The Intercom

Bit the bullet and bought an intercom the other day.  Could not find the one that I wanted – no one seems to sell them anymore.  All I wanted was an intercom that worked through the mains – ie if both units were plugged into the same circuit, the signal went through the mains itself.  Gave up looking after general stores and specialist electronics shops couldn’t provide what I wanted.

Ended up getting this unit that needs me to run a cable from the house to the shed.  It was originally about $130, but was being sold for $50.  As you can see, it even has a colour TV camera – not that I want that, but it seems you can hardly buy an intercom these days without one.

Been lamenting the old days this morning – not sure why.  Perhaps it was remembering a time BC (before computers), or rather BTI (before the internet). Don’t think the world has improved with technology.  Sometimes I wonder if the Amish haven’t actually gotten it right.  Get back to horse and carriage, barn raising, and real woodworking.  Does that mean I’m going to give up on my powertools?  Not likely!  I’m as addicted to their convenience, as I am to mobile phones with GPS, high speed internet, and iPods.  Modern society is sick indeed.

Hmm – think that’s enough social commentary for one day!

2 Responses

  1. Hi Stuart
    I concur with all your comments… and particularly with the intercom scenario…. I have been looking for a hard wired one – run intercom to my parents place directly behing… that one died… same circuit on good as it is a different house altogether……

    Can you advise where you picked up the one with a camera or any more specs on it please…. I only need audio but if that is all there is available it might be it

  2. Got it from Altronics – product # S9408. Listed at $129, currently there are a few of them in a sales stand at the local store for $50.

    They feature a colour TV camera which has a lead to a standard RCA TV plug, and the camera has IR LEDs for night viewing. Comes with the DV power supply and 20m of cable to connect the units. A second, 10m cable is provided to connect the camera to the TV.

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