Baby monitors, web cam, and night vision goggles all in one, WiFi baby monitors are the must-have parenting accessory of the moment. While they’re extremely easy to use once set up- most are based around a phone app- the setup requires a moderate amount of tech savvy, such as knowing how to select the correct WiFi options, since they almost universally won’t operate correctly over a 5G network, and changing the default passwords to ensure that they’re safe and secure. They also aren’t the best choice for metered internet services, since most of them stream video to cloud based servers- that will eat through limited internet and run up a huge bill, and while safety and security are any parent’s priority, there’s a line on what is and isn’t a reasonable price. And these are secure; if you’re using them on a password protected WiFi and don’t set the camera password to “guest” they’re just as safe as any laptop webcam or your phone’s camera.
What You Should Know
- Two-Way sound is great for soothing babies or talking to pets while you’re working
- SD or Cloud storage options
- Excellent night vision and motion detection
An affordable price point and quality night vision mode make this a great first choice for parents hunting for a wifi baby monitor to help them monitor pets or children, but additional functionality makes this a multi-use home security tool, so it’s a keeper for the long haul. QR code pairing, app controls, and single user at a time limitations make this exceptionally secure, so parents worried about the extremely slim-to-none chances of their signal being hacked can rest easy. If someone logs in to your account, you’ll be forcibly logged out; there’s no chance of piggybacking in this app. It also pairs to a phone using a QR code for verification, so you have to be physically in the room with this monitor to pair with it initially. Notifications can be set to alert you to movement, so even in the toddler years you’ll be using this little monitor to know when your escape artist has gotten out of their room or playpen, or if a pet has entered an off-limits room while you’re away.
“I have had 4 kids I have tried a lot of these types of cameras to use as baby monitor linked to my apple devices (iphone or ipad) and this one by far is the best. It connects to wireless router and is seamless…”
What You Should Know
- A good hybrid of baby monitor and security camera
- Wireless design
- Mid to upper tier price-wise
Arlo makes a baby monitor, but it’s almost the same price as the higher-rated Arlo Pro. The Pro also gives you the option to network multiple cameras together in a home security system, remotely trigger alarms or call emergency services, and integrates together with voice commands and an Echo Show, so you can monitor indoors or out, whether you’re at home or away, so for a wider range of customization and a better-performing product, I’ll argue for the Pro over the baby monitor any day.
“The picture has good quality. Love the fact that you don’t have to pay for a contract or monthly fee. You can save any videos or pictures right to your phone or you can load USB drives and it will save there. All around extremely happy with this system. We intend on purchasing a few more cameras to put in the house. Gotta keep an eye on my kiddos and fur babies.”