Add A Remote Doorbell Ringer To Your Basement

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  • 1-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-240
What You'll Need
Remote door chimes
Transformer
Pliers
Wire strippers
Electrical tape or connectors
Screwdrivers
Video doorbell unit
What You'll Need
Remote door chimes
Transformer
Pliers
Wire strippers
Electrical tape or connectors
Screwdrivers
Video doorbell unit

Those who have basements in their homes find it rather difficult to hear the doorbell ring from this underground level. If this is the case at your house you may want to try out a remote doorbell ringer for your basement.

Track Down Your Cables

It may be a difficult process to have to track down the cables that run to your doorbell. Because of this, you might want to use a low-voltage transformer. The transformer for the upstairs doorbell should be attached to the electrical service panel within your home.

Start the Connecting

From there, you will want to connect your wires to the transformer, in order for them to connect to the chimes of the doorbell. Connect a wire to the front and back, as well as the actual transformer. All three wires need to connect to the same terminals as the chime.

Add your Second Chime

You will want to add a second set of chimes in your basement. That way you can hear when someone is at the front door. Depending on your transformer, you may only get a faint sound. This is due to the fact that the transformer might not be able to take 2 chimes at the same time. If this should be the case you will have to look into boosting the power from the transformer to the chimes. You might have to consider replacing them with something more suitable for your application.

Remote Video Doorbells

There are a number of companies on the market today that manufacture and sell a variety of remote doorbell systems. This is a unique doorbell configuration that has a remote camera eye attached to the outside switch. One that you can receive notifications from, and access in real-time from your smartphone, laptop, work desktop PC, tablet, or whatever other smart home devices you might choose to integrate into your home.

The video doorbell system allows you to hear the chimes on your phone in the form of real-time notifications whenever someone rings the doorbell or they activate its proximity alarm. Even in total darkness, the video doorbell systems of today allow you to see who is at the front door through the integration of infrared technology. You can even speak to the visitors at the door by means of a remote, two-way speaker that's also built into the base unit installed outside of your front door.

Many homeowners have had success with using these video doorbells for catching porch pirates. These 'pirates' are people that follow delivery vans and messenger service vehicles around and steal the packages the delivery drivers leave at the front door, or on the customer's front porch if they're not at home to take delivery of the packages in-person.

The effectiveness of this type of remote door chimes is greatly heightened by the extra security that you have of being able to access the doorbell on your phone from virtually anywhere inside or outside of your home. It can provide you with peace of mind while you're away from home. And, in the event of home invaders, it can provide you with a chance to call the police before thieves or vandals can get away with your hard-earned valuables, destroy your home, or worse, bring harm to your loved ones.