Wireless intercom systems are an important subset of the home security market. These systems, which take many forms, have become 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.
Wireless Intercoms: 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.
No doubt the most basic of systems on this list, the Qniglo Wireless Intercom was refreshed for 2018 and provides for up to nine channels with a distance up to 1,800 feet. It includes a microphone and speaker, and you don’t need to hold down on the Talk button while communicating.
This system is suitable for business or home use, or anywhere else that requires short distance communication.
The Samcom Digital Wireless 10-Channel Intercom, meanwhile, comes with one walkie-talkie, but you can add more to suit your needs. The system provides a range of up to 1,500 feet and is supported by a power bank. In other words, there’s no Wi-Fi requirement.
As a bonus, with this product, there’s “Talk” mode and “Group” mode. The former is for private conversations between two handsets, while the latter is for communications across all intercoms.
Two-way radios are also a popular choice both for daily use and during an emergency. Many of these radios, such as the Motorola M260TP also include weather channels with alert features.
Wireless Intercoms: For Babies and Children
Baby monitors also make excellent 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 SCD630/37 video baby monitor offers FHSS technology which provides for a secure private connection to your baby with a 3.5-inch color screen. Wall mountable, this model offers automatic infrared night vision, a talkback feature, nightlight, and lullabies.
With a range of up to 984 feet, there’s also a voice activation mode.
Both practical and adorable, the Arlo Baby Monitor offers lots of features that make it worth considering if you’re an expectant parent. These features include the ability to view real-time and recorded videos in 1080p, a two-way wireless talk system, advanced night vision, and instant smart alerts.
The monitor also offers a multi-colored night light, lullaby players, temperature, humidity and VOCX air sensors, and integration with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
The iBaby WiFi M7 baby monitor is noted for its built-in moonlight soother night light and early childhood education content, including music, lullabies, white noises, and bedtime stories. It also offers the ability to schedule diaper and feeding alerts.
Perhaps most importantly, it offers 1080p video resolution through a free app, plus an air quality sensor.
Wireless Intercoms With Video
Most room-to-room intercom systems come without video. One that does is also incredibly feature-rich.
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 the Nucleus to communicate to others outside of your home when they use the free Nucleus Mobile Companion app.
Video Doorbells as Wireless Intercoms
Home intercom systems that monitor your front door are also popular and are available at various price points. Each features video capabilities, including the following.
Perhaps the most recognizable on the list, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 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 August Doorbell Cam Pro second edition 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.
Do you have an Alexa home? If so, August is one of the many devices compatible with Amazon Alexa.
The Seco-Larm Enforcer wireless video door phone 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.
Best Wireless Intercom? The Choice Is Yours
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.
So, when looking to add smart security to your home, consider a wireless intercom system. The only thing left to do is decide which one to buy.