Anyone use an old school intercom between house and garage?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ChopperCharles, May 25, 2020.

  1. spokester

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  2. Bilgemaster

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    A quick googling of "vintage intercom" turns up a variety of options, both wireless and wired, most under $50. This no-frills wire-connected battery-operated new-in-box '70s or '80s Archer pair can be yours for just $25 with free shipping: https://www.mercari.com/us/item/m48028383617/

    With a bit of jiggery-pokery you could probably use those existing old phone landlines to connect them. Mindful of the fact that these may not be the only chatterboxes installed in your home, that handy "Off" switch means you'll also have a "privacy mode," so that if you're up to your elbows in gearbox bits you'll need not have that interminable and distracting conversation on the relative merits of cauliflower versus broccoli for dinner unless you choose.

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  3. UstaKood

    UstaKood Been here awhile

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    I've had these for 15+ years .

    Radio Shack . Can't remember what I paid , but I think they were cheap at the time . Shop is wired to the house ( about 100ft . ) Just plug in both sides .

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    Oh,man- we had that lower set when I was kid. Haven't thought about them for decades!

    I've wanted an upstairs/downstairs intercom in our home for years; the advent of cell phones and texting dashed that dream.

    I still want a motel style coffee maker in the bedroom!

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  5. ebolton

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    I do. Wireless intercom, cheap from Amazon. Mine is a Hosmart but there are a few brands. It basically works like a walkie-talkie. It also has a Monitor mode (voice activated). I keep the one on the shed in that mode, so if anything gets going on in there in the middle of the night I can hear it in my house. I highly recommend it.

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    IP phones (soundpoint 331's are like $25/ea), and
    FreePBX on a raspi.

    Station-to-station, page/all-call, selective calling, ivr, ptt.... and more.
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    CC yours for shipping.

    The base works independent of the hand set and I have one other handset not pictured.
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  9. squish

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    28 years ago me and the ex wife thought we were something. We had cordless phones with a second charging base. Whose range would reach down two stories to our garage in the back of our apartment.

    The phones had an intercom function and while not wood grain and gold plated plastic, the were pretty cool.
    I did find that keeping the phone in a zip lock baggie made it easier to keep it clean. My next door neighbor used their cast off early wireless baby monitor. It didn’t work very well but since it was only one way, they used it too dell when dinner was ready.

    Today, we just use our cells
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  10. tvpierce

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    We had the wireless ones (Plug 'n Talk) when I was growing up. They worked really well in our house -- never tried them anywhere else. Range could be an issue though since they're transmitting over FM. What's the distance between the house and shop?
    FYI: the wired ones pictured are battery powered, so you'd need to get a couple of power supplies. As I recall, they take a 9V battery.
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  11. CollinsB

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    I personally really like these older intercom units...
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  12. JeremyB09

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    I'd suggest to get long-range walkie talkies for a reasonable price these days...there's just not much demand for it, otherwise it would exist (for a relatively cheap price, and at places like Home Depot and read thebestwalkietalkies reviews).
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  13. ChopperCharles

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    So to update the thread... girlfriend was cheating on me, we broke up, and so I no longer needed the intercom and did nothing. I might add them in the future, but right now I'm working on more important things. Like a new motorcycle purchase in February :)

    Charles.
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    We sometimes use our baby monitors, which is just pmr radios.
    Somehow its way funnier than just calling on the cellphone =)
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  16. concours

    concours WFO for 48 years

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    Nope.
    Alexa doesn't need to monitor every syllable uttered in the garage
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  18. r60man

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    Our garage attached to the living room, so typically someone just opens the door.
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  20. socalnative

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    My home intercom is a MusiCall 777. It takes a few minutes to warm up because of the tubes but it still works after about 60 years. Just need to find and replace a couple of the speakers.
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