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Published on June 3rd, 2014 | by Greg

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D-Link’s Wi-Fi Baby Camera: Solid, With Some Family Features

Wireless IP cameras have sort of plateaued in recent years- there haven’t been any huge leaps in imaging, most all of them include night vision and even automatic alerts, and many offer two-way audio, allowing you to both listen through a microphone on the camera itself and also talk through a small speaker. They’ve gotten smaller and more robust, but we’ve been waiting for the next phase in the evolution of these fairly common devices and we caught a glimpse back at CES.

D-Link offers an interesting twist on the formula- their nifty Wi-Fi Baby Camera takes the traditional baby monitor and adds some new features like temperature sensing and even a cute ability to play lullabies. It’s not perfect, but for most parents, it’ll be a great addition to the nursery and and easy gadget. There are even color-coded rings included, allowing you to choose blue or pink for your camera.

Now, it’s certainly a bit more complicated than your classic audio-only baby monitor. There’s an app to download, some pairing to go through, and of course you need wireless connectivity (or to be local to the camera in a direct-connection addition, which you’ll use for initial setup as well). The camera has been designed to be more friendly-looking, a nice touch. Unlike many of it’s brethren, this model can record directly to onboard storage, via a microSD slot. That means you’ll have backups even if the power goes out, or the connection drops. We’ve seen many other D-Link products before, including recent IP cameras, and  we’ve tried their cloud-based solution for monitoring and configuring, called mydlink.

This one uses a different app completely, called mydlink Baby, though you’ll still need a mydlink account- and it’s got the lullabies and temperature monitoring built-in. However, it means that you can’t use it with your existing setup, and you can’t really utilize and view multiple cameras at a time. We confess that we didn’t use it to monitor a baby, but it worked well at helping us check in on pets- a wide field of view and solid 720p resolution made for clear images. The alerts worked as expected- faster than most competitors in fact- and the temperature monitor offered a live and fairly accurate feed.

Available now online and in stores for around $180, it’s a bit pricey considering the lack of tilt/pan options. But it does feel sturdy, the base well-built, and the unique extras offer enough extra value to be worth it for any parent wanting to check in on their little one.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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