Previously, intercom systems were the preserve of large businesses and people who lived in mansions equipped with butlers. Now even ordinary people can get a decent wireless intercom system for their home or office. Moms no longer need to scream that dinner is ready, which will surely make everyone at home more peaceful.
Here are ten of the best wireless solutions for a variety of home or small business applications.
Amazon Echo Show 8
You may know the Amazon Echo brand as the type of smart speaker that brings the Amazon Alexa voice assistant to the home environment. The Echo Show is an advanced Echo with a screen.
In a sense, Show works like a permanently installed tablet. You can use it to browse content, listen to music, or browse the web. Among other things. However, when combined with Echo speakers and devices common throughout the home, the show can be used as an intelligent intercom system.
You can “drop in” to call a specific device in your home, or you can make a general announcement if you want everyone to hear you. While it requires an investment in at least one show and multiple Echo speakers, it still performs surprisingly well in terms of overall price compared to systems that only work as an intercom.
Ring Video Doorbell 2
The call has become synonymous with the idea of ??a smart video intercom. So much so that we won’t be surprised if people start calling all video door phones “calls”. Just like “Hoover” is used to refer to vacuum cleaners in general.
This particular model is the Ring 2 equipped with a Full HD camera and infrared night vision. It integrates with the Alexa home automation ecosystem, so it will work with the Echo Show we talked about above. However, you don’t need Echo devices to use it. It can also connect to PC or mobile device.
The best thing is that it is connected to the Internet and you can use this intercom from anywhere in the world where there is an Internet connection. This means that you can keep an eye on what is happening in front of your door and talk to both welcome and unwanted visitors with ease.
Although the data signal is wireless, you still need to supply power to the ring. This means either using a rechargeable battery that needs to be replaced periodically, or power from the existing doorbell wires, with a battery as a backup.
It should be noted that there have been some privacy concerns regarding Ring and how data from these devices is used by third parties. If this bothers you, do a little homework to find out exactly what the end-user terms are and if you agree with them.
It’s also important to note that you need to pay a monthly subscription to get the full benefit from this product.
Nucleus Anywhere is marketed specifically as a wireless intercom system for the home, and you need multiple devices. One for each room you want to connect. Nucleus is a bit pricey, especially if you have multiple rooms to connect, but it is one of the most advanced smart wireless intercom systems you can buy today.
It can also integrate with Amazon’s Alexa service, which means that each intercom can also act as a versatile smart device.
One very interesting feature of the Nucleus Anywhere system is that it can go beyond communication between rooms. If your family and friends have the same system, you can also make house-to-house calls. In addition, there is a mobile application with which you can contact you even on the road.
The rest of the time, you can use Nucleus Anywhere to control your smart home device with Alexa, make Uber calls, play music, and more that other Alexa devices can do.
Motorola MBP164 CONNECT Audio Baby Monitor
At its core, a baby monitor is simply a specialized type of home intercom system, and you can rest assured that the smart intercom revolution has not left these important devices unattended. Thus, before us is Motorola MBP164 CONNECT with bright names. Yes, this is the same Motorola with a long history of great mobile phones and voice technology.
Although it is a smart baby monitor with an internet connection, it is also a traditional system. With a range of approximately 900 feet with line-of-sight, you can use the MBP164 immediately after connecting a child device. The baby unit is plugged into a power outlet and the parent unit is powered by a rechargeable battery.
The real party trick is when you connect your child unit to Wi-Fi. You can then download an application to your phone that provides the same functionality as your parent unit via the Internet. What’s more, there are cool activity tracking and alert features to help you know when something changes in your child’s bedroom.
SAMCOM FTAN20A 20 channels
This intercom system from Samcom is a much more traditional product compared to all Wi-Fi connected smart home systems we see these days. It’s not automatically bad! If all you need is a reliable wireless intercom system for your home that cannot be disabled with a software update or that stops working when the internet is disconnected, this may very well be the case.
The FTAN20A may be dumb, but it’s still a rather complex digital radio intercom. It supports 20 separate channels, which means 19 devices work together.
You can monitor certain devices at all times, much like a baby monitor, and one-to-many calls are also possible. These intercoms are USB powered, which also means you can use portable power supplies, phone chargers, and any other 5V USB power supply to power each device. Be sure to check out the multipack deals, which have decent discounts per unit.
Remo + RemoBell S Alexa-Enabled Video doorbell
Here we have another Alexa-enabled video intercom but at a much more affordable price than the premium competitors. Remo + offers roughly the same features as Ring 2, but has the distinct advantage that no subscription fees are required to provide online services. It does have paid subscriptions if you want more features than the free tier offers.
Like the Ring, the RemoBell S offers app-based alerts and monitoring, HD video, and a wide field of view. It also has infrared night vision! The bottom line is that it has the same feature set as Ring 2, which we covered above, but at a significantly lower price. If you are comfortable with a lesser known brand, RemoBell S is a great solution.
Hosmart 1/2 Mile Long Range 7-Channel Security Wireless Intercom System
This is another dumb intercom solution that offers long distance digital radio communications. As much as half a mile in ideal conditions! This system offers seven channels and a group call function. The devices are USB powered, making it easy to power them wherever they go, and you can get a bundle of multiple devices at a minimal cost.
Just plug them in and your communication system will be fine. For users on a budget who don’t need smart features and just want to connect multiple points within the supported range, this is a great choice.
Wuloo Wireless Intercoms for Home 10 Channel
Wuloo’s 10-channel intercom joins the other “dumb” intercoms in this roundup as a system that doesn’t use Wi-Fi to work. This is a simple and straightforward digital radio solution. What sets it apart from the competition is its particularly aggressive pricing.
In particular, the two-piece kit is one of the cheapest products we’ve seen that offers USB-powered and plug-and-play digital intercom features. This makes it affordable to buy multiple apartments and connect every room in a regular home, unless you live in a converted hotel.
It has a range of 5,000 feet and will run on a power source, which means you can also connect external buildings and move devices with ease. There is not much to write about here, but we are sure that there will be a lot of demand for this price.
DS-HD1 Hikvision USA HD WiFi Video smart doorbell
Hikvision is a brand that we are seeing is becoming more prominent in the budget digital product space. The company is known for creating security systems with good digital surveillance technology. They also sell SD cards and other related products to support this ecosystem.
This smart doorbell intercom is their answer to the innovative Ring system, and is priced roughly the price of Ring 2. However, there are stark differences beneath the surface.
First, there is no battery power. This means you need to plug it into a wired power source. Hikvision provides its own app for monitoring and communicating through the device, but there is no cloud storage. Instead, there is an SD card slot that can accommodate cards up to 128GB.
The records are saved to this card and can be retrieved from there. Of course, this has its pros and cons. You don’t need to rely on an internet connection to save your footage, but someone could destroy the device and card inside.
Hikvision has a 3-megapixel sensor, which means it outperforms the â€œplainâ€ 1080p video you get with Ring 2. Everything else also meets your expectations, with motion detection, infrared night vision and a 180-degree field of view. Look. Since its price is so close to that of the Ring 2, the choice comes down to which approach best suits your needs.
If you have little interest in Ring’s Alexa-enabled cloud offering, Hikvision might be a more compelling product for the money.
CallToU Wireless Caregiver Pager Smart Call System
This product is not really an intercom. Instead, it is a paging system. We turned it on because a significant number of people who think they need a full-band intercom are actually looking for a wireless pager system.
If you have someone in your family who needs help from time to time, such as a weak person, an elderly person, or a disabled person, then a paging system may be more effective. Especially if they have communication problems.
CallToU has several call buttons and connectable pagers. All a person with a call button has to do is press it. This will alert those with pagers that they need help. Neck straps for call buttons are included, but they can also be attached to the bedside table or any other area that a person can reach.
Because they are simpler than a full-fledged intercom, they are also a much cheaper solution, and with a range of 500 feet, there are use cases for something like this besides maintenance. If all you need is to call someone back, why spend more on an intercom?
Is it Rang?
If you think it’s silly that we can make a video call to someone on the other side of the world but have to scream in the hallway to get the attention of people who are literally screaming distance away, then these intercom solutions will make life a hell of a lot steep. much easier. Whether you choose something smart, dumb, or just a toasted doorbell, your poor vocal chords will thank you.