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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.

Reviews and Advice on Choosing the Best LED Candles

It seems LED Holiday, or LED Window Candles, have gotten more and more popular over the years.  On the surface you may think these candles are all the same, but this article outlines some of the things you need to know prior to purchasing your next LED flameless candle.  These beautiful candles are realastic looking, never get hot, and add a touch of class to any home.

Does a Motion Sensor Dog Barking Alarm Really Work?

It's better to deter crime rather than trying to chase-down a criminal after the crime has been committed.  The Rex Barking Dog is product that does just that, deter crime.  When set, a German Shepard bark is heard when someone approaches the door.  Ready more about this product by clicking the link above....

Get Creative! The Most Interesting Doorbell Ideas...Ever

Learn how to decorate your doorbell with paint, wood stain, or even wallpaper. Also learn about other creative ways people use our doorbells.

How to Install a Doorbell Button

Whether it's a wired doorbell push button or button for a wireless door chime, installation isn't as overwhelming as you may think.  This simple article walks you through basic steps on the installation process of installing your doorbell button.

How to Fix and Replace a Doorbell Button

More often than not, when your doorbel system stops working, it's the wired doorbell button that's to blame.  This articles covers some basic trouble shooting tips you can use to trouble shoot your doorbell button and some basic tips on how to repair it.

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Doorbell

If you are having any problems with the doorbell in your home, follow these basic troubleshooting steps to help identify the problem.

We would be happy to help you find the right product to fix the problem or find the exact doorbell you want.  Call us at 800-366-7235 for assistance.

How Much & How To Choose a Home Security System

Contrary to what you might think, home security systems don't have to cost you a fortune. As a matter of fact, 1800doorbell.com offers a variety of low-cost, do it yourself systems that are just as effective as the over-priced ones you see at the box retail stores.  With many choices, making the right decision is crucial to your home security plan.

Custom Doorbell Sounds for Holidays and Events

Be a little different, but in a fun way with a custom holiday greeting.  It's the holidays, you guesy approach the door and push the doorbell button....next thing they here is Silver Bells. What a pleasant surprise!

The Basics of a Home Security System: How They Work

This article reviews some basic functions of a home security system.  No matter what level of home security you want, all home security alarm system basically function the same way.

How to Install a Wireless Security Alarm

Installing a home security system doesn't have to be a difficult process.  As a matter of fact, the home security systems offered at 1800doorbell.com are true, do-it-yourself projects just about anyone can install.  This article walks you though some basic pointers of installing a wireless home alarm, and also tips and tricks to add deterrents like dummy cameras and security signs to deter crime.

Choosing the Right Range for a Wireless Door Chime

The range of your wireless door chime, entrance alert, and driveway alarm is probably the most important factor you need to consider prior to purchasing a product.  The range given by the manufacturer may be different than the actual operating range you experience with your product.  This article covers wireless range, factors that affect range, and tips on how to improve the range of your products.

How To Choose the Right Entrance Alert

With many products to choose from, choosing on the right entry alarm for your home or office might seem a little overwhelming at first.  This short article provides a background on entrance alerts, different features, ranges, and the top three recommended models at 1800doorbell.com.

Changing the Tune On Your Wireless Doorbell

This article covers how to change the tune or melody on your wireless doorbell system.  Some manufacturers require the tune change on the transmitters, typically the push button, while others require the change to be made on the reciever (the chime sounder.)

How to Install a Wireless Doorbell

When you need a doorbell system in your home, nothing installs faster than a wireless doorbell system.   Basic kits are available online that contain a wireless push button and wireless receiver.  Also, there are additional transmitters and receivers available to extend the listening range of your system and to cover more doors.

Products like "doorbell extenders" are available which allow you to keep your wired system and add wireless elements to it.  Take a moment to read this article if you would like more information on wireless systems or feel free to call or email us with any questions.

Top 10 Most Decorative Doorbell Covers and Doorbell Buttons

A doorbell isn't just about the sound it makes, or the technical aspects of the chime.  A doorbell is a decorative accent to your home.  When people enter your home, one of the first things they see is your doorbell.  

You've spent a ton of money decorating your home with nice drapes, furniture, and art work, but left that "plain Jane," builder-grade doorbell in your foyer...you're not builder grade!  Take down that doorbell and install something that reflects who you are.

This article reviews our "Top 5 Decorative Doorbell Covers," and "Top 5 Doorbell Buttons."  Although these may not be what you are specifically looking for, we hope this article inspires you to find exactly what you want. 

Wired vs. Wireless Doorbell?

In the past, the decision between a wireless doorbell or wired doorbell was an easy one.  If you home was wired for a wired doorbell, you went that route because wireless doorbells and chimes were, frankly, ugle things.  Wireless door chimes had more features, but lacked the design decor people wanted in their homes and in many cases, didn't have the range homeowners need.

In smaller homes, range may not have been an issue, you may have wanted features only contained with wireless devices, and therefore, wireless was your choice.  Today, the lines have blurred.  Wireless devices now have strong reliable signaling capability and in many cases are as pretty as their wired counterparts.  Many wired doorbells are packed with features historically seen in wireless chimes.  That makes your decision tougher.

This article provides some quick user points to help make your decision easier.  Please feel free to call or email us if you need help.

The History of the Doorbell

We take it for granted...that thing you don't appreciate when it is working and hate when it's not....the lonely doorbell.  Doorbells and door chimes, or forms of them, have been around for a very long time.  In Roman times, homeowners had wind chimes, knockers, and other devices visitors could use to announce their presence.

This article covers a brief outline of doorbells and their history.  It's a fun article with pictures and other information you might find useful.  We would also like to thank the photographers who own these pictures for letting us use them in this article.

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 among 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.


Choosing Doorbells for the Hearing Impaired & Elderly

When you are hard-of-hearing, finding a doorbell or door chime that you can actually hear is a challenge.  Once you find a doorbell that's actually load enough, you have to worry about others in the home who may be overwhelmed with how loud your door chime is.  The WC180 Flashing Door Chime by 1800doorbell is a simply wireless door chime kit that features a flashing strobe light that provides a visual indicator when someone is at your door!