I need to install some form of communication between my shop and house which
are only about 25 feet apart. I have been using a two line wall phone in my
shop, but for various reasons that is no longer possible. Anyone have
experience with the $35 to $40 wireless intercom systems? I assume these
use a radio frequency to communicate. Both the house and shop are connected
to a common electrical system (shop has a sub panel connected to house main
panel) if that makes any difference.
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Oh c'mon just say Daddy want's the new cool intercom for Xmas! If you care
about what is being said the wirless intercom can easily be picked up on a
scanner. I do it the old fashun'd method. She comes out and patiently
waits till I finish doing what ever I'm doing.... And she gets a little more
exercise than 25' Hell must at least 40 ;-)
We have a cordless phone in the home, and it has additional optional
handsets available. The handsets include a small battery charger cradle.
The system includes local intercom between the handsets. My shop is
detached, and it's about 80 feet or so between the base station and the shop
handset. It works okay. We don't use the intercom much, SWMBO prefers to
just wander out to the shop, but the system might be good for. The phone
was about $100 and each handset about $40 IIRC.
We have used two such systems both from Radio Shack.
The first was so terrible that we returned it. The second is
remarkably good. There is little if any background noise and
the fidelity is remarkably good. The cost was in your price
Please let me know if you would like the specifics.
All the best,
Some do, they use Family Radio Service frequencies that should work
fine. Just assume that someone is probably listening, so no reading
the credit card info over the intercom. I like these much better than
the units below, and you get the added bonus of using a handheld to
communicate with them, if desired.
Other units use AC wiring, and in my experience, they suck. Others
can hear them, as well, if they have similar units and are on the same
primary electric feed as you. Mine would start giving off random
noise as noise came down the power lines.
I have three of these units, FRS freq and ac plug in. Great for intercom
system in house/shop or with hand held anywhere on our place, even mowing
yard. I put a set of speakers on the one in the shop and it sounds like the
person talking is right there with you.
========================I gave up using intercoms.... When running a machine in the shop I
just could not hear it calling... lol ...which PISSED the wife off
to no end...
I now just use my telephone...the house intercom feature adds 2 bucks
a month to the phone bill...BUT my wife can pick up any phone in the
house and call me in the shop using our own phone number...
I still can not hear the phone ring in the shop
BUT I have shop phone hooked up to a Radio Shack Strobe light ...gets
my attention...damn fast !
..BUT I have Radio Shack STROBE
That can be very dangerous while using power tools. There is a new product
on the market called Strobe Stop. It is connected to your power tools and
works in conjunction with them. Let's say you are cutting on the band saw
and your wife calls. Flashing strobes can blind you, so instead, the phone
stays silent until you complete the cut. Meantime, your wife gets a
recording telling her you are too busy to be bothered by her nonsense and
she should solve her problems without bothering the man of the house.
Other messages available at extra cost, as is the "Dinner is Ready" bypass.
I have a strobe connected to a proximity sensor which is
outside my shop door. It has never blinded or scared me, but
warns if someone approaches the door. It's some nut walking
in and touching you on the shoulder while you're sawing that
REALLY scares you.
I have a cheap two wire intercom, that uses the extra wires
in the phone line. The volume can be controlled from the
house, so she can crank it up and yell over most of my
Actually I have 4 strobe lights in the shop...one centered on each
wall ..mounted high against the ceiling....
They have never "startled " or bothered me in the least when they
I have this habit of keeping my eyes focused on the task at hand..no
matter what I am doing... Can't recall the last time I was using a
tool AND looking up at the ceiling... HONEST !
Ken, I had the same situation 2 years ago. What I did was buy two FRS
radio base stations off eBay. Are you are familiar with FRS? They have a
range of 2 miles. The base stations have an electrical plug in adapter
so you won't worry about batteries. They also have a weather channel.
You can also get the walkie-talkie type if you want to carry one
around. I Paid about $20 each.
I have a Radio Shack intercom for the house and garage, works fine.
My neighbor bought on too. Found out the funny way that he bought the same
frequency! He was testing it, except he was talking to my wife, while his
listened in! He took his back and got a differant frequency.
I have an almost identical setup for my shop and house. I purchased a
900MHz wireless intercoms that are AT&T branded. They work great. When
she wants me, she hits the talk button, which plays a sound on my end.
I'd say the house is 50-60 feet from the shop. We placed the inside
intercom in the kitchen which is on the wall facing the shop.
Of course, if she sets something down on top of the intercom, I get
*lots* of calls. That only happened once :-)
Ken Vaughn wrote:
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Actually that was my initial thinking on the matter, but I would have to buy
one, so I think I will look at the wireless intercom while I'm at it.
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