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Forums :: ElkRP "Software for Installer Programming" :: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong

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Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by theok on 11/04/2009 09:09 AM

Hi I'm looking at turning the M1 into a doorbell. Is there any reason why I couldn't add momentary switch at the front door and wire it up to a zone as normally open. Using rules, on zone change it would make an announcement. The only problem is that there is no Ding Dong sound/voice in the voice announcements. I'm aware that I can record my own, however, this would lead to a poor recording. Is there an chance of adding this in to the voice list from factory? Theo

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by brandonbcs on 01/25/2010 12:58 PM

I'm curious about this too. I'll be connecting a doorbell and would really like a way to have the speakers placed around the home create a doorbell sound - or at least some kind of audible alert - that someone is at the door. Ideas? Input from Elk?

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by edfinley on 02/08/2010 08:07 AM

I do the same with my doorbell. Right now I'm triggering my old doorbell to ring with an output, but a speaker ding-dong would be nice also.

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by jjaromin on 02/08/2010 06:54 PM

@theok I'm not aware of how to record your own sound into the Elk.. Could you explain how this is done or is there some help or document which shows how to do this? Thx..John

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by bradweeks on 02/09/2010 08:23 AM

Please refer to Page 19 of the M1 Installation Manual "Steps for Recording a Custom Message".

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by wuench on 02/22/2010 02:49 PM

I have this setup. Two things, you can't use a lighted doorbell button and you need to configure the zone for fast loop response, otherwise there is a delay between button press and the sound. I recorded a custom sound via the phone interface and while it has some static, I have gotten used to it over the years.

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by JensenBeach on 02/22/2010 03:55 PM

Add me to the list of people who would like a couple built-in doorbell sounds. As for no light in the doorbell, you're right and wrong. All you need to do is modify your lighted doorbell. I swapped out the regular bulb for a blue LED and inline resistor. Works great for several months now. The blue looks awesome.

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by ogrensat on 02/26/2010 11:01 AM

We use the elk 120 board for sound reproduction, an ELK 924 to route the audio to security speakers and the elk door bell detector which works on the lit doorbells. The elk 120 will allow you to load any .wav file to it. He in the Northwoods of WI we use a loon or bear sound.

Re: Door Bell Announcement Ding Dong
Posted by theok on 03/01/2010 08:57 AM

Hi All Thanks for the suggestions with fast loop response and the LED. What LED and resistor specs would be recommended? Despite my partner hating the recorded ding dong everything is working fine thus far. P.S. I had also tried building a commercially available DIY ding dong circuit and wired it up to sound through the elk speakers when the zone was closed. This worked well, however, the ding dong sounded more like a donkey than a doorbell.

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