Video intercom at apartment entrance.


Key takeaways

  • The best intercom with video is the ButterflyMX video intercom.
  • ButterflyMX’s video intercom enables residents to access the property using their smartphones.
  • The ButterflyMX video intercom integrates with third-party software and hardware so that you can streamline property management duties.
  • Implement a property-wide access control solution, from the front door and amenity spaces to the garage and individual units, with ButterflyMX.


An intercom with video functionality is a reliable security feature for your office, apartment building, or gated community. So, if you’re looking for the best solution, look no further than ButterflyMX.

This buyer’s guide will cover everything you need to know about the ButterflyMX video intercom system. Additionally, you’ll discover some answers to frequently asked questions regarding video intercoms.

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The best wireless intercom with video capabilities is ButterflyMX.

Since 2014, ButterflyMX has been installed in more than 10,000 buildings and has garnered over 20,000 five-star ratings from users. Further, the company was established alongside our flagship product, the video intercom. However, since then, we’ve expanded to offer a property-wide access control solution.

The ButterflyMX video intercom is a cloud-based system, meaning its information is stored online. Thus, the installation process doesn’t require extensive wiring or in-unit hardware. It only requires a few wired connections, and residents can access the property using their smartphones.

What’s more, our video intercom is ideal for main entryways and gates, allowing residents to enter the property with a swipe on the ButterflyMX mobile app. ButterflyMX also makes it easy for guests or delivery drivers to request access.

Visitors can use the built-in directory to request access from the resident. Then, the intercom calls the resident via the mobile app. Upon answering, the resident can see and speak with the visitor before granting them access remotely.


ButterflyMX video intercom features

  • 156° wide-angle camera. Capture the entirety of your property’s main entryway with a wide-angle camera. That way, residents can clearly see who is requesting access during two-way video calling, and the system captures an informative time- and date-stamped photo of the entry event.
  • Access methods. Enable residents to access the property the way they want. The ButterflyMX video intercom supports multiple access credentials: mobile app, PIN codes, and key cards or fobs.
  • Audit log. Review the detailed audit log in the event of a security breach or risk. This log records time- and date-stamped photos of every entry event. In turn, you can narrow down potential security risks at your property, increasing the safety of residents.
  • Virtual keys. Offer guests independent access to the property with limited or one-use virtual keys. These keys can be created by you, your staff, or residents and given to a guest who needs short-term access. Keys can be customized to only work at certain times of the day and week or a limited number of times. Most importantly, virtual keys can be revoked at any time at the property manager’s discretion.
  • Delivery PINs. Simplify access for major couriers by assigning them a unique delivery PIN. That way, FedEx, UPS, USPS, or Amazon drivers can access the property without delay. As a result, your residents will experience fewer delayed or missed deliveries.
  • IP65 rated. Feel confident knowing your intercom with video will function in all types of climates. The IP65 rating proves the ButterflyMX video intercom can withstand water and dust while also surviving extreme temperatures.
  • Third-party integrations. Manage your property all in one place by integrating your property management software with ButterflyMX. Additionally, we integrate with a variety of other software and hardware products to simplify your workflows.


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ButterflyMX pros and cons


  • Doesn’t require extensive wiring or in-unit hardware for a faster and more affordable installation.
  • The cloud-based infrastructure allows you to manage access permissions remotely from the mobile app or online dashboard.
  • All of ButterflyMX’s products work alongside each other, allowing you to implement a property-wide access control solution.
  • Extensive third-party integrations for seamless property management.
  • Smartphone-based credentials are intuitive, convenient, and future-proof.
  • Time- and date-stamped audit logs increase the safety and security of the property and residents.
  • Available in 8” and 12” screen sizes with surface and recessed options.



  • Not suitable for single-family homes.
  • Buildings with fewer than 10 units may not benefit from the plethora of features and functionality.


ButterflyMX cost

The cost of ButterflyMX varies depending on the size of your property. To learn more about pricing, contact our team by submitting a quote request.


Video intercom FAQs

There are a lot of different intercom systems with video functionality, which leads to many questions.

So here are some frequently asked questions that we’ve answered:


Do apartments have intercoms?

It depends on the apartment. For instance, many properties have intercoms at their gate or main entryway. However, intercoms are not designed for all types of apartments, so some properties may not need such a device.

That said, if your apartment building would benefit from an intercom, you should invest in an upgrade. What’s more, a modern intercom with video functionality will increase the appeal of your apartment building while maintaining a higher level of security.


Does an intercom use electricity?

Yes, intercoms use electricity to operate. Also, most intercoms require a wired connection to a power supply, while others may use Power over Ethernet (PoE). Regardless, the intercom must be powered at all times to function.


How do I choose an intercom system?

The best way to choose an intercom is to find a system that meets your property’s unique needs.

Consider the following when choosing an intercom system:

  • Demographics of those who will be using the intercom system.
  • The types of credentials you want your system to support.
  • If the system can withstand the climate and weather your area experiences.
  • Security features you need to maintain a safe property.
  • Installation requirements and how the architecture of your property may influence them.


Do intercoms have cameras?

Yes, modern intercoms have cameras because they’re safer and more secure. For the best experience, choose an intercom with video capabilities because residents can see their guests before letting them inside. Plus, you’ll have a record of who entered the property when the camera snaps a photo of the entry event. That way, you can take action when a security or safety breach occurs.


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