While almost every other monitor that you’ll come across on the market will be wireless; not all of them live up to the task of providing the best functionality and performance as claimed. A good wireless monitor should have range; over which its performance does not falter, digital transmission so that there isn’t any static or ‘noise’ and some other features which are discussed in this guide below.
Best Wireless Baby Monitors Comparison Table 2017
|iBaby M3 Baby monitor for iPhone||4||$$$||4 hours +||Wireless, video – iphone compatible||Wi-Fi unlimited|
|Samsung Secure View Baby Monitor||4||$$$||6 hours +||Digital wireless video||350 feet|
|Foscam FBM3501 Digital Video Baby Monitor||4||$$$||3 hours +||2.4 GHZ Digital Video with 3.5 LCD||800 feet +|
|LorexBaby LBN511 Little Link||4||$$$||3 hours||Digital Video HD||980 feet|
|Foscam FBM2307 Digital Video Baby Monitor||4||$$||3 hours +||Digital Video HD||980 feet|
Things to Consider When Purchasing the Wireless Baby Monitors
The things mentioned below should be in your priority list when considering the best baby monitor. While you may not be able to find each and every one of these features and may have to let go on one or two for a good bargain on the rest; make sure the features you are sacrificing are not the core ones such as transmission or range, etc.
Wireless monitors come with two transmission types; analog and digital. While analog technology is not only obsolete nowadays; it also happens to have poor performance in comparison to the latest digital technology.
The digital technology sends data in the form of ‘data’ rather than directly sending them as sound waves. This reduces the chances of ‘travelling losses’ and gives a much better overall listening experience such as the Foscam 2.4 GHZ utilizing digital 4mbps transmission.
The main purpose of a wireless monitor is to free you of the hassles of carrying around power cords and being shackled to power outlets. However when you are free to move then that too should be an unrestricted movement rather than limited; at least to some extent. Range determines how much farther the receiver and transmitter (parent and baby unit) can be separated without losing contact.
The range is not only calculated in terms of distance. Obstacles such as walls, etc can also hamper range indoors. This being said, you can be sure that the more range you have, the lesser you’ll feel a loss in range indoors. Consider a monitor such as the Levana Sophia 2.4 which can manage a lot of obstructions.
A wireless monitor comes with its own receiver but should also have the option to connect with other devices. While you may not see any need for this at first; eventually you’ll find this option a blessing. Many times if you forget the receiver you can simply ‘link up’ the baby unit. It will give feedback on your smartphone or tablet, laptop, etc such as in the iBaby M3 Monitor.
Video vs. Audio
The rules for this feature are well defined. If you want audio only then there are no issues. Simply look up a good monitor such as the Philips Avent which provides sa uperb audio output; it is wireless but the result barely makes it seem that way.
If you want a video feature plus the wireless connectivity then be prepared for paying the high prices. You can find cheaper monitors as well but you’d be better off to steer clear of them.
Adapter vs. Battery Powered
Wi-Fi monitors come with the transmitter (baby unit) corded. Since they are emitting Wi-Fi signals and running cameras, etc, therefore, they need to be connected. However, the parent units for these devices are battery operated. You can consider either option depending on how much you move about or whether you need it for your home only.
Out of Range Warning
This indication helps to alert you when you are stretching the limits of your monitor’s range. While many manufacturers tend to overlook this feature; having it in the device you purchase can save you in certain situations. E.g. you are busy and didn’t notice that you were out of range. Later on, you hear your baby crying and wonder why the monitor didn’t alert you only because you were out of range in the first place.
Voice activation is used by the monitor to save energy. It works by ‘going to sleep’ when it doesn’t detect on any sound from the baby for a given amount of time; usually 2-3 minutes. This feature can be helpful if you are running the monitor on battery; otherwise, for adapter powered monitors, this feature isn’t necessary.
We repeat our earlier statement. Almost every monitor is wireless. It is the features which define it and allow you to enjoy a truly wireless experience. Consider the points above without compromising on the core features and your purchase will be a good one.