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Baby Surveillance

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Friends of ours have a really cool baby monitor with a built-in video screen. You hit a button the receiver and you can see what the baby is up to. These things are rather expensive though and I know I've mentioned before how cheap I am. We decided to get a cheap audio-only monitor with a couple receivers (one for upstairs one for down) and then supplement that with a wireless webcam.

Linksys WVC54GCA Wireless camera

With this setup we can still see the kid whenever we want as 90% of the time there are 3 laptops within reach, and I can share the link with family so they can see her too! And best of all, when it's no longer necessary I get to do what I want with the camera. That seems much better than getting something that is more expensive and less useful after the fact.

Baby cam

The only caveat so far is light sensitivity. This camera has a "low light" mode that supposedly allows it to function in very low light, but nothing like night-vision. When all the lights are out you can't see anything. However if all the lights are out and it's dark outside, that'll probably mean we're both in bed too and not looking at the camera, so that might not bad such a bad thing.

Tags: baby camera

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Kooter
#1 - Feb 2, 2010 at 12:26 PM
Do I fall under the category of Family...I could be that "aunt" who isn't really a relative, drinks too much and says wildy inappropriate things like "Go play in traffic"

Plus I'd rather watch the Claire Cam than the puppy cam...
Joe
#2 - Feb 7, 2010 at 9:45 AM
Of course you do! Although I don't know how much use we'll get out of this camera because she only seems to end up in the crib at night when she goes to bed.
Cheryl
#3 - Feb 7, 2010 at 8:08 PM
You are such a tech-no geek!

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