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Do You and Your Baby Need a Digital Video Baby Monitor?



A digital video  baby   monitor  can give you an extra eye and ear to give you piece of mind that your  baby  or toddler is safe when they are in their room. There are a good number of audio  baby   monitors , which have helped parents and guardians keep an eye on their little bundles of joy over the years.

Now modern technology has helped make these monitors with LCD screens as affordable as an audio monitor. A video  monitor  allows you to see and hear what your  baby  is doing remotely. They are as simple as using your mobile or smart phone. Most have touch screen technology. Some even offer remote control of the camera unit.

The main features

Most video  baby   monitors  use Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens. These offer clear colour pictures during the day. At night, as most video  baby   monitors  have infrared night vision mode, they give clear black and white images. This allows you to see your baby clearly at night. They use non-light or low light LEDs to capture a good night vision picture without scaring your baby.

Some digital monitors offer touch screen technology. This helps make them as easy to navigate as your mobile phone. Some video monitors allow you to remotely control the camera via the touch screen. Some even allow you to remotely control built-in lullabies, light shows and see the temperature of your baby’s room.

Most monitors have a signal range up to 300 metres. The key word here is ‘up to’, as the size, layout of your flat or house will decide how strong, and far the signal is transmitted. Where the  baby   monitor  has a re-chargeable parent unit (most have these days), combined with the great range distances available, this allows you to get on with jobs around the house or garden.

Digital technology

The main difference between newer models and some of the older models is that these newer versions use digital rather than analogue technology. This doesn’t mean analogue versions are less superior. But there are advantages digital technology can provide, that analogue technology cannot.

Digital technology provides greater security and clearer audio signals. Signals from analogue  baby   monitors  can be picked up from a scanning device, or other  baby   monitors  nearby. Digital  baby   monitors  make it harder for others to listen to digital signals, as transmissions are sent encrypted and are decrypted when received.

These digital monitors also send signals using Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS). This security feature repeatedly switches the frequency of the audio signal to prevent interception and jamming of the signal.

Things to note

There are a few downsides of a digital  baby   monitor . As much as the digital technology they use prevents interference, some of them can suffer from this. Other household gadgets such as microwaves, mobile phones and wireless broadband routers can interfere as they use similar digital signals.

Keeping the unit away from such devices can limit the amount of interference they receive. Also, you get what you pay for. The cheaper end of the market monitors wont be as good as the more expensive ones in preventing interference problems.

One other issue to be aware of, is manufacturers say the range of a monitor can be up to 300 metres. In reality, unless you live in a house with very thin walls, or no walls at all, you realistically will get around 50 to 75 metres when inside a house. If you use the monitor in the garden and you have clear line of sight, you most likely will get the full signal range.

Summary

A digital video  baby   monitor  is an effective device to help you  monitor  your  baby  or toddler as they sleep during the day or night. Most have a range of options that suit cater for most parents or carer’s needs.

These digital  baby   monitors  have their advantages over ‘older’ analogue versions. They cannot be 100% free from interference, but they are a lot better at minimising this and almost cut out others snooping due to the use of encryption and FHSS.



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