Vtech recently sent me their cordless phone system for review on my geek dad blog. I know what you’re thinking — why would I want to review a cordless phone? They’ve been around for decades and are not exactly on the leading edge of technology. But the Vtech IS7121-2 is different. In fact, it’s the only phone system I know of that integrates a doorbell video system. The Vtech answering system is essentially a doorbell caller ID system that lets you see who is at the door. BTW, the system has a list price of $119.95.
The Vtech cordless phone system features two wireless handsets and a doorbell with a video camera. When someone rings the doorbell, the system automatically snaps a photo and sends it to both handsets (you can add additional handsets). The device can stream video, audio, or both via two buttons on each handset. As I mentioned previously, the system is like Caller ID for your front porch. The video doorbell enables you to screen visitors before answering the door so you don’t have to worry about being seen. This is perfect for kids who are alone at home when mom and dad are still at work.
When the doorbell is press, it rings the Vtech phones. However, you can also connect the device to your existing house doorbell system. All you have to do is discount the existing doorbell wires and reconnect them to the Vtech doorbell. It’s fairly simple to do.
I love the video doorbell system. But there are a couple of drawbacks to the Vtech system. First, the resolution on the tiny handset screen isn’t very good. Second, the doorbell runs on two AA batteries. I’m still in the testing mode, so I don’t know how long the batteries will last. But I’m guessing the video streaming via wi-fi will drain the battery at some point. Fortunately, the door bell includes an AC power adapter. However, if you don’t have an outlet close by, you’ll have to drill a small hole into the siding so you can power the device from an outlet inside your house.
Vtech IS7121-2 Phone and Doorbell System Features
- 1.8″ color display on handset
- Voice Announce Caller ID
- HD audio
- Caller ID/Call Waiting — stores 50 calls
- Handset speakerphone
- Save up to 100 photos
- Backlit keypad and display
- ECO Mode power-conserving technology
- Quiet mode
- Expandable up to 10 handsets and 2 cameras
- DECT 6.0 digital technology
- Voicemail waiting indicator
- Remote access
- Rechargeable battery
- Message retrieval from handset
- Last 10 number redial
- Conference between an outside line and up to 2 cordless handsets
- 50 name and number phonebook directory
- Any key answer
- Volume control
- Table and wall mountable
- Up to 14 minutes of digital recording time
- Call intercept
- Digital answering system
- Call screening
- Message time and date stamp
- Intercom between handsets
- Trilingual prompts — choose between English, Spanish or French