Honeywell MyChime Wireless Doorbell Review

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Honeywell RCWL2200A1004/W My Chime Door Chime with Push Button Software and Blank Soundcard

I won a Honeywell MyChime wireless doorbell a few months ago, but I didn’t have time to write about it until now. I’m writing the review here on my geek dad blog instead of my more general dad blog because MyChime is a little geeky. Instead of a regular door bell sound, it plays one of several chimes. You can purchase additional pre-recorded sound cards (holiday, sports, Christmas, and Halloween themes), or even record your own tunes with their software and blank soundcard. I always wanted a programmable doorbell like this. Now I have one. Unfortunately, I’m not completely happy with it.

What I like about the Honeywell MyChime

  • The unit comes with twelve tunes (seven in the chime unit and five in the included holiday soundcard). They also sent me a Christmas sound card with an additional five tunes.
  • You can record your own sounds. Note: the unit I won did not include the software or USB adapter card to record my own tunes.
  • It’s wireless so it’s relatively easy to install.
  • According to the product literature, the unit has a range of up 150 feet. Wow, if I want to drive myself crazy, I could place the chime in my home and the button in the neighbor’s house. Note: silly things like walls can reduce the range of MyChime.
  • There are four volume levels (up to 75 decibels at three feet).
  • The push button is rain proof.

What I didn’t like about the Honeywell MyChime

  • You need their software to convert .MIDI, .WAV, and .MP3 sound files to playable chimes tunes.
  • The unit doesn’t have a USB port, so you need their proprietary soundcard to play converted sound files.
  • Most homes are already wired for a doorbell. If I install MyChime in my house, then I’ll have two sets of doorbells and buttons (unless I remove the old set and patch up the holes). It would’ve been nice if there was an option to wire MyChime directly into the existing doorbell circuitry.
  • You need two AAA batteries for the push button and three C batteries for the chime unit.
  • The doorbell won’t work if the batteries in the chime or push button are dead. As far as I can tell, there isn’t a low battery warning indicator so you won’t know unless someone tells you your doorbell doesn’t work.

In summary, I like the Honeywell MyChime, but I would not recommend the version I received. If you are going to buy a custom doorbell, I would suggest the Honeywell MyChime RCWL2200A1004. It is priced at $43 and includes software and a blank soundcard. Or better yet, spend a little extra and get a chime that plays mp3 directly from a memory card.

3 thoughts on “Honeywell MyChime Wireless Doorbell Review

  1. I’ve been looking for years for a doorbell with mp3 functionality… not looking very hard, but looking anyway. Considering I can buy an mp3 player for $10 these days, a pair of crappy speakers for another $10 and a wireless RF remote for another $10, I should be able to find one for about $30. For another $10, I’d love it to have a simple program (accessible thru wifi of course) that would let me store a bunch of tunes (since the $10 mp3 player I referenced comes with 1GB of storage) and schedule dates and times for which tune to play, for how long, and how loud. Even cooler, would be the ability to add a second and maybe third button for different doors with different chimes. In 2011, this seems like something someone should have done like 10 years ago!

  2. Good ideas! I agree with your point. With today’s technology, it seem like there would be a lot of inexpensive mp3 doorbells available.

  3. I agree. It kinda sucks. The software required to convert the audio files only runs on XP or 2000. So if you have a Mac or Windows Vista, it won’t work. It’s also not loud enough, even at its loudest setting. And mine didn’t have holes for the screws for the button. And if you drill your own it won’t be water proof. You can tell that they went cheap. There are little indentations where rubber feet should go on the sound unit, but there aren’t any. They’ve cut corners. Also it’s advertised as CD quality, but the result is fuzzy audio with hiss. Ick.

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