Foscam FBM3501 Digital Video Baby Monitor Review

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Overview

Foscam FBM3501 Digital Video Baby Monitor is one of the most popular baby monitors available in the market today. This is a wireless home and baby monitor. What is the real standout is the fact that it has above average ratio between price and the quality. Its reasonable price with superior technical characteristics are the key reason why it is one of the best selling products at the moment. If you are interested in its advantages and disadvantages, continue reading.

Important Features and Specs

Foscam FBM3501 Digital Video Baby Monitor is a fully equipped wireless baby and home monitor that enables you to have the perfect control of your baby’s activities even though if you have some other obligations. In addition, you can use it to monitor your house or elderly parents in your peace regardless where you are within the house. Monitor has Kickstand/Belt-clip so it can be easily put in the right position.

This monitor is very easy to use. It has clearly set up instructions which show you step-by-step installation.Foscam FBM3501 has 3.5” high color quality LCD which is remote and rechargeable. This monitor comes with one lithium-ion battery. It has the capacity to work several hours in remote mode, so you will have complete mobility while using it. Unfortunately, batteries are not long lasting so you will have to pay attention is monitor turned on if you decide to use it in remote mode for more than 6 hours.

The outdoor range of FBM3501 is 300 meters (980 feet), while monitor has out of the range alarm. The monitor uses 2.4 GHz wireless FHSS communication which does not have interference with your home wireless network.The camera is compact and smooth, equipped with temperature monitor and invisible IR LEDs. You can easily set the camera (zoom/pan/tilt) via your monitor. Nigh vision mode uses invisible IR LEDs which do not produce red glows and are turned on and off automatically.

Each monitor can be connected with up to four cameras, while users can watch them in pairs or to switch between. FBM3501 has two two-way audio and it contains built in microphone and speakers. Due to that, you can communicate with your child and know what is happening in its room. In addition, monitor displays current time, temperature and has feeding timer which helps you to take better care of your child.

This monitor is equipped with Voice Activated Power Saver Mode – VOX whose aim is to save power. The principle of this working mode is to shut off the camera when the sounds are bellow the programmed level for several minutes. After that VOX is turned on and it records sound. After that, when sound reaches the higher number of decibels than the programmed camera is turned on and monitor starts working again.

Pros

  • Price
  • Voice Activated Power Saver Mode (VOX)
  • Night vision with invisible IR LEDs
  • 3.5” high color quality LCD display
  • 2.4 GHz wireless FHSS communication without interference with home wireless network
  • Out of the range alarm
  • Easy to use and set up
  • Pan/tilt/zoom option
  • Two-way audio option
  • Possibility to connect with up to four cameras

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Hard buttons
  •  Average visual appearance and quality of the monitor material
  •  Low quality of voice

Who Should Buy

This is a great monitor for people who have at least one child and very active life. If you have to take care of several things and have to be at several places at once, this baby monitor is the perfect choice for you. You can take care of up to four rooms at the same time, and to have direct communication with your children while you are doing some other jobs.

Since it has a very good outdoor range, you can take care of your children while they are playing outside. In addition, if you have older parents that should be taken care of, or some places that should be monitored, you should consider this product as a good option.

If the visual appearance and quality of the building materials are very important for you, you should try to find some other baby monitor. This monitor is quite sturdy, but it feels cheaper than some others so it is a perfect choice for parents who are not so interested in visual appearance of gadgets.

Conclusion

All in all, this is one above average baby monitor with very good technical characteristics. It has very good range, 2.4 GHz wireless FHSS network that is not interfering with home wireless networks, possibility to connect one monitor with up to four cameras, and above everything, great night vision and two way audio option. These features put this product into top ten products available in the market today. Above everything, it has reasonable price and is very reliable.

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