For residential and some commercial installations, telephone entries, call stations that use a telephone dial tone to communicate, are sort of going the way of the horse and buggy. More consumers are requesting smartphone accessible communication for visitors in the form of a networkable call station that provides a video feed as well and a communication ability. Call stations can also give the consumer the ability to remotely control an access point, vehicular or pedestrian.
After looking at several different systems, IPForce 2N, BFT, Doorbird and Ring to name a few, we have decided to go with the BFT and DoorBird Video/Voice call stations. We have found that of the app equipped systems, they seem to be the most versatile. We have finished several installations and are very happy with the results so far. Customers seem to be happy with the app and it’s ease of use for programming, camera access and gate opening and closing functions.
DoorBird seems to have one of the most comprehensive apps available. There are no residual costs associated with the DoorBird equipment.
BFT offers a very robust unit as well. We have installed the BFT in some situations as they have several models and a different look. They offer a vertical as well as a horizontal option. BFT also has a terrific support system.
The BFT app is a lot simpler but not as extensive as the DoorBird. It seems to be quite reliable as well. There are no residual costs associated with the BFT equipment.
I had mentioned the residual costs because IP Force -2N has a yearly subscription fee. It’s not a lot, around $24. We tried the equipment and found the camera to be inferior but we were mainly against the idea of the residual charge.