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Old 01-04-2017, 11:55 PM
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School me on doorbells

Our doorbell doesn't ring a bell, but instead rings the home phone. For this reason we have to pay for a monthly home phone subscription. Is there a way to get away from this and just install a bell? I think the reason the system was designed this way was so that we can pickup the phone and talk to the person at the door and they can talk back and be heard on the home phone (a feature we never use.) We aren't worried about keeping the ability to talk back and forth, would much rather just have the button outside ring a bell (that I assume we'd have to install) so we cancel the home phone subscription. Anyone ever see something like this before? Pics are of the panel outside and where the wires from it end up in the house. Any advice or a place to start is appreciated
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:11 AM
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:18 AM
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:04 AM
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If you wanted to go old school you could put in a traditional door bell ringer as well. Just use the blue/white wires to connect the outdoor switch to the inside ringer.

You could probably open the outdoor box and use the existing push button if it's a momentary switch by connecting it directly to blue/white wires. Of course people might still be talking into the speaker but that could be good fun too.
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Old 01-05-2017, 09:14 AM
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An old fashioned door chime is under rated. Push the button and "ding-dong". They cost about $10.
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Old 01-05-2017, 12:14 PM
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The only concern I have is that the box I pictured (where the wires from the front door end) are located in a closet, so if I added a door chime there it would not be heard. JohnE and Keith, I'm liking your ideas as they seem to have the simpler is better approach which is what I was going for.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:48 PM
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I have the Ring and it works well. It rings in the house as well as on my phone. If it rings during the day when I'm not home, I can check the video to see who it is.
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Old 01-05-2017, 03:55 PM
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Yeah, that is a problem if you can't get the bell part out of the closet.

You could get a blank plate to cover up the hole from the old one and put a wireless one on top of it. They're dirt cheap and some even have multiple receivers that you can spread around the house to make sure you hear it. The main downside is the transmitters require batteries even if they last for years. Not sure how handy you are but you could possibly wire in a power transformer using the existing cabling to eliminate the need for batteries.
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Old 01-05-2017, 04:14 PM
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Where is the closet and what is on the back side? Is there a basement below or attic above?
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