The BabyPing Video Monitor includes a camera monitor and a free application that allows parents to interface with the monitor via iOS devices including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users like the BabyPing camera and say the application is intuitively designed. However, there are many reported issues with wireless connectivity and software glitches. Be prepared for tech headaches with this monitor.
An excellent camera that requires a solid Wi-Fi connect. According to reviewers and users, the BabyPingVideo Monitor's video image is sharp and clear with excellent night vision that has up to a 12-foot range without brightening the room or disturbing the baby. Users and reviewers also have good things to say about sound clarity, and they like the monitor's Smart Filter that cuts out background noise.
To transmit sound and images, the BabyPing has to connect to your mobile iOS device using your home wireless network in conjunction with the BabyPing app. This is where reports on the BabyPing's performance get mixed. Users and product testers report that it can be challenging to maintain a consistent connection to the BabyPing camera, particularly if the wireless network is unreliable. One testing organization found that their multiple parent testers repeatedly lost connection, despite having a high-speed, broadband service. Users echo these complaints about dropped connections and signal interference with the Wi-Fi network itself. One particularly tech savvy user, who liked the camera but not the software, went ahead and wrote a new application that she says works much better.
Finally, users report a time lag between when the image was taken and when it appears on the screen. The time lag can be as short as 1 to 3 seconds or as high as 4 to 10 seconds.
Easy to use when it's working. Most reviewers and users say the BabyPingVideo Monitor interface is simple and straightforward to use with well-designed menus and buttons that allow you to snap an image, switch between audio and video monitoring, and power down. The BabyPing features audio and vibration alerts that run in the background of your iOS device so that baby monitoring doesn't have to interfere with phone calls or other iOS device apps. The program can also run constant audio/video streams, but reviewers warn that constant monitoring through the program runs your device's battery down quickly. Another nice touch is the Smart Filter, which cuts out white noise during audio monitoring.
Most users report a relatively simple setup. You do have to connect the camera directly to your wireless router initially via Ethernet cable. After the initial connection is established, the camera should connect wirelessly. Reviewers also like the wall mount bracket, ball and socket design for positioning and cable clips that keep cords out of harm's way.
Good at-home monitor, not so good for travel. Because the BabyPingVideo Monitor requires a grounded connection to the Wi-Fi signal upon initial setup, it is not the easiest monitor to use away from home. Each time you set up the monitor, you will need to connect it to the router where you are -- which may be a challenge at hotels and other public locations. Finally, apart from good clear audio/video monitoring, the BabyPing doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles -- there is no talk back to baby intercom, lullaby mode or nightlight.
Keep your receipt. We did not find any customer service complaints about BabyPing. The camera itself carries a one-year warranty. Proof of purchase is required -- so don't lose your receipt.
1. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Which? magazine, the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org, tests and rates 14 baby monitors for range, durability, sound quality and ease of use. The reviews are detailed, and testing is rigorous and current. The BabyPing is among Which?'s reviewed monitors.
Review: Baby Monitor Reviews, Editors of Which? magazine, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Very Good Matthew Panzarino, the managing editor of TNW.com, pits four smartphone/Wi-Fi compatible baby monitoring options against each other in this article. He describes the BabyPing Video Monitor as the best looking of the bunch, with a simple design. He says the app interface works well, but that the BabyPing is not a good option for travel or use outside a home network system. He says that the camera itself is easy to install and use, but he wishes it didn't need to be plugged into the Wi-Fi router at initial setup.
Review: What Is the Best Tablet or Smartphone Compatible Baby Monitor: Withings, BabyPing, iZon or Foscam?, Matthew Panzarino, Sept. 4, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The BabyPing Video Monitor receives an overall rating of 3 out of 5 stars based on a handful of reviews posted to Amazon.com. Users say the BabyPing has a good camera with a decent connection with a slight 2 to 3 second delay. Users report connection issues with the Wi-Fi, and one user wrote her own application for the camera to solve the issues. Because the BabyPing requires a Wi-Fi connection with password, users say it is not an easy monitor to travel with.
Review: Contributors to Amazon, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good This blogger describes the BabyPing's iOS app and hardware as simple to set up and use. The review is descriptive, including illustrations of the BabyPing Video Monitor in action. The author likes the LED nightlights that don't light up and disturb a baby and the ability to run other software and/or talk on the phone while using the BabyPing monitor. He says the application is very iOS friendly and easy to use, even for nontechies.
Review: Review: BabyPing Secure WiFi Video Baby Monitor, Tony Hannides, Sept. 29, 2012
Review Credibility: Good This favorable blog review describes how the BabyPing Video Monitor operates and runs, beginning with setup. Clearly the blogger has tested the BabyPing and finds that it works as promised. The main advantage he finds with BabyPing is it's a "one box" solution to wireless connection to baby via iPhone. He notes that it's an expensive, high-tech monitoring solution that delivers as promised with the added benefit of using your Wi-Fi system and thus cutting back on signal interference in your home.
Review: BabyPing video baby monitor review, Stuart Miles, July 3, 2012