Govee Wireless Doorbell Hands-On ReviewBy - 10/02/2018
More and more homes are switching to video doorbells, but that doesn’t mean regular doorbells are out. Some still prefer using camera-free doorbells, which is why I agreed to test one when Minger, a company that sells high-tech home improvement products, offered to send one of their Govee wireless doorbells for a hands-on review.
The Simplicity Of Good Ol’ Doorbells
Usually, when I test smart home products, I spend weeks familiarizing myself with the product before writing my review. Not with Govee. The Govee Wireless Doorbell is a simple product that most can get the hang of in hours. Of course, I spent a few days with the device to test its reliability.
- Easy Pairing
- Long Signal Range Of Up To 1,000 ft.
- Memory Function (Remembers your settings even when the battery runs out)
- Waterproof Transmitter
- Fireproof Receiver (Chime)
- 36 CD Quality Ringtones
- Up To 110dB
1. Easy Pairing
The Govee Wireless Doorbell Kit Minger provided included one transmitter (doorbell button) and two wireless receivers (chimes). Everything shipped pre-paired, so all I had to do was plug the chimes into a power outlet and install the receiver at my front door. There’s nothing extra you need to do if you use Govee with the chimes it ships with. However, you can add more chimes to your doorbell or pair more than one doorbell to your existing chimes using the manual pairing process.
To get the feel of the process, I un-paired one of the chimes by pressing the volume button on for 5 seconds until the chime started blinking. I then paired it back to the doorbell. The pairing process looks like this:
- Plug the chime into a power outlet.
- Cycle through the available melodies by pressing the ? button on the chime until you hear the one you like.
- Press and hold the ? and volume button at the same time until the LED indicator on the chime blinks, which indicates that it has entered pairing mode.
- Press the doorbell button. If the receiver chimes, that means pairing is successful.
The pairing process is simple and easy to execute just as promised. The only catch is that if you’re adding a new doorbell button, you must pair it to all of your existing chimes individually. And if you’re adding a new chime, you must pair it with all of your existing doorbells.
2. Long Signal Range & Memory Function
Once you’re done pairing everything, the next step is installation. Govee promises a signal range of up to 1,000 feet. However, keep in mind that materials such as metal doors, concrete walls, or even mirrors can affect how signals travel. As the chimes are plug-and-play, just unplug and plug them into a new outlet if you need to move them closer to your front door. Even after moving your chimes, your settings (i.e., volume, chime sound) will remain the same.
3. Waterproof Doorbell, Fireproof Chimes
The doorbell is also weatherproof (IP66), and the chimes are fireproof (94V-0).
As the doorbell is weatherproof, you can install it virtually anywhere. However, I do recommend using the security screws rather than the included 3M adhesive tape if you’re installing Govee outdoors. The device may be weatherproof, but water and heat will wear down the 3M tape’s adhesiveness.
As for the chimes, they are rated 94V-0 fireproof. The casing and the circuit board can withstand being subjected to fire for no more than 10 seconds. Of course, the heat and flame may cause visible damage, but the chime will likely still work.
Chime Selection & Volume Control
Even though you can choose your desired chime sound during the pairing process, you can still customize it even after everything has been set up. There’s a total of 36 chimes to choose from, ranging from the classic “ding-dong” sound to 15-second melodies. While the chime sound plays, the receiver also blinks.
You can also customize the chime’s volume using the volume button. The max volume is 110dB, and there are five volume levels (including mute). Pressing the volume button reduces the volume by one level. Once you reach the lowest level, it will cycle back to the highest level.
Minger describes the sound quality as “CD quality.” Although this is a rather subjective description, I can attest that the audio is good, clear, and loud enough.
If you’re considering a purchase, you should consider your options. First, consider upgrading to a video doorbell. Besides having more features, a video doorbell adds more value to your home’s security. The presence of a video doorbell alone is enough to scare off potential intruders. Add in smartphone access, camera streaming, two-way voice, and video recording, and you get a device that connects you to your front door wherever you are. Of course, a good video doorbell solution will cost around $150-$250 where Minger’s solution is just $19.99.
If you’d rather use a camera-free doorbell, you might also want to check out the Arlo Audio Doorbell. It’s a Wi-Fi connected doorbell with a two-way talk feature that you can access using your smartphone. It doesn’t have a camera, but you can use it to speak with guests at your front door wherever you are. Pricing on the Arlo Doorbell is TBD.
If you’re set on a regular doorbell, you can purchase the Govee Wireless Doorbell on Amazon for $19.99. You can also get up to a 25% discount on the doorbell using the code 78MEWWPPA. The code is valid through October 15, 2018.
The Govee Wireless Doorbell is as simple as a doorbell can get. It’s wireless, easy to install, rugged, and reliable. You’ll need to change the doorbell’s battery (A23) every few years, but that’s about all the maintenance it requires. And because it doesn’t require a pre-wired doorbell setup nor does it require drilling, Govee Wireless Doorbell is no doubt a good doorbell for anyone, including renters.