What are some recommended ways of enabling the press of a simple mechanical two-wire doorbell button to trigger automation via HE?
- Keep things simple with minimal devices.
- For example, since we don't need a physical chime, I'd rather not add one just to get a solution to work.
- Prefer mains powered.
- I have an electric receptacle next to where the doorbell wire enters our basement.
- Zigbee preferred, but will go with Z-Wave Plus if necessary.
- I'd prefer the response performance of Zigbee for this type of application.
- No preference on size and appearance of device.
- Since the device(s) will be in the unfinished portion of our basement, size and aesthetics don't matter.
- If I can use one of the devices that I already have on hand, that would be great. See below.
- At this stage, I have no need for a more complicated and pricey Ring-like solution given that I already have a camera in the porch area.
Have SAGE Doorbell Sensor On Hand
I obtained a SAGE Zigbee doorbell sensor for $5 USD via eBay, but it appears that I'd need to get a doorbell chime transformer and perhaps a chime and hook all of these things together in order to use the Sage device.
If I could use the Sage device without needing to buy a transformer and chime, then I'd like to know what the wiring would look like. If all I needed to buy was a transformer, I might be game for that approach, but I'd still need to know how to wire the SAGE sensor in this context. i.e. without a doorbell chime.
MIMOlite Experiment Failed Thus Far
I've got my doorbell switch currently hooked up to a MIMOlite, but as reported in other threads or forums, the MIMOlite does not appear to reliably send notifications when configured in this manner. That's a deal breaker for a simple doorbell application. (My other MIMOlite devices work great where I'm using them to turn on/off HVAC equipment).
If someone knows of a foolproof means to configure a MIMOlite to reliably detect a doorbell button press and send the event over Z-wave, I'd be most interested in reusing this device.