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Today we review 3 of the best long range wireless door bell systems on the market.
Before we get to the reviews, we have somethings to say about wired doorbells, and also, we provide a buying guide for how to choose the right wireless doorbell.
Use the table of contents below to jump to the section you want to learn more about!
Table of Contents
- Reasons To Get A Wireless Doorbell
- Why Typical Wired Doorbells Can Be Insufficient
- Doorbells Vs. Sensors / Alert Notifiers
- Buying Guide – Long Range Capabilities
- Buying Guide – Wireless Capabilities
- Sadotech Doorbell – Review
- Dakota Alert DC 1000 – Review
- Honeywell RCWL300A1006 Premium – Review
Reasons To Get A Wireless Doorbell
These devices are perfect for home and also business because you can be strategic about its placement and volume, not to mention the type of sound of the bell itself is customizable.
Your ability to customize things to your specific home or business situation and the fact that the transmitter can be placed at a sizeable distance from the receiver without any wires or cords – these are really the main benefits of purchasing such a device.
In addition, you’ll be wanting something that is not only cold-weather resistant, but completely weatherproof, as each of these models are.
Each of these 3 models are easy to see in the dark, either because they are self-lit or because they are light in colour.
This makes each of these top models (including one by Honeywell, one by SadoTech, and one by Dakota Alert) a great DIY solution to make your large home or sizeable business a more secure and expedient place.
By the way, by “system”, we don’t mean a bunch of complicated parts that you’re going to get a headache trying to figure out. These systems are simple, in terms of both installation and use, we think you’ll find.
Why Typical Wired Doorbells Can Be Insufficient
This purchase of a long range wireless doorbell should effectively eliminate any problems you’ve been having not hearing the doorbell, or having trouble with the wired aspect of typical doorbells.
Electric doorbells have been around for over a hundred years now, and the premise of the technology has always been essentially the same.
You install the transmitter, which is the bell that people ring on the outside of the property, and then some sort of receiver gets the signal and, from there, transmits the sound into the air from a fixed location whenever a guest rings the bell.
All doorbells have their own unique ring, but also, the loudness, and the location of the receiver will determine where it can be heard on your property.
A Quick Note – Doorbells Vs. Sensors / Alert Notifiers
We should also mention that, in this article, we are talking specifically about doorbells, which should be distinguished from the kinds of devices that a store, for example, will use to notify staff when a customer opens a door.
These are called sensors, and alert notifiers, and they’re typically used for businesses, not homes. The sound they make is often called a “chime”, though.
So we’re NOT here to talk about what is shown in the image below, with someone simply walking into a place and you hear an accompanying noise, or “chime” sound.
We’re specifically referring to a door bell – one where someone pushes a button and a sound of some sort goes off somewhere on the premises, but they are still outside waiting for you to respond to their call.
We also think the term “bell” can be a little misleading these days, since there is no actual bell as part of the mechanism. It’s all digitally produced sound.
“Doorbell”, as a common term, simply refers to what we’ve already described, that being, a device where someone pushes a button on purpose, with intention to notify you of their presence, and a sound then resonates somewhere inside the property to let you know.
That said, sometimes manufacturers also call these devices door chimes.
Solving Problems (Continued…)
The problem with typical wired doorbells is that the receiver is generally close to the transmitter, because of the wiring situation.
Many homes have old doorbells, that often need replacement, and the presence of wires only ups the cost of general maintenance, as many people with old homes have things like mice chewing wires and moisture to contend with, ultimately resulting in a malfunctioning or broken doorbell.
In the event that your home or business uses an old wired system, you may be dealing with issues like this as we speak.
Besides wear and tear, there are logistical factors as well to think about. Indeed, you are probably here because you’ve already thought about these things. Maybe you can’t hear the bell as it is. Maybe you can’t trust the bell to work.
These are some of the reasons that you may wish to upgrade to a wireless long range doorbell system.
Wireless Long Range Doorbell Buying Guide
Sufficient Long Range Capabilities
When you think of the term, “long range”, you’re probably thinking farther than, say, 50 feet. If you are the owner of a warehouse, and are buying a doorbell so you know when someone is bringing a shipment, for example, 500 feet plus might be more the range you are thinking.
The point is, you should be looking at the product and it should tell you the range. For instance, if you need 1000 feet, don’t buy one with 250 feet and simply hope that the sound carries.
This is also applicable to some homes, because maybe you have a workshop behind your house, and want to hear if someone comes to your house. In this case, the range is important, but you can also just put the receiver in your workshop, solving any hearing.
For these situations, the long range aspect is essential, and it’s what the doorbells we’ll be talking about feature specifically – long range, starting at 250 feet with the Honeywell and going up to 1000 feet with the Dakota Alert.
If your new doorbell has a 500 foot range (or more), then it’s going to have to be wireless as well.
Wireless technology is not exactly new, and basically uses the same technology as, say, your garage door opener, and countless other home devices.
As far as whether or not you can count on a wireless doorbell, because it has no wires, well.. it depends on the brand and model. There’s always the danger of purchasing a crappy device, but that’s why you have to know what to look for.
As far as wired doorbell systems go, the fact is, you might even be reading this article because faulty wiring got you here in the first place. So, then maybe it’s time to take that leap of faith to a wireless doorbell world.
The other benefit to wireless doorbell systems is that now you can decide where both the transmitter and receiver go. Also, it’s worth noting that some of the doorbells we’ll be talking about will have multiple receivers, which is handy.
So, the idea here is, you get a box with the transmitter, of which there will be one, and the receiver, of which there will be one or more, and you can easily install them yourself – both transmitter and receiver. Because there’s no wires, you don’t need an electrician. Huzzah!
Plus, after the initial install, you can easily move your receivers around to see if that’s the best place for it. Some companies, like SadoTech, offer multiple receivers in various colours, so it really is much easier and more fun to set up your doorbell situation.
For instance, you can put one receiver in the basement, next to your drumkit, so you can see the light flash even if you’re doing a drum solo. The other receiver can be upstairs, and all of the non-musicians will hear it just fine, if they’re home.
So we’ve talked about the long range benefits, and the wireless benefits, and now let’s talk about benefits of customizing the doorbell to be the way you want it.
With these doorbells, you can adjust settings like volume and choosing the actual chime sound that you hear.
This is worth mentioning, because one problem with your old school doorbell setup is that often you don’t get many options for how the bell actually sounds, if any.
Here is the stereotypical door bell sound that most people associate with the word “doorbell”, ie. “ding-dong”.
But not everyone wants their bell to go “ding-dong”.
Sure, it’s a pretty standard noise and you can usually hear it, but the ability to customize your set-up in terms of volume, the actual sound itself, and where the sound comes from, should not be underestimated.
In addition, if you run a business, your typical “ding-dong” doorbell is not necessarily the sound you might want.
In some cases, if you’re the boss, you might actually want a screeching buzzer type of sound effect that no one dare ignore. You want a sound that’s less “tea time” and more “the shipment has arrived, get your ass over there and get it”.
With these doorbells, there are a number of sounds you can choose from, and other options to look at as well.
Here is a video showing all of the 52 chimes or sound effects that come with the SadoTech model of wireless doorbell.
For a home environment, it’s simply nice to have the options available at any time that it offers.
SadoTech Model C Wireless Doorbell
The SadoTech Model C is a great option for a number of reasons, with the first being the cost. As in, it’s relatively inexpensive. We’ve seen them under $50 and even under $30, but of course it depends where you buy them.
Now, the fact that this doorbell is inexpensive wouldn’t mean anything if it wasn’t any good, but, as luck would have it, this is one of the best wireless long range doorbells in for it’s price range.
Variety of Colors
The colour selection is something that SadoTech emphasizes, so if you’re wanting more than one receiver, you can theoretically get another color.
Or, you can just go for a uniform color scheme for all the parts. They even have some special color schemes like an American flag design. Nice!
The fact that you have these choices when it comes to colors is pretty cool to begin with, regardless of which way you want to go with it.
That said, if you are thinking the colors are too bold, you can just get a white one, or something more neutral, like grey or black.
And, if you’re thinking, “colors, schmolors, does this thing work properly or not?” The good news is that this is a VERY popular model and people love it specifically for that reason – it works well.
There are reasons people love this doorbell. SadoTech have really thought of everything with this device!
The way they themselves describe it, the SadoTech doorbell can be used for multiple purposes, including an alert devices for people who are infirm or otherwise stuck in a bed.
Also, they mention that you can train your dog with it, use it for classroom settings if you’re a teacher, and generally just use it as a pager.
Due to it’s handy dandy size and just the slick appearance of this doorbell, we have to agree – it does lend itself to more functions than just “doorbell”.
Let’s talk about some of the finer points of this doorbell.
The SadoTech doorbell comes with 50 different ring tones, or chimes.
That’s quite a few to choose from, but it has the benefit where you can change it if you get tired of having the same one all the time, and, overall, you just have a lot of choice here.
We posted a video previously that featured all of the tones. Check it out if you’re seriously considering this model.
By the way, each ring tone has an adjustable volume. There are a total of four volume levels with the SadoTech, between 25 and 100 decibels.
That means, you can make the doorbell plenty loud if you want it that way. Harder to ignore, that’s for sure! And, if you find it too loud, just turn it down a bit.
The range of this doorbell, for the asking price, is not bad at all. The SadoTech can operate up to 500 feet inside your home or business, and 1000 feet in an open space.
This feature makes the SadoTech doorbell great for not just home, but business applications, as 1000 feet is warehouse size, or a larger business.
Other Features of the SadoTech Doorbell
- CE, FCC, RoHS certified.
- Cold weather resistant, water resistant (IP33 weatherproof)
- 100% money back guarantee (last we checked anyway)
- Transmitter requires one battery, receivers don’t need batteries
- Install is super easy, just a few screws or adhesive (both included)
- Package includes: 1 Push Button (Transmitter), 1 Plugin Chime (Receiver), 2 Screws, 1 Double-Sided Adhesive Tape, 1 12V A23 Alkaline battery for transmitter, 1 User Manual
We reached out to SadoTech themselves and asked them if what they had to say about their own product, and this is what they said:
“Our award winning, patented circle designed doorbell has a custom music chip with 52 chimes. These chimes were carefully selected for the North American market.
SadoTech doorbells come in a variety of different colors that will appeal to everyone. Our doorbells are used by home owners, businesses, pet lovers, assisted living care takers, classroom teachers, and many others.”
Clearly SadoTech is proud of their product, that’s for sure, and we can see why!
Visit SadoTech on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/SadoTech/
To get a closer look at this doorbell, here is a video that shows an unboxing and features some buyer comments.
Dakota Alert DC-1000 Wireless Doorbell
The Dakota Alert DC-1000 may not be as “cute” as the SadoTech model, but it is definitely worth a look as far as long range wireless doorbells go.
This is a more formal looking device, which may lack the color range, but still has an appealing looking look to it that might suit your decor better.
We appreciate that there is some attention to detail with the design work here, in that the designers seemed to have made it more appealing than if it were just a basic rectangular shape.
It has some slight curves, which makes it a little more stylish and friendly.
Long Range Advantage
While the previous doorbell could potentially reach 1000 feet in range, the Dakota Alert DC-1000 boasts a full 1000 foot range, making it the clear winner so far in terms of the range itself.
This is perhaps why this model is a bit more expensive in general, because it has that better range, and just a generally classier appearance.
At the same time, this is a fairly simple device, much like the SadoTech. You can install it yourself, and customize it, without much worry for lacking technical abilities.
To recap, this is wireless, so there’s no need to hire someone to install it.
In addition, Dakota Alert emphasizes that their DC-1000, in terms of the communication between the transmitter and receiver, isn’t hindered by concrete, brick, or walls of any kind.
Therefore, you could theoretically put the receiver in the basement of a factory 1000 feet away and underground and it’s supposed to work, no matter what.
Billed as an “alert device”, one could argue that Dakota Alert is telling us that this is meant explicitly to being a dedicated doorbell.
No referring to it as a pager, or a dog training device. It’s just a doorbell, pure and simple. It is designed specifically to notify you if someone has come to pay you a visit.
If the sound of that appeals to you, then you might prefer the Dakota Alert to the SadoTech.
More Features of the Dakota Alert
Another thing we found to be a rather cool feature of the Dakota Alert DC-1000 is the fact that you can get up to 4 pushbuttons (aka the bell people push), and they can be installed at different locations, and then, they can activate a different tune so you know which door the person has arrived at.
This is an excellent feature and we really enjoy it.
Now, by tunes, the interesting thing about the chimes for the DC-1000 is that there are 16 total, and they actually are tunes, rather than just a single noise.
These tunes or rather melodies sound rather like a Nintendo game crossed with a music box, in that they’re actually pretty catchy and not at all unpleasant.
The tunes aren’t very long, just a few seconds.
That said, if you were thinking that the people at Dakota Alert were just a bunch of stuffed shirts, these tunes should show you that at least someone there likes to have a good time.
You may enjoy the tunes, or you may find them not to your liking, but we have posted a video below that plays the tunes so you can decide for yourself.
Zones, Lights, and Batteries
The Dakota Alert DC-1000 is battery operated. The receiver takes 3 C-cell batteries, and the transmitter takes 1 which is a CR-2450. If you want more transmitters, or bells, you should know the model number is DCPB-1000.
For the receiver, it’s easy enough to put the batteries in, because the front opens up. So that’s a little easier than going around the back, as that would require taking it down first.
The little circular area on the top right of the base (they call the receiver a base) is cool because its function is to let you know what bell has been rung, and hence what door they are at.
Also, you can simply sit the DC-1000 on your counter or put it where you want it, if you don’t feel like mounting it on the wall.
Overall, the Dakota Alert DC-1000 is fairly different from the SadoTech, each with their own plusses and minuses, depending on your point of view.
But hold on, we’re not quite done here. We have one more doorbell to discuss.
Honeywell RCWL300A1006 Premium
We really couldn’t leave this one off the list.
Honeywell is a security company of some repute, and so it’s not surprising they’ve made a long range wireless doorbell that has the reputation it has, which is to say, it has a good reputation.
This device is yet another fan favourite, with a high average user rating where ever you happen to read about this device. If you see it anywhere with a poor rating, let us know in the comments, because we’ve only seen heaps of praise for this device.
The Honeywell Premium RCWL300A1006 is referred to as a door chime, even though we mentioned at the outset of this article that a chime is more often reserved for when you walk through a door, and a chime rings to indicate someone has entered.
Technically a chime is also a bell, which can be called an “alert”, but in this case, a chime is simply a doorbell, and, again, needs to be activated by a person pushing a button, to indicate that they have arrived.
Features of the Honeywell Premium
Instead of having 50 chimes like the SadoTech, this doorbell only has 3 sounds. Also, it has a maximum range of 250 feet.
Now, you might think, “Only 250 feet? What about 1000 feet?” Well, our opinion on this is that Honeywell are security experts, and they’re being conservative because we’re guessing their techs said to their marketing department, 250 feet is realistically the range we’re dealing with here.
If this is true, you might start to wonder about the other two doorbells, who claim to have a much larger range than this one. Could they be exaggerating?
In that regard, we can only really go by what the company claims to be the case, and what users have to say about it. In each case, the claims made about the product are backed up by solid user reviews, so that should tell you something.
Another explanation for the relatively limited range of the Honeywell Premium is that it actually have a more sophisticated design than the others.
For instance, the Honeywell here possesses motion detectors, as well as three visual alert icons, which can tell you who may have paid you a visit. There is even an event log for visitors.
So, the Honeywell Premium does have a bit of an edge over the competitors in that it’s more sophisticated, and acts more like a security device than the other doorbells.
What about the price, then? The price point is comparable to the other two doorbells, being closer to the Dakota Alert in price than to the SadoTech.
When comparing the Honeywell Premium to the SadoTech, it’s like two very different devices indeed.
Appearance-wise, the Honeywell is perhaps the most refined, looking classy as ever with a very minimal, yet pleasing, design aesthetic.
Overall, we’d say that the Honeywell, based on brand reputation, probably has the best reputation when it comes to security, but that doesn’t mean that the other models we’ve discussed are not trustworthy. Honeywell just has an older and more trusted brand in the field of security, we’d say.
And The Winner Is…
We can’t really pick a true winner between these three long distance wireless doorbells. Each has their own appeal, pros and cons, etc.
As far as we’re concerned, they are all winners, and for you, as the user, it depends on exactly what you’re looking for here, whether it be a longer range, a certain appearance, ease of use, or even a catchier tune!
We hope that we’ve helped in some regard as to making a choice for which one to buy for your home or business.
If you have anything to say, please leave a comment on this post. If you think we’re way off, or exactly right, let us know. We’re always looking for what’s best!