1. What makes a WiFi Baby™ video monitor better than other monitors? Technology. Traditional video monitors have a limited range from camera to receiver of a few hundred feet. They use analog signals with several open, non-password-protected frequencies. If you have a house full of electronics you will receive interference from cordless phones, microwave ovens, remote-control toys – even your existing WiFi network! Distance also factors into the interference. None of these issues affect WiFi Baby™. Our monitor wirelessly connects to your WiFi network and sends password-protected video and audio to iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac, PC. Anywhere. No computer needs to be on to operate. The only wire is the power cord.
Our latest version, WiFi Baby 3 (WFB2014) began shipping on 2/18/14. We’ve refined what customers already love about our top reviewed baby monitor and added requested features and a streamlined setup while keeping WiFi Baby’s small, sleek look.
Among other new enhancements, WiFi Baby 3 features superior “true color” video and ships ready to play with a unique MyWiFiBaby URL to easily access anywhere.
Please watch the comparison video clips below to see the difference from WiFi Baby 2.0 > WiFi Baby 3.
When you buy from WiFi Baby you are purchasing from an American, family owned company with U.S. based customer service and tech support. Our contact information is all over the site. You call us, we call you back. Email us with questions, we respond quickly. We are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 855-WIFI-CAM (943-4226). The phrases “You get what you pay for” and “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” exist for a reason. Please read our media and customer reviews , the following links, reach out to us if you have questions and buy with confidence.
2. What is the wireless setup process? Our Quickstart and guide will get you setup quickly on your home network. To get a better idea, please spend a minute watching our COMPANY VIDEO.
- Plug in WiFi Baby to power and your router to authenticate the camera to your wireless network. (Ethernet cable used for wireless setup only)
- Install or download our setup software to your Mac or PC. Follow our QuickStart Video and Setup Guide.
- Once wireless setup is complete WiFi Baby sends video and audio to iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC.
- Nanny Cam viewing (away mode) on a data plan or external WiFi connection may require adding a permission to your wireless router explained in our SUPPORT section. No external server is used for remote viewing for privacy. Detailed screen shot guides on on our site or we will do it for you. Want us to do this for you? Free scheduled U.S. based tech support by phone (855.943.4367), screen share or email is included with purchase.
3. How is WiFi Baby different than a webcam? WiFi Baby is both a camera and a computer; a webcam requires a physical connection to a computer to function. WiFi Baby is a stand alone device that only needs an AC power connection anywhere in your home WiFi network. NO PC/MAC NEEDS TO BE KEPT ON TO OPERATE. It’s compact design (just over 3″ sq., 1″ deep) and mounting bracket allows it to be securely mounted to the ceiling, wall, or simply on a shelf. Plus, once the camera is mounted, the camera can still be removed from the mounting bracket if you need to move it to another room.
4. What’s the background of WiFi Baby? WiFi Baby is an American, family owned company located in South Florida launched in 2010 (Press Release). The inspiration for the company came from the difficulty the owners had finding a quality baby monitor to safely watch their son. Our latest version, WiFi Baby 3 was released on 2/18/14 and has several new enhanced features. Please visit our STORE for details. All products sold by WiFi Baby include free U.S. based tech support by phone, screen share and email. All listed prices include tax and shipping.
5. Does both video and audio work with PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Android? Yes. WiFi Baby 3 is 100% compatible with both PC and Mac up to Windows 8, OSX Mavericks, and iOS 70+ on iPhone, iPad, and OS 4.4 on Android. Our recommended apps provide video and audio on iPhone, iPad and Android. This allows you to get video/audio at home over WiFi and can be used as a Nanny Cam (video & audio!) while away over your 3G network. The apps support multi-tasking background audio and up to 4 live simultaneous video, audio and alerts! Multiple authorized users can access the camera’s video/audio feed at the same time by PC/Mac/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch.
6. Why aren’t all baby monitors WiFi network based? There are a couple of reasons. It’s only been in the last few years that having WiFi at home and parents owning either an iPhone or Android phone pretty much became the new standard. Also, the companies that manufacture “traditional” baby monitors (Graco, Summer Infant) have no incentive to bring this new technology to market since it would render their existing product line obsolete. The average cost of a traditional video baby monitor is $200-$250 and this price point has remained the same for almost a decade while manufacturing costs have dropped dramatically. Even though these monitors have a reputation for bad reception and reliability, they are extremely profitable for these companies and consumers keep buying them.
7. Speaking of price, do WiFi Baby monitors cost more than traditional video baby monitors? Yes. As you can see from the comparison chart above, there is a slight difference in cost over other baby video monitors. The other difference is they actually work! Besides the improved technology and features, choosing to purchase your video baby monitor from WiFi Baby is the same reason you paid a little bit more for that car seat, stroller, and crib: Quality, Reliability. Functionality.
8. Why should I buy from WiFi Baby? You are purchasing from an American, family owned company with U.S. based customer service and tech support. Our contact information is all over the site. You call us, we call you back. Email us with questions, we respond quickly. We are open Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 855-WIFI-CAM (943-4226). The phrases “You get what you pay for” and “Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery” exist for a reason. Do not be fooled by similar looking cameras. Just read our media and customer reviews on Facebook and Amazon to make the right choice.
- Free US based Setup Support for home viewing by Screen Share/Phone/Email
- Video and Visual Setup Guides
- Free Secure Remote Viewing: No Subscription, Server or Cloud Service
- Free “Nanny Cam” Setup Support
9. What is the return policy?
“Wifi Baby is a family owned, American based company started by parents for parents. We sell quality products that perform as advertised and have received positive media and customer reviews of our products and service as a result. We offer easy 30 day returns and a 1 year warranty including free US based tech support by email/phone/screen share and hassle-free exchanges for issues past our 30 day return policy. If any issues arise, it is our goal to resolve them quickly. Please read our return and technical support policy and buy with confidence. ” – Wifi Baby CEO – Stefanie Fox
10. Does this work on a server or cloud service? Are there any subscription/monitoring fees? No, there are no monthly fees for remote video and audio on iPhone, iPad, Android, Mac or PC. There is no “WiFi Baby Server” or cloud service involved between your mobile device, PC or Mac and your camera.
11. Can I access my WiFi Baby from multiple devices at the same time? Yes. You can access the camera from multiple devices (PC/Mac, iPhone, Android) simultaneously with an authorized username and password.
12. Can my neighbor access my WiFi Baby video/audio feed if he owns the same model? No. Unlike traditional monitors that work on open analog and digital frequencies, the video and audio can only be accessed with the camera’s specific address, a username and password.
13. What if someone hacks into the WiFi Baby server? Can they look/listen in my house? Your video and audio is not being uploaded and accessed from a “WiFi Baby cloud server” . You are accessing your own camera directly whether you are at home or away. Your privacy is protected by your wireless network’s firewall. For someone to look/listen to your camera they would have to have your wireless network information, your camera’s unique address plus your username and password – which you can change at any time.
14. What’s in the Box? Does WiFi Baby come with it’s own monitor/receiver? What makes WiFi Baby unique is that our camera utilizes devices that you already own as a monitor/receiver. It streams password-protected video & audio without distance limitations to a receiver of your choice: PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad or Android.
15. Can I use my iPhone / iPad / Android all night as a monitor? Won’t it shut off based on my settings? The apps override all “auto-lock” functions. Audio alerts can be set and the apps have a “night mode” which does audio only. Audio and alerts work in the background with iPhone and iPad so you can multitask. When you hear an alarm or a cry, just go back the app to get both video & audio.
With iOS 5.0 enable banners so incoming texts and alerts (Facebook, iCal, etc.) do not pause the app (or any of your apps). On iPhone/iPad go under SETTINGS > ALERTS>BANNERS.
On a PC or Mac, the video and audio runs as long as a browser window is open. (See our LIVE DEMO for an example)
16. Can I multitask while using my iPhone and iPad while the app is running? Yes. One of the many great features of the apps is the flexibility to multitask while the audio and alerts run in the background (like iTunes or Pandora). You can email, text, use Safari and when you hear a sound or alert, just go back to the app for full video and audio.
17. When using the apps, how long does the battery last on the iPhone / iPad / Android? If you are running both video & audio, it will use the same amount of battery as any streaming video (ex. YouTube). By using the “night mode” you will have a black screen and hear audio and alerts. In this mode it compares to streaming music (ex. Pandora) and battery life lasts significantly longer. When using night mode, when you hear a cry or alert, just touch the screen to go back to both video and audio. If you are using the app over several hours, (overnight, watching TV, etc. ) we suggest charging your iPhone / iPad / Android at the same time.
18. Do the apps work with the latest versions of iPhone, iPad & Android? Yes. Any iPhone or iPad running iOS 5 and higher.
This includes iPhone 3Gs, 4, 4s, 5, 5c, 5s, iPad 1st – 4th gen and iPad Mini.
On Android you will need 2.3 or above.
19. Can I view/hear multiple cameras from the same PC/Mac/iPhone/iPad/Android? Yes. The iPhone and iPad app allows simultaneous VIDEO & AUDIO up to 4 cameras with latest update. The Android app allows you to switch between cameras, one video stream/audio stream at a time. You can also get simultaneous video/audio from multiple cameras on a PC / Mac by simply using multiple browser windows.
20. Is the video RealTime? Is there any audio delay from “live?” With WiFi Baby 3, apps on iPhone, iPad or Android the video is “live” with no delay. The audio is almost “live” with a delay of just 1-2 seconds. On Mac or PC when connecting using any desktop browser the video and audio does have a 3-5 second delay because of the buffering time.
21. Is WiFi Baby a true night vision camera? Yes, unlike others on the market the camera’s lens is designed for night vision and has a range of up to 30 feet. Previous versions (WiFi Baby 2.0) had a slight tint with day video. WiFi Baby 3 has a new lens and an IR Cut Filter providing True Color video during the day and low light.
22. Does WiFi Baby work on public/open WiFi at a hotel? Are they intended to be used for vacation/travel? While the apps provide the convenience and flexibility of accessing your camera’s password-protected video/audio feed wherever you are, the cameras themselves need to be configured to your home WiFi network. Because the camera’s do not have a keypad (like a smart phone or laptop) they need an initial physical connection to a wireless router for setup and authentication to become wireless so they are not intended for travel.
23. Are there Blackberry or Windows Phone Apps? Not at this time.
24. Can WiFi Baby run on battery? No, the camera needs an AC connection. Besides the included 6 foot AC adapter and 6 adhesive power cord clips (for wall mounting option) the camera is completely wireless. We also sell an additional 10 foot extension cord if needed.
25. How do you mount the camera to the wall or ceiling and does WiFi Baby have pan, tilt, zoom?
The camera comes with an adjustable mounting stand that can easily be attached to the wall, ceiling or you can just position it on a shelf. To attach the mounting stand to the wall or ceiling simply use the included 2 screws and optional wall anchors. Then twist the camera onto the stand and use a flat head screwdriver or coin to tighten to the desired angle. You can also use the 6 adhesive clips for a cleaner look for the AC adapter cord to feed down the wall.
WiFi Baby has “pinch to zoom” via the mobile apps. While WiFi Baby does not remotely pan and tilt it has a wide viewing angle and designed to have a clear image and sound from at least 5 feet away from the crib/bed. The screen shots on our site, our live demo, and our Facebook page show the clarity of vision.
26. I understand you ship to the US and Canada only but what are the full tech specs for the camera and AC adapter? WiFi Baby 2.0′s AC adapter comes with US/EU/UK plugs. Input is 100-240v, 50/60hz 0.5A max. Output: 12V, 1000mA. Full specs WiFi Baby 3 specs HERE.
27. My home is wired for Ethernet in every room. I prefer to hard wire WiFi Baby. Is this possible? Yes. What makes WiFi Baby unique is the camera function but this is possible. The Ethernet port on the the camera normally only for the initial wireless setup but if you have ethernet ports in your home by plugging it into Ethernet it would default to a wired connection, the functionality is the same. No computer needs to be on to function, you can connect from your devices at home or anywhere.