When it comes to choosing a baby monitor wired and wireless baby monitors both have their pros and cons. It is helpful to understand the differences between these two types of baby monitor so that the right choice can be made for your circumstance.
Baby monitors are a very helpful monitoring device for parents as they provide the freedom for the parents to lay down their baby to rest while they carry on doing the usual household jobs – or maybe watch TV – knowing that their baby is being safely monitored. Technology has moved on in recent years and there are several choices of baby monitor available today. There was once the wired type of monitor but today the popular choice is the wireless baby monitor. It is helpful to be aware of the pros and cons for each to make a choice of which is most suitable for you.
These systems essentially consist of two electronic devices: a transmitter and receiver. The transmitter unit is placed next to the baby for monitoring while they are sleeping and the receiver is used by the parent or person caring for the baby to listen or watch the baby when they are asleep.
Baby monitors come in two flavours – either wired or wireless. Wired baby monitors, as the name implies use wires to connect the key components of the system together. The main and really only advantage of a wired system is there will be no chance of interference from household items and appliances such as cordless phones, microwaves and wireless routers. However, there will be a cost to install this kind of system but the main problem is the restriction of the fixed position of the receiver unit. Being wired, it has to be installed in a single location and cannot be picked up and moved around like a wireless unit.
Alternatively, the wireless baby monitor is far less restrictive and is a popular choice because of its flexibility and portability. There is no installation required and this device can be up and running in a matter of minutes. They allow the parents to move freely around the house as the receiver unit and can be taken with them either clipped to a belt or hung around the neck. You will always be able to listen to your baby wherever you are in your house or garden, provided you are in range.
The main disadvantage of a wireless baby monitor is the issue of interference. But most units have the option of choosing different frequencies so it will not interfere with other household equipment. FM units have the most issues with regards to interference but there is a solution to this problem. With the advancement in technology, digital or DECT baby monitors address the problem of interference and make it a thing of the past. Digital monitors are much clearer and more responsive and will not deteriorate in quality like an analog monitor system.
One other concern is the range in which the device will operate between the transmitter and receiver. The last thing you want to wander so far away from the transmitter unit so you can no longer hear your baby. The good news is most monitors allow a distance of up to 100 feet range through obstructions which should be more than enough for most homes.