Picture of Ip camera baby monitor
I was shopping yesterday with my wife at a large retail store that caters to expectant mothers, and was shocked to see how expensive baby monitors were.  They were playing a video touting the monitor as viewable from a tablet, PC, or phone and cost upwards of $200 (most over $250).  With twins, we try to save wherever we can, and a pan/tilt camera I had lying around was a no-brainer.

I can view it at work, and in the house, we can check it on our phones or Ipads.  We even had a live feed for the out of town grandparents for a while.  And all for $40...

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Step 1: Get the Camera

I bought one camera at Fry's electronics, and it cost me $130.  I then purchased on off Amazon for $37.  There is no difference in capabilities of either camera.  The control interfaces are a little different and the more expensive camera came with it's own apps, but the generic ones work better anyway.

This is a camera I used:  EasyN FS-613B-M166

sleighbedguy (author) 11 months ago

There is no arguing with that. Mom makes the decision. For us, this has worked incredibly well, but every situation is different.

gsaxon11 months ago
As a parent of 2, the dedicated monitors (camera + monitor) was indispensable. Having to be by a computer or tablet isn't always convenient. Not saying that your instructable doesn't have merit, just that it may not work for all people. My wife insisted on a standalone unit because her phone is always dead, plus a lot of the baby monitors have features that overly worried parents need for their own sanity ;)