Choosing the best wireless intercom system for your home, office, school, or business.
Communications have come a long way because of technology. Nowadays, many home, offices, schools, and businesses are equipped with wireless intercom systems that help the people inside to communicate better. Although many of these establishments still use wired intercom system, wireless intercom systems are increasing in popularity because of the many benefits that they provide.
Wireless intercom systems are so much easier to install than the traditional wired intercom systems. There is no need to connect any of the units with wires and you can easily transfer one unit from one area to another.
To help you choose the best wireless intercom system for your home, office, school, or business, below are some things that you need to consider.
Frequency. Different wireless intercom systems use different frequencies. In the United States, there are several frequency ranges available but the most commonly used are 49MHz, 900MHz, and 2.4GHz. Very few wireless intercom systems use 49MHz because these are short range frequencies and are often used by cordless telephones and baby monitors. Since they are often picked up by other wireless devices, wireless intercom systems that use this frequency often get interference. Some wireless intercom systems use 900MHz frequency and they often use analog transmission technology. For those who prefer their intercom system to have video capabilities, the 2.4GHz frequency is often used. However, the 2.4GHz frequency is often used by WiFi networks so you can expect interference from products that use WiFi.
Range. The range of your wireless intercom system depends on its frequency. A relatively new frequency range in the wireless intercom system market is the Multi-Use Radio Service or MURS. MURS uses VHF or very high frequencies and wireless intercom systems that use it can be used even in expansive areas such as between buildings or homes. You can even add an antenna to boost your transmitter. MURS intercom systems can transmit up to four miles or more with an external antenna.
Security. How do you plan to use your wireless intercom system? If your priority is privacy, make sure that your wireless intercom system is not susceptible to interference. Also, some frequency ranges like those using 900MHz make it easy for other devices in the same frequency to listen in on conversations.
Features. Check for other features that you want in your wireless intercom system such as a PA system and a bell system. You may also want to get an intercom system that has an outdoor unit that is water resistant and specifically designed for outdoor use. Other features that you can find are wireless remote switches, motion detectors, solar power option, and many more.
Cost. You can get a basic two channel wireless intercom system for as little as $60 while more sophisticated ones can go up to as much as $700. The price range of wireless intercom systems is very wide so make sure that you identify the features and specifications that you want before making any purchase. If you are on a limited budget, choose a basic wireless internet system that will allow you to purchase other add-on features later.