Product Type: Doorman Home Security
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Doorman protable door chime
Member Name: sit2020
Doorman protable door chime
Date: 05/07/02, updated on 26/03/05 (1258 review reads)
Advantages: No wiring, very easy to use/install
Disadvantages: Not enough choice of sounds
When we moved into our new house the previous occupants had left a fitted and working doorbell. Just a standard ding dong, open the door and visitor is there type set up. The bell was called a portable door chime, this meant it did not need wires and when the bell push was pressed it sent a radio signal to the chime and ding dong.
This is where the fun begins, a week or so after moving in we heard a new door chime, instead of the ding dong it was the Westminster chime sound (ding dong ding dong etc) upon answering the door we discovered errrr nobody there.
Although this did not happen often, we still answered the door whenever we heard the Westminster chime and always nobody was at our door.
High and low the search went on looking for another doorbell outside the front and back of the house, looking for another door chime inside the house, all without success.
Being an old Georgian house we would have suspected that this was a ghostly bell, but the fact that it was an electronic sound meant there had to be an explanation.
It took us over four months to discover what caused the unexplained bell. Next door they had a bell similar to ours, also a portable and when next doors bell push was pressed our bell would ring. This was overcome by recoding our bell so as to avoid the interference from next door. Let me explain more about the doorbell.
The Chime unit, this takes 3 “C” type batteries and has 8 little pins arranged in 2 lines of 4, over these are fitted plastic pegs, these make up the code of the unit, thus avoiding interference from other door bells. It is an off white colour and being small does not look out of place in the house. It is also reasonably loud, this is very good for us as the house is large and it can be heard throughout the house.
The bell push, this takes 1 “A23” battery (a 12-volt battery similar to those found in remote controlled car alarms). It also has the same arrangement
of 8 pins and plastic pegs, very simple to change the code as all you need to do is make sure you have the bell push and door chime set to the same code. Also in the bell push are a further 6 pins again arranged in pairs and by using these you can change the bells ring, there are quite a few different chimes that can be achieved in this way.
So now we have the Westminster chime as our bell (well we had got used to hearing it and its nice that now when it rings it is for us). I would presume that if we bought another push it would be possible to code it to have a different ring, this could be very useful to fit to the back door or even an extra bell push on the front door coded for the children’s own chime. This would save us answering the door when it is for the children.
This bell is available from Argos at £14.99. The 12-volt battery is included, but you do need to purchase 3 “C” type batteries. To be honest it is not the type of bell that we would have chosen, but we are more than happy that it was here, would we buy the same again in the future, well yes its great, easy to fit and use and no wiring around the house.
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