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Convince me not to install off-brand video intercomDec 15, 2018

My 8 unit HDFC just got a quote for 11k to install a comelit video intercom w/ smartphone integration.

I am confident in my ability to install an off brand video intercom system for under 2k. However future hardware and software support is not as certain with an established (& expensive) brand.

Our maintenance is very low (40 cents a sqft) & that 9k can be put to much better use. However 2 of 8 shareholders are not team players & will absolutely make my life miserable any time in the next 20 years when there is a problem, and likely a few times when there isn't a problem.

I believe it's the right thing to do for the building, however my 2 terrible neighbors make me confident it would be bad for me personally. Please convince me not to spend the time & invite the trouble.

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Intercom - Tim O Dec 16, 2018

Hi Richo….just remember you get EXACTLY what you pay for! Going with an off-brand may/probably cost you in the long run. What happens if a component fails? Where do you get the parts? Overseas? How long can you do without the intercom? Who will install the aftermarket parts once they come in?

Careful my friend! Sorry I couldn't agree with you!

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nope - co-op_owner Jan 30, 2019

understand that you want to save money but why would you want the liability. the naysayers are correct. this is the time to spend money.
note: have you gotten three bids on this?

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What Brand is it? - REAPLLC Feb 06, 2019

What Brand is it?
Did you end up doing it?

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reply - Richo Mar 18, 2019

No I did not. Still have the same old intercom.

There are a ton of inexpensive options on the internet though. I believe NYC code is you need a physical button to unlock. A lot of these video systems are two wire, so if you have an existing 4 wire you can keep your physical button & steal two wire for audio/video/unlock.

Ongoing support is always gonna be the problem with these kits, although at 1/10th the cost, you can afford to upgrade once 3D projection intercoms replace video.

https://smile.amazon.com/Jeatone-Intercom-Multi-unit-Apartment-Monitoring/dp/B0746CVVY3/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=intercom+multiunit&qid=1552962165&s=gateway&sr=8-2

https://smile.amazon.com/Apartment-Intercom-Visitor-Doorbell-Security/dp/B008B05C5O/ref=sr_1_5?keywords=intercom+multiunit&qid=1552962271&s=gateway&sr=8-5

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reach out - Nelly Cruz Apr 03, 2019

I recommend you reach out to the rep in your area to discuss any concerns and get clarification. You can reach David Lee at 888-692-9739 xt 203 or at david@comelitusa.com.

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