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Intercom or communication between houses?
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Post 1 made on Sunday March 13, 2005 at 17:17
Theaterworks
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I've encountered several projects recently that need some sort of communication between two houses, say a main house and a guest house. This needs to meet the following general spec:

1) Nice looking, non-industrial appearance
2) Simple to use for guests
3) Lower cost than a Crestron or other touchpanel interface

I know about the Greyfox intercom, and also the use to two telephone lines. Any other slick ideas out there?
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Post 2 made on Sunday March 13, 2005 at 18:16
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Phone system looks like a decent idea.

Intercom= looks good, easy to integrate, lower cost ; does this even exist?
Post 3 made on Sunday March 13, 2005 at 19:03
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AIphone and Viking have some products to you to research.

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Post 4 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 00:53
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I'm with GotGame. I don't think that you have to look further then Aiphone. For what it's worth, Nutone also makes a basic master to master intercom setup.

Greyfox certainly has the esthetics/cool feature going for it. What don't you like about it?
Post 5 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 08:59
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Not real excited by the Viking intercom options....
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Post 6 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 10:37
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Try digitalacoustics.com They make a IP Based intercom system. very simple to setup, and works over a network. If you have a wired or a wireless connection between the two, it will be pretty much plug-n-play.

We have used these on both the commercial & residential side.
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OP | Post 7 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 11:14
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On 03/14/05 08:59 ET, Fred Harding said...
Not real excited by the Viking intercom options....

Ditto there; too industrial looking.
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Post 8 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 12:50
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How about a typical plug-in intercom system that uses the power lines to carry the signal? It'll work between any buildings that share the same power transformer.
Post 9 made on Monday March 14, 2005 at 13:23
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On 03/14/05 12:50 ET, Larry Fine said...
How about a typical plug-in intercom system that
uses the power lines to carry the signal? It'll
work between any buildings that share the same
power transformer.

I use to have one like that. I don't recall the brand, but I think it was under $50.
It went from my house to my shop( about 80' away) and worked great!
Cheap cell phone service eventually lead to it's demise.
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Post 10 made on Tuesday March 15, 2005 at 10:35
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Yeah same thing on the cell service. With free in network calling by most companies people call rather than shout.

As I and most of my family have Nextel... my intercom follows me anywhere in the US.

I see houses all day that had intercoms built into the home and they have not been used in years. MOst common is to have a phone system that allows paging. Panasonic KTX is popular with the company we work with.
OP | Post 11 made on Tuesday March 15, 2005 at 10:45
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Springs,

Both these properties are main house/pool house situations. I expect to be swimming at one of these two next summer, and my Nextel phone would create an unsightly and improperly placed bulge in my trunks. :-)

Also, in spite of the fact there is a cell tower 800 yards from one of the sites and 1100 yards from the other, Nextel reception sucks. No go on that.

The Panasonic phone thing is also out. Both these households are small & simple, and have no need for a business phone system.

Anyone have any experience with Seidle? www.siedelusa.com
Carpe diem!
Post 12 made on Tuesday March 15, 2005 at 12:40
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Here's an idea.

cheap and flexible.

pseudo industrial looks. (comes with better finishes, or can be easily disguised)

Hide the 'door station' in a cupboard or just out of view location.

Put a cheap door phone system in each kitchen or somewhere common. (maybe even a private closet type area.

Now you can answer a 'page' (distinctive double ring) from either location from any phone... cordless / poolside / whirlpool / crapper / barbeque / whatever.

It WILL fit anybody's budget and feature requirements.

If it doesn't, then roll up the proposal into a couple of megaphone shapes and hold one end up to your lips and wish them luck. let them keep the freshly minted megaphones free of charge.
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