How to Convert a Wireless Doorbell to a Wired One

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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A wireless doorbell can fail to work if interference interrupts its wireless network connection. To avoid this and other problems that a wireless network can cause, hard-wire the doorbell to the receiver instead. The procedure is straightforward but does involve some experience in electrical wiring and using a soldering iron. You will need some supplies from an electronic store for this conversion, as well as a few common household tools.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wireless doorbell module
  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Portable drill
  • 1/2-inch drill bit
  • Electric cable, 50 feet
  • Utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Wire strippers
  • Towel
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Stapler
  • Staples
  • Wireless doorbell receiver module

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the screws that hold the wireless doorbell module on the door, using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the wireless doorbell module off the door. Drill a hole through the wall in the door where the module was located, using a power drill equipped with a 1/2-inch bit.

  2. 2

    Slit in 4 inches on the outer insulation on one end of an electric cable, using the utility knife. Peel the insulation back. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the ends of the two wires inside the cable, using wire strippers. Push the cable through the hole in the door from the inside.

  3. 3

    Place a towel on the floor outside the door. Place the wireless doorbell module face down on the towel. Open the battery compartment lid on the back of the module and remove the batteries.

  4. 4

    Insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver into the seam between the top and bottom shell of the module on one side. Lift up on the tip to separate the shells from each other. Repeat this procedure on the other side and the top and bottom of the module. Pull the back shell off the front shell.

  5. 5

    Cut a hole through the back shell, using the blade of a utility knife. Heat up a soldering iron for five minutes. Push the two wires that are inside the cable through the hole in the back shell.

  6. 6

    Solder the end of one of the two wires to the contact ring circling the button that is located inside the front shell. Let the solder cool for a minute. Solder the end of the other wire to the contact on the centre of the button. Let the solder cool for a minute as you unplug the soldering iron.

  7. 7

    Place the back shell back on the front shell. Push the two together to engage the clips that hold them in place. Insert the batteries into the battery compartment and close the lid.

  8. 8

    Place the module back on the door, over the hole. Screw the module to the door with wood screws, using the Phillips screwdriver.

  9. 9

    Run the electric cable down the door and over to the wall by the hinges. Staple the cable to the door with a stapler. Run the cable along the baseboard of the wall until you come to the wireless doorbell receiver module. Staple the cable to the baseboard with the stapler.

  10. 10

    Turn the wireless doorbell receiver module over. Unplug the power cord connected to wall outlet. If there is no cord, remove the battery compartment lid and take out the batteries.

  11. 11

    Insert the tip of a flathead screwdriver into the seam between the top and bottom shell of the module on one side. Lift up on the tip to separate the shells from each other. Repeat this procedure on the other side and the top and bottom of the module. Pull the back shell of the module off the front shell. Cut a hole through the back shell, using the utility knife. Run the cable through the hole.

  12. 12

    Slit in 4 inches on the outer insulation at the end of the cable. Peel the insulation back. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the ends of the two wires inside the cable, using wire strippers.

  13. 13

    Heat up the soldering iron for five minutes. Locate the buzzer inside the front shell. Solder the end of one of the two wires to one of the two contacts on the buzzer. Let the solder cool for a minute. Solder the end of the other wire to the other contact on the buzzer. Let the solder cool for a minute. Unplug the soldering iron.

  14. 14

    Place the back shell of the module on the front shell. Press the two together. Turn the module right side up. Plug the power cord back into the outlet, or reinsert the batteries and close the lid.

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