Frequently Asked Questions About Wireless Chimes, Doorbell, & Entrance Alert Products

LRA-DRV1000 Safeguard Supply Wireless Strobe Driveway Alarm Kit w/ 1000 ft. RangeThe LRA-DR1000 is a long range wireless driveway monitoring kit that consists of two pieces, the LRA-DSTX (sensor/transmitter) and the LRA-DCRX (receiver).

The transmitter has a passive infrared (PIR) sensor that will detect a combination of motion and heat and when triggered, will send a wireless signal up to 1,000 ft. to the receiver.

For programming, we have a video that walks you through pairing the driveway alarm transmitter to the receiver.

You can also watch the video here:

Typically there are two reasons why the sound may not be coming out of your LRA-DCRX long range receiver. First, check the selector switch on the side of the unit. There are three modes you can set the receiver to a) strobe only, b) sound only, and c) strobe and sound. Often times when there's no sound it is because the selector switch is on sound only. Second, check the volume control selector. Open the front cover of the receiver and locate the volume adjustment dial. Use a small screwdriver to adjust the sound level. Take a look at this illustration to get an idea of where the selector switch is located. Safeguard Supply LRA-DCRX Flashing Receiver Battery Operated Wireless Chime

Chimes consist of a wired push-button, a wired chime (sound device) and a transformer (changes the voltage from 120 volts to 16 volts).

Recommendation 1: We recommend at least 18 gauge wiring in the existing home for the new chime to work (this is a requirement from Craftmade Chimes). (The smaller the number gauge of wire, the bigger the wire.)

Recommendation 2: Consider the length from the doorbell to the actual chime unit and the transformer.

Recommendation 3: Wired transformer sizes

  • 16V 10VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with all wires less than 50’
  • 16V 15VA (watt) for One 2-note Chime with any wire longer than 50’ or two 2-note Chimes with all wires less than 50’
  • 16V 30VA (watt) One 2-note Chime with all wires longer than 50' / two 2-note chimes with any wire longer than 50’ / Three 2-note chimes / One 8-note chime

Wired Door Chime Troubleshooting Guide

  • Check to make sure that the circuit is complete to the chime and that there is power from the breaker.
  • Make sure the light on the button or buttons is/are lit.
  • Make sure there is at least 18 gauge wire being used everywhere (from the buttons to the chime and from the transformer to the chime. The wiring can be larger than 18 gauge, but not smaller.
  • Make sure that the transformer is 16volt. All Teiber (Craftmader) chimes must be 16 volts.
  • Make sure that the correct wattage is used for the particular chime that is used. Transformers come in 3 different wattage. (see above).

You can always use the larger wattage transformers as it will not hurt anything. Never use less wattage. The larger the wattage is better if you’re not sure.

Up to 4 WC180 receivers can be paired with a single transmitter WC180 Pushbutton.

Up to 4 transmitters can be paired with a single receiver. However, since there are only 3 different chime tunes on the receiver, it is suggested to pair up to 3 transmitters by selecting different melodies for each transmitter.

The differences between surface, flush, and recessed mount will alter the way the push button is mounted. Most wireless push buttons are surface mounted which means they mount directly on the surface, usually an exterior wall next to the front door.

  • Surface mount - this means the item will sit directly on top of the surface you are mounting it to. For our purposes here we mean it will sit directly on top of the wall you are installing the wired button on. Typically this is the easiest mounting option.
  • Flush mount - the plate of the wired button sits or rests on the surface of the wall but the guts of the button will sit inside the wall. With these types of buttons the electrical components of the button will stick into the wall itself. Although not overly complicated to install, it it a little more involved that a surface mount.
  • Recessed - this is where the entire doorbell push button mechanism in set inside the wall or mounting surface.

To view our wide selection of push buttons visit the link below.

Wired Doorbell Buttons Selection

The ERA-DCRX is a four (4) zone receiver meaning each zone will play a distinct sound.  You can program / pair as many transmitters (such as a push button) to a zone as you want, but all the transmitters in that zone will play the melody selected for that zone.

For example, zone 1 may be set to play the "ding-dong" sound.  When any transmitter paired to the zone is triggered, the receiver will play the "ding-dong" sound.  In this example, I have a push button on the front door paired to zone 1.

For zone 2, I want to program a push button for the back door.  When programming, I set that zone to play the Westminster  Chime.  When that push button is triggered, the receiver will play the Westminster Chime.

This enables you to distinguish a visitor at the front door versus the back door.

Up to 4 transmitters can be paired with a single receiver. However, since there are only 3 different chime tunes on the receiver, it is suggested to pair up to 3 transmitters by selecting different melodies for each transmitter.

The only real limitation with the ERA series of products are the number of zones.  As mentioned in a previous FAQ article, you can pair as many transmitters to a specific zone as you want.

There's not a limit to the number of receivers you can have in your system.  Whether you have 1, 2, or 4 different transmitters, you can have as many receivers as you want and can spread them throughout your warehouse, store or office space.

This type of configuration allows you to distribute the sound throughout your facility.  You may, for example, play a receiver in the warehouse and turn the volume up to its maximum setting.  However, because you might keep your door shut in your office, you may want to put your own ERA-DCRX receiver in the office and turn the volume down--or even mute it.

A) If you have a wired doorbell system, the Extend-A-Chime is just what you need. It is available as a kit, the LRA-EX1000. The kit works like this:  a small, battery powered transmitter is wired into your existing wired door chime.  When a visitor presses the wired push button on your door, you doorbell rings as usual...in addition to that, the small transmitter generates a signal and trigger the receiver that comes in the kit to play a chime sound. The Extend-A-Chime will allow you to easily increase the range of your current doorbell or door chime system so you will be able to hear it when you are out on your back deck. If you have a wireless doorbell system, you will need to purchase a compatible receiver for your system. Manufacturer's vary on how you determine compatibility. If it is a brand we sell, give us a call and we would be happy to help.