Security Tip

Increase deterrance by placing small warning decalls in windows. A small yard sign is even better

These can be seen by anyone who might be scoping out the neighborhood.




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Home Intercom Systems

Turning The Common Door Phone Intercom Into A Home Security System

There are many different types of home intercom systems, from simple to sophisticated, from "voice only" to video versions.

And whether used alone, or as part of a larger security system, intercoms are one of the most cost-effective residential protection devices.

An intercom security system allows you to communicate with someone at the door from a safe distance, and out of view of the visitor.

It can also control a buzzer latch on your gate, and monitor a baby or child's room.

Intercom solutions come in a variety of types and styles.

Audio Intercoms

An inexpensive voice-only house intercom system can be purchased with one door and one control unit. Some models can be expanded to units in several rooms. The main unit is usually installed in one of the central living areas of a home, such as the kitchen or living room.

Most designs allow you to play music over the system. And these systems also work well as an inexpensive audio baby monitor. Simply turn on one unit in the baby's room, and the other in the room you are in.

Video Intercom Systems

You can also purchase one of the video home intercom systems that will allow you to see what is going on in another room, in the garage, or outside the front door via a small video screen. This is a great way check on the kids when they are playing in the backyard. It is also a safe way to find out who is at the door before deciding to open it.

Video is the latest technology, and are extremely popular. One version uses a wireless color camera that transmits to an LCD monitor inside your house. It has two-way audio, and even comes with a door release button on the monitor to allow you to unlock the door from another location in the home after you see who is there

Inexpensive home intercom systems are available in wireless, as well as traditional wired versions. The wired models are less expensive but they involve routing wire from one room to another. Often installed during new construction or remodeling, the wiring is similar to telephone wires, and can easily be installed and hidden along floor moldings.

Wireless intercoms use your existing AC wires, and are easy to install. Just plug the units in to any AC outlet, with between 1000' and 1500' between units. Although the easiest of all to install, a wireless intercom can be susceptible to interference.

The new home intercom systems are not the clunky squawk boxes of years past. New models are stylish, and make a natural addition to any home security solution.


For more information:

Whether you're looking for a wired, or an easy-to-setup wireless intercom, Smart Home has one of the best selections of home intercom systems we've seen. They range from the simple and inexpensive doorphone answering system to multi-unit video door intercoms

You can get more information about the video intercom here.