For decades if you wanted a visitor to alert you that they were outside your
gate or door you needed a voice-based intercom. This enabled you to talk to them
and let them in by the press of a button.
These days everyone carries a cell phone so why not just use that instead?
The only thing missing is the ability to unlock the gate or door. That's where a
Cell Network Switch comes in.
You simply put up a sign with your phone number (or a free Google number that
forwards to your number), and when people call you can talk to them and decide
whether to activate your automatic gate. It doesn't matter
where in the world
you are if you use a cell phone. As long as you have cell phone service, you can
respond to callers.
You can also program the unit to open for people even if they don't call you.
The Cell Switch can store up to 100 telephone numbers. When it receives the
caller ID for one of these numbers, it can trigger the internal switch that then
opens the gate automatically. This means you can program in phone numbers for
your family, friends, or even services like lawn care so they just have to call
the gate and it automatically opens for them.
The Cell Network Switch has an additional feature which sends a text message
to a master user whenever it is triggered via a keypad if one is installed at
the gate or door. So if you want to know when an external device such as a
keypad is triggered, then a wire from the keypad to the Cell Switch will be
required. The unit can also send a message every time anybody triggers the gate
though their Caller ID number.
With the built in clock, you can program the unit to automatically open and
close the gate at preset times. It has a 7-day clock so depending on how it is
programmed, the gate can open momentarily for a preset time, or it can latch to
hold the gate open.
If a status switch is installed on the gate, you can send a text message to
the gate to see if it is open or closed. You can also check to see whether the
two built-in relays are open or closed.
Traditional Gate Intercom Systems
Of course you can always put a more traditional wireless voice or video
intercom system at your gate. There are several types available these days as
Cell Network Gate Intercoms
This type of intercom provides all the same capabilities as the Cell Network
Switch, but it also includes voice capabilities so visitors can call you
directly from the intercom. You still talk to them through whatever phones you
want to program in the unit.
- You can put a wireless intercom anywhere there is cell phone service
- No distance limitations
- It calls you anywhere you are as long as your
receiving phone has service
- Can call up to three phone numbers
- You can send
text messages to open the gate
- Requires a monthly or pay-as-you-go AT&T or T-Mobile voice plan
WiFi Gate Intercoms
This gate video intercom lets you use your iPhone or Adroid-based smart phone
to not only talk to visitors at your gate, but also see them as well. It has a
full-color video camera that appears directly on an app on your phone.
- You can receive calls anywhere your smartphone is connected to the
- You can talk to and see the caller
- Control your gate from an App on
- Optional 10.1" touch screen monitor is available for inside
- Can call up to 4 devices at a time.
- Requires a good WiFi signal at the gate
- User must have a smartphone
Wireless Gate Intercoms
A wireless gate intercom provides long range, 2-way voice communication to a
two-way radio or wireless base station intercom. They can be used to open gates
or doors from remote locations, which means monitoring personnel do not have to
be confined to a desk.
- No monthly service plan required
- Can open the gate by pushing a
button on receiving device
- Can have an unlimited number of receiving devices
- Can't receive calls when you're out of range of the gate intercom
- Push-to-talk, release to listen like a walkie-talkie
- Requires an extra device
to receive calls
Still Not Sure What You Need?
If you're still not sure which system is right for your needs, call the
experts at IntercomsOnline.com and let us help you figure that out. You can
reach us at 888-298-9489.