Rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RAS1 Quick and easy, works great so far!
I bought this to replace an old wired doorbell that never worked properly. I used the plain white Heath/Zenith doorbell buttons and set it up for separate front/rear door tones. Easy to program, easy to install. I didn't use any of the fancy tunes so I can't comment on that, but I can clearly tell the difference between the front and rear door tones. The buttons are approximately 20-30 feet from the receiver and the walls are block/stucco construction. No problems with reception. If you have a screwdriver, a drill and about 15 minutes you will have no problem installing this unit. I was especially lucky that I found this on sale at the local Depot, but I still think it's a good deal at the regular price. It's been in for several weeks with no problems, but if anything changes I will update the review.
August 5, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by slipdipidis Not at all worth the price.
I gave it two stars because Zenith actually put in a Christmas doorbell chime in the built-in selections... clever. As for the quality, poor. OK, so you need 3 D batteries to run the chime wirelessly, and the speaker can't handle a loud setting, it starts to break up and warble and every setting sounds electronic... nothing natural to it at all. If you want wireless, you cannot use a transformer to power the chime itself, you HAVE to use batteries, how stupid is that ? Why not make a doorbell (with the ease of technology today), that can use any 120v input source (or fine, keep it 16v and use a transformer) but make it so that there is a relay that clicks over and powers the chime for the length of the tune when a sensor receives the RF signal from the button? How hard is that? Instead, you have to use a full circle wired system to use a wired doorbell. And the worst part of all is the diode... I mean really? It's flimsy (which is why they give you two) and the directions are horrible, they can't even tell you which way the diode striping goes... it just says to "flip the diode" if the bell malfunctions. The bell WILL malfunction in a wired system if you do not use the diode... and heaven help you if you lose them... they don't tell you the value of the diode... and there is no information on how to order another if you do (yes, I know this from personal experience). The overall quality is just poor... buy a Traditional Wired Doorbell and skip this one altogether... or, if you MUST have a wireless... find one that sounds somewhat real and doesn't crackle or warble when you turn it up to normal doorbell volume.
November 3, 2012