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Long range monitor help please
DDunc
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 8:32 PM
Joined: 1/6/2012
Posts: 1


I'm looking for a long range monitor.  The signal needs to go through a couple of floors and some trees and another building.  I don't need video, I just want to be able to hear my mother during the night.  The perfect widget would be a baby monitor type as buttons (really, any technology) frustrate her and she'd probably push the wrong one and we'd end up with NASA knocking on the door or something...

<sigh>

 

This one is close, but it's an intercom, not a monitor:

<http://www.intercomsonline.com/MURS-Multi-Mile-Base-Intercom-p/murs%20538-base.htm>

Fooey.

 

Anybody know of one or can point me in the right direction?

Thanks kindly in advance.

d


cathyjm
Posted: Friday, January 6, 2012 11:04 PM
Joined: 12/2/2011
Posts: 160


I've been happy with a Phillips Avent baby monitor reaching about 300 feet or more beyond the base unit. Reception is better than with a cheaper unit I tried earlier, and I really like the fact that I can press a button and talk back to say "Be there in a minute."

I remember that another forum member tried this monitor and it didn't have good reach for him. As with most devices, a lot depends on the thickness of the walls and floors, etc. Be sure to buy from a store with a good return policy in case the first monitor you try doesn't prove to be the one you need.
JAB
Posted: Saturday, January 7, 2012 5:43 PM
Joined: 11/30/2011
Posts: 740


I would encourage you to consider getting one with video.  It took me all of half an hour of playing with the baby monitor I bought to realize that my loved one could be getting into all sorts of trouble without making noise ... and could be making lots of noise without getting into trouble.  That camera has saved me a lot of running around.

Try googling for, e.g., long-range security monitor

I found this, for example:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011wifibaby/luviongrandelite/prweb8860145.htm

Or contact a store that deals in surveillance equipment.

DZ
Posted: Sunday, January 8, 2012 1:09 PM
Joined: 12/7/2011
Posts: 1736


JAB wrote:
I would encourage you to consider getting one with video.  It took me all of half an hour of playing with the baby monitor I bought to realize that my loved one could be getting into all sorts of trouble without making noise ... and could be making lots of noise without getting into trouble.  That camera has saved me a lot of running around.

Try googling for, e.g., long-range security monitor

I found this, for example:

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011wifibaby/luviongrandelite/prweb8860145.htm

Or contact a store that deals in surveillance equipment.
 

     

 

looks as if my reply vanished

 

I am returning my second Avent monitor.

 

In addition to the one JAB suggested I am consideing <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Levana-Digital-Intercom-Temperature-LV-TW200/dp/B004CLZH9W/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top">Amazon.com: Levana Melody Digital Baby Monitor with Talk-To-Baby Intercom and Temperature Sensor (LV-TW200): </a>:

 

They all like to claim 2000' but that is in free air.  More like 500' inside