For home solutions to wireless communication, a simple and cheap wireless intercom is a great solution. Not only does it eliminate those pesky wires ruining your house’s overall look, it can be pretty convenient if your house is not too small. The NOVI WI-4C uses your house’s existing power connection to transmit sound. These kinds of intercoms typically face the challenge of interference and connectivity, so how does this intercom handle them? Here is its performance based on an analysis of it features, tests and other customer reviews.
Features of the NOVI WI-4C
- Comes with 4 channels
- Wide range of up to 1500 feet
- Lock button available too
- Works with other Novi wireless intercoms
- Easy to set up
Who should buy the NOVI WI-4C?
This installation is best for a home setting which does not have a lot of electronics plugged into the system. This seems more and more unlikely in the modern day house considering the many number of electrical goodies we treat ourselves to. However, for those with experience with power line carrier intercoms, you know that electronics such as microwaves and fridges can cause static interference for your intercom. An office setting has too many other machines that are in constant use which will render this intercom useless.
The home you are using should be wired properly on the same electrical circuit. Power line carrier intercoms like this one are notorious for being selective as to which socket to create a connection with. A large house will most probably have several circuits, making it impossible for this intercom to work.
So, in summary, this is best for a simple house structure with a not-so-complicated wiring system.
Pros and cons of theNOVI WI-4C
- Very affordable
- Easy to set up
- Can be expanded to accommodate other intercom units
- Can hold one channel or multi-channel conversation
- Decent sound
- Being a power line dependent intercom, it is susceptible to static and interference. This makes it unsuitable for office use or houses that have a lot of electronics
- It may be a little difficult to set up, especially if you are living in a big house
- May not work in all houses because of the circuit arrangements
Our conclusion of the NOVI WI-4C Review
This intercom is simple and straightforward. It doesn’t promise the world, and has a price tag that reflects it. When you do get the set up right, it works like a dream. You can communicate with other rooms, either all of them or a select one. You can also leave it to monitor a specific channel, a great tool if you are on babysitting duty.
However, the troubles that plague power circuit dependent wireless intercoms still plague it too. The interference from the machines and challenge of getting outlets that allow the unit to work can be a bit frustrating. However, its redeeming factor is that its price is very low and for an intercom in its category, it is good quality.