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Question DetailsAsked on 3/28/2014

How much should an audio video intercom with installation cost?

I'm looking to install a wired audio video intercom system in my office. I want to know how much the equipment costs with installation

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Here is an article on the subject that might interest you -

Cost depends a lot on your current phone system and if you have spare pairs in your phone or computer cables if you want to avoid new wiring cost - what phone protocol and brand you are one, whether on an "outside" line or a private switch and brand, etc. You clearly need a telecommunications expert - like your phone company, an office communications contractor like AT&T Communications or a local telephone installer firm, or an office wiring systems supplier/installer like Siemens, JDS Uniphase, or Nokia.

The toughest thing for you to decide is if you want to only be able to video talk with specific people in your office at a fixed location (non-transportable) like for entry control or waiting room monitoring, transportable anywhere in office (obviously not with hard wired devices unless every office is wired) or outside the office by teleconference too.

Start at low-end one-way visual door screening type 2-console (maybe 7 inch diagonal, pretty low res like JPG/JPEG file quality), 1 camera intercom sets for about $150 equipment plus maybe $200-300 install in a typical building (consoles in offices near door being screened), to $500-1000 per unit 2-way cell-phone picture quality units that can be daisy chained to as many as 10 different consoles, to systems costing tens of thousands for combined intercom-based security screening and entrance approval with video/ movement/ sound security monitoring and data storage.

Video phone/conferencing units start about $250 per unit for cheap home type ones to $500-1500/unit for ones suitable for person to person talks where high picture quality is not critical, to $2500-10,000 units for true high-res teleconferencing and conference table sharing - up to the old Star Trek pop up viewer cube in large screen LED format. Installation depends a great deal on interface requirements - anything from maybe a couple hundred extra for a plug-n-play USB / IP (Internet) based system in an office with internet connections already, which works much like a computer monitor camera system and Skype, to thousands for private switchboards that need a separate interface unit and dedicated wiring to each console.

If you are looking at this for entrance door or reception area monitoring only, you also have the option for a few hundred $ plus maybe $150-300 installation of a wireless IP protocol camera with microphone and speaker and small display screen at door that can be accessed from pretty much any web capable device - basically a webcam with two-way audio. One-way video with two-way audio, like for entrance authorization, can be as cheap as about $40 - example here -

If you are looking at this for access security, the one-way video units can be mounted high enough to deter vandalism, but ones with 2-way video have to be mounted near eye level, so you need to consider vandalism risk or protection if you don't want to be paying to replace it frequently.

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