Editor's Note: This review has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it no longer ranks as a top 10 product. The original review is below, but check out our current top 10 Video Baby Monitors here.
The WiFi Baby monitor is another great Wi-Fi-enabled baby video monitor that is on the cutting edge of technology.
While Wi-Fi baby monitors generally have advantages over their more traditional counterparts, there are strengths and weaknesses to be aware of on both sides. Though some traditional monitors are able to connect to Skype for long-distance monitoring, Wi-Fi systems have a decided advantage, as they allow you to monitor from anywhere on most wireless devices.
Certain features such as pan, tilt, zoom and two-way talk have become more common on traditional baby monitors, but have been a little slower to make their way to Wi-Fi monitors. WiFi Baby doesn't have two-way talk or pan and tilt, but it does have a zoom function and a generously wide view.
When your baby is small, this won't be a major factor, but the more mobile your baby becomes, the more you will want to follow him around the room. If you buy additional cameras and want to monitor an older sibling in the next room, for instance, pan and tilt may be more of an important factor to consider. The wall-mounting option helps make up for this omission by giving you a nice viewing angle that encompasses the entire room. From there, you can zoom in for a closer look.
WiFi Baby has a crisp image that lets you clearly see what your baby is up to any time of the day or night. The night vision extends to 20 feet, which is definitely on the high end for baby monitors generally. In certain light, it can extend much further.
If we are going to make comparisons to traditional monitors, we should point out this Wi-Fi monitor has the uncommon capabilities of both video recording and taking snapshots. With its unusually clear video feed, you will get stills and video footage worth sharing with friends and family online. These files can be saved to an SD card or a NAS (network attached storage) device.
WiFi Baby takes the recording feature one step further and allows you to configure the device to record automatically in intervals and to set up a weekly recording schedule. Or, you can set it up to record when sound is detected and capture those spontaneous moments you can't plan for.
WiFi Baby is expandable for up to four cameras, which can be viewed simultaneously on a single screen. This is a great wireless camera that can double as a nanny cam and be repurposed as a surveillance camera when the kids grow up and no longer need the same type of monitoring.
Another great feature with this monitor is there are not additional fees for remote viewing, so once the app is installed you are good to go.
The audio-only mode on the WiFi Baby works nicely and will allow you to listen for alerts while you and your baby are sleeping. You can also override the audio-lock function so that it doesn't sleep when you do, if you want the device to stay active throughout the night.
The audio-only mode also lets you multitask during the day. Audio alerts will run in the background, allowing you to text, email or read an eBook while listening in on what is happening with your baby.
The microphone is designed to eliminate white noise, and you can tell the difference. You can hear subtleties on this device that aren't common for a baby monitor, such as differentiating between your baby's breathing and noises happening in the background.
A potential problem with Wi-Fi-connected monitors we noticed during our baby monitor reviews is that if you have a weak signal, it's subject to some of the same pitfalls you might experience with Wi-Fi generally, such as lag time or freezing. This can be a problem if there is an emergency.
WiFi Baby helps address this problem by utilizing the latest 802.11n Wi-Fi technology for maximum bandwidth and multiple wireless data transmissions. This doesn't guarantee flawless transmission, but you will get uninterrupted transmissions the vast majority of the time. You can also work on a variety of networks with 802.11n support.
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WiFi Baby is compact, light and wireless, so you can mount it in a variety of places around the room at just about any angle.
Setting it up is somewhat cumbersome since you have to connect via Ethernet to get the device up and running. After the initial installation, it's smooth sailing, and apps run quickly and easily.
The website contains a wealth of information when you click on the Support scroll-down menu. There are a variety of options for contacting people to answer your questions via telephone and email, as well as an online form for general questions.
WiFi Baby is one of our best-rated baby monitors for a reason. While it lacks a couple features we'd like to see such as pan, tilt and two-way talk, it is cutting edge in the way it operates and in its Wi-Fi connectivity. Not only is it versatile, but it also has some of the best audio and visual functionality of any baby video monitor on the market.