Door Phone/Intercom connected to house phones - AVS Forum
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
post #1 of 12 Old 01-17-2007, 11:22 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Rich X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Hopefully I'm putting this thread in the right forum...

I'm looking for product recommendations for a "door phone" system. I would like to put a call box by my front door which would ring all the telephones in the house and allow me to speak with whoever is at the front door before going to the door to let them in.

I know such products exist as part of larger phone systems, but I'm looking for a less expensive solution since I really don't need all of the other functionality that comes along with a phone system.
Rich X is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 12 Old 01-17-2007, 04:14 PM
AVS Special Member
 
fletch999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Livonia, MI
Posts: 1,332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
The Elan Z600 communications controller does what you want but it isn't cheap and has much more capability. (I think it is redesigned and called the Com 2 or something now)
fletch999 is offline  
post #3 of 12 Old 01-17-2007, 07:05 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Rich X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
That would do it, but it looks like a full blown phone system that I was trying to avoid.
Rich X is offline  
post #4 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 05:13 AM
Member
 
guymhz's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 57
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
this is what my installer will be installing; http://www.channelvision.com/index/51 sounds like what you are looking for. when someone rings the door bell, the phone has a specific ring to it. when you answer the phone, you can communicate with the person outside.

I also looked at the Elan. It is a VERY nice system with lots of capability and options, but is 3-4 times the cost.
guymhz is offline  
post #5 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 06:21 AM
Senior Member
 
Glackowitz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Look at Doorbellfone at www.homephone.com
this should be what your looking for

Msrp is around 200

http://www.homephone.com/products/28it/Dp28it.htm
Glackowitz is offline  
post #6 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 09:11 AM
Advanced Member
 
SBSmarthomes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Santa Barbara, CA
Posts: 561
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
I've had good luck with products from Viking Electronics:
http://www.vikingelectronics.com/
SBSmarthomes is offline  
post #7 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 10:05 AM
AVS Special Member
 
fletch999's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Livonia, MI
Posts: 1,332
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
The Elan peice is just a communication controller. It work in a home with any phones, doesn't need any kind of special phone system.
fletch999 is offline  
post #8 of 12 Old 01-18-2007, 12:26 PM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Rich X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
The Channelvision, Door Fon, & Viking all look like good options. Elan would be great, but I think that is beyond my price range.

Thanks for the rec's. I'll have to check out the technical specs and mounting options on these to see which will work best. I do have a run of cat 5e going to the mounting location, but I do not have AC power there. It also will have to be surface mounted.
Rich X is offline  
post #9 of 12 Old 01-19-2007, 06:54 AM
CJO
AVS Special Member
 
CJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 2,940
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by guymhz View Post

this is what my installer will be installing; http://www.channelvision.com/index/51 sounds like what you are looking for. when someone rings the door bell, the phone has a specific ring to it. when you answer the phone, you can communicate with the person outside...

This is what I purchased for my house, but haven't had time to install it yet. It looks pretty nice, though I will either have to surface mount it (which is how it's made to be installed) or cut out some brick.

CJ

coneilliv at aol dot com

The Dark Knight Theater
(a bunch of good reference links and material in first 15 posts)
CJO is offline  
post #10 of 12 Old 01-19-2007, 06:54 AM
CJO
AVS Special Member
 
CJO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 2,940
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by fletch999 View Post

The Elan peice is just a communication controller. It work in a home with any phones, doesn't need any kind of special phone system.

But it does need an installer!

CJ

coneilliv at aol dot com

The Dark Knight Theater
(a bunch of good reference links and material in first 15 posts)
CJO is offline  
post #11 of 12 Old 01-20-2007, 08:25 AM - Thread Starter
Member
 
Rich X's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Philadelphia
Posts: 118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Please let me know how your install goes. I'm leaning toward the Viking because of the dimensions of the door boxes that are available.
Rich X is offline  
post #12 of 12 Old 01-23-2007, 01:57 PM
Newbie
 
marcov's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sin City
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked: 10
Quote:
Originally Posted by SBSmarthomes View Post

I've had good luck with products from Viking Electronics:

I too recommend Viking Electronic products. I was in the telecom industry for over 20 years and always relied on their products.
marcov is offline  
Reply Home Automation

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off