The latest and greatest home security camera device is a video door phone. See who is at your front or back entrance without unbolting a door. Who wouldn’t want this kind of control over who comes and goes? Peep-holes and adjacent windows may not allow you full unobstructed view to your home’s entryway--that’s a safety and security risk. Also consider children – with a video intercom they never have to open a door to strangers or possible intruders.
Video door phones are also called video intercoms, two-way doorphones, and security video door announcers. These terms may all be used interchangeably to describe these devices.
The idea behind a video door phone or intercom is fairly obvious: greet a visitor from the safety and security of your home, identify who it is, what purpose he or she has, and make a well-informed decision to open the door or deny entry. When a visitor arrives at your door he or she may push an intercom or doorbell, which activates the intercom. From a base station in your home you are alerted to the visitor. Traditional intercoms only allowed you two-way audio communication, but modern video-phones also include a video image, giving you much more security flexibility.
Video door phones may also be used at entrance gates that could be well out of view.
These devices are manufactured in a variety of model types and are fitted with similar basic features. However, prices go up as more features are added:
Simple units consisting of an intercom video unit and main base station are fairly easy to self-install. If you’re considering a multi-intercom, multi-station unit you may want to hire a company that specializes in security installations. This ensures your wiring is right and the system operates to specifications.
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