Wireless intercom systems are an important subset of the home security market. These systems, which take many forms, have become quite popular in recent years as technology has improved, and prices have dropped. In this article, you’ll learn about the different types of home intercom systems on the market and the security they provide.
Why Purchase a Wireless Intercom System?
Wireless intercom systems are an excellent way to communicate with others in your home or when someone is at the front door. They also provide peace of mind in the event of an emergency, when seconds count.
Unlike traditional intercom systems, wireless systems are easy to install and usually don’t require any additional costs. Because there are no wires to worry about, there are also fewer risks. They’re also simple to remove if you decide to move to another location.
Today’s intercom systems take many forms, from simple walkie-talkie based systems to those that allow you to talk to anyone in the world.
Easy Setup, Low Cost
The most basic wireless intercom systems can take the form of a base/intercom station and rechargeable hand-held radio combination. These systems offer maximum flexibility since you can add new portable radios at any time. The Samcom Digital Wireless 10-Channel Intercom ($64), for example, comes with one walkie-talkie, but you can add more to suit your needs.
Two-way radios are also a popular choice both for daily use and during an emergency. Many of these radios, such as the Motorola MH230R ($50/CDN$ 64.57) also include weather channels with alert features.
There are also systems that include multiple intercom stations that you can arrange throughout your home. The 4-Room Wireless Intercom System ($217/CDN$ 391.06), like many others on the market, requires no connection to AC power. Instead, they operate on regular AA batteries.
Looking for more? The 9 Channel Home or Office Wireless Intercom System 4 Station ($175) and Chamberlain NLS2 Wireless Portable Intercom-Double Unit ($65/CDN$ 456.90) are also worth considering.
For Babies and Children
Baby monitors also make great home intercom systems. They allow you to hear or see your child remotely and talk to them. As your child ages, these monitors become a useful two-way intercom.
There are many baby monitors on the market. Among these are the following.
The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor and Night Mode ($100/£92/CDN$ 119.96) provides a secure private connection to your child with a range of up to 900 feet. Talkback, a night light, and built-in lullabies are just three of its features.
The Samsung SafeVIEW Baby Monitoring System ($159) includes a 3.5-inch high-quality LCD. From afar, you can control pan, tilt, and zoom, or talk to your child using the built-in two-way microphone and speaker. Other features include night vision and quiet mode.
See and Hear
Most room-to-room intercom systems come without video. One of the few that does is also one of the most feature-rich systems currently on the market.
The Nucleus video intercom promises to connect “rooms, homes, and unlimited mobile devices.” Each Nucleus unit includes a 120-degree HD camera that lets you see the whole room and everyone in it. Better still, Nucleus features Amazon Alexa, which allows you to listen to music in stereo, get the news and weather, and control other smart devices.
You can connect an unlimited number of Nucleus devices to a single system. You can also use Nucleus to connect to others outside of your home when they use the free Nucleus Mobile Companion app.
A single Nucleus unit costs $249, while two units are $398. A three unit pack is $597. When you buy directly from the Nucleus website, each additional unit is $200.
Video Doorbells and Phones
Home intercom systems that monitor your front door are extremely popular and are available at various price points. Each features video capabilities. Among those are the following.
The Seco-Larm Enforcer Wireless Video Door Phone ($185/CDN$ 200.90) establishes verbal and visual communication with a person at the door. It also provides an easy way to lock and unlock doors via a handset monitor.
With the Enforcer, you can view and communicate with visitors up to 492 feet away. Whenever someone approaches, a sensor activates the camera and takes a photo, which can be viewed and stored on the handheld monitor. Built-in LED lights shine on the area in front of the camera so you can see guests during day and night.
The Ring Video Doorbell ($250/£159/CDN$ 244.56) allows you to see and speak with a visitor at your door from anywhere using your mobile device. Each Ring doorbell comes with an HD camera with night vision and intelligent motion detection.
For added security, you can purchase Ring’s optional video recording feature, which captures every activity detected by the motion sensors, including doorbell button presses. Ring stores the HD video in a cloud. Ring comes in various styles to match your tastes and home decor.
The Skybell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell ($199/£149/CDN$ 304.51) serves as both an outdoor video camera and a doorbell. The device features 1080p high-definition video and works in concert with IFTTT, Amazon Alexa, and Google’s Nest.
The August Doorbell Cam ($169/CDN$ 159.99) offers a one-way camera view of visitors, which ensures privacy. The device also allows you to lock and unlock an August Smart Lock from anywhere in the world. The August Doorbell Cam is available in various colors and styles.
With a push of a button, the LCD shows you who’s at your home without darkening the peephole. From there, you can decide whether to respond or not.
Whether you’re a new parent looking for a way to communicate with your baby from another room or a senior concerned with who’s at the front door, wireless intercom systems have you covered. These systems come in various styles and price points to suit your needs. When looking to add security to your home, consider a wireless intercom system.
What type of wireless intercom do you use? Let us know below.