Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Greg0
D-Link’s Wi-Fi Baby Camera: Solid, With Some Family Features
Wireless IP cameras have sort of plateaued in recent years- there haven’t been any huge leaps in imaging, most all of them include night vision and even automatic alerts, and many offer two-way audio, allowing you to both listen through a microphone on the camera itself and also talk through a small speaker. They’ve gotten smaller and more robust, but we’ve been waiting for the next phase in the evolution of these fairly common devices and we caught a glimpse back at CES.
D-Link offers an interesting twist on the formula- their nifty Wi-Fi Baby Camera takes the traditional baby monitor and adds some new features like temperature sensing and even a cute ability to play lullabies. It’s not perfect, but for most parents, it’ll be a great addition to the nursery and and easy gadget. There are even color-coded rings included, allowing you to choose blue or pink for your camera.
Now, it’s certainly a bit more complicated than your classic audio-only baby monitor. There’s an app to download, some pairing to go through, and of course you need wireless connectivity (or to be local to the camera in a direct-connection addition, which you’ll use for initial setup as well). The camera has been designed to be more friendly-looking, a nice touch. Unlike many of it’s brethren, this model can record directly to onboard storage, via a microSD slot. That means you’ll have backups even if the power goes out, or the connection drops. We’ve seen many other D-Link products before, including recent IP cameras, and we’ve tried their cloud-based solution for monitoring and configuring, called mydlink.
This one uses a different app completely, called mydlink Baby, though you’ll still need a mydlink account- and it’s got the lullabies and temperature monitoring built-in. However, it means that you can’t use it with your existing setup, and you can’t really utilize and view multiple cameras at a time. We confess that we didn’t use it to monitor a baby, but it worked well at helping us check in on pets- a wide field of view and solid 720p resolution made for clear images. The alerts worked as expected- faster than most competitors in fact- and the temperature monitor offered a live and fairly accurate feed.
Available now online and in stores for around $180, it’s a bit pricey considering the lack of tilt/pan options. But it does feel sturdy, the base well-built, and the unique extras offer enough extra value to be worth it for any parent wanting to check in on their little one.