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Home Intercoms

Home intercoms, in their different forms, are essentially designed to safeguard property, valuables, and lives. While high-end models can set you back by a few hundred dollars or more you can also find units that will not burn a hole in your pocket. The features you need play a crucial role in the home intercom you should buy. For example, some home intercoms let you unlock doors using inbuilt remotes and some others offer multiple units you can use around the house.

Wired or Wireless

Investing in a wireless home intercom gives you the convenience of moving the unit to just about any part of the house, indoors or outdoors. A wired home intercom, on the other hand, comes with fixed units, both outside and inside the house. You can find a wireless unit with a range of up to 1,000 feet, although most don’t go beyond the 500 feet mark.

Audio or video

Do you need an audio-only system or one that comes with a video interface? Video intercoms come with cameras installed in the front door stations, providing live-feed to a screen inside the house. Not all video intercoms come with the capability to record. Some come with cameras and display panels at both ends, so the visitor gets to see the person inside the house as well.


Some home intercoms are scalable, which basically means you can add more intercoms to the same master unit. Clear signal is vital for optimal performance, although not all units work well against interference. You may need to adjust the volume of your intercom at times so look for a model that comes with this feature. Some models give you multiple ring tones from which to choose. You can also find models that allow multiple simultaneous conversations.

IP Intercoms

An IP intercom comes with Internet connectivity and you can access it even when you’re not at home. By using such a unit, you can communicate with visitors using an Internet-enabled computer, laptop, mobile phone, or tablet from anywhere in the world.

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