Your intercom is command central for security and communications. Installing this vital piece of your office infrastructure correctly may require professional assistance. Here are the basic aspects of installation that you should know about, regardless of whether you outsource the process or not.
The Master Station
The master station is the focal point of your entire system. Make sure that it is installed in a convenient and secure location. All operations will usually be initiated through the master station, including the functionality of your audio, security features and communications. You should also be able to monitor any of the substations through the master station.
Your substations are installed in various locations around your office for specific reasons. For instance, your outdoor substations are usually placed strategically to enhance your office security. Internal substations may also help with security, but they also have additional functions depending on the systems that are connected to your intercom.
Outdoor substations will usually include doorbell functionality and may also control the electrical systems that open and close windows, if applicable. Substations should also include a function to communicate with the main station, transferring the ability to talk and listen through different modes of operation.
The Physics of Intercom Installation
Part of the convenience of a properly installed intercom is the ability to hide wiring. There is substantial wiring required for a system with multiple substations (most intercoms). Proper organization of these wires is essential to optimal performance as well as the safety of the people in the area.
All parts of the intercom should be thin enough to fit inside of a small hole in your wall space. You may be able to fit the master station between wall studs. Your installer should be well versed in how to hide wiring through the wall and under the floor.
Cutting open the wall is a function that must be done correctly the first time in order to avoid unsightly scars. Your installer should be able to tell you an estimate of the shape and size of the inlets required. Make sure that you are installing the intercom stations at a height that is appropriate for everyone who may need access to it In most cases, installation approximately 60 inches from the floor will accommodate all.
Check over the wiring diagram with your installer as well. This may be too complicated for you to take in all at once. However, you should have a working knowledge of what is going on. You may work with your installer to create a simple number labeling system for easy access to a particular aspect of your wiring.
Your intercom can serve as more than just a simple way to communicate with staff & employees. You now have a full paging system that can link into your audio and security systems. Make sure your installation is done right the first time to take immediate advantage of the opportunity your new system affords you!