SimpliSafe Video Doorbell without pre-existing Chime/Doorbell
I acquired the SimpliSafe system recently. I installed all components except for the SimpliCam Video Doorbell. That installation of everything has been a breeze. Not so much with the installation of the video doorbell - it is turning into a real chore.
Called customer service and they told me that it would only work with an existing doorbell. Well, I don't have one - the house was not wired for a doorbell and uses a wireless one.
I am trying to get info on what components I need and how to install a chime with the video doorbell (what's a doorbell without a chime? and what's a security system without a video doorbell?). I purchased a 16V transformer that will be used (per the SimpliSafe's recommendation to use a 16V one)
From my conversation with customer service, I gather that SimpliSafe is not recommending any specific Chimes. I did find out from the internet (user comment) that you cannot use a wireless chime, not even those digital chimes - you have to get a mechanical chime...
After experiencing how easy the rest of the SimpliSafe system is to setup and how well it works (very intuitive, quality components) I would really hate to return it, but I want to have a whole system that integrates a video doorbell with it.
The installation has started but its stuck - an electrician drilled through the front of the house, then ran a wire through the wall and through the subfloor into the basement below the entry way...I am stuck though, since I am just finding out that you need to not only power the video doorbell, but also connect it to a (mechanical chime).
If you have any suggestions please let me know what your experience has been. Any tips would be very much appreciated!!
|The Video Doorbell Pro requires installation into a wired doorbell system, for both power and sound. Any model of doorbell can work, so long as it is an analog system that meets the power requirements, which you can read about here.|