Home Intercom System

Mobile phones are a great way to talk to people, but a home intercom system is a better option when those people are in the same building. These systems also have many helpful features, such as voice activation and broadcast mode. Both wired and wireless models are available, with most wireless models using digital signals for better privacy. Inexpensive wireless kits can be purchased and setup in less than one hour. They can also be used in an office or workshop.

A home intercom system makes finding someone in a large house as simple as pressing a button. People who are bedridden often need immediate attention from their carers, so an intercom is especially helpful for them. People inside a house can talk with visitors at the front door from any room with an intercom. It is also good for talking to someone who is in a building that is away from the house, such as a garden shed or cubby house.

Small businesses can also benefit from using a home intercom system to keep various departments in contact with each other, without the need to install an expensive phone system. Goods can be requested from the warehouse without the need for sales staff to leave their counters, and customers can use the intercoms to contact staff if they require assistance.

There are several features to look for when deciding which home intercom system to buy. Voice activation, or vox for short, allows an intercom to be used without pressing a button and it can even be used from across the room. This a good feature to have if the intercom will be used by children who may not understand how to operate it. Adjustable volume control and a mute button are standard features but some of the cheaper models may not have them.

Broadcast mode is another helpful feature that allows someone to page another person through all the intercoms at once. Multiple channels allow several conversations to be conducted in private at the same time. Some intercoms have a door chime so they can be mounted next to the front door for visitors to use instead of knocking.

A wireless home intercom system has many advantages over those connected by wires. Firstly, it can be installed in under one hour without any additional cost. There is no need to drill holes in walls or crawl through ceiling spaces to lay wires. Wireless intercoms powered by battery can be installed in locations away from the house that have no power. They also have a range of up to one thousand feet so an intercom could even be installed at the front gate of a large property.

To prevent eavesdropping, a wireless home intercom system should use digital technology. Analogue intercoms are no different to radios and can intercepted by other devices on the same channel. Wireless intercoms can transmit up to one thousand feet away, so there could be many people within that distance listening in on a conversation. Digital technology make it difficult to eavesdrop because the signal needs to be decoded, something which is hard to do.

The only sure way to prevent neighbors from eavesdropping is to use a wired home intercom system. However, it doesn’t stop other people inside the house from listening in, unless the intercom has a private channel. Some systems can even use the electrical wiring in the house to send and receive their signals, removing the need to install separate wiring for the system.

Buying a kit is the most common way people get started with a home intercom system. They have a retail price under two hundred dollars, and contain a base unit and at least one intercom. Additional intercoms can be purchased for about thirty dollars each. Wireless kits allow first time users to try out an intercom system and move it around to suit their needs, without spending a lot of money on a fixed system.

This Home Intercom System Review is Written/Updated on Mar 25th, 2009 and filed under Home Improvement. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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