what is butterflymx


People love ButterflyMX’s video intercom system because it allows them to see who’s at the door or gate before letting them into the property. And if you’re not expecting a visitor and someone is suddenly at your door or gate, it’s natural to want to see them before letting them in.

But sometimes you don’t have a smartphone, you’ve left it charging in another room, or you simply want a separate solution. If this is the case, we’ve got a few in-unit options for you.

Here are three in-unit options for ButterflyMX:


in unit door phone


Princess phone

A princess phone is a term used to describe a traditional, corded telephone with a keypad. The ButterflyMX intercom makes a regular telephone call to whatever phone number is programmed into it (including landlines or cellphones). The resident then presses ‘9’ to open the door for their guest.

Princess phones interact with ButterflyMX hardware by using SIP protocols, which are a set of rules that transfer phone call data over an internet connection. While princess phones are cheap to install and maintain, residents with princess phones can’t take full advantage of ButterflyMX’s features and functionality. They won’t be able to video chat with guests or send virtual keys.

Learn how to call a landline with ButterflyMX »


Point Central Ipad


In-unit tablet

If you want to allow your residents without smartphones to take advantage of all of ButterflyMX’s features, Android and Apple tablets are a great option. And unlike princess phones, tablets can leverage all of ButterflyMX’s potential.

If you choose to offer in-unit tablets, you can either give your residents a tablet or mount a tablet on the wall in every unit. Mounting every tablet on a wall will provide residents with a sleek, tech-forward living space. Your tenants can then talk with visitors and grant access through the ButterflyMX mobile app.

Download the ButterflyMX mobile app to your tablet »


Brilliant controller


Brilliant controller

Brilliant smart home controllers are another in-unit hardware choice. In contrast to tablets, Brilliant control panels are devices specifically designed for smart homes.

Together, Brilliant and ButterflyMX give residents complete control over their entire smart apartment ecosystem. When a visitor calls a tenant through the ButterflyMX intercom, the Brilliant control panel alerts everyone in the unit, enabling anybody in the apartment to speak to guests and let them in.

Brilliant creates one unified hub for important systems like heating, lighting, and access control. It also integrates with other home services like Google Nest and Alexa to provide a full smart home experience.

Brilliant smart home control panels start at $199.

The ButterflyMX system is your complete property access solution for multifamily buildings, commercial properties, gated communities, student housing, and more, providing a secure, convenient, and affordable way to manage and grant access on the go. Our access control products empower your tenants and building staff to open doors, gates, and elevators with a smartphone and ensure they never miss a visitor or delivery.

Not only is the installation easy but you’ll also cut costs by eliminating building wiring and in-unit hardware. Additionally, you’ll save time by integrating ButterflyMX products with popular access control and property management systems.

Learn more about our integration with Brilliant »


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Jon Tamn

I enjoy writing about real estate, property management, and proptech. I live and work in New York City.