June 30, 2022

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A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

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A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones



A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones.

Nowadays more and more people changed their smartphones every 2-3 years, which caused many old Android phones left at home years.  

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones.

You could sell these old phones to 2nd hand market, but just tens bucks, so you may use these old Android phones for a wonderful DIY project:  Home intercom/paging system with a Raspberry Pi. 

Such intercom/paging usually costs you thousands dollar, so it’s worth to have a try if you are handy enough. 

Let’s start it!

1. Hardware: 

    • Router with WIFI N/AC/AX
    • Raspberry Pi:  3 or 4
    • Smart phones:  Android phones.   iPhone also works, but some functions may not be enabled.

2. Install PBX software on Raspberry Pi

Follow this tutorial to install a PBX software on Raspberry Pi. 

DIY a PBX (Phone System) on Raspberry Pi

3.  Add extension on PBX

  • Add some extensions on PBX. For example, assign one extension number to one Android phone.
    • Login into PBX administration UI  ➟ Applications  ➟  Extension ➟  Add Extension

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

  • Add Extension:   Select to add PJSIP extension. Remember extension number and password

4. Configure Android phone as an extension

1) Install softphonee on Android phone:

  • Free Softphone: install “Grandstream wave lite”  (GS wave) from Google Paly.
  • Go to Setting ➞ Account Setting ➞ Add New Account ➞ SIP Account

  • Input the IP OF SIP SERVER (raspberry Pi), SIP User IP (extension number) and password, then save the change. 

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

  • Return to the SIP account just set up and find “AUTO ANSWER”, change ” No” to ” Yes”

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

    • you can enable auto-answer on PBX server instead of turning on “Auto Answer” on android phone. It’s recommended if you need Android phone as pager ( one-way voice).
      • Got Extension ➡ Advanced ➡ Internal Auto Answer

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

      • Internal Auto Answer: Change “Disable” to ” Intercom”

A Free Intercom/Paging system with Raspberry pi and old Android phones

  • Paid softphone: Groundwire is recommended!

Important: 

Don’t forget to set Softphone running in background in case it will be killed by OS.

2) Put one Android phone to one room, and connect to power supply

3) Have a test

Call the extension number of Android phone in a room, no pickup need, Android phone will be auto-answered (hand-free) and phone speaker will be turn on automatically (acts as pager’s speaker). 

You also could connect a Bluetooth speaker into the android phone for the louder sounds.

More infromation about Softphone (SIP phone)

2022 Best Free VoIP SIP Softphone (PBX extension) on Android phone


At the end:

  • You could use iPhone as the extension also, but IOS would kill softphone in the background if iPhone was not waking, so extension might not ring and speaker couldn’t be turned on automatically. Consequently Android phone is recommended.
  • You could buy some IP phones instead of Android phones for better performance because IP phone has much better noise-canceling than the “hand-free” on Android phone. 

$100 for a Home Phone System?



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