March 16, 2010

Buzzeromatic – The Smart Apartment Buzzer

Buzzeromatic is an application that can help you manage your door buzzer and let people in and out of your building no matter where you’re at in the world. Rather than maintaining a landline telephone simply as a way to let visitors in through the apartment’s front-door system, you can stop paying a monthly phone bill and sign up with Buzzeromatic instead. In just a matter of minutes, you can start receiving messages from visitors on as many mobile devices as you choose to set up.

When you sign up with Buzzeromatic and register for an account, you’ll instantly be assigned a telephone number to use when your landlord sets up your apartment in the building’s door system. From there, log in to your Buzzeromatic dashboard and enter whichever phone number you’d like to ring when a visitor arrives—there’s no limit to the numbers you can enter, which makes it easy to add your own mobile phone along with a work number, an internet phone number, and your spouse’s cell number, as well. Without any hardware to install or passwords to set up, you’re ready to go.

For people who prefer to go further with Buzzeromatic, the feature-heavy system allows users to set up individual passcodes to give friends and family building access. Even better: You can set up the passcodes to work only at certain times of the day, allowing your dog walker to enter at 1 p.m., but blocking his access during the nighttime hour. Finally, Buzzeromatic offers a Doormail feature that lets guests leave messages if you’re not around when they arrive, along with a history feature that lets you see how many guests you’ve buzzed in this week.

Thanks to the nature of the web-based system, it’s easy to check Buzzeromatic’s Doormail messages, peruse your entry history, and change stored passcodes from anywhere with an Internet connection. For anyone who lives in an apartment building with a door buzzer system, Buzzeromatic is an ingenious application that certainly seems to be worth its small monthly fee.

Practical Uses:

  • Let the delivery man in your building even if you’re not at home
  • Give your dog walker and housekeeper their own entry codes to use when they arrive
  • Guests can leave a ‘Doormail’ to let you know why they came by
  • Cancel your landline and save money by using Buzzeromatic instead

Insider Tips:

  • Get a local Buzzeromatic phone number to avoid long distance fees
  • Specify the times when certain passcodes will and will not work
  • Determine the order in which your phones should ring when a guest arrives
  • Check your Doormail from any computer or web-enabled phone

What we liked:

  • Buzzeromatic can save you money by allowing you to ditch your landline phone
  • Ability to set unique passcodes for as many guests as you choose
  • Easy to see how many visitors you have had from the dashboard
  • Forthcoming iPhone app should make Buzzeromatic even easier to use

What we didn’t like:

  • Buzzeromatic only works for telephone-based intercom systems


  • None

Company Info:

  • Launched: September 2009
  • Privately Held
  • Headquarters: Seattle, Washington
  • Founded by: Andres Krogh and Matt Steckler
  • Web site:


  • Plans cost $1.95/month


  1. Looks like this service is no longer around based on visiting their site. If you’re still looking to avoid a landline and have your buzzer call multiple phones and the ability to manage your numbers yourself, I created to solve that problem.

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