No-Drill Video Doorbell Mounts Are Perfect For Renters

Boa doorbell

Installing smart home equipment can be tricky if you don’t own your home. An inexpensive no-drill doorbell mount makes it easy to use a smart video doorbell without modifying anything and risking your deposit.

Why use a no-drill doorbell mount?

While your landlord might be open to installing smart home equipment, it’s a safe bet for the majority of people that drilling holes, swapping hardware, or installing hardware is out of the question. make changes to the existing doorbell wiring. installed a somewhat fiddly video doorbell.

Even taping a smart doorbell to the wall with strong exterior tape can be a problem, as removing it could damage the facade of your rental.

The solution? A no-drill doorbell mount that attaches to the door itself, not the building structure. Although they come in different shapes and sizes to fit different styles of video doorbells, the basic design is the same.

The supports are made of metal in the shape of a square U. One side of the U has a metal box to house the doorbell unit, and the other side of the U has a tension screw to secure the assembly to the door.

Simply load your video doorbell, place it in the metal box, slide the assembly over the edge of your open door until the U base is snug against the door, then tighten the tension screw to prevent it from slipping.

The design is ideal for renters who want to avoid damage to their apartment or rental home, but at the same time it is ideal for anyone who does not wish to alter the exterior of their home for any reason. Live in a historic home and don’t want to fuss with old wiring or drill holes in the beautiful woodwork or stone around your door? This solution is ideal for you too.

Selecting a no-drill doorbell bracket

The design of no-drill doorbell brackets is quite simple. As long as there are no glaring manufacturing defects like sharp edges, poor welds or joints, or poorly sized doorbell mounting chambers, there really isn’t much difference between the different models. , although some of them stand out.

One of the most popular models on the market is the Doorbell Boa. It was early on the market, it’s solidly designed, and a few years ago it went viral on TikTok, moving a bajillion and one unit.

Boa doorbell

This sturdy video doorbell mount is generously sized and nearly universal for the various video doorbells on the market.

If you’re looking for a solid build stand that’s compatible with Ring doorbells gen 1-4 (but not Pro models), Arlo, Blink, Eufy, etc., this is a solid choice. As long as your doorbell is physically less than 4 inches wide, 6.5 inches high, and 1.75 inches deep, it will work.

In addition to the steel box-style design used by Doorbell Boa (and its many clones), there are also a variety of doorbell-specific designs, some of them with handy features like angle adjustments.

This doorbell mount, for example, is very low-profile, designed to work only with Blink doorbells, and features a 90° swivel allowing you to adjust the view up to 45° in either direction.

If your door is right next to a wall, it’s a great way to get a better view of your yard or hallway instead of your garage wall or whatever.

Don’t forget to buy a wireless chime

A Ring wireless chime plugged into an outlet.

In addition to reading the specs to make sure the mount is compatible with your doorbell (and sized correctly for your door depth), there’s one final consideration.

Since the Video Doorbell is wireless and not wired into your home’s physical doorbell, you’ll need a way to be notified indoors if the doorbell rings.

If you have smart speakers and they support notifications from your video doorbell, this is an easy fix. When your Nest doorbell rings, for example, your Nest speakers simply announce, “Someone is at the front door.”

You can also purchase a plug-in chime to complement your video doorbell. Most of the major players in the video doorbell market sell wireless companion chimes for their doorbells. Just plug in the chime, pair it, and it goes off every time you press the doorbell. You’ll find templates for Ring, Arlo, Eufy, Wyze, and others.

The benefit of using a smart speaker or wireless chime paired with your video doorbell and a handy no-drill stand is that when it comes time to move, you can just pack it all up and take it with you.

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