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Video Doorbell
Installation Guide

Use this guide to assist with the installation of your ADC-VDB770 video doorbell.

In the Box 

  • ADC-VDB770 Video Doorbell
  • ADC-VDB770 backplate with wire extenders
  • Removal tool (for removing the Video Doorbell from the backplate after installation)
  • Mounting brackets (3)
  • Mounting wall screws (2)
  • Mounting wall anchors (2)
  • Mounting machine screws (2)
  • Wire connectors
    (4)
    (6)
  • Power module (must be installed on all supported chime types)
  • Power Module labeled PMV 1040 or higher (must be installed on all configurations)
  • Power module adhesive
  • Installation guide
  • Reference card

Pre-Installation Checklist

  • Existing mechanical or digital chime (8-12 VAC input)
  • If the chime requires more than 12 VAC input or less than 8 VAC input, it is not compatible with the international power module. Please replace the chime with a compatible model.
  • ADC-VDB770 and included accessories
  • Wire crimping tool
  • Wi-Fi connection to broadband (Cable, DSL, or Fiber Optic) internet
  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone with Wi-Fi is required if the router does not have the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) feature
  • Verify that your transformer meets the minimum voltage of 16 VAC and minimum power of 10 VA;
    Verify that your transformer is 16 - 30 VAC, 10 - 30 VA output;
    specifications are often written directly on the transformer

Installation

Install the power module
  1. Verify that the electricity is turned off at the transformer before installing the power module. Locate your chime box and remove the cover.
  2. Note the existing wire connections (e.g., the wires may be connected to the Front or Rear doorbell terminal); you will want to connect to the same doorbell terminal in the next step. Loosen the screws on the chime associated with the transformer and doorbell. Set the wires aside.

For details on compatible chimes go to Alarm.com/doorbell/chime.

Follow these steps if the existing chime is mechanical. (You can tell if you have a mechanical chime by removing the cover and checking to see if there is a metal chime that is physically hit by a strike.)

 

  1. Evaluate whether the chime has a built-in transformer that does not satisfy the transformer spec (8 VAC or 12 VAC are not supported).
    1. If the transformer is within spec, verify that electricity to the chime transformer is turned off before proceeding.
    2. Verify that there is no battery powering the chime when the transformer is not connected to power. Battery power is not expected for mechanical chimes, but if a battery is powering the chime, the white wires should not be used, and the chime may be incompatible.
    3. The built-in transformer will need to be disconnected from the chime by tracing the wires connecting the transformer to the chime and disconnecting or cutting those wires. The exact procedure varies by chime model.
    4. After the built-in transformer is disconnected from the chime, the high voltage input to the built-in transformer should be disconnected and then used as an input to a compatible transformer replacement.
  2. Connect the power module’s two white wires to two terminals on the chime.
    1. The exact terminals will vary by model, please reference the chime user manual. The terminals may match where the existing wires were connected.
    2. Although the correct two terminals for the chime model must be used, either white wire from the power module can be connected to either target terminal on the chime.
    3. Do not connect the black wires to any terminals (these should remain insulated and not in electrical contact with any components) – this can result in damage to hardware.
  3. Using a crimp tool and the wire connectors provided, connect one power module gray wire to a wire connected to the transformer output. Connect the other power module gray wire to a wire connected to the VDB770 (these may be the wires that were originally connected and were disconnected and set aside).
  4. Affix the power module to the side of the chime using the included adhesive.
  5. Replace any chime cover.

 

 

Follow these steps if the existing chime is digital. (You can tell if you have a digital door chime by removing the cover and checking to see if there is a speaker that plays the doorbell sound.)
  1. Evaluate whether the chime is battery-powered (does not require a transformer to operate)
    1. If battery-powered:
      1. Some battery-powered digital chimes are wirelessly paired with a wired to wireless converter that is wired to the circuit; in this case, perform subsequent wiring to the converter rather than to the chime.
      2. Connect the power module’s two black wires to two terminals on the chime. The exact terminals will vary by model, please reference the chime user manual. The terminals may match where the existing wires were connected.
      3. The orientation of the black wires does matter for some chime models; if the chime does not work with the initial orientation, switch the black wire connections and try again.
      4. Do NOT connect the white wires to any terminals, conducting surfaces, or to each other – this can result in damage to hardware. The white wires should remain insulated and not in contact with any surface. Electrical tape is recommended to further insulate the wire ends.
    2. If NOT battery-powered:
      1. Connect the power module’s two white wires to two terminals on the chime. The exact terminals will vary by model, please reference the chime user manual. The terminals should be those that correspond to AC power input for the chime.
      2. While the correct two terminals for each chime model must be used, either white wire from the power module can be connected to either target terminal on the chime.
      3. Connect the power module’s black wires to two terminals on the chime.
      4. The exact terminals will vary by model, please reference the chime user manual. The terminals should be those that correspond to dry circuit triggering of the chime.
      5. The orientation of the black wires does matter for some chime models; if the chime does not work with the initial orientation, switch the black wire connections and try again.
    3. For all digital chime types (battery-powered or not)
      1. Using a crimp tool and the wire connectors provided, connect one power module gray wire to a wire connecting to the transformer output and the other power module gray wire to a wire connected to the VDB770.
    4. Affix the power module to the side of the chime using the included adhesive.
    5. Replace any chime cover.

  1. Take the power module and hook the curved white wires onto the screw terminals (it does not matter which white wire goes to the transformer terminal and which goes to the doorbell terminal). Tighten the screws.
  2. Using a crimp tool and the wire connectors provided, connect the wires that were set aside to the straight gray wires of the power module.
  3. Afix the power module to the side of the chime using the included adhesive. Replace the chime cover.

Note: The power module is used to prevent the chime from buzzing or humming and to ensure that sufficient power is provided to the Alarm.com Video Doorbell.
Install the Video Doorbell
  1. Remove the existing doorbell from the wall and disconnect the wires. Secure the wires so that they can be connected in a later step.
  1. At the installation location, an angled mounting bracket can be used to modify the field of view. Choose a mounting bracket type best suited for your installation setup. Installation scenarios corresponding to mounting bracket types A, B, and C are provided below to guide your decision.
  1. Thread the existing wires through the mounting bracket. Install the mounting bracket to the wall using the included wall screws (and anchors, if needed for the mounting surface).
  1. Thread the wire extenders through the backplate. Remove the wire caps.
  1. Crimp the two wires coming through the backplate to the existing wires threaded through the mounting bracket.
  1. Install the doorbell backplate to the mounting bracket using the included machine screws.
  1. Attach the doorbell to the backplate by aligning and pushing together until it clicks into place and the connection is well sealed.
  2. Turn the electricity back on. Check that the doorbell camera’s light is flashing white after the boot process is complete.

Note: If the LED is solid red after booting, press and hold the button until the light begins alternating green and red (~75s).

Connect the Video Doorbell to the network

AP Mode (recommended)
  1. The camera is in Access Point (AP) mode when the button LED is blinking white. If necessary, access AP mode by holding down the doorbell button for 45-50s and release when the LED turns to blinking white.
  2. Using a Wi-Fi-capable device (e.g., smartphone or computer), find and connect to the camera’s network; the SSID should have the format ADC-VDB770 (XX:YY:ZZ) where XX:YY:ZZ is the last 6 characters of the MAC address, which is printed on the included reference card.
  3. On the same device, open a web browser and enter http://vdb770install in the web address field. Follow the on-screen instructions to add the ADC-VDB770 to the Wi-Fi network. Verify the LED turns solid green, indicating the connection is complete.
WPS Mode (alternate)

Use WPS mode if you have easy access to the Wi-Fi router and the router has the WPS feature enabled. Note that some Internet Service Providers disable the WPS feature on customer routers. AP mode is the most reliable method for installing this device.

  1. After the boot process is complete (the camera’s LED will be blinking white), hold down the doorbell button for 30-35s and release when the LED begins to blink blue.
  2. Activate WPS Mode on the router. The doorbell will begin to connect to the Wi-Fi network. Verify the LED turns to solid green, indicating the connection is complete.
Enroll the Video Doorbell to the account
  1. Add the device to the account by selecting the account in MobileTech, by using the customer Mobile App, or by using a web browser and entering the following web address: www.alarm.com/addcamera.
  2. Select the Video Doorbell from the video device list or enter in its MAC address to begin adding the device. The device’s MAC address is located on the included reference card.
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish adding the device.

Button Behavior

Button light guide
LED pattern Description

Off
Power off

Blinking yellow
Camera power cycling

Solid red
No local or Internet connection

Blinking red
Power on, camera booting

Alternating red & green
Camera resetting to factory default

Solid green
Connected to Alarm.com

Blinking green
Local network connection

Blinking blue
WPS mode

Blinking white
Wi-Fi Access Point mode
Button functions
Button push duration LED pattern On button release
0-30s No change (current state) None
30-45s Blinking Blue Enter WPS Mode
45-60s Blinking White Enter AP Mode
60-75s Blinking Yellow Power Cycle
>75s Green/Red Alternating Factory Reset

Note: If the indoor chime is enabled for the device, holding down the button will trigger a single indoor chime immediately after being pressed. If desired, the indoor chime can be disabled through the Customer Website before pressing the button to initiate one of the above modes.

Troubleshooting
  1. If there are issues connecting the Video Doorbell to the account, power cycle the camera by holding down the doorbell button until the LED starts blinking yellow (~60-75s) and then releasing the button. After the device reboots, try connecting again.
  2. If issues persist, factory reset the Video Doorbell by pressing and holding the doorbell button until the LED starts blinking red and green (~75s). The device will reboot with factory defaults.

Important: If the device was previously installed to an Alarm.com account, it will need to be deleted before it can be installed again.

If the mounting bracket needs to be replaced with a different angled variety to improve the field of view, uninstall the backplate, replace the mounting bracket (while leaving the wires connected), and reinstall the backplate to the new mounting bracket.

FCC Statement

This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:

  • Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
  • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver
  • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected
  • Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help

FCC Caution: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:

  1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
  2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation

This device and its antenna(s) must not be co-located or operating in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. For product available in the USA/Canada market, only channel 1-11 can be operated. Selection of other channels is not possible.

FCC Radiation Exposure Statement: This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an uncontrolled environment. This equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm between the radiator & your body.

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