What is a door buzzer for business?
Locked doors are great for keeping a business secure, but that security can also keep out people who need to get in, which is not good for business. A door buzzer is some sort of an electronic device used to alert someone inside a building when a visitor or guest arrives at a building entrance. It typically consists of a button or mechanism located outside the door, which, when pressed, triggers a buzzer, chime, or voice recording inside the building. Some buzzers also allow for two-way communication. The purpose of a door buzzer is to signal the occupant or staff that someone is at the door, allowing them to grant or deny access.
Whether you're running an office, a manufacturing plant, an apartment complex, or a retail store, door buzzers are essential for maintaining security and ensuring a smooth flow of operations. They come in various types, including basic doorbells, intercom systems, and more advanced versions with features like cameras and remote access control.
Choosing the Right Door Buzzer for Your Business
Selecting the right door buzzer system is crucial. Consider factors like the size and type of your building, the number of users, and your specific security needs. Customizing your door buzzer ensures it meets your unique requirements.
You already know why you need a door or gate buzzer, so lets dive in to the types available so you can choose the right buzzer for your needs.
Simple Button and a Bell
In their simplest form, you could just use a doorbell button and chime kit you buy at your local home improvement retailer. This would notify you someone is at the door as long as you are within hearing distance of the chime. This would not enable you to let someone in remotely unless you combine is with a buzz in door lock for business, which is also known as an electric door strike or magnetic lock. You would need a separate button for this.
Wireless Door Buzzer
A wireless door buzzer entry system gives you the same benefits as a simple button and a bell, but ads mobility and hearability. You can have multiple receivers placed around your business so you will always hear the alert when someone presses the button. You can even tie these in with a Wireless PA system so the alert message is broadcast over the wireless PA system. Or alternatively, you could carry a handheld receiver that receives the alert messages. Our MURS Commercial Wireless 2-Way Radio Voice Doorbell is a good example of a device like this. These work great in warehouses, factories, or any building that has a delivery door that needs to be monitored.
Wireless 2-Way Callbox Buzzer
If you want two-way communication at a door or gate, but don't want to run wire, then a wireless callbox can meet your needs. These callboxes communicate to handheld 2-way radios, or a base station wireless intercom. You can even use your existing 2-way radios if you have them. Some radios and callboxes even enable remote gate or door opening. Our MURS Long Range Wireless Gate Intercom with Relay is a good example of this type of system.
Intercom Buzzer with Door Release Button
You can use simple 2-wire intercoms as a door buzzer. These provide 2-way communication with the ability to activate an electric door strike or mag lock. A small door substation intercom mounts outside near the door and then a master station mounts inside. You can add an additional master station inside if you need one. Our Single Door Access System is a good example of this. If you have multiple doors, we have systems for that as well.
Gate Buzzer with Camera
If you also want to see who's at the door, you could use a video intercom instead. Something like our CAT-5 Video Intercom would work as a buzzer. It has a camera at the door and a monitor inside. You can add four inside stations and monitor two doors.
Office or Apartment Door Buzzer Entry Systems
These are used at entrance doors of apartment buildings, condos, multi-tenant office buildings, or other multi-unit buildings. This is really called an apartment intercom buzzer, since it would not be safe to just have a buzzer that alerts each apartment. If tenants are just buzzing someone in when they have no idea who it is, then people who do not belong in the building will be let in. That's why two-way communication is always necessary for multi-tenant buildings.
There are multiple ways to do an apartment door buzzer system. The lowest cost is a wired system that uses 3 or 4 conductor wire apartment stations, an amplifier unit, and an entry door panel that has a button for each apartment. We can make custom door panels like this one: Custom Door Buzzer Button Panel
Then there are cell phone based intercoms that don't require any wiring to the apartments. You simply place an intercom at the entry door and when someone selects a directory entry or enters an apartment number, it calls either the tenant's cell phone or landline phone. The 1000 Unit Modular Multi-Tenant Intercom is an example of this system. If you have 25 or fewer apartments, the Modular Cellular Apartment Intercom 2-25 Button has individual buttons for each apartment.
The third type of apartment system is a smartphone buzzer. This system has a video touch panel that mounts at the entry door, and it connects to the Internet through a cloud-based service. Tenants can use their smartphones or Tablet PCs to receive calls from the front door. This is a video-based system so tenant's can see who is at the door. They can also share video from their device for two-way video communication. The Touch Screen Internet-Connected Video Intercom is an example of this system.
Apartment Gate Buzzer
The differences between a buzzer for a door or one for a gate are not that many. The difference in usage is that for door buzzers people walk up to a door to use them, whereas for a driveway gate they drive up in their vehicle. For our cell phone systems, we have horizontal and vertical layouts. The horizontal ones have a standard pedestal pole mounting pattern. They use poles like these: Pedestal Mounting Poles. Other intercoms like the Touch Screen Intercom have custom poles like this one: Touch Screen Intercom Pedestal
Door Buzzer for Phone Systems
Some door buzzers can be integrated with phone systems allowing you to manage access through your phone system. The Doorbell Phone Doorbell Intercom System connects to an analog port on a phone system and will ring phones on that line. The Hot Line SIP Intercom connects to VoIP digital phone systems and works in a similar way. These buzzer systems eliminate the need for a separate station inside to receive calls.
Most of our systems are very easy to install. For the cell phone intercoms you need a power outlet somewhere nearby and then you run a low voltage line to the intercom. You also run two wires to the electric door strike or gate controller for remote opening.
Our wireless callboxes can use 12 volts, solar, or 3 D batteries for power. Wired devices typically get their power from the inside station. These still need two wires run to the electric door strike or gate controller.
Wired systems of course require running wire to each apartment to a central location and then another wire from their to the door button panel. Internet intercoms require a CAT-5 wire to an Internet Router and they get their power over the CAT-5 cable.
Door buzzers for business are not just about security; they are about creating a seamless experience for both staff and visitors. With the right door buzzer system in place, you can enhance security, streamline communication, and make your business more efficient. Call at 888-298-9389 to talk to an expert for personalized advice.
1. What is a commercial door buzzer?
A commercial door buzzer is an electronic device designed to alert someone inside a building when a visitor or guest arrives at a building entrance. It typically consists of a button or mechanism located outside the door, which, when pressed, triggers a buzzer, chime, or voice recording inside the building. Some buzzer systems also allow for two-way communication. The primary purpose of a door buzzer is to signal the occupant or staff that someone is at the door, enabling them to grant or deny access.
2. Why is a door buzzer important for businesses?
Whether you're running an office, a manufacturing plant, an apartment complex, a retail store, or other commercial property, door buzzers are crucial for maintaining security and ensuring the smooth flow of operations. They help manage access and enhance security by notifying occupants when someone is at the door.
3. What are the different types of door buzzers available?
There are several types of door buzzers to choose from based on your needs: Simple Button and Bell, Wireless Door Buzzer, Wireless 2-Way Callbox Buzzer, Intercom Buzzer with Door Release Button, Gate Buzzer with Camera, Office or Apartment Door Buzzer Entry Systems, Apartment Gate Buzzer, and Door Buzzer for Phone Systems
4. How is the installation process for these door buzzer systems?
The installation process varies depending on the type of system. Wireless systems are generally easy to install but may still require power outlets and low-voltage lines. Wired systems involve running wires to each apartment or a central location. Internet intercoms require CAT-5 wiring to an Internet router.
5. Can I integrate a door buzzer with my smartphone?
Yes, some door buzzers can be integrated with smartphones, allowing remote access control. These may require Internet or cell phone access.
6. How do I choose the right door buzzer for my business?
Choosing the right door buzzer involves considering your business type, size, and specific security needs. Give us a call at 888-298-9389 to talk to an expert for personalized advice.
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