All Modules Review & Setup in Hikvision 2nd Generation Modular Intercom System

Today we will thoroughly overview all modules or extensions in 2nd Generation Hikvision Modular Intercom System. 2nd generation Hikvision modular intercom system consists of 3 elements: monitors, modules and brackets. And if with the monitors and brackets everything is clear from the first glance, the modules and their features have to be given some special attention. Today our task is to thoroughly overview the entire topic of Modules in Hikvision 2nd Generation Intercom System – what these modules are, for which purposes, what are the features, qualities and so on. In addition, due to several special functions of some modules we will focus on them a bit more.


Hikvision 2ND Gen Intercom System: Modules Line-up

In total, the modules line consists of 8 modules, but we’ve got only 7 in out studio, the only 1 that hasn’t reached us is the EM-marine card reader module, we apologize for such an omission, but we emphasize that neither the appearance, neither the functionality is no different from a Mifare card reader module module. Again, the only distinction is a supported cards format. Now we’ll review each of the modules separately, but first, what do all the modules have in common? Firstly, IP65 protection rate, where 6 indicates a full protection against dust, and 5 stands for protection against water jets, so either a snow or rain is no a threat to them. About interfaces – each of them, except the main panel, has DIP-switches from 1 to 8 so that we can assign every single module its unique address in the circuit. Also we have here two RS-485 interfaces – in and out, and also a 12V. power transmission interface as well.


On your right you can seethe wires used for connecting modules between each other. This is how they look and you can find them along a box with bracket. More precisely, the main door station receives network and power via the LAN cable from PoE-switch, and then distributes it to other modules via the power transfer interface and connects to them via a RS-485 interface. So that here’s a wire coming from the main module to the extension into the “in” port, and then coming from “out” to transfer the power and connection to the next module in a chain.


Hikvision 2ND Intercom: Outdoor Station

Let’s start with the foundation – the Door Phone, and all other modules are extension for this framework. In fact, a very familiar device, almost no different from any other door phone. 2-megapixel FullHD camera module with a huge Fisheye view angle of 180° with an infrared edging around it, so we get a night vision and live motion detection with alerts if needed. The microphone and speaker are on the body as well as call button, which is usually assigned to call to a concierge, the system administrator and similar. Below you can see a white stripe and this is where the name tag is inserted for the visitors to indicate where will the call go. At the back we have tamper, 2 connectors for locks as well as 4 inputs for security sensors. The door phone is powered and receives a network from PoE-Switch, and then it can output 12V. to other modules from itself, a little later we will pay attention to this detail. And by the way – the number of modules supported by single panel is 8 maximum, which is though a great number. So, we can literally connect all the other 8 existing add-ons. To be fair, you cannot count the dummy for a module, and it’s hard to believe that someone will include all existing modules into their system for a single entrance, although it depends on the task.

Indication Module

This is the indication module for displaying status. That is – 1. you call us; 2. we hear you – speak and 3. the door is open. Well, if you want to create more convenient entry conditions for new visitors.

Mifare Card Reader Module

This is the Mifare-card reader module, and 1 of such cards is put in a door phone box for the test, convenience. As I said before, there is an identical module for reading EM-marine cards that is missing here, and in all respects, the card reading format is their only difference. And so with a card reader module we start to interact with a specific functionality of the access control system. Either a company or a living building – in IVMS-4200. In the access control tab we create an organization, then a person, and then assign him his personal identifier in form of a card. And repeat that several times in a row until the required number of users is reached.

KeyPad Module

Continuing the topic of access control, we have a keypad module suitable for 2 ways of utilization at the same time – dial the apartment number and call or enter a building using a public or individual password.

Multi-person Calling Panel

Next we have a multi-person calling panel. Everything is clear here – we stuff it with the names of people living, for example, in an apartment building, and we tie each individual name and button under each separate apartment so that the call goes where we need it to go if we have several objects and monitors.

Display Module

Something interesting here – a display module. In fact, it requires a keypad module to work properly, so it’s always a bundle of display and keypad. Why do you need this one – firstly, for displaying status, numbers, calls, and in addition, if we have a really large object – we can create up to 2 000 contacts and upload all of them straight to this module, and then use navigation keys and “OK” to find the required person in the list and call him instantly. And there’s a dummy. Accordingly, completely non-functional and not active element. I think it’s here to fill in the empty space in the bracket if it has formed.


Start-up and Connection

We have fixed all 7 modules in brackets of the Flush and Surface-type mount. They are connected and active, well, except for the dummy of course. And we have also launched two monitors for demonstration because we want to show you how does it works if there’s multiple people to call. Below you can see how does it look on the back: as you can see, the LAN-cable comes from PoE-switch, that goes to the main module, and then it distributes the power from the door phone via the power transfer interface to modules, and also connects to them them through RS-485 interface using wires. Once again I want to mention – in such a way we can connect as much as 8 modules to single door phone. The setup and activation stages – we have already covered this topic, here’s a link to an article and to the video, but initially it’s surprisingly simple to turn everything on and configure it, and it can even be done straight from the monitor in 4 steps. Let’s see what happens when you call.



Dialing the room number 1 from the keypad. The indicator module is instantly displaying this status, as well as the display module. The door phone, of course, shows us a video on the monitor and from the monitor we can answer and talk with the interlocutor, the sound on the door phone comes from the speaker on the front panel. We also see that an active element has changed on the display module during the talk. Now let me make a call from the display module – it has built-in memory and it allows us to upload to it up to 2 000 contacts. Down Arrow, call – OK. And now, we are calling the 2nd apartment. The same is applicable to multi-users extension – I press the top button and get a call to the monitor number 1, and if I press 2nd button – accordingly, getting a call to monitor 2. Now a little of access control. I enter the public password that I created and instantly receive a confirmation that the door is open, also you see the status changes here too. And now entering by a card – and voila, the same result. And a dummy, well, a dummy 🙂


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Sum Up

It’s unlikely that anyone will purchase all 8 modules and install them all at once in one place. Of course, it depends on your tasks and its scope. Here you have all that regular functionality that any ip-intercom systems offers – the live video and audio, 2-way communication, door opening and of course you can access all the functionality from a phone. BUT! We also get more convenience with indication module, more contacts owing to the display module, more people available for a call with multi-contact extension, the ability to log in using 2 types of cards and authentication by public and individual passwords, plus all-new updated monitors that I really like. In the Pipl Systems Store we have all these modules available for you, and not that only but also an alarm systems, IP cameras, and many other devices and brands 🙂

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