If you have a large house, or just the desire to not have to yell or walk to another room, then talking to someone in a different room can sometimes be a time-consuming task. In these cases, it might be a good idea to buy an intercom system to install throughout the house. Intercom systems can run in the thousands of dollars, but there are many high-quality systems you can buy at a reasonable cost.
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International Electronics Inc's 4-Room Wireless Intercom
This unit covers four rooms in the house, and each station has a range of 1,000 feet between units. If you would like to expand your range, simply add more units. The system is run entirely on batteries, which means you can rely on it in case of a power outage. The system uses four double-A batteries. The intercom system also has a paging function so you can call individual units and speak privately.
Westinghouse's 4-Channel Voice-Activated Intercoms
This intercom system is voice activated, so it can be operated hands free, and has four different channels for talking. There is a 1,500-foot radius between intercom units. The units operate through the electrical wiring when you plug the units into sockets. There is the option to expanding the system by adding additional units. These units are compatible with any Westinghouse intercom system, so it can be added to a pre-existing system.
CAT5's Whole-House Intercom Hub
This system is slightly higher in price than the other units; however, it does have a wider range of features. It provides instant communication with up to six rooms in the house, and even has a remote control so you can answer the intercom without getting up. You can add more rooms by adding additional units to the main hub, and the system has an optional front door intercom so you can address anyone at your front door without opening the door.
Snap Instant Communicator
If your family is always wired, but would rather talk than IM each other, the Snap Instant Communicator would be a great choice for you. It is a unit you connect to your computer. Then you assign other users to a button on the physical unit. To talk, press the person's button and if he accepts the call, you will be connected instantly. Lights on the hardware will advise you if a person is available or away from the computer.
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