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AD8BC Posted - 12/18/2008 : 08:02:51 AM
Let me be the first in this topic!

With the advances in VoIP technology, I have wondered why nobody has come out with a wired/wireless Ethernet intercom system. Think about it -- door stations, room stations, even a computer interface for remote intercom access, maybe make it work with Skype or something.
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tymesx Posted - 12/17/2014 : 3:48:32 PM
First but not last: http://forum.smarthome.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=15492

I was looking for new device to proxy to existing system and voila, I found a small simple device. But if you're looking for a "system"... aka complete replacement system? Erg! No, a new system would probably be thousands of dollars and infrastructure to redo a building complex.

With what I was looking for, I don't care what or how big (or how small) the existing system is, I can just bridge it and proxy it to my cellphone and it is so easy!

It doesn't have video but after the basic hardware cost for an Obi110 there would be no additional monthly fees and I can be out of the country and talk to someone in front of my apartment complex. Although, my building has a conference room, a gym, a garden, and other areas outside of the range of even the best cordless phone so I can answer the front door not just from a traffic jam 30 minutes from home.

I can understand a little bit more if you were looking for a "house" system, but when I was looking for something for my apartment complex... looking for a "system" was not only cost prohibitive, but politically impossible.

However now I could probably go and talk to our caretaker and ask them to imagine if they could not just be anywhere in the building but _anywhere_ when someone buzzed? They would immediately think replacing the system would be 10s of thousands of dollars but faint when I told them they only need to pay so little to do it for themselves.

Once my caretaker jumped at the opportunity I was able to approach the strata and shake their stupid archaic thinking. I myself already don't need any keys and now I have proof positive on how technology can help and I always wished to start upgrading to fobs and looking at systems for the entire building not just a piecemeal proxy -- although actually the Obi110 and just getting one for every apartment in the complex may be just as good as any "complete" system we can currently find on the market so far as Intercoms go -- ha-ha. Imagine that.

So, if you can find a "system" let me know too... ha-ha. I'm interested to know if it is less than $80 per Apartment and if it does free proxy over the internet and if it can also be used a VoIP interface for those few people who might still want landlines etc.

No, but you are correct, although a "system" would be preferable, it doesn't seem to be what is best or available right now. I'm just so happy that I don't need a "system" and I don't need to deal with the strata and 240 other owners.
stusviews Posted - 12/17/2014 : 11:51:24 AM
florapylant, $30/mo is a somewhat costly intercom.
florapylant Posted - 12/17/2014 : 02:45:44 AM
There are now communication services that provide services over the internet and also provide voice services.
Autonow Posted - 08/12/2013 : 3:39:45 PM
ever consider an IP camera with audio?
stusviews Posted - 07/19/2009 : 7:01:55 PM
This looks nice http://www.ipintercom.com/edw.html

Thanks, carmi.
majortom Posted - 07/19/2009 : 01:17:27 AM
quote:
Originally posted by AD8BC

Let me be the first in this topic!

With the advances in VoIP technology, I have wondered why nobody has come out with a wired/wireless Ethernet intercom system. Think about it -- door stations, room stations, even a computer interface for remote intercom access, maybe make it work with Skype or something.



Someone has. CyberData and Digital Acoustics both have VoIP intercom systems and door phones and have for quite some time. CyberData is SIP based and can integrate with various SIP PBX systems.

/carmi
GraysonPeddie Posted - 12/19/2008 : 2:29:57 PM
Excellent idea, but since I have Vonage, I'd like to have the ability to plug in the wireless intercom station to my phone adapter if I'm not home.

Wireless is great for me, but I'm not sure if it's small to fit in a doorframe outdoor when it comes to living in my apartment.

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