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- Rated 2.5 stars
- iBaby Wireless Baby Monitor
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- Cosmetic AppealEditor: 50%
- Design & Build QualityEditor: 70%
- FeaturesEditor: 80%
- FunctionEditor: 40%
- Value For The PriceEditor: 20%
The iBaby Wireless Baby Monitor gives parents convenient wireless monitoring of their baby.
Keeping an infant well supervised and safe at all times is not easy task especially for new parents. At the same time, great strides in technology have produced new ways of tackling this issue using electronics as a visual aid. The iBaby Wireless Baby Monitor is designed to be placed in your child's room and give you the ability to monitor them from virtually anywhere via your Windows PC, iPad, iPhone, or iPad Touch. With an MSRP of $199, the device is quite expensive. Let's dive into the rest of the review and determine whether your money is well spent with the iBaby.
Cosmetic Appeal, Design, & Build Quality
My first impression of the iBaby was that it was fairly well made. I wouldn't consider the iBaby really all that appealing cosmetically, but it isn't terrible looking and not the type of product that really needs to be judged on looks. The design is based off a top rotating camera connected to a base that houses all the electronics such as the wireless card and power supply. The device has gloss white finish that seems to be of a high quality and fairly durable. Two microphones are placed on each side of the device for to ensure an even amount of audio balance.
The iBaby device boasts a fairly impressive set of features on paper. The device is designed be compatible with a PC (installation software included) or any iOS devices (must download iBaby app from AppStore). The manufacturer states that the device will allow connections both while your on your own home network or away from it meaning you can view the camera's feed from any location where Internet is available. Video capturing with the iBaby works no matter the lighting conditions as it has built-in night vision to make sure you can still view your child while they are asleep in a dark room.
Using the iOS app you can rotate the camera 180 degrees in both directions as well as tilt the camera about 90 degrees up and down. This is all done through touch screen gestures. Audio input is taken from the four mics on the device. You also have the option to plug in an external speaker to send audio from your iPhone's microphone to whomever is in range of the iBaby if you so desire. The iOS app allows you to setup phone alerts based on motion or sound sensors to notify you if your child is crying or moving excessively in the crib. Lastly, the app allows you to take screenshots of your video feed with the click of a button and save them directly to your iOS device's image library.
I was disappointed with this device's function from the start and with good reason. After unboxing the device and screwing in the wireless antenna I was ready to configure it with my Wi-Fi network. Following the included instructions (which were very short and poorly done) I was told to plug in the included Ethernet cable into the device and then the other end into my router. Since the room I anticipated using the device is was a good 40 feet from the room where my router was and the cable included was only 2-3 feet long, I carried the device to the other room and began the process.
The next step was to open the iOS app and click the configure button. After I chose my network and entered in the password it informed me the device was rebooting and in turn to unplug the Ethernet cable and the device is now properly configured to use my network. The device rebooted and the camera feed was then accessible over Wi-Fi so at this point I thought I was in the clear. Since I was still in my computer room I unplugged the device and walked back into the bedroom and setup the camera on my desk. To my surprise I found out the loss of power wiped my configuration meaning none of the settings were saved and I was back at square one. This was a huge problem since the device is useless in my computer room and the average person does not have long enough ethernet to reach from room to room to setup the device.
Luckily, I am not the average person and I did indeed have a 50 foot long cable that would make the situation doable. Once I went through the process for the 2nd time I got the iBaby fully working and was testing its features for 20-30 minutes fairly impressed with the picture quality and the ease of use. The iOS interface was a bit cheesy and ugly, but the device was working plan and simple.
Unfortunately, this wasn't the case for much longer. About an hour later I opened the app back up and the camera was not connecting automatically like it previously had. I walked up stairs and re-added the device, but was unsuccessful as all I was getting was a white screen with a spinning wheel of death on it (see screenshot).
After about an hour of fiddling with the settings, manually deleting/re-adding the camera, hitting the reset button, then finally unplugging and replugging in the in all the cables several times I was left frustrated with a bitter taste in my mouth. The $200 device that many people are lured into buying was indeed faulty and unreliable. It was further evident this is a popular issue after seeing many people with similar problems in the plethora of primarily negative reviews found online at retailers like Amazon or the Apple store.
In short, this the device did work for me temporarily and I was able to access my camera's feed. When it did I was indeed somewhat impressed and thought it was a cool and useful product. That being said I believe even in full working condition this device should be priced at $100 or lower as the quality and features do not warrant a $200 price tag by any means. Especially considering my experiences with connectivity issues and a serious lack of reliability a $100 price tag for this product would still be money wasted.
The iBaby Wireless Baby Monitor seems like a really great device on paper, but poor execution and reliability make it a huge loser. Even when I could get the device working properly, the performance did not match a $200 product. I would be disappointed if anyone had spent that much money on it. I DO NOT recommend this device as I think from personal experience and 3rd party reviews the device will cause problems more often than not. Instead, I think any prospective buyers should take a serious look at the cheaper and more reliable Foscam FI8910W though not made purely as a baby monitor it can function effectively as one while saving you a great deal of money.