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Wired vs. Wireless Intercom Systems: Which is Better?

Intercom systems have come a long way since the push-button buzzer contraptions of the 1970s. Today's modern intercom systems involve cameras and digital audio for the best audio clarity in conversing back and forth. All of these technological advancements do come with a price tag, however as today's intercom systems can run between a price range of $1500 to $6000. Which of today's systems is a better fit? Wired intercom systems or wireless intercom systems? We will delve into this query below and through the data, we will come to a clear-cut winner.


Wired Intercom Systems


Wired intercom systems are the traditional way that intercoms are powered in your home or apartment. Wires run from your home base unit on the wall and out to the front door or to the wall intercom unit on the first floor of an apartment building. Installation can be a bit cumbersome as walls need to be cut into and wiring needs to be run inside the walls connecting to your base unit. Electricians and installation crews are well-versed in these kinds of setups as wired intercoms have been around for decades.


Wireless Intercom Systems


This is the new kid on the block, industry-speaking wise, as the technology to make wireless intercom a reality has only come into vogue within the last few years. Wireless intercoms did exist in the 2000s and earlier, although they were quite rare and the image quality had more chops than a bustling prep kitchen. Today's technology enables near-crystal clear images and good quality video along with crisp audio. Installation is much easier due to the fact that you don't need to run any wires or cut into any walls. Improvements to spectrum radio technology have enhanced the connection between wireless trunk points and the base unit. If spectrum technology sounds familiar to you, you must have owned a wireless telephone in the 1990s and 2000s as those devices ran on the same technology.


The Process In A Wireless Intercom System


The visitor goes to the intercom at the front door or the front gate of an apartment building and looks the tenant up that they want to contact to get access. The visitor pushes the call button and the tenant is notified through a ding or notification on their smartphone that a visitor is at the door. The tenant can either go to the base unit to see an image or video of the visitor through the security camera located at the visitor intercom. Tenants can also access visitor images through their smartphone through an app if they so choose. The tenant can either deny or give access to the visitor by pushing a button to let the visitor through the gate. Those who have the ability to have access to the intercom system through their smartphones will require the sending unit to be internet-wired as hardwired units won't have access to the internet.


The choice is pretty clear-cut as the installation costs are cheaper and the benefits to the tenants are far greater, the clear winner here is wireless intercom systems. The ability to see who's at the door through your smartphone without getting up from the couch is a luxury that was usually afforded to affluent communities and neighborhoods in the past. Getting a wireless intercom system is a way to provide high-quality intercom services to tenants without any building modifications for a fair price to the owner.

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