Adding an intercom to your home our business can increase productivity and make communication between rooms easier.  In order to get the most out of your intercom, it's essential that you understand all of the features that your wireless intercom has.  We've compiled below an overview of the features offered on our intercoms.  Please note, not all features are included on every intercom.

 

Talk (or Push-to-talk):

This operates the same on all intercoms.  You have to press and hold this button in order to communicate with other paired intercoms on the same channel.  Release this button to stop transmitting.

 

Channels:

Most intercoms have 4 or 5 separate channels allowing you to have multiple intercoms paired, but still allowing for communication between only a select few of the intercoms in your network.  Some intercoms, such as our MURS intercoms, even have subchannels within the channels, allowing for even more secure communication

 

Monitor Mode:  

This function will vary from model to model, but at it’s core, this feature allows one or multiple intercoms to listen to other intercoms on the same channel.  For our Chamberlain Indoor intercoms, when Monitor mode is enabled on an intercom, it broadcasts the signal from that intercom to all other paired intercoms on the same channel.  In effect, it allows all other intercoms on the same channel to monitor the intercom that was placed into Monitor mode.  A better term for this may be broadcast mode.

 

For our Dakota Alert MURS intercoms, the monitor mode acts more like a true monitor feature.  Instead of broadcasting from the intercom in monitor mode, when a MURS intercom is placed into monitor mode, it listens for and plays any active conversations that are occuring on other intercoms on  the same channel.  Just a note, when this is in monitor mode, it doesn’t “force” any other intercoms on the same channel to transmit, it only scans that channel and transmits any communication that occurs while you are in monitor mode.

 

Call:

Our Dakota Alert MURS intercoms come with a "Call" button that allows you to page the other intercoms on the same channel.  Simply pressing the "Call" button sends an alert to the other intercoms and is useful when checking in with other intercoms on the network.

 

VOX (Voice-activated mode):

Intercoms with this feature give you the option of communicating hands-free.  When VOX mode is engaged, you can simply speak into the intercom and it will transmit, without the need for holding down the “Talk” button.  VOX mode is not recommended for use in noisy areas, as it will end up broadcasting any noise it picks up.  We always recommend powering your intercom with a power adapter in addition to batteries when using VOX mode as it can quickly drain your batteries.

 

Standard vs. Conference mode:

Some intercoms, such as our Chamberlain indoor intercoms, give you the option of using your intercoms in standard or conference mode.  FYI - this feature is only applicable when you are using more than 2 intercoms.

Let’s assume you have 4 intercoms paired and all of them are on the same channel.  In this example, intercom 1 begins a conversation, which broadcasts to the 3 other intercoms.

In standard mode, the first intercom to reply automatically creates a private network between itself and intercom 1.  This means that when they reply, these two will only be communicating with each other, and no one else on that channel will hear the conversation.  If neither one communicates for an extended period of time (usually 10-30 seconds), the private conversation will end and the next transmission will go to all intercoms on that channel.

Now looking at that same example but with the intercoms in conference mode, no matter who responds, the conversation will continue to be heard by all paired intercoms on the same channel.

 

Overall, wireless intercoms are loaded with great features to help you make communication in your home or business easier and more reliable.  If you still have any questions about intercoms, don't hesitate to give us a call at 888-519-0413!

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