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    Hi all,

    I am trying to work out how to build a doorbell that will play an MP3 on my PC when someone presses it.

    The reason that I am doing this is because I am deeply unsatisfied with all the current doorbells that are out there(Jacob Jensen was the last one that I tried), and figured that the only way to get a great sounding bell would be to have the PC play a high quality sample through a decent speaker.

    Is there anything on the market that can do this?

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    Find one that uses 433mhz RF, and use RFXCOM to listen?

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    This sounds interesting! Any idea where you can buy one in th UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toscal View Post
    All interesting results!!

    The 're-bell' does indeed look pretty cool. I'm just not convinced that it will sound great.

    The sound usually has a two part deterioration in my eyes (or ears). It is usually down-sampled when transfered to the bell device (which makes it sound auful) and the it gets played out of a small tinny speaker. most doorbells have both of these problems combined which makes for a really rubbish sound.

    This is why I want the sound to be played by the PC itself, as I can have the soundcard output to whatever quality speakers I want.

    I'm not even really after a particularly gimmicky sound. I will either use a sample from my sound library (I am (or used to be at least) a sound engineer) or record some realistic bells etc.

    I sort of assumed that there would be a product on the market that would allow your PC to act as a wireless doorbell?!?

    Thanks the suggestions though! all avenues are worth looking down.

    Lets keep the ideas rolling in!!!!

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    You don't mention what other automation hardware/systems you're running, but xAP would be a pretty good starting point for this. There's a number of different hardware solution options, but the common software theme seems to be xAP (http://www.xapautomation.org/wiki/in...tion_protocol).

    With a Comfort alarm system as the hardware interface to the button-press:
    http://patrick.lidstone.net/haweb/ht..._doorbell.html

    Via Dallas (Maxim) 1-Wire sensors:
    http://www.btinternet.com/~jon00/onewireintro.shtml
    and/or
    http://www.awe.com/mark/blog/tags/jabber (scroll down to "26 Aug 2004: Bling Blong")

    There's a bit more info in this Automated Home thread too, with some more hardware suggestions (NetIOM, WebBrick etc):
    http://forums.automatedhome.co.uk/showthread.php?p=3605

    Also see the xAP forum here on Automated Home:
    http://forums.automatedhome.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=15


    HTH,

    Tim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimH View Post
    You don't mention what other automation hardware/systems you're running, but xAP would be a pretty good starting point for this. There's a number of different hardware solution options, but the common software theme seems to be xAP (http://www.xapautomation.org/wiki/in...tion_protocol).

    With a Comfort alarm system as the hardware interface to the button-press:
    http://patrick.lidstone.net/haweb/ht..._doorbell.html

    Via Dallas (Maxim) 1-Wire sensors:
    http://www.btinternet.com/~jon00/onewireintro.shtml
    and/or
    http://www.awe.com/mark/blog/tags/jabber (scroll down to "26 Aug 2004: Bling Blong")

    There's a bit more info in this Automated Home thread too, with some more hardware suggestions (NetIOM, WebBrick etc):
    http://forums.automatedhome.co.uk/showthread.php?p=3605

    Also see the xAP forum here on Automated Home:
    http://forums.automatedhome.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=15


    HTH,

    Tim.
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the links! That all made very interesting reading.

    I have ordered one of these adaptors for my pc:
    http://www.audon.co.uk/1-wire_interface.html the RS232 to 1-wire Adaptor.

    I'm hoping that with this I will be able to hook up an old rf doorbell that I have, as suggested in the "26 Aug 2004: Bling Blong" link. It is a little short on how you actually do it, but I think that I will be asking many questions on the forums whn I actually get the hardware.

    Thanks again for the great links

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    Well if you're interested in extending your automation then The IDRATEK system, whilst maybe somewhat overkill for this single application, already has dedicated support for such a feature. Not only will it play a sound file of your choice out of the PC (or better still to selected IDRATEK audio panels), but it will also automatically stop the sound when the door is opened (or can be cancelled by a variety of other means) :-)

    Karam

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukmgranger View Post
    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for the links! That all made very interesting reading.

    I have ordered one of these adaptors for my pc:
    http://www.audon.co.uk/1-wire_interface.html the RS232 to 1-wire Adaptor.

    I'm hoping that with this I will be able to hook up an old rf doorbell that I have, as suggested in the "26 Aug 2004: Bling Blong" link. It is a little short on how you actually do it, but I think that I will be asking many questions on the forums whn I actually get the hardware.

    Thanks again for the great links
    No problem, I'm glad they were useful
    There's a reasonable intro to 1-Wire here:
    http://www.hobby-boards.com/catalog/howto_contents.php

    There's a specific 1-Wire device that can monitor contact closures - when I find the part number I'll post it here (I'm interested in it too, but for a different application )

    Cheers,

    Tim.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karam View Post
    Well if you're interested in extending your automation then The IDRATEK system, whilst maybe somewhat overkill for this single application, already has dedicated support for such a feature. Not only will it play a sound file of your choice out of the PC (or better still to selected IDRATEK audio panels), but it will also automatically stop the sound when the door is opened (or can be cancelled by a variety of other means) :-)

    Karam

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    Hi Karam,

    This looks awsome!

    A few of questions.
    1. What exactly would I need from the IDRATEK range to make said doorbell?

    2. Does IDRTEK work with X10?

    3. Is there Vista support yet?

    Regards

    Mart
    Last edited by ukmgranger; 23rd November 2007 at 08:07 AM.

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