The Selectable Room Intercom System is an advanced Cat 5 based intercom
system consisting of Room Units, Patio Units and Door Units
connected with a single Cat 5 cable each between each Station Module and
a main Intercom Distribution Module. Built on Cat 5 cabling, the this
system includes convenient RJ45 connections and system auto-discovery,
meaning all you have to do is plug a device in and the system
automatically configures it.
This complete system kit comes with four Room Units, one Intercom
Distribution Module, and one power supply. The only thing you need to
add is the Cat5e wiring and standard double gang electrical boxes to
mount the Room Units in.
Room Units contain an intuitive graphical user interface in the form of
a liquid crystal display, similar to today's cell phones. Communication
may occur in a broadcast fashion if desired, or to specific units as
selected on the LCD. Up to three simultaneous, private conversations can
occur at a single time. This is the only intercom in the industry that
currently has this capability.
The Intercom Distribution Module is typically installed in structured
wiring enclosure and is considered the System Command, Communication and
Power Router of the system. All Room Units, Patio Units and Door Units
are connected directly to the Intercom Distribution Module via "home
run" style single Cat 5e cabling.
Intercom Distribution Module also supplies power to the entire system.
Up to eight units of any combination are supported by each
Intercom Module and modules may be cascaded three times, for a total
system support of up to 32 units.
Each Selectable Room Unit, through its LCD display, provides both
basic intercom communication functions such as talk, talk to door (if
Door Unit is installed), monitor, mute, and advanced functions such as
monitoring multiple rooms at the same time.
There are two methods of replying to a call on a Room Unit: push to
talk and hands-free. Hands-free is the default setting. In hands-free
mode the receiver of a call can simply respond back to the Room Unit
without getting up. The unit will stay in hands-free reply mode for a
preset amount of time. After that time the call is ended. The options
are 60 seconds, 30 seconds, 15 seconds, 10 seconds (the default), 5
seconds, or disabled. In disabled mode the receiver of a call will have
to press the TALK button to respond.
Each room station has the ability to go in to Monitor Mode, which
allows you to listen to what is happening in the room.: To put a unit in
this mode, press MONITOR Button. The display will flash a message that
says "Monitor is On" for two seconds. The MONITOR button is backlit red
while a station is in Monitor Mode.
The monitored unit will not receive Pages or hear Door Unit door
tones, but can receive Selective Calls. This feature is handy for elder
care where you can hear a noise and selectively ask if everything is OK.
The monitored unit cannot initiate Pages or selective calls. MONITOR may
be disabled at a particular unit through its Settings menu. This is
handy for a child's room where you wouldn't want the child to put their
Unit in Monitor to avoid Page contact.
MUTE on a Room Unit may be disabled at a particular Unit through its
Settings menu. This is handy for a child's room where you wouldn't want
the child to be able to Mute their room to avoid contact.
To Page or "ALL" Call from a Room Unit:
- Press the arrow buttons to highlight "ALL".
- Press and Hold TALK/SELECT button and speak.
- All Units not in MUTE or MONITOR mode, or on a selective call
with someone else will hear a tone when TALK/SELECT button is
pressed and then hear you speak: (DOOR Units do not receive Pages).
- When the TALK/SELECT button is released, a second tone is heard
at receiving units, indicating that receiving Units have 10 seconds
(default) of hands-free reply time. At the end of this hands-free
time a third tone is heard to define the end of the call.
To name a Room Unit, you can choose from a list of 96 room names.
Also, the Theme option under Settings allows you to select one of four
different color pallets for a particular Room Unit's display.
The Patio Unit also provides similar basic Room Unit functionality in
a weather resistant wall mounted package for your patio. For security
reasons, it does not support the door release function.
The Selectable Room Door Unit allows a visitor to press the door
chime button on the unit to notify you of their presence. You can then
initiate a two-way communication with the visitor and even open the door
(requires electronic door release device, not included).
The door chime tone can be selected from 20 different tones such as:
various chimes, a Jetson's Doorbell, Calypso Party, Beethoven's 5th,
Happy Birthday, Wolf Howl, Jingle Bells, Oh Canada, America the
Beautiful, or even a tone followed by a barking dog, which has benefit
for security purposes since a would be burglar will think you have a
This system can be installed by a single person. The basic procedure
is as follows:
- Run a single Cat 5 cable to each location where an intercom unit
will be installed.
- Crimp RJ45 plugs on each end of every cable.
- Install units in double-gang boxes 56" to the bottom of the box
from the floor at each location.
- Run each cable back to where the Intercom Distribution Module is
and plug in to an available jack.
- Connect the power supply and wait for a few seconds as the
system auto-discovers all units.
- Customize each unit via simple menu settings.
When you order this kit you will get four Room Units, one Intercom
Distribution Module, and one power supply.