Video baby monitors are some of the most convenient pieces of equipment that you can buy when you have a child. However, as with just about any piece of technology, you are going to experience glitches occasionally. We will dive into some details of these issues a little later, but interference in the frequency that’s transmitted is one of the issues that people have with video baby monitors.
Depending on how your video baby monitor is setup, it’s not unheard of to be able to hear your neighbors’ telephone conversation through your monitor. When the frequencies match between you and your neighbors, there’s always a good chance that you could get a little interference. There’s nothing too terrible about that, but it can become a little annoying if it continues.
Interference issues could simply just be annoying, or it could be dangerous. If you aren’t able to hear your child clearly over the monitor, then you might miss when they need you. This is especially critical and dangerous if your child has special needs and requires attention immediately.
How to Solve Interference Issues
In addition to possibly hearing your neighbors telephone conversations, you may also experience a faint buzzing sound, some static and sometimes even a fuzzy picture on your video monitor. All of these issues have to do with the interference that you’re getting from your other electronics or electronics from your surrounding neighbors. Most electronics operate on the same frequency, so if you have a video baby monitor that allows you to change the frequency channel, then you can try doing that before you call for support.
The vast majority of video baby monitors operate on 2.4 GHz frequency bandwidth. Unfortunately, most other electronics do as well, meaning the frequency can be overcrowded depending on how many you have running at the same time. Your best bet would be to change the frequency channels on your video baby monitor and other electronics in your home to find the ideal frequency for each. You likely won’t have crystal clear sound coming out, but you can improve the quality by doing this. It may take a little bit of time to try the different channels, but you will be more satisfied with the result.
WiFi Causing Interference
If you’ve tried changing the channels on your video baby monitor, but still can’t find a clear sound, then your WiFi router may be the main source of the interference. Since data is constantly being transmitted through the router when you are using a computer or other device connected to it, you’re probably going to have a hard time avoiding interference with your video baby monitor.
Before buying a video baby monitor, it would be a good idea to see if your WiFi router transmits at 2.4 GHz. If it does, then you’ll want to buy a video baby monitor that operates at another frequency, like 900 MHz. The amount of interference will be drastically reduced, meaning you will have a clearer sound and image of your baby.
Other Causes of Interference
If you’ve done everything you can to try to reduce interference, but you’re still hearing it, then there may be some external issues that are beyond your control. You likely want your video baby monitor to be setup in your baby’s room, but that may not be the most ideal place for it. If the room is down a long hallway, then the transmission might have to go through several walls and furniture to get to the monitor. Not only will this reduce the range, but it will also cause some interference in the form of static.
Most of the time interference issues can be fixed, but sometimes they just can’t be for a number of reasons. If you’ve tried everything that you can with your current video baby monitor, then you’ll probably have to resort to buying a new one with a different frequency transmission, or you may have to do without. The majority of people don’t have big issues with interference, but there are some rare instances where the interference becomes unbearable and frustrating to the point where families just have to do without a video baby monitor.