I have recently bought a dcp917S and hoped I finally found a wireless chime that I can tie into my apartment buildings bell system. Since I live for rent there I can't do any changes that are not reversible, nor anything that is destructive to the whole thing, nor things that afflicts other residents.
Details: There are 5 wires coming in. Wire one is ground. Wire 2 is AC power 25V. Wire 3 is going out to the door buzzer. Wire 4 is the bell and provides 20V AC when the button at the building is pressed and something else (pulse to short for my measurement equipment) when the button at my door is pressed. Wire 5 is the intercom wire.
Since mains is 230V+-23V @ 50Hz I assume the AC frequency also to be 50Hz.
Also nothing is default or normed since judging from the circuit board in my apartment it (the intercom system) was constructed in the 70s (hand drawn and cut circuit board with solder reinforced copper tracks)
The chime has 6 lines in 1,2 is the buzzer button 1 circuit (with 3V). 3,4 button 2. 5, 6 is power in to up to 12AC.
Line 5 can alternatively also be used as reference to line 1 and 3 to detect button presses, though none can be higher than 12V ac and have to be high enough to the transformer voltage to be detected ... so that's out of question, I think.
My two problems are:
The new chime only accepts up 12V ac so I need to bring down the 25V provided to 12V ... since I only need a few mA I thought I can put two 1M ohm resistors between the 25V AC line (line 2) and ground (line 1) and leach of one of it in parallel to run the wireless bell converter.
When one of the buttons is pressed I get between some volts and 20V (AC) on line 4 I need that to close a circuit on the chime. I thought of a capacitive dropper circuit (since it is low power and won't be unplugged I probably save the discharge resistor) with 10 µF or something to switch a transistor which closes the chime circuit.
- Do I have any mistakes in my thoughts?
- Any easier ways? (tend to do things "right through the knee into the eye" way)
Oh! And I need to fit it all into the (relative small) box of the buzzer so anything than some soldered components is out of question. (e.g. Circuit boards micro controllers, larger circuits, transformers, etc)
Thought I do it like this: