WiFi Baby Monitor – Sweet dreams
Tested version: 1.08.4
Latest version: 1.09.1
Requires Android: from 2.2
We love our spending time with our kids, but sometimes chilling on the living room sofa while the little one snoozes in the other room is bliss. Still, you want to keep a virtual eye on the little tyke, even when you're in another room. This is where baby monitors come in. Baby monitors usually run on the same DECT technology as mobile phones, but nowadays more advanced technologies are also available (I'm looking at you, WiFi)–and the app WiFi Baby Monitor has picked up on this. Find out more in our review.
Features & Use
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Android version: 4.1.2
Tested on 2: Sony XPERIA Active
Android version: 4.0.4
The app's set-up is very simple and the only requirement is that both devices be in the same WiFi network, tethering networks are also okay.
The sender smartphone must have the WiFi Baby Monitor sender activated. Next, you must calibrate the mic by ensuring that everything is completely silent for five seconds and then making different sounds so that the system can notify you re: the volume.
Once that's done you can enter the IP that is to be displayed on the sender, otherwise an automatic search for the sender is also an option. You can choose to use the sender's front camera and calibrate the mic again. A clever little detail: the sender is automatically set to silent.
The receiver can now be set to transmit sounds from the sender at a given volume which you can set. This means that you can regulate how loud a sound has to be in order to be relayed to the receiver. Furthermore, there is a sort of intercom feature which allows you to send sounds to the sender device, for emergency situations. The option I'm most impressed with is that you can shoot photos as well as 15 seconds of video. The image can even be rotated, should the camera be at a wrong angle. A night mode is also available, and it can help improve visibility in certain lights. That said, it won't be able to take pics in the pitch black.
WiFi Baby Monitor doesn't come with a whole lot of functions, but it delivers on what it promises to do. I tested this monitor system for a straight six hours and the app was very stabile and reliable throughout. All sounds were picked up and retransmitted. So overall I would say that the app is a perfectly viable alternative to a classic baby monitor.
The battery lifetime is contingent on the device you're running the app on, but I can say that the app doesn't use up a lot of juice.
Screen & Controls
WiFi Baby Monitor controls are very intuitive, and there's a set-up assistant. The design isn't very contemporary, but in this case the performance is more important than the app's design.
Speed & Stability
WiFi Baby Monitor ran very smooth and stabile throughout our test runs. Should the connection be severed, you will be notified. No problems with the app's speed.
WiFi Baby Monitor costs €6.95 and can be picked up in the App Center. The pricetag is a bit hefty, and there are cheaper alternatives, though this is the only one that has a video/photo feature (though everyone must decide for themselves whether such a feature could actually be of use to them).