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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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