The MultiWay video entry system is a highly scalable system you can tailor to your own requirements. Designed for communal doors for multiple flats or apartments; it is fully customisable and very much a custom-built door entry system, allowing for up to 32 flats or apartments and 4 main door stations.
With a full-colour video feed transmitted from the door station to the impressive 7" monitors (available in black or white finishes), the system allows the residents of the building to physically see the visitor at the door or gate as well as communicate vocally before triggering the door to unlock to allow the visitor to gain entry.
The entire system is addressed by simple dip-switches, each door station is assigned a unique ID by the arrangement of four dip-switches, and in a similar fashion, each flat would be assigned an ID by their monitors being set to a unique arrangement on the monitors' dip switches.
Keypad code entry is also available at the door station, as a simple means for residents to gain entry without the use of an override key or by asking another resident to 'buzz them in'.
The entire system runs on a simple 2-wire setup making all of the wiring very simple and straight forward. We recommend the use of CAT5 cable to achieve best results, however on short-distance installations you could retrofit on existing 2-core alarm cable. But it may be worth considering the upgrade of the cable anyway to better quality CAT5 cable.
Due to the "Built it Yourself" nature of this system, it requires a little understanding before purchasing, in as much as that there are varying dependencies as per the scope of your required setup. In order to best explain this; we'll first take a look at each of the components and what they are used for.
The Power Supply Unit
This does exactly as it says on the tin so to speak. It is the central power supply unit for every device on the system - the door stations and the internal monitors. It has a max load of 4.2 Amps so can handle a fully loaded system of up to 32 flats. Simply connect it to a 240v AC supply (mains power) and it will convert, step-down and regulate the voltage to the required 24v DC for your intercom system.
The Power / Signal Splitter
This device is placed inline between the power supply unit mentioned above, and the intercom devices. A direct feed is taken from the power supply unit, and then you have two sets of contacts on the other end; one to power and feed signals out to / from the door stations, and another then to do the same for the internal monitor devices.
The Door Station
This part is probably obvious; it's the calling station you'd situate at the front door or gate of the property. However there are still things to bear in mind here; you can have up to four door stations. So if you have multiple doors which may all receive visitors, you can put an intercom station at each of those doors. If you do decide to do this, you'll need one of the branch controllers fitted first to feed to / from each of the stations. Only one branch controller is required, as they have four connection points and four is the maximum stations you can put on one system anyway.
Each door station offers two lock relays. Relay #1 is referred to as the 'lock' relay. This is the primary relay most used to trigger the lock to unlock on the door. There is also a secondary relay known as the 'gate relay'. As you can probably guess, this can be used for gates or indeed a secondary door if you have a two-door corridor or similar. These relays are switchable between NO and NC by means of a dip switch.
It also offers combination code entry which allows residents to gain access without having to be 'buzzed in'. Important note - this combination code entry will only trigger the main lock relay (#1). So be mindful of this if/when utilising the secondary relay.
The Branch Controllers
These branch controllers are used for splitting the power and signal feed into four sets of contacts, capable of handling multiple door stations and monitors (separately). So if you have a property with one door and 8 flats, you'd need two branch controllers which will then divide the power and signals out the eight flats; four per controller. Similarly if you had 2 door stations and 8 flats, you would need 4 branch controllers; as you would in this case also need to use one to split the power and feed between the two door stations.
Don't forget; if you have just 5 flats, you'll still need to utilise two controllers, as you can only connect 4 monitors to a single branch controller. It is possible (although not advisable) to forego the branch controller all together if you have only one door station and a maximum of three flats. But for ease of wiring and comfort of correct wiring, we strongly recommend utilising a branch controller in every eventuality.
The Internal Monitors
As you no doubt already guessed; these are the devices the residents will use to both see and communicate with the visitor at the door. They are designed to be mounted onto a single-gang back box for ease of fitting. It is possible to have multiple monitors per home; with one acting as the 'master' and any subsequent monitors being treated as the 'slave' monitors. The difference here is that the master monitor will display the live feed of video as soon as a call is initiated. Whereas the slaves will only sound and will not display the video feed unless the call is picked up on that slave device. Depending on the size of your system it would be best to stick to no more than 1 master and 2 slaves per apartment.
There are two monitor types available - both offer a full 7" clear colour display; but the advanced version offers the ability to record or photograph the person at the door. This is saved onto a standard SD card - of which a 4GB capacity card is supplied as standard.