy a wireless doorbell that covers that length.
A wireless doorbell system has a receiver and a transmitter. The receiver is located in the indoor panel while the transmitter is in the outdoor switch. When the switch is pressed by the visitor, the transmitter sends a coded signal in the air for the receiver to catch the signal. Upon receiving the signal and verifying it, the panel plays the set sound to alert the people inside the room.
Yes, there are many wireless doorbells available where you can use multiple doorbell switches with just one indoor unit. Therefore, a visitor can press any of the switches, and you will get to hear the chime from the only indoor panel you have at home. Do check the description of the wireless doorbells to find such a doorbell.
There is no chance for your wireless network device like a router to emit a frequency that can cause interference to the wireless doorbell. In fact, there are many wireless doorbells that need to be connected to the Wi-Fi for sending alerts to smartphones.
Yes, a wireless doorbell is expensive than a wired doorbell. However, if you consider the overall cost you have to bear for a wired doorbell including the installation, a wireless doorbell may cost you the same as a wired doorbell. For a wired doorbell, you have to pay a service charge to an electrician for installing it. You have to pay for wires, casing, and various other requirements. There is no such cost associated with a wireless doorbell where you just have to install the outdoor switch. Therefore, apparently, a wireless doorbell may seem expensive, but overall, it is the same as a wired doorbell.