What Is a Doorbell Extender?

Do you have a wired doorbell you cannot hear in other rooms of your home? Or maybe your hearing has diminished, and you are having problems hearing your door chime or doorbell in other parts of your home. A doorbell extender or wireless doorbell extender will solve this problem for you.

Sometimes referred to as a wired doorbell extender, they extend the listening range of your EXISTING wired chime or wired doorbell, or other traditional doorbells through the use of a wireless door chime extender, a transmitter that will communicate with battery operated doorbells or plugin door chimes you place throughout your home or office.

This almost creates a doorbell remote by adding wireless door chime extenders in other rooms in your home using wireless doorbell ringers, both plugin and battery-operated versions, in other rooms.

Which Door Chime Extender Do I Choose?

With different wireless doorbell extenders and door chime relay extenders to choose from, which one is best for me? Virtually all the models below operated the same way. The main differences are the range or the chime extender, the type of receiver (plugin or battery), along with some other features, such as chime volume control, flashing strobe light, and expandability.

ModelRangeBest forFeatures
ERA-EXKIT4,000 ft.Commercial Applications, Large/Stucco/Brick HomesStrobe, volume control, expandable, plugin receiver
LRA-EX1000S1,000 ft.Medium HomesStrobe, expandable, plugin receiver
LRA-EX10001,000 ft.Medium HomesStrobe, expandable, plugin receiver
RC3500D150 ft.Smaller HomesExpandable, battery-operated receiver
RC3030D150 ft.Smaller HomesExpandable plugin receiver

What Wireless Doorbell Extender Do We Recommend?

Our #1 Doorbell Extender is the ERA-EXKIT by Safeguard Supply. It features an easy-to-use plug-in receiver with volume control, a strobe light, and a smaller transmitter. With a range of up to 4,000 ft., this product is guaranteed to work with your traditional, ding-dong wired doorbell. Click the link to the product page to watch a short video demonstrating the ERA-EXKIT Doorbell Extender.

Watch this Short Video Demonstrating the ERA-EXKIT Doorbell Extender

ERA-EXKIT by Safeguard Supply Doorbell Extender

What Are Doorbell Extenders or “Extend-A-Chime”

From a functionality perspective, these products have the same objective: adding wireless capability to your existing wired doorbell. The primary differences between these products come down to three main issues. The main feature of extenders:

  • The product has small transmitters that send a radio signal to a compatible receiver.
  • The transmitter will wire directly to your existing doorbell.
  • Communicates with wireless door chime receivers, LRA-DCRX, LRA-DCRXA, LRA-DCRXS, LRA-VPRX

Which of these products would you recommend?

Directly wiring into your existing doorbell transform is the most reliable. Therefore, the LRA-EX1000 doorbell extender is our recommendation.  Other versions on the market “listen” for doorbell sounds.  The wired-in method is better because it does not have to “listen,” and there won’t be any false alarms.

Never miss a delivery or visitor because you can’t hear your Doorbell.

Do you have problems hearing your door chime ring?  Have you ever been out on the back porch waiting on your friends to arrive but never heard the “ding-dong” sound from your current system? What about that cable installer who claims they rang the front bell but did not hear it because you were in the back bedroom? An extender connects your wired doorbell system with a wireless door chime receiver. When someone pushes the button at your front door, your existing chime unit, with the help of an extender, generates a wireless signal to make a wireless receiver chime plugged into a standard outlet. Many people feel stuck with the unit currently installed in their homes. Often it isn’t economically feasible to run new wires to install a product, or you may have a beautiful system you don’t want to part with. Perhaps your current chime just isn’t loud enough.   Whatever your problem is, the wireless extender is the solution!

Benefits of Chime Extenders

  • It provides the benefit of a wireless system without replacing your wired system.
  • Requires no additional wiring in your home (other than a small transmitter at setup).
  • To meet your needs, you can purchase add-on receivers, flashing chimes, and other products.
  • Installs in minutes; no need to hire a licensed electrician.
  • It turns a product you cannot hear into one you can listen to in minutes.

If you have a wired system in your home and find specific areas where you cannot hear it, the LRA-EX1000 solves your problem! The “Extend-A-Chime” is a unique system that works when a small wireless device hooked into your existing unit sends a wireless signal to a wireless receiver.  This is an easy-to-install product that is truly a do-it-yourself job. When you purchase the extend-a-chime, it will come with two components; a transmitter LRA-EXTX, and a wireless receiver, usually the LRA-DCRX.  Simply take the LRA-EXTX and connect it to the existing wired doorbell.  When someone presses your push button, this transmitter will send a wireless signal to the receiver, causing it to chime alongside your existing doorbell.

Do you never hear visitors at the front door when you are upstairs or in the basement?

Purchase an extend-a-chime set and an additional receiver, and you can now hear the doorbell ring in the basement AND the upstairs bedroom.  How often have you been on your back porch cooking on the grill or at the pool and worried you would miss your guests at the front door?