Baby Monitor Operating Range – FAQs

Baby Monitor Operating Range

While talking about the baby monitor distance, there are two major points to consider – firstly, the safe distance and second one is the distance that the product supports.

Baby Monitor Distance – The Right One

Every parent keeps safety as their first and topmost priority while setting up a nursery for the little one. Baby monitors are here as a reliable and convenient way of monitoring your young ones.

Now, the obvious question would be about its safe distance. At what distance the baby monitors need to be installed?

Well, most of the baby monitors today are the wireless type and operate on radio frequency. All baby monitors emit Non-Ionizing Radiation (NIR). NIR cause both thermal and nonthermal effects. But there are no proven results to comment much on the negative effects of NIR on babies so far.

Remember, not only the baby monitor’s radiation but radiations from all the other devices like a cordless phone, Wi-Fi router etc of your house also add up to the baby’s overall radiation exposure.

Apart from this radiation story, you need to be extra careful while installing the monitors and make sure there are no easily accessible cords especially once the baby starts crawling or sitting. Your little one may consider the baby monitors itself as a toy.

Being a parent, you need to always think about the worst situations and take precautions.There may be unfortunate situations of babies getting strangled by the monitor’s cord or burn hazards due to overheated baby alarms.

It is strongly recommended by the Consumer Product Safety Commission that baby monitors need to be kept at least 3 feet away from the crib. Never place the monitors inside or on the edge of the crib.

Distance that the product support

Now comes the operational range of a baby monitor. This is what determines the device’s overall efficiency and reliability.

There are baby monitors in the market with different operational range; some cover even up to 1500ft. Some models can be even synched to your smartphone or laptop This allows the parents to keep an eye on the babies even when they are away on their business trips!

Wired and Wireless monitoring system

Wired monitoring setup is not so famous because of the obvious reasons like – initial installation requirements and portability issues. However, parents who are more concerned about the radiation and its effect on the newborn, consider this radiation-free, interference-free, reliable monitoring system. Also, the wired baby monitors are 100% safe against any hacking tricks. But the operational range of a wired system is limited.

The majority of today’s baby monitors are wireless monitors. Portability, easy installation, and ease of use are what attract the most. Wireless systems work on radio frequency and based on the format of the wireless signal, they are either analog or digital.

Analog, digital and DECT baby monitors

Analog baby monitors are less expensive and widely available. They usually use 49mHz and 900mHz and offer you channel options so that you can select the frequencies manually.

There are plenty of electric devices that use same analog frequencies and hence interference is common in the case of analog baby monitors. Even the analog monitors that use 2.4 GHz frequency also face same interference issues because of other devices like cordless phone, computer wireless network, microwave oven etc in and around the house.

These analog monitors cannot handle long distance monitoring but are ideal to use within an average sized house.
Digital baby monitors work on Wi-Fi (2.4gHz) frequency, similar to some of the analog monitors, but the signal is encrypted. So unlike analog monitors, digital monitors won’t let others see (or hear) your baby’s activities.Hence 100% privacy is ensured.

Though interferences from Wi-Fi routers or cordless phones will be still there, latest models are trying to minimize this annoying issue.

So, how to have a secured interference free monitoring system that supports long operational distance? Well, here comes DECT digital baby monitors. This type of baby monitors uses the new 1.9Ghz frequency that is less prone to interference. They are encrypted for safety and picks up less noise. So, your baby monitor stay silent until your baby makes a noise. There are some DECT baby monitors available with ambient features like noise filter that distinguishes between the baby’s sound and surrounding noise. It alarms only when the baby cries and never let you hear the fan or the space heater running.

The range of a baby monitor depends on various factors. You need to go through the product’s description to know about its range. The range of a monitoring device greatly depends on the number of walls it needs to pass through and furniture and many other kinds of stuff that comes in between the transmitter and the receiver.

We hope, now, you are familiar with wired, wireless, analog, digital and DECT baby monitors and their varied operational range. Chose the monitoring device wisely according to your personal preferences and have a peaceful parenting experience.

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