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) 1 year ago

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

gsaxon1 year 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 ;)