The first thing to do is determine where you want the doorbell to go: this contains a battery to power the transmitter, obviously, but also features a subtle blue LED that illuminates each time someone does the pressing. The back of the doorbell comes off with a little prying of a small flat-headed screwdriver, and can be mounted to a wall using wood screws (providing it’s wood that it is to be mounted to) or metal screws, etc. Should you prefer not to mar the surface, leave the back on and go with sticky tape — it’ll will work for a while or, to go a bit overboard, you can apply silicone sealant (that can be pulled off later) around the doorbell to secure it (it’s a long-lasting battery, after all). I’d put it out of sight of your Mancave, since it works wirelessly after all.
Turn the receiver over (with the battery compartment reattached) and it can sit on a table — you don’t have to wall mount it unless you really want to. The large “button” inside a silver rim serves a few purposes: it lights up when the doorbell is pressed as the audio plays, and controls the start/stop of anything playing. Press the left side of the rim to cycle back one audio file (i.e.,“song”) or press the right side to cycle to the next. Pressing the top/bottom of the rim controls the volume.
That brings up the Swann MP3 Doorbell SWADS-DOORCH which, astounding as it must seem after hearing the name, plays MP3 files. The whole thing is self-contained, easy to use and eminently suitable for portability when traveling.
On the plus side, the new Chime accessory mitigates some of Ring’s app friction. Even if your phone is in another room, or if you’ve turned its volume down, you can still hear that someone’s pressed your doorbell button. From there you can just go straight to your front door, and talk to your visitor in person. Just like they did in I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show.