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Tips, Ideas, and Other Resources

Welcome to the 1800doorbell Resources Page where we you will find tips on the maintenance, installation, and use of the products you will find on this website, as well as other resources that may be of interest to you.

As we continue to build this resource for you, we hope to have all the information you need, but if there's something missing, please don't hesitate to let us know.


Choosing Doorbells for the Hearing Impaired & Elderly

As we age, one of the first things "to go" is our hearing.  Things we took for granted in our younger years like hearing the phone ring, the television, or the front doorbell buzz are all things we miss dearly in our older years.

It's not just a convenience factor, there are safety reason we need to have products we can hear or see.  Fire alarms, visitors at the door, or emergency phone calls are just a few examples. We carry over 100 products at 1800doorbell.com designed with the hard of hearing in mind.  From simple door chimes with a bright flashing strobe light, to alarm clocks that vibrate your pillow, they are all designed for ease of use and effectiveness.  This article outlines a few basic points when choosing the right doorbell for the hard of hearing.


Doorbell Repair - How to Fix a Broken Doorbell

This article reviews the basic steps necessary to install a wired doorbell. Let's face it, not everyone wants, or has the home improvement skills necessary to install a low-voltage electrical component in their home. This article also has recommendations on alternatives to wired doorbells you may want to consider if the install of a wired door chimes seems daunting to you.


How Does a Doorbell Work?

The technology behind a doorbell hasn't really changed that much over the last 100 years. As a matter of fact, most of your traditional wired doorbells are pretty much the same, while wireless door chimes offer complex circuit boards to emit gorgeous melodies and sound at long ranges.

This article describes the basic functionality of both wired doorbells and wireless door chimes. By understanding the basic concepts of your product, you can often troubleshoot basic problems and/or identify the replacement parts you need.


Reviews & Advice on Choosing the Best Wireless Doorbell

We know it might feel a little overwhelming when you're trying to select a doorbell for your home or office. Wireless doorbells have come a long way over the years.

Most "residential" grade wireless product top out with a range at the 150 ft., with some models hitting 300 ft. While this is fine for most homes, offices and commercial applications have too many environmental factors that will degrade a wireless signal. For that, you need something with more "punch," with ranges of 500ft. or more.

This article explains many of our residential and commercial wireless door chime products in a review format to give you information on how to choose a wireless door chime and reviews of some of the wireless door chimes we recommend.


Reviews & Advice on Purchasing a Wireless Driveway Alarm System

With over 20 different driveway alarm products to choose from, 1800doorbell offers one of the largest collections of driveway sensors and alarms on the internet.

With over 20 years of experience working with alarms, we are very careful to ensure we only offer the best products offered. As a matter of fact, most of the products won't be found at your large box store retailer. With so many choices, it might seem overwhelming.

This article will help you understand what a driveway alarm is, what the differences between systems are, what to look for when purchasing a driveway monitoring kit, and a review of the different products we offer.


Give Me the Bottom Line: Long Range Doorbell Reviews

If you need a doorbell system for your business, or you have a larger home, this article gives you a quick review of our top wireless door chime products.  Our best seller, the DC-1000 tops out at a range of up to 1,000 ft., while the more versatile LH-2500 has a range of up to 2,500 ft.


Avoid Interference from Other Wireless Devices

When we refer to interference when talking about entrance alerts, wireless doorbells, and driveway alarms, we are referencing nearby devices activating your products.  A good example would be a wireless door chime ringing, you go to the door, and no one is there.  Often times this happens when a nearby device, within range, is on the same frequency of your wireless device.

Privacy codes enable you to modify the frequency, eliminating this interference.  This article covers, in detail, how to change the privacy codes on your wireless doorbells.


How To Change The Privacy Codes on Carlon Wireless Chime Devices

In previous articles we talked about privacy codes, how to eliminate interference amongst wireless products, and other reason you may want to change a privacy code.  This page provides a video demonstration of how to change privacy codes for Dimango, Carlon, and Thomas & Betts wireless door chime products.


How to Tell if Your Older Carlon (Dimango, Lamson & Sessions) is Compatible with Newer Products

We have customers who call us with Carlon products they've had for 5, 10, or more years.  After years of reliable service, their old push button or door chime receiver gave out on them and they want to replace it.  This article walks you through the process of determining whether or not your older product will be compatible with the new "SAW" wireless technology of current Carlon products.


Top 10 Doorbell Chimes & Sound Effects

This page is packed full of information regarding doorbell and door chime sounds and sound effects.  One of the advantages of electronic door chimes is the number of tunes they play.  Technology has come a long way and many of them have extremely realistic sound effects.

Whether you are looking for traditional doorbell sounds, holiday sounds, fun sounds, or something you can program yourself, take a look at this page to hear them.  We have sounds loaded from the top manufactures for you to preview the sound prior to purchase.


Modern Doorbells & Their Future - Wi-fi Connected and Programmable

In the wireless doorbell world, the future is here now.  Modern doorbells are coming out at a fast rate and are loaded with modern day futures even George Jetson would be proud of.

Many are programmable, meaning you have the ability with a built-in microphone and/or usb port to upload any mp3 or mp4 song or tune you want.  Halloween?  Put on a zombie sound when someone pushes the doorbell at your front door.  There are countless possibilities with these products.

The biggest innovation, however, has been made on the wi-fi front.  In a matter of seconds, receiver notifications on your smart phone or home computer at your front door.  Newer models even have cameras built-in to the push button that allow you to view the visitor on your phone prior to coming to the door....now that's innovation!


How to Install Security Camera Systems for Home Surveillance

Installing a home security system typically requires a licensed contractor to perform the work.  Surveillance cameras aren't usually easy to install and a contractor is skilled to hide wires and ensure the cameras are communicating correctly with one another.

Dummy surveillance cameras or fake security cameras, if well made, are great products to deter crime. This short article reviews installing a wireless home security system and a fake dummy camera for your home security.


The Importance of A Doorbell Transformer

For a wired doorbell system in your home, think of the doorbell transformer as the power supply your push button and doorbell need to come to life.  A transformer "transforms" the power 110V power supply in your home and converts it, or steps it down, to a lower voltage suitable for your door chime.

Although it might be a little confusing at first glance, installing a wired door chime transformer is not too difficult a task.  This article outlines the basic steps to installation and how to select the right doorbell transformer.


Invisible Beam Entrance Alerts

We get calls almost daily from customers who are looking for an easy to install wireless entrance alert system with an "invisible beam."  At 1800doorbell.com, we carry a large variety of these products that send a passive infrared beam and when broken, generate a chime sound that alerts you to visitors.

With some many products to choose from, we are sure to have a solution that fits your specific needs.


20 Redneck Doorbells That Are Totally Ridiculous

And who said doorbells were boring?  Not us!  This is a fun article where we compiled twenty pictures of wacky and crazy doorbells people actually use.  These are not push button contraptions we staged, these are real doorbell push buttons we have found that people actually us!

If you have your own wacky doorbell, or have seen others out there, please let us know.


A Review of Long Range Wireless Doorbells for Offices

When you need a doorbell for your warehouse, office, or other commercial space, the type of wireless door chime you find at your local box store retailer won't have the range you need.  Building materials like concrete, steel, and more will dramatically cut-down the wireless range of any product.

To overcome this, you need a product with a higher power and range than standard residential products offer.   This article outlines why these standard wireless door chime won't work, factors you need to consider, and a couple of options offered at 1800doorbell.com.