Infant Optics DXR 8 is an all-time best-selling video baby monitor. It has sold over 500,000 units since its release to the market on September 3rd, 2013 when it sold for $229. The price has since been dropped by more than 35% and the ‘Mighty DXR 8’ has been the best-selling baby monitor since 2017. Infant Optics DXR 8 also made it to 10BabyGear’s 2020 list of best non-wifi baby monitors.
That’s quite impressive for a baby monitor with almost no recognizable brand compared to its peers such as Philips Avent which is doing dismally. This report will uncover all the secret details of what makes Infant Optics DXR 8 the best child monitor of all time and cover some critical subtopics that are often downplayed by marketers such as the harmful radiation emitted by Infant Optics DXR 8.
Here is a Video Review of Infant Optics DXR 8:
Below are awards Infant Optics DXR 8 has won:
Over 20 expert reviewers as well as pediatrics have given Infant Optics a clear lead and crowned it the overall best baby monitor of all times or simply the “Mighty DXR 8“. Below are some of the awards it has won over the last two years;
The Bump Award – The Best Baby Monitor In 2018
The Wirecutter – The Best Baby Monitor In 2018 (In 2019, it lost it to eufy)
Amazon Ranking – The Best Selling Baby Monitor of 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020
New York Magazine – The Best Baby Monitor Of All Time
Engadget – Number 1 Baby Monitor of 2019
The company currently ships out about 15,000 units per month on Amazon and has maintained a rating of 4.4/5 from over 29,000 customers that have left a review on Amazon site. Clearly, parents are impressed with Infant Optics DXR 8 and in the history of baby monitors, there hasn’t been a baby monitor brand that has consistently been on the baby monitor best-seller-list for more than 2 consecutive years. Compared to Motorola, VTech, Samsung or Philips Avent, Infant Optics has managed to stand out mainly because of the 11 reasons we’ll highlight in this article below. First, we’ll review a bit of history and features/functionalities that make Infant Optics DXR 8 worth every dollar.
History of Infant Optics DXR 8 Video Baby Monitor
It is incredible that Infant Optics, a company that’s barely a decade old can command a strong lead as a reliable and trusted baby monitor brand beating century-old companies such as Philips (127 years old). Infant Optics, the company that markets Infant Optics DXR 8 is owned by Genexus LLC, a San Francisco based company. When you purchase Infant Optics on Amazon, it is shipped by Genexus Distributions, a sister company of Genexus LLC and Infant Optics.
The company did not invent the baby monitor technology or any of the accessories such as the camera, interchangeable lens or the mounting stand. Infant Optics made arrangements with other patent holders to use those existing patents to manufacture the units in China and import them to the US. The first version of the Infant Optics baby monitor brand was the Infant Optics DXR 5 which was launched in 2010. Infant Optics DXR 5 did fairly well in the market before it was discontinued.
Infant Optics DXR 6 followed the Infant Optics DXR 5 and in 2013, Infant Optics launched the Infant Optics DXR 8, the most successful model of the Infant Optics series. As of July 24, 2019, it sells about 16,000 units on Amazon per month!
This analysis will seek to uncover some of the great features that parents can’t stop talking about but first, below is a quick comparison of the three Infant Optics baby monitors.
Though 2.4 GHz band is the same band used by wifi routers for wifi connection, Infant Optics DXR 8 is a non-connected monitor. Simply put, it does not connect to the internet. So, what is FHSS technology and how secure is it?
In 1941, a patent for FHSS technology was filed by two Americans as a way to transmit communications securely during world war II. This invention paved the way for all secure FHSS communication and by 2000s, Federal Communication Commission had allowed companies to operate FHSS-enabled devices in the unregulated 2.4 GHz frequency band.
Infant Optics became a beneficiary of the FCC’s ruling which allowed baby monitor manufacturers to use this band as it guarantees privacy and experience less interference.
There are just so many devices that operate on the 2.4 GHz band and interference is very common and using the spread spectrum technology enables Infant Optics to reduce interference while securing signals. The 2.4 GHz band is used to transfer digital signals in discrete numbers, 1 and 0, rather than continuous shapes like analog radio waves and the advantage is that digital signals can be easily encrypted. Any hacker would need to bypass the encryption.
What Makes Infant Optics Security Superior?
FHSS is a short form for Frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS), a method of transmitting signals in one frequency band while switching/hopping from one channel to another. FHSS technology comes with all the benefits of digital signal transfer but in addition, it allows the signal to hop from one sub-frequency to another within the 2.4 GHz band as it moves the audio and the video signal from the transmitting baby unit to the receiving parent unit of the Infant Optics DXR 8.
The signal hops automatically and very quickly using a pseudo-random sequence known to both the transmitting unit and the receiving unit. It hops between 75 sub-frequencies within a period of 400 milliseconds! It also uses multiple access method in frequency hopping code making it hard for hackers to get a hold of a particular signal and decryption code to allow them to watch or listen to your baby.
In addition to this security feature, FHSS technology enables Infant Optics to utilize several channels within the 2.4 GHz frequency by avoiding those with interference. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) which spreads the signal across wide channel.
As of this publication, none of the baby monitors using FHSS technology have been hacked. You can find the list of those FHSS baby monitors here. Although not entirely impossible to hack Infant Optics DXR 8, it is very difficult for any hacker to succeed and they would probably look for another baby monitor that can be easily hacked, such as the wifi baby monitors.
It is important to note that FHSS technology does not provide encryption by itself but Infant Optics made built-in encryption. In addition to being the overall most secure baby monitor, we also crowned Infant Optics DXR 8 as the top FHSS baby monitor in our list of 11 best baby monitors using the FHSS technology in 2019. Some other secure baby monitors are analog baby monitors and digital baby monitors that use DECT technology.
Aside from its secure communication technology, Infant Optics was also the first baby monitor brand to introduce interchangeable lens in baby monitors. This brings us to our second reason for Infant Optics DXR 8’s wild success, the superior camera with interchangeable lenses.
Superior Camera With Interchangeable Lens
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with a camera that allows you to interchange the lenses (normal, zoom or wide-angle) to fit the focal length you desire and the particular viewing angle appropriate for the baby’s nursery. The optical lenses are made of aluminum (great for night vision) and the zoom lens are telephoto lenses with great detail focus. A great combination of features that makes Infant Optics just the right baby monitor to get the best view of your baby.
Here is some history of the interchangeable lens:
Infant Optics DXR 8 became the first baby monitor to introduce an interchangeable lens to baby monitor cameras. Between 1977 to 1984, Minolta perfected what came to be known as interchangeable lenses in cameras. The lenses essentially enabled photographers to change lenses depending on the type of picture they’d like to take. It was not until 2012 when the world first experienced the magic of the interchangeable lens in a baby monitor. Let’s go through each of the lens:
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with a camera that allows you to do the following at ease:
Control the type of video feed or pictures that the camera takes by switching from the available normal camera, zoom camera or the wide-angle camera. No other baby monitor allows you to interchange the active camera in the baby’s crib with ease and simplicity like the Infant Optics DXR 8. Regardless of the size or the layout of your baby’s crib or room, this baby monitor will allow you to choose a suitable camera lens that can give you the best view possible.
When mounting your Infant Optics DXR 8 camera on the crib, you should position the aluminum lens to capture the entire crib. All lenses made from minerals work with a wide range of wavelengths but they are great within the infrared spectrum. We’ll go into detail later on why Infant Optics DXR 8 is great with night vision. The lens should allow you to view the baby on all sides of the crib. Most parents use this lens all the time and do not actually bother to switch to a wide-angle or zoom lens.
You can also switch from the normal lens to the wide-angle lens to get a view similar to the human eye, up to 170 degrees pan. The wide-angle lens zooms outwards giving you a bigger view, albeit with less clarity. If you have a very large room or if you’d like to monitor more than one baby, you can use the wide-angle lens to get a bigger, more expanded view of the room capturing more than one crib or capturing every activity in the room. The wide-angle lens is purchased separately. If you’re purchasing Infant Optics as a security camera, wide-angle lens is appropriate as it gives you a wider view area. In 2018, Infant Optics was challenged by Eufy which introduced Eufy Spaceview, a baby monitor that comes with a wide-angle lens. Unlike Infant Optics DXR 8 that requires you to make a separate purchase of the wide-angle lens, Eufy Spaceview ships the wide-angle lens when you purchase the baby monitor.
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with an excellent telephoto lens which zooms inwards, making your baby to appear closer and enhancing every detail at a further distance. A telephoto lens allows you to focus on the baby’s details while placing the camera away fro the crib.
Infant Optics Add-On Camera
Infant Optics DXR 8 comes with one camera but it is expandable. This means you can add on up to three more cameras and the display will support it. In other words, Infant Optics supports up to four cameras. Each add-on camera is currently retailing less than the original price of Infant Optics. You can check the price of the add-on camera on Amazon here.
In BMC’s review of Infant Optics DXR 8’s add-on camera, we found that the quality of video feed from the additional cameras are lower than the quality of the feed from the original camera. With this add-on camera, you can use Infant Optics DXR 8 to monitor twins or babies in separate rooms.
The pictures of the add-on camera are not of great quality as those of the original camera
Infant Optics DXR 8
Camera Lens Options (Default)
Normal Lens, Zoom Lens (You can purchase wide angle on Amazon)
Normal Lens, Zoom Lens & Wide Angle Lens
Pan & Tilt Angle
270 Degrees Pan and 120 degrees Tilt (If you purchase the wide-angle lens, you can tilt up to 170 degrees)
330 Pan and 110 Degrees Tilt (This is with the wide-angle lens that it comes with
Lens Focal Length
1.5X and 2X
Any lens can be removed and switched with any other of the two.
The standard camera lens is not removable. When you want to use the wide-angle lens, simply place it over the standard camera lens and fasten.
Lens Manufacture Material
Aluminum (ideal for night vision)
IR or Camera Night Vision
8 IR LEDs and 1 low light sensor
Camera Operating Voltage
5.9 V, 1000 mA
Decent Video and Image Quality
Though the pictures you get from Infant Optics are not in high definition, they are of impressive 720p quality. As a parent or caregiver, you are given control over the zoom, tilt or pan functionalities that you can control remotely using the parent display unit. With Infant Optics, you get your feed on a 3.5-inch display that is not the largest of all non-wifi secure baby monitors but does the job well.
For most parents, the images are great and wouldn’t change a pixel but some other parents prefer to go for high definition video or images. Parents have found the video and audio quality of this baby monitor great and should suffice a parent who doesn’t care much about the video quality. Some customers had the following to say:
Range/connectivity is one of the functionalities that Infant Optics DXR 8 has been praised consistently for. We went through 4,447 verified customer reviews that mentioned their satisfaction with Infant Optics’ range.
More than 80% reported that the connection within their small or large homes worked perfectly. The manufacturer’s disclosed outdoor range is 700 ft but does not disclose its indoor range. Various tests have indicated that Infant Optics DXR 8 has up to 75 ft indoor range, about 6 walls rivaling VTech long-range audio baby monitors.
The indoor range is usually measured using the number of walls the audio and video signal can travel through has a considerably long-range, 700 ft. Lose of connection has been identified as a problem that can result as the monitor gets older. The range should be good for an average American family.
Infant Optics has excellent customer support. If you have issues with your baby monitor unit, you can qualify for a replacement unit, whether you are within or out of warranty.
Infant Optics DXR 8 Cons
Infants Optics does not record
A common question we get here at 10BabyGear is, does Infant Optics record. The quick and correct answer is No. Infant Optics does not record as it does not have a micro-SD slotand does not save video clips to the cloud. Unlike baby monitors that can record a video of your baby or keep snapshots of your baby when you are away, Infant Optics does not record. Similarly, there is no Infant Optics baby monitor app, Infant Optics DXR 8 iPhone app or any smartphone app that connects to Infant Optics DXR 8 as it does not connect via the internet.
If you are looking to specifically have a camera that does record and has playback, you can look at our list of top baby monitors with playback.
Short Battery Life Compared to Latest Brands
Even though the baby monitor comes with a replacement battery, customers have indicated that all their lithium-ion batteries do not last past 6 months. That means you need to buy replacement batteries every 6 months, Check Price). You can purchase this from Infant Optics or can get it anywhere as lithium-ion is available in most shops. The battery has also been reported to die at night, if not plugged in. I do not, therefore, encourage parents to keep the unit unplugged overnight. In addition, the charger uses 0.5 A, which makes it slow to charge as other standard chargers use 2.0 A and charge faster than Infant Optic’s battery charger.
The parent or the display unit of the Infant Optics DXR 8 uses lithium-ion batteries to power the 3.5-inch display. Even though the manufacturer claims that the battery lasts for 10 to 12 hours, tests indicate that Infant Optics DXR 8 can battery can last for up to 15.5 hours. The lithium-ion battery is rechargeable and can take about 4 hours to fully charge it.
Like other lithium-ion batteries, sometimes Infant Optics DXR 8 won’t charge. You may notice this since the infant optics baby monitor power button may not seem to be working when actually the battery has not charged when you thought you were charging. We have details on how you can troubleshoot charging issues for Infant Optics battery in another section.
You can also get the below 5000mAh Replacement Battery Mount Holder for Infant Optics DXR-8 Monitor:
You can watch this video to see how to replace Infant Optics DXR 8 battery and read our separate post on baby monitor batteries. You can also make a purchase on Amazon by clicking the Infant Optics battery below (this is the cheapest we found on Amazon):
Indicator Light Too Bright
The indicator light on the parent unit is too bright for some parents.
Small screen size:
If you prefer a large screen baby monitor, Infant Optics may not be perfect for you. It has a medium size screen as most baby monitor screens range from 2.4 inches to 5 inches. Infant Optics DXR 8 has a 3.5-inch baby monitor display.
Night vision deteriorates over time
Parents have reported that Infant Optics has great night vision, in the first few months after purchase. However, after a few months, the quality of the images/videos from the camera are not as great (as shown in the picture below). Definitely, Infant Optics did not make it in our top baby monitors with night vision.
Below are a few things that parents had to say about the night vision of Infant Optics DXR 8:
Infant Optics Has Excellent Night Vision
Humans are unable to see in low-light conditions and we rely on night vision technology to enable us to view objects at night. Infant Optics DXR 8 has built-in night vision technology with one low light sensor that automatically activates infrared (IR) light emission from 8 invisible IR LED lights. When it gets dark in the baby’s room, you won’t need to go to the baby’s room to adjust the camera. IR LED lights are perfect for the baby’s crib because it illuminates the baby, allowing the camera to ‘see’ and record the video stream while at the same time the baby cannot see the IR light because it is not visible in a human eye. The IR light has the capacity of illuminating up to 15 ft and as long as the baby is within the 15 ft. range, the camera will be able to capture the color images. The baby will, therefore, get a good sleep and not get disturbed by some glowing light. The imaging at night is great and has been praised as one of the best.
Infant Optics DXR 8
Night vision range
13 to 16 ft.
Video Color at Night
Color but relatively deep blue
Black and White
Number of LED Lights
Automatic Low Light Sensor
If you are experiencing unclear or grainy screen at low light conditions (at night), you are probably using either the zoom-in lens or the wide-angle lens. The default lens is best as it is made from aluminium and as explained above, metal-based lenses are best with night vision. Switch back to the original lens and see what that does. You can view more troubleshooting here
Temperature Sensor not very accurate
Having a reliable baby monitor with temperature sensors can come in handy for any parent purchasing a baby monitor to assist in SIDs and temperature-related risks. Infant Optics DXR 8 uses a precision temperature sensing technology that enables parents to view the temperature in the baby’s room either in Celsius or in Fahrenheit. The readings are shown on the screen (see the screen below for an example). The temperature sensor in the Infant Optics DXR 8 is located in the camera and all it should begin sensing the temperature as soon as the camera is powered. Some times the reading on the camera ar LL or HH and this basically says the temperature is too low (LL) or too high (HH).
To change the temperature from Celcius to Fahrenheit or vice versa, all you need to do is to hold down the short-cut button for at least three seconds and it will change the temperature. Some parents, especially those living in ventilated units have complained about the temperature accuracy of Infant Optics DXR 8. We’ll cover a sub-topic on Infant Optics temperature accuracy in the next section below.
Infant Optics Temperature Accuracy
Are you wondering or surprised that the infant optics temperature is wrong or inaccurate? Several tests have indicated that Infant Optics temperature could have a deviation of 1 to 2 degrees as a result of heating caused by the camera that houses the temperature sensor, especially when it has been powered on for a long time. If the variation is more than 2 degrees, then read further.
What Could Be Wrong With The Infant Optics If The Temperature Readings Are Wildly Off?
Infant Optics can give you wildly wrong readings if you place it next to an AC or Air Vent unit as it will sense the cold and give you a reading indicating that the temperature is lower than it actually is in the entire nursery. This has made some parents to suggest that Infant Optics may not be the perfect camera to sense the temperature in enclosed HVAC rooms. If you have more than one camera, you can add one of the cameras away from the air vent unit and this can guide you on the readings at any time.
If are wondering how you can change your Infant Optics temperature from one unit to another, i.e from Celcius to Fahrenheit or Vice versa, follow the steps below:
Power on the parent unit of your Infant Optics DXR 8
Select the ‘Short-cut’ button shown in the diagram below and hold it down for at least three seconds.
You can also follow the instructions in the video below describing how you can go about changing the temperature settings on your Infant Optics DXR 8. You’ll see the temperature units on the display change from one to another. If you see LL on your Infant Optics display, it means that the temperature is too low and if you see Infant Optics display showing HH, it means that the temperature is too high in your baby’s room. Again, the temperature being displayed is that of your baby’s nursery and not of the camera.
Please note that all temperature sensing technology detects any heat in the surrounding so you need to mount your camera in a place that is far from any electronics that may be emitting heat.
If you are very particular and want to focus on finding a baby monitor with the best temperature sensing technology, you can view our comparison below:
Comparison of Infant Optics DXR 8 and Other Baby Monitors with Temperature Sensing
Name of Baby Monitor
HelloBaby Video Baby Monitor
Celsius or Fahrenheit
Philips AVENT SCD630/37
Celsius or Fahrenheit
Infant Optics DXR 8
Celsius or Fahrenheit
Infant Optics DXR 8 Suited For:
All Parents – All parents will enjoy the features that Infant Optics has to offer
Deaf Parents – When the baby cries or when the volume of sound increases in the baby’s nursery, Infant Optics’s display lights up indicating to a deaf parent that cannot hear the voice to go check on the baby. This feature makes it easy for anyone with hearing impairment to monitor the baby
Traveling Parents who may use hotel rooms
Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs Motorola MBP36XL
Infant Optics DXR 8
Manufactured by Infant Optics
Manufactured by Binatone Electronics
Released to the market in 2013 and the new model has been around since Jan 2015
Released to the market in 2014
Currently rated 4.4/5 on Amazon (August 2019) by over 31,600 reviewers
Currently rated 2.6/5 on Amazon (August 2019) by 1690 reviewers
Uses FHSS 2.4 GHz transmission technology and does not rely on WiFi
Uses FHSS 2.4 GHz transmission technology and does not rely on WiFi
Currently the best-selling baby monitor brand on Amazon
Currently ranked number 84 among the top 100 best-selling baby monitors on Amazon
Infant Optics DXR 8 is a non-wifi baby monitor while Nest Cam and Nanit rely on the internet to transmit its video and audio signals from the camera to the parent unit. The table below shows a full breakdown of the similarities and differences between Infant Optics and Nest and Nanit Plus
Infant Optics is a wireless, digital video baby monitor and that means that it uses radio frequencies to transmit audio and visual signals. The frequencies create an electromagnetic field and those fields emit radiations that may have harmful impacts on your baby. Infant DXR 8 radiation has been measured to be 1.89 V/M. Compared to the FCC’s guidelines, the radiation is within the acceptable SAR limit of 4 v/m. Several scholars have argued that any exposure of your baby to radiofrequency radiation may impact the development of the brain. There are several other bad consequences which you can read on our 2019 comprehensive guide to baby monitor radiation. The guide will give you some critical insight into the two main types of radiations: microwave and infrared radiations that Infant Optics exposes your child to. You can also learn about how you can protect your child from such harmful effects.
Other baby monitors with the interchangeable lens are:
Babysense baby monitor with an interchangeable wide-angle lens
VTech VM351-2 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Wide-Angle Optical Lens and Standard Optical Lens
MoonyBaby Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical Lens – Normal/Zoom/Wide view Lens Included. Change the optical lens easily, you could customize the viewing angle and zoom in seconds without any tools.
VTech VM351 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Wide-Angle Optical Lens and Standard Optical Lens
Does Infant Optics have an app
No, Infant Optics DXR 8 does not have a phone that you can connect to your smartphone as Infant Optics is not connected to the internet. The only way you can connect your Infant Optics to your phone (or use the phone display) is if your phone has FHSS capabilities to connect at a speed of 3Mbps on a 3.375 bandwidth which is impossible.
Does Infant Optics record?
Infants Optics does not record as it has not MicroSD card and neither does it connect to the cloud.
Does Infant Optics have iPhone App
Infant Optics DXR 8 does not have an iPhone app or any smartphone app as it is a non-wifi baby monitor
Where to buy:
You can check Infant Optics DXR 8’s price on Amazon here.
If you’re looking for a non-WiFi baby monitor, security is probably your number one priority. This guide will give you some great insight into which of the hack-proof baby monitors without WiFi (WiFi-free) are best suited for you and your baby. Baby cameras in this list can relay videos and audios to the parent unit screen without a WiFi connection.
First, let’s start with the basics. If you’d like to jump right to our best non-wifi baby monitors list of 2020, click here.
Non-wifi baby monitors are wireless baby monitors (digital or analog) that allow you to remotely monitor your baby using a technology that does not rely on the internet.
Thanks to other communication technologies called FHSS and DECT, not all video baby monitors require WiFi to transmit visual or audio signals from the camera to the parent unit.
In this updated 2020 list, I am biased towards FHSS baby monitors as their technology assures you 100% privacy and guarantees the security of your baby. You wouldn’t want some creep talking to your baby, right? Not sure that’s what doctors meant when they wrote about the importance of a mother’s voice to the baby. Yes, baby monitors can be hacked but not the digital non-wifi baby monitors. Hackers are unable to hack digital non-wifi baby monitors because they use FHSS which stands for Frequency-Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS). All our top 10 non-WiFi baby monitors in 2019 employ this technology. We’ll go in detail about FHSS and DECT when we answer the question of non-wifi baby monitor hacking and safety.
How We Ranked Video Monitors in Our List
We did an analysis of over 40,000 reviews from verified customers and rigorously analyzed them with the help of our automation tool.
To get a good understanding of each feature or functionality, we’d enter the feature/functionality we’re looking to analyze and the bot will run through thousands of reviews and returning reviews that touch on the keyword we’re investing such as ‘Infant Optics night vision’.
This way, we are collecting insights from thousands of customers to come up with the best ranking factors in the market.
This list is regularly updated (Last updated in May 2020). From the tests and analysis of customer feedback, we learned a few things about what customers are looking for in a non-wifi baby monitor: Secure transmission and less interference.
In 2019, we only had 10 baby monitors on this list but in 2020, we’re including two baby monitors that were released in late 2019.
So what’s our overall best non-wifi baby monitor in 2020? Vava baby monitor took the lead, overtaking Infant Optics DXR 8. However, Infant Optics is still one of our most-recommended non-wifi video monitors that has earned the trust of thousands of parents.
By aggregating hundreds of reviews and analyzing feedback from real users, Vava baby monitor emerged top in this list. It edged out Infant Optics DXR 8 which has been the best-selling and our top-recommended baby monitor for two years straight.
I’ll explain in the reviews below why this monitor did better than Infant Optics and others on this list. You can jump to the list here
Our top ten list of non-wifi baby monitors have been narrowed down from the 22 non-wifi baby monitors that we considered for this list.
Below are our top baby monitors without WiFi
(if you are using mobile, you can scroll < left and right> on the table below to see all the table details)
Non-WiFi monitors are wireless devices that are hack-proof but not entirely safe. First, they transmit signals using radio frequency that creates an electromagnetic field and emits radiations. The use of radio frequencies means that the baby monitor forms an electromagnetic field that emits microwave radiation that can be harmful when exposed to your baby for an extended period. The non-wifi baby monitors also emit infrared radiation that can have adverse long-term effects. Both microwave and infrared radiations are non-ionizing.
Can a Non-wifi baby monitor be hacked?
It is not impossible to hack a non-wifi baby monitor, but it is VERY difficult to hack a non-WiFi baby monitor mostly because of the technology it uses. Non-Wifi baby monitors that the DECT and FHSS spread spectrum technologies.
FHSS stands for Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, a technology that uses 2.4 GHz frequency to transmit sound and video signals. When the digital signals are in transit, they hop from one sub-frequency to another at a speed of 400 milliseconds. The channels or sub-frequencies in which data is transmitted are also encrypted with ‘access parameters’ throughout the transfer period, making it hard for hackers to get access to the signal. We have a more detailed page on FHSS technology and FHSS baby monitors which can give you more information about the origin in 1941 and how it has changed secure baby monitor communication.
A few secure non-wifi baby monitors use DECT technology. DECT stands for Digital Enhanced Communication Technology. Unlike FHSS, which uses the 2.4GHz frequency, DECT uses 1.9GHz band that has less interference. The 2.4 GHz frequency is used by several devices, including your phone, microwave, cordless phones and has a lot of interference. The DECT is however safe and unhackable like the FHSS technology used by our best non-wifi baby monitors.
Difference Between Non-WiFi and Wifi Baby Monitors(WiFi Vs Non-WiFi)
The table below has all the details that will assist you to fully understand and choose between Non-Wifi or Wifi baby monitors. As you go through the list, take note of the latest releases such as Vava Baby Monitor which is rated very highly.
Digital Wifi Baby Monitors
Digital Non-Wifi Baby Monitors
Uses wifi to transmit video signal from camera in the crib to parent unit or to a smartphone app.
Uses radio connection to transmit video from the camera in the baby's nursery to the parent unit.
Allow parents to view the video from anywhere in the world with internet connection
It's available locally. Limited range as it's connection is not for long distances.
Allow use of smartphone's display as parent unit. Wifi baby monitors can therefore connect to phone
Non wifi baby monitors do not connect to smartphone such as iPhone or apps. Therefore, all non-wifi baby use dedicated display instead of using a phone's screen as display unit.
Uses Digital Sequence Spread Spectrum in the 2.4 GHz frequency (DSSS)
Uses Frequency Hopping Sequence Spectrum (FHSS) or Digital Enhanced Cordless Communications (DECT) in the 2.4GHz and 19GHz frequencies respectively.
Can be easily hacked
Almost impossible to hack unless you are within the physical location and can decrypt the signals
Emit microwave and infrared radiation
Emit microwave and infrared radiation
Below is a quick 2-minute video by Babylist on the differences between WiFi and non-WiFi baby monitors:
Reviews of The Best Baby Monitors Without Wifi 2020
Other Ranking Factors for Baby Monitors without Wifi
After a thorough analysis of all functionalities and all non-wifi baby monitor components and accessories, we settled on seven attributes that we used to rank the leading non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. Unlike our 2019 list that included DECT and FHSS baby monitors, our 2020 lists only contain baby monitors that use FHSS. This was informed by the intention to create more awareness on the harmful effects of baby monitor radiations. DECT baby monitors are known to emit more EMF radiations and we settled on FHSS. Of the seven attributes below, sound and video quality weighted 40%. The rest of the five rating attributes contributed to 60% of the total score.
Video Quality: The baby monitor camera without WiFi in this list have varying resolutions. Those with higher resolution scored better than low-resolution cameras.
Vava Baby Monitor is our overall best non-WiFi baby monitor in 2020. This monitor was released to the market in April 2019. A year after its release, 1,774 parents have reviewed and rated it 4.8/5, making it one of the best-rated baby gear on Amazon. It is also Amazon’s Choice Product. After several years of having Infant Optics DXR 8 as the best non-WiFi baby monitor, Vava edged it out.
On Amazon’s baby monitors category, it is currently the 5th best-selling baby monitor and it shipped 8,285 units in the last 30 days – April 19th and May 19th (Source: Helium10). It was the 6th Best-Seller on Amazon in May 2020.
Here is a snapshot of its rising sales from Mid April to Mid May 2020.
Why do I mention the sales numbers?
Vava baby monitor was released a year ago and anyone who has used it talks very highly of it because of the unique features that make it stand out from traditional non-connected monitors.
Aside from Eufy Spaceview and Heimvision HM136, no other baby monitor in this list has a large 5-inch 720p HD display screen displaying 3x more detail than traditional monitors. But Vava stands out even more with its IPS display which allows you to see the best color in all angles, better than the traditional LCD display. All other monitors on this list have an LCD display.
I could go on and on discussing the features that make this baby cam special but these are a few that impressed me the most:
It is very well designed and you may actually mistake it for wifi baby monitors that are usually known for having better designs than non-wifi monitors. It won the Red Dot Design awards in late 2019. The award recognized “latest technology with the current knowledge about the child’s needs expressed in an innovative design“
Display Functions and Zoom:
As mentioned above, Vava has an IPS-display screen that is very easy to use with the screen clearly indicating a high-resolution image or video of your baby. Vava’s 5-inch IPS display is 1000x (seriously) better than the Infant Optics’ 3.5-inch display that uses a 640 x 480 video graphics display (VGA). VGA is a technology introduced by IBM in 1987. Yes, in 1987. In comparison, horizontal IPS display was developed in 2007, 20 years later after VGA!
Vava’s super clear and high-quality display also shows signal strength, zoom level, night vision activation, time, room temperature, battery life, alarm, mute, and talk-back activation.
The camera has a wide 270 degrees pan and up to 110 degrees tilt and allows you to zoom up to 4x.
Long Battery Life
If you use the stand-by mode, Vava can give you up to 24 hours of battery life, thanks to its built-in 4,500 mAh power supply. With the display mode, you can count on it to last for 12 hours, which is 4 to 6 hours better than Infant Optics’ battery life. Infant Optics DXR 8 uses 2 AA alkaline batteries ( translates to about 2,500 mAh, 2,000 mAh less than Vava’s power storage capacity).
Excellent Night vision
87% of all reviews that Vava has received are straight 5-star ratings. When we analyzed what parents had to say about it, the night vision feature stands out. Parents have great things to say about its black and night images at night. Here is one parent’s review:
…… this monitor had even clearer nightvision pictures than our daily use home monitor. So much better!! We actually ended up switching our home monitor to the cottage and brought this monitor home
Compare the above great review with Infant Optics DXR 8. In fact, one of our most popular articles in this site is how to fix Infant Optics DXR 8 night vision. While both Infant Optics and Vava have low-light sensors and automatic night vision, most parents have complained of Infant Optics screen going dark after a while (around 9th to 15th month).
Like most monitors in this list, Vava is a FHSS baby monitor and is impossible to hack. The signal will not fall in the wrong hands and your baby’s safety and security will not be compromised.
The main disadvantage we found with this monitor is that it doesn’t have split-screen viewing. Split-screen viewing feature makes it easy to monitor two kids or twins in two separate rooms or in separate cribs. However, it supports up to 4 cameras and the camera feeds switches every 15 seconds.
Vava Baby Monitor Pros and Cons
1. It’s one of the few non-wifi monitors that gives your high-definition images and videos, 720p HD. Also, unlike wifi monitors, the videos relay is real-time with no delays at all. 2. It has a large power storage, 4500 mAh batteries and can last up to 24 hours when on eco mode 3. Its USB-C charger gives you a quick charge, faster than any other on this list. 4. Vava has a bigger screen of 5 inches with IPS (better display than LCD). The screen is bigger than Infant Optics 3.5-inch and at par with Heimvisiona nd Eufy’s 5-inch screens 5. It is made of premium material compared to other baby monitors in this list. It cannot easily break in case you drop it 6. It is hack-proof as it uses FHSS technology and does not require internet to relay images and videos. – Currently, it is one of the best-rated product on Amazon
1. Its cable cord is short 2. Currently, Vava does not have a replacement for the handheld/screen unit like Infant Optics DXR 8 3. While it supports up to 4 cameras, it does not support split-screen viewing.
You can check out Vava baby monitor’s reviews and price today on Amazon here.
Infant Optics DXR 8 is our second best non-WiFi baby monitor in this 2020 list. Infant Optics DXR 8 uses hack-proof FHSS technology and over 30,000 parents have trusted this brand since its release to the market.
It hack-proof baby monitor that comes with a 3.5-inch screen and a 700 ft. range of connectivity. Parents have praised it for being secure and reliable. It was among the first baby monitor brands that parents relied on when other brands such as Motorola underdelivered (from the expectation).
Genexus LLC, the parent company of Infant Optics, is based in California based company owned by Genexus LLC.
The latest model of Infant Optics DXR 8 was released in 2015 and parents have seen this baby monitor last for at least one year, its warranty period. In addition to ease of use and durability, Infant Optics comes with a unique feature of interchangeable lens.
DXR 8 comes with an additional zoom lens that can be zoomed to 2x but you can also get an additional wide-angle lens for about $12 to give you up to 270 degrees pan.
Infant Optics DXR 8 is a video baby monitor that uses 2.4 GHz FHSS technology to transmit audio and video signals from the camera to a 3.5-inch screen.
You can read our entire review of Infant Optics DXR 8 to get an insight into why it has been wildly successful since its launch, selling over 500,000 units to date. In the post, we also explain why Infant Optics, Genexus-owned company has been regarded as the best baby monitor company in the world.
Infant Optics ships an average of 26,000 units of DXR 8 model (as per the snapshot below) every month and over 30,000 parents have given this non-WiFi video baby monitor the third-highest rating of 4.4/5, behind DBPower’s 4.6/5 and Vava’s 4.8/5. This wifi-free baby monitor has been the undisputable best-selling baby monitor brand since 2017 and perhaps all-times best-selling. As you can see from the graph below showing its sales, it ships over 400 units per day and that has been improving.
It is currently the best-selling video baby monitor and below is a snapshot of its sales figures from April 19 to May 19, 2020:
Infant Optics DXR-8
2013, renewed model released in January 2015
Sales to Date
Why parents love it
100% secure, reliable audio and video, incredible camera, long-range, expandable as it can support up to four cameras
700 ft. range, 3.5-inch dedicated parent unit, does not use wifi, does not connect to phone, uses FHSS transmission technology, durable for up to 3 years, night vision, 8 infrared LED lights, parent unit uses batteries that last up to 8 hours, non-HD video but clear images, interchangeable lens, support up to 4 cameras, has a replacement screen.
Best Selling Baby Monitor in 2017 and 2018. Currently also leading in sales in 2019.
Over the last two years, Infant Optics DXR-8 has won 5 major awards. The awards have recognized Infant Optics DXR 8’s reliability as a durable baby monitor that is 100% secure.
It can also support up to 4 cameras at once and is great for parents looking to monitor more than one baby. You can mount up to 4 cameras in different rooms and stream it on the 3.5-inch screen, one camera feed at a time. To view multiple feeds, you can put the monitor on scan mode and Infant Optis will toggle automatically from one camera to another.
Infant Optics pros and Cons
1. It gives you quality videos of your baby despite its VGA display (non-HD). 2. It supports up to 4 cameras and you can replace the camera or the handheld/screen unit 3. It has an interchangeable camera lens with a wide angle, giving you a wide pan 4. It is hack-proof as it uses FHSS technology in the 2.4 GHz frequency band 5. Extremely easy to use 6. Very durable – You can count on it for at least 2 years, althought it has a one year warranty
1. It does not support split-screen viewing if you want to use two cameras 2. It does not play lullabies 3. The display is not high definition 4. It does not record audio or video and its night vision deteroriates over time 5. Buttons have no backlight
Eufy Spaceview S baby monitor is our third-best overall non-wifi baby monitor of 2020. The original Eufy Spaceview was released in November 2018 and Eufy Spaceview S was released four months later in March 2019. The Eufy Spaceview S has all the features of the original Eufy Spaceview with an addition of a crib mount.
In October 2019, Eufy pulled out the sales of the original Eufy Spaceview on Amazon, replacing it with Eufy Spaceview S. However, a spot check on February 2020 revealed that the original Eufy Spaceview is back in the market and selling almost $40 less than the Eufy Spaceview S.
In 2019, this baby monitor was ranked top by the Wired and specifically because it is perhaps among the first non-wifi baby monitor to display HD images, 720p on a large 5-inch screen.
Both Vava and Eufy have 5-inch screens and are sound-activated. However, Vava has a longer range of 900 ft., almost double Eufy’s 480 ft. range and more than Infant Optics’ 700ft. range.
Another high-resolution non-wifi baby monitor that was released on July 12, 2019, and already challenging Eufy and Infant Optics is HeimVision HM136 baby monitor (link to our review). Heimvision HM136 has a 5-inch LCD screen and displays 720p HD videos. In addition, it can support up to four cameras and what sets it apart from the traditional Eufy, Infant Optics, UU Infant, Hellobaby and Babysense is that Heimvision HM136 has split-screen viewing, similar to Moonybaby. If you want to monitor twins or two separate rooms, you can connect up to 4 cameras and use one screen to view them without having to switch from screen-to-screen every few seconds. It also has an extended range of up to 1000 ft. and is voice-activated which makes its battery last longer and releases less EMF radiation. Over 200 customers have rated it 4.8/5 and we just ranked it top in our list of best baby monitors to monitor twins.
We reviewed Eufy Spaceview S and detailed reasons why Eufy may overtake Infant Optics DXR 8 as the preferred and most recommended baby monitor that does not require internet connection. As you can see from the graph below, its demand has been growing since its release less than a year ago:
If it’s not obvious from the picture below, Eufy Spaceview wins big with its 5-inch screen. Below is a diagram of Eufy camera, screen display, and an extra wide-angle lens. Unlike Infant Optics DXR-8 above, Eufy comes with a free wide-angle lens and you won’t have to fork out some $12 for this (as you would with Infant Optics)
The baby monitor is one of the best-rated baby monitors that does not rely on the internet guaranteeing 100% security. In fact, if you are looking for a secure and portable baby monitor for travel, I personally recommend Eufy baby monitor. It takes less than 2 minutes to fully mount the Eufy baby monitor. The camera has night vision although it requires you to manually adjust it, unlike Infant Optics and other baby monitors in this list. The camera and the parent unit are powered by AC power.
The camera provides you with a 110 degrees view from ceiling to floor and you can pan the camera remotely for up to 330 degrees, giving you a whole view of the baby’s nursery.
Like Vava and Infant Optics, Eufy Spaceview can support up to 4 cameras and its add-on camera costs almost the same as its peers. At the time of this update in Feb 2020, its add-on was on sale for almost $20 less.
Eufy Spaceview does not have split-screen viewing like Heimvision HM136, our favorite split-screen monitor.
460 ft. range, 5-inch color display/screen, HD videos (720p), supports up to 4 cameras, no split-screen viewing, wide-angle, zoom and default lenses, screen uses batteries, excellent night vision, infrared LED lights (manually turned on), does not connect to internet or phone, uses FHSS technology and is hack-proof.
Why some parents don't love it much
No smartphone app (since it is non-wifi), Lacks recording capabilities. Lack lullabies or white noise and lack motion detection feature
AC (Electricity) and rechargeable batteries
Why parents like it
Great picture quality, 5 inch HD display, mechanical pan and tilt, hack-proof.
1. Great HD images and videos, challenging wifi baby monitors 2. A modest range 3. Great mechaninical pan and tilt 4. Can support up to 4 cameras 5. Large 5-inch screen
1. It does not record and there is no playback 2. It does not play lullabies and no white noise either 3. No motion detection 4. The latest release with updated firmware and extra camera (both have been fixed now, as of March 2020)
#4. Anmeate Video Baby Monitor
Anmeate video baby monitor is known for simply being a ‘baby monitor with camera and audio’ which does not rely on the internet. Unlike other brands such as Babysense or Infant Optics, Anmeate video baby monitor has excelled with its simplicity as the best non-wifi baby monitor of 2020.
There are two models of Anmeate, one with a 2.4-inch screen and another with a 3.5-inch screen.
Anmeate 2.8-Inch Screen
Anmeate 3.5-Inch Screen
4.3/5 by over 2,000 parents who reviewed it on Amazon
Anmeate (2.4-inch) has maintained an average rating of over 4.3 out of 5 on Amazon and it has given Infant Optics some credible challenge since its release to market in July 2018.
Below is an image of Anmeate 3.5-inch video baby monitor:
Anmeate gives a three-months guarantee allowing you to return it within the period if you do not like it, a very rare offer from several Amazon sellers. It currently goes for less than half the price of the top 3 non-wifi baby monitors on this list.
Anmeate has a comparatively smaller screen size that’s only 2.4 inches diagonal, similar to Babysense’s LCD screen. However, it has a long-range connection of up to 960 feet, 8 LED lights for night vision and two-way communication features. You can talk to your child using the baby monitor and can even play any of its 4 soothing lullabies.
While Anmeate is a great baby monitor, and have praised it for being very affordable and reliable, it doesn’t have the features that other monitors such as Babysense have. For example, it doesn’t have an interchangeable lens that Babysense and Infant Optics have.
Here are other differences:
It has 2 models, one with a 2.4-inch screen and another with a 3.5-inch screen. The 2.4-inch costs less than $50 and comes with one camera but you can check today’s price here. The 3.5-inch monitor comes with a single camera and costs less than $65. You can check its price today here.
It has 2 models, one with a 2.4-inch screen and another with a 3.5-inch screen. The 3.5-inch monitor comes with 2 cameras and costs less than $100(check price today here). The 2.4-inch with 2 cameras cost less than $80. Check the price today here. The single-camera Babysense baby monitor costs less than $50 but you can check its price today here.
960ft Transmission Range
960ft Transmission Range
One year warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee
One year warranty and 90-day money-back guarantee
Manual Pan (360 degrees) & Tilt (60 degrees), 2x zoom
Manual Pan (360 degrees) & Tilt (60 degrees), 2x zoom
4.3/5 rating on Amazon by 2061 parents who left reviews (as of Feb 2020)
3.9/5 rating on Amazon by 2562 parents who left reviews (as of Feb 2020)
Manufactured by Anmeate, a company that has been around since 2017.
Manufactured by Hisense, an ISO-certified company that has been around since 1991.
Number #97 in Amazon sales ranking of baby monitors
Number #118 in Amazon sales ranking of baby monitors
1. It is very easy to install 2. It has a modest battery life of 6 to 7 hours (950mAh). 3. It has 4 soothing lullabies, a feature that other expensive monitors in this list do not have 4. It has a fairly accurate temperature sensors 5. It has a 2-way talk communication 6. It is relatively cheaper compared to the first three non-wifi monitors on this list.
1. Anmeate’s buttons do not have backlight and not the easiest to use in the dark. 2. It is made of cheap materials and can easily break 3. It has static noise that’s loud even when the volume is turned down
#5. Hellobaby Video Baby Monitor Without Wifi (HB65)
Hellobaby HB65 is our fourth best non-wifi baby monitor. Hellobaby video baby monitor is one of the most pocket-friendly baby monitors and perhaps the oldest video baby monitor model that made to our list of best non-wifi baby monitors in 2020.
Hellobaby’s first brand, HB24 was originally released to the market in 2012 and it gained great reception from parents mostly because of its low prices. The initial HB24 model has a 2.4-inch screen, a zoom feature, 2-way communication, room temperature display and is expandable. With all these features, you get the most value for your money.
The latest brand of Hellobaby, the Hellobaby HB65 was released in February 2019 and my favorite because of its enhanced features especially the pan and tilt. Some of the features we liked about HB65 and what made it rank higher were features that earlier models had but have been enhanced with HB65.
Below are the main reasons I like Hellobaby HB65:
Zoom, Pan and Tilt Feature: HB65 has zoom, pan, and tilt, a feature that was not available in earlier models such as Hellobaby HB24, HB25, HB28, and HB32. This makes Hellobaby HB65 an equal to Infant Optics, Eufy Spaceview, Motorola MBP36XL, UU Infant and even wifi monitors such as Miku and Arlo.
Expandability – Although they come with one camera, all Hellobaby brands including our favorite, HB32 supports up to 4 cameras. This makes Hellobaby ideal for monitoring babies in multiple rooms.
Lullabies – If you are looking for a dependable baby monitor with lullabies to soothe your baby to sleep, Hellobaby has 8 decent pre-programmed lullabies. Despite its low price, Hellobaby offers lullabies unlike other baby monitors in this list such as Infant Optics DXR 8 which does not have lullabies.
Two-way communication: Hellobaby has a speaker installed in the camera to enable you to talk to your baby when you need to. In this case, you won’t just have to hear and watch your baby, you can talk to the baby if you want to.
Hellobaby HB65’s design is incredibly great compared to earlier models that looked similar to UU Infant and Anmeate video baby monitors. Below is a picture of Hellobaby HB65.
The table below shows the summary of Hellobaby HB65 features
355 degrees pan and 120 degrees tilt
VOX, Temperature Sensor, Night vision, 2-way talk-back, support up to 4 cameras, 2x zoom, battery life of 8 hours, allows audio-only mode
The baby monitor scored very well in battery life. It has a battery life of up to 12 hours and mainly because of its excellent VOX feature. Hellobaby is a voice-activated baby monitor, which means it can go to sleep when the baby is breathing normally and broadcasts sound and signals when the baby makes noise such as crying. This is made possible by VOX feature which saves power it consumes.
Hellobaby also uses the spread spectrum, the FHSS, a hack-proof technology used by most high-quality monitors to secure digital localized communication between the transmitting unit and the receiving unit/parent unit.
We mentioned earlier when we started this review of Hellobaby HB65 that parents have been impressed and have termed Hellobaby as the most pocket-friendly baby monitor that gives you the value for your money. When you purchase Hellobaby HB65, it comes with one camera but you can get Hellobaby extra camera for almost half the cost of Infant Optics or Eufy Spaceview’s extra cameras. It can support up to 4 cameras. With additional cameras, Hellobaby supports full-screen viewing and not split-screen viewing. This is one of the few cons of Hellobaby. You can read our full review of Hellobaby
1. Inexpensive compared to others on this list 2. Clear night vision 3. Very clear night vision 4. Two VOX settings, the low setting allows us to have noise machine in the nursery without it activating the monitor but will pick up baby crying. 5. The hello baby monitor can turn on lullaby music from the parent unit, allows us to turn on for the baby without having to go into the room. 6. The battery life of the parent unit is decent. 7. The temperature reading on display lets us know if we need to turn down ac.
1. The view from Hellobaby camera is narrow – not expanded enough to cover the whole nursery 2, The Zoom for Hellobaby camera view is extremely grainy. 3. The Night vision seems dark on the parent unit. 4. If you get the parent unit too close to the camera, a loud feedback noise is emitted.
#6. Babysense Video Baby Monitor
Babysense Video Baby Monitor is the sixth on the list of top non-wifi baby monitors of 2020 and is another interchangeable lens baby monitor that is hack-proof. On Amazon’s ranking of best-selling baby monitors, Babysense was ranked 8th in the top 100 baby monitors (in September 2019). This is very impressive. Though the sales of Babysense are close to a quarter of Infant Optic DXR 8’s sales, Babysense is backed by Hisense, a manufacturer that has been in the baby monitor space since 1991. Infant Optics and Babysense both come with interchangeable lenses, a feature that Infant Optics introduced into baby monitors in 2011.
Hisense is ISO certified company that uses FHSS technology to secure your baby guaranteeing you 100% privacy and arguably the best baby monitor for remote viewing.
What you get when you purchase Babysense non-wifi video monitor
Babysense video baby monitor has been in the market since March 2017 and its price has fairly been uniform. When you purchase Babysense, you get a box with one parent unit, one baby unit, 2 power adapters, user manual, and a built-in Li-ion battery.
Below is a quick 2 minutes video describing the features that have made Babysense one of the best-selling brands that do not rely on the internet:
It takes less than 5 minutes to set it up and you get access to the following features:
Great Features of Babysense Video Baby Monitor
Long-range of 960 ft. – This is range is longer than several other non-wifi baby monitors such as Infant Optics which has less 700 ft. range and Eufy baby monitor which has 460 ft. range.
Zoom: 2x Digital Zoom
Temperature Sensor: Temperature monitoring which is considered more accurate compared to Infant Optics wrong temperate recordings
Expandable – Can support up to 4 cameras. Babysense video baby monitor does not have a split-screen feature but allows you to toggle from one camera feed to another. You can set it so it toggles between the cameras in a 10 seconds rotation span.
VOX mode which enables it to save power and limit EMF radiations of Babysense video baby monitor
2.4 GHz FHSS transmission technology which is secure making Babysense video baby monitor unhackable.
Lullabies and white noise make it easy to get your baby to sleep. This feature is absent in out top two baby monitors above, Infant Optics and Eufy Spaceview. You can check out all our top baby monitors with lullabies as well.
Auto-infrared night vision. Unlike Eufy Spaceview, the Babysense video baby monitor’s night vision is automatic and does not need to be manually adjusted.
Babysense Video Baby Monitor
Eco mode, infrared night vision, lullabies, two-way talk back, 2X digital zoom, temperature monitoring, expandable up to 4 cameras, long range - up to 900 ft.
Non Wifi Technology
Spread Spectrum, FHSS
Hisense Ltd company
Why parents like Babysense
Budget friendly, accurate temperature monitoring,
Babysense Video Baby Monitor with Two Digital Cameras
Six months after the release of Babysense video baby monitor, Hisense released a similar model of a baby monitor with two cameras. The model hit the markets in September 2017 and you get the Babysense video baby monitor with two cameras. You can check the price of the two camera Babysense on Amazon here.
1. It has great sound quality and for its price, the image and video quality is excellent! 2. It has lullabies, unlike other monitors in this list 3. Great three-level Eco feature (sound-only feature limits radiation and increases the battery life)
1. A number of parents have complained that it is not very durable. 2. Relatively smaller screen size
Babysense is currently our top non-wifi baby monitors for monitoring twins. It is affordable and reliable and I personally recommend parents with more than one baby to consider Babysense Video Baby Monitor with two digital cameras.
#7. DBPower Video Baby Monitor
DBPower video baby monitor is our 7th best baby monitor that will stream without requiring a WiFi connection. This video baby monitor did not originally appear on this list but we added it following an update where it edged out Motorola MBP36XL. After our recent review of DBPower video baby monitor, we compared its results with those we already had in our files and we were impressed. This baby monitor meets our minimum requirement as a hack-proof baby monitor that uses FHSS technology to assure you and your baby 100% privacy.
This 4.3-inch video baby monitor is currently the highest rated of all non-wifi baby monitors on Amazon. Its average rating is 4.6/5, above Infant Optics 4.4/5. It is also currently in the top 100 best-selling baby monitor on Amazon.
Below are some of the features we really like about this video baby monitor:
Comes with a large 4.3-inch screen only comparable to Motorola MBP36XL and Eufy Spaceview, the two large-screen non-wifi baby monitors in this list.
It has a super long warranty of 2 years which is considerably long considering that some baby monitors brands such as VTech offer a short warranty period, as low as 3 months.
It has remote pan and tilt capability which essentially means you can control the camera positioning using the parent unit of DBPower baby monitor. The camera’s field of view allows it to capture 270 degrees of the baby’s room horizontally (pan) and up to 110 degrees vertically (tilt).
Automatic night vision mode with excellent night vision images. DBPower has a low-light sensor which detects when its nighttime and activate infrared LED light to illuminate on your baby. Its night vision range is 15 ft and unlike Eufy Spaceview baby monitor, you don’t have to switch it on or off.
It has a long range of up to 1000 ft outdoors and about 120 ft. indoors.
UU Infant Baby Monitor made it to our top list of non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. UU Infant is one of the best-rated baby monitors and as of this post update in September, UU Infant is number 21st best-selling baby monitor on Amazon. UU Infant baby monitor has been in the market for less than one year having been released in August 2018 as an upgrade of the older UU Infant baby monitor hat was released in 2017. UU Infant baby monitor was one of the first products to be released by UU Infant company which was also founded in2017.
This baby monitor is a favorite for several parents and below are some great things about this monitor:
It uses reliable FHSS baby monitor and you can be guaranteed of 100% security.
It is very suitable for use when traveling as its batteries can last up to 10 hours and is very light and easy to travel with.
It can support up to 4 cameras despite being almost $100 cheaper than Infant Optics DXR 8 and perhaps $150 more than Eufy Spaceview S baby monitors in this list. As of this update in September, it is retailing at $65 but you can check its price today here.
Like other baby monitors above, UU Infant uses FHSS, a technology that has been regarded as hack-proof as it does not rely on the internet to transmit its signals. It has the downside that it does not have a smartphone app but its dedicated 3.5 inch LCD display can stay connected to the baby unit for up to 960 ft. In addition, the camera can be manually rotated 180 degrees horizontal and 120 degrees vertical. You can read the full review of UU Infant here
#9. LBtech Video Baby Monitor – Best 2 Camera Non-Wifi Baby Monitor
LBtech Video Baby Monitor is our 9th best non-wifi baby monitor in 2020. It comes with two cameras and was released to the market in March 2019. LBtech is manufactured by LB Technology Company Ltd, a small Chinese manufacturer based in Guangdong Provide. It manufactures door phones, IP video cams, and baby monitors at a significantly lower cost compared to its peers.
The LBtech video baby monitor comes with 2 cameras but add-on cameras can be purchased as it supports up to 4 cameras. An additional camera costs less than $50. While it does not support an app like other non-wifi baby monitors, LBtech video baby monitor uses 2.4 GHz FHSS transmission technology which guarantees 100% privacy and security of your baby.
In August 2019, LBtech Video baby monitor was the 9th best-selling baby monitor on Amazon and as you can see from the graph below, it has consistently increased its sales volumes. As per Helium10 Data, it currently ships out over 2,400 units per month on Amazon.
Here are the features that enabled LBtech video baby monitor to feature in 10BabyGear’s list of top non-wifi baby monitors:
Large screen with 4.3 inches in diagonal
Automatic night vision
Voice-activated to save power and reduce EMF emissions
Expandable – This baby monitor supports up to 4 cameras but the video feed from each camera bounces off the screen at certain intervals and does not support split-screen viewing like the Motorola video baby monitor in this list.
You can check the price of LBtech video baby monitor on Amazon here.
#10. Campark Video Baby Monitor
Campark video baby monitor emerged as the 9th in our list of top 10 non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. Since its release to the market in March 2019, Campark has seen tremendous growth. It is priced very competitively.
Campark video baby monitor comes with a high-quality 2.4-inch display, similar to Anmeate’s display. It relies on FHSS technology to transmit the signal from the baby unit to the parent unit. The Campark video baby monitor’s camera is similar to that of Infant Optics as it has 5 infrared LED lights for night vision. The monitor is voice-activated which makes its batteries last longer for up to 5 hours when fully charged. The graph below shows the sales chart for the last few months. The upward sales trend is indicative of great positive approval of the product by thousands of parents who rely on Campark, a Chinese electronics manufacturer.
Below is a table with a quick preview of Campark Video Baby Monitor.
Motorola MBP36XL, a product of Binatone Global made it to our list of reliable, top non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. This is the only Motorola branded product that has made it to top 10 (in 2019) before our 2020 update. I’ve written in a separate post on the reasons why I do not recommend Bitanone Global products (the licensed owner of Motorola baby monitor brands). Motorola MBP36XL made it to this list because of a few features that stand out.
You can comfortably view your baby on its large 5 ich LCD screen, which does very well compared to Infant Optics’ 3.5-inch screen. Eufy Spaceview is the only other large-screen non-wifi baby monitor. The feed from the camera is displayed on the large screen, the 5-inch screen that allows split-screen viewing.
If you plan to monitor twins or more than one baby in separate rooms, this is the best non-wifi for you. In addition to the split-screen viewing, Motorola MBP36XL comes with 5 pre-programmed soothing lullabies that you can play to your baby. If you have more than one child, you can play separate lullabies for each child in a separate room. This can give you time to do other things or attend to one child at a time. You can read more on other things to consider when purchasing a non-wifi baby monitor for twins.
This Motorola non-wifi baby monitor is currently number 17th best-selling baby monitor, selling about 1200 units per month on Amazon. Motorola has a large array of wifi baby monitors but Motorola MBP36XL is one of the few Motorola non-wifi baby monitors.
Like all other non-wifi baby monitors, Motorola MBP36XL has advanced security features, thanks to the FHSS technology it uses. It does not rely on the internet to transmit its signals making it hack-proof compared to other Motorola wifi monitors such as Motorola MBP88CONNECT. Motorola MBP36XL has the split-screen capability and you can purchase another camera and use it to view your twin babies. The screen of Motorola MBP36XL is also among the largest in the group. It has 5-inch screen only comparable to Eufy Spaceview’s 5-inch screen.
Large 5 LCD Screen
Remote pan and tilt
Light indicator for sound level
Takes long to charge
Problems with charging cord
#12. VTech VM3261
VTech VM3261 is one of our latest addition to this list of remarkable non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. VTech VM3261 was released to the market in September 2018 but did not do well until its long-running offer (almost 50% off since Mid-May 2019. One thing about baby monitors is that mothers speak. With a good recommendation, one parent tells another and a good product will always get recognized.
Philips Avent Baby Monitor (SCD 630/37) is our #13th best non-wifi baby monitor of 2020 Philips Avent SCD 630 uses FHSS transmission technology that is secure and with less interference. Despite the small range of only 300 ft., Philips Avent baby monitor SCD630 boasts of a 3.5-inch screen and 2X zoom. Key add on features are the temperature sensor, night light, lullabies, and two-way talk. You can check the price of this Philips Avent baby monitor on Amazon here.
Below are some of our top baby monitors for twins that do not use the internet:
Top Non-Wifi Baby Monitors for Twins
If you are in the market for a non-wifi baby monitor for your twins, you need to consider a few critical aspects of what makes a baby monitor best suited to monitor twins. If you currently have a baby monitor, check whether it is possible to expand it. Baby monitors that are expandable support up to 4 cameras.
If your current baby monitor does not support more cameras and impossible to monitor multiple kids with it, consider buying one that is expandable. Of course, you can buy two monitors to monitor your twins but I highly discourage this option. In purchasing an expandable camera, you should consider the following:
An expandable baby monitor that can support more than one camera: A few baby monitors in the top 10 list of non-wifi baby monitors are expandable and most parents would jump on the opportunity since it enables them to purchase an additional camera and monitor the twins using one parent unit. An add-on camera has become a very popular option for parents but you need to also know that the cost of the additional camera can range from $30 to over $100.
Split-screenOptions – Some baby monitors that relay several sets of video feeds from separate cameras allow a parent to view all the videos on the screen without the need to toggle from one to another. Most split screen baby monitors for twins are expensive from those baby monitors that require you to toggle from one screen to another manually. Split-screen options are the best as you can monitor your twins by watching one screen. My favorite split-screen non-wifi baby monitor ideal for monitoring twins is Motorola MBP36XL, our 8th best non-wifi baby monitors of 2020. First, it has a large 5 inch LCD camera and can support up to 4 camera. The video feed from the separate rooms your baby may be sleeping can be viewed on the 5-inch split-screen.
Quality of Video from Add-on Cameras – Some cameras have one quality video feeds while the rest are very low quality. Infant Optics, our top non-wifi baby monitor in 2020 has low-quality images from the add-on camera. The camera feed from the add-one cameras are poor and not comparable to the feed from the original camera.
Battery life – The best non-wifi baby monitors for twins should have a long battery life, guaranteeing extended use. The best one in this group has 12 hours of battery life because it uses VOX features which ensures minimal use when the baby is not crying. My personal favorite non-wifi baby monitor for twins which has long battery life and can support up to four cameras is Hellobaby. It can go for 12 hours when VOX mode is turned on and can do 8 hours when the screen is on. It also comes with features that allow you to lull your baby with lullabies or with your voice (2-way talk feature). In addition, it also has a replacement monitor, just like Infant Optics replacement monitor.
When deciding on a baby monitor to purchase, it is very important to note that the range of a baby monitor is critical as the reception of the baby signal depends on it. Several brands of baby monitors only indicate the outdoor range of a baby monitor and not the indoor range.
The outdoor range is the distance that the signal can be transmitted in a straight line without obstructions. Our best baby monitors on the list transmit up to 1000 ft. However, the indoor range is more important and you mostly use the baby monitor in the house.
The indoor range could range from 30 ft. to 200 ft and it is important to read the reviews by parents who’ve used the particular brand of non-wifi baby monitor you want to purchase. Our best long-range non-wifi monitor of 2020 is the Panasonic long range baby monitor.
Non-wifi Baby Monitor Security Cameras
Your non-wifi security camera can be turned into a non-wifi baby monitor. Several options of non-wifi baby monitors, especially the quality one go for at least $150. On the other hand, you can purchase a non-wifi security camera for as low as a fifth of the amount. My personal favorite which has over thousands of positive reviews is the Wzye Cam Security camera
Mounting Top Non-Wifi Monitors – Infant Optics, Eufy Spaceview, and Hellobaby
Time needed: 10 minutes.
This is a step-by-step process on how to mount some of our top non-wifi baby monitors of 2020, specifically Infant Optics, eufy Spaceview and Hellobaby. The steps will guide you on how to mount the cameras on the wall and on a flat surface.
Purchase Mounting EquipmentThe first step to mount your Infant Optics or eufy Spaceview or Hellobaby is to get the mounting equipment that would enable you to mount the camera on the wall, a flat surface or on the crib. My personal favorite for Infant Optics is the adjustable wall mount which sells on Amazon (You can check today’s price) If you prefer a non-adjustable mount for any of our top non-wifi baby monitors of 2020 such as Infant Optics, you can pick this fixed wall mount on Amazon which sells for the same price as the adjustable wall mount shown below.
Secure the mounting equipment you purchased on the wall or on the cribThe adjustable wall mount for infant Optics is really easy to install. You just attach your camera to the mount and adjust it to the desired angle.If you opted for the fixed wall mount (see it here on Amazon), that is not adjustable, you should use your two screws that come with your wall mount
Frequently Asked Questions of Non-Wifi Baby Monitors
Can Non-Wifi Baby Monitors Be Hacked?
It is possible to hack a non-wifi baby monitor but it’s very difficult. You would need to be within the physical location of the baby monitor and you’ll need to get access to the radio frequency transferring the sound or visual signal. Several non-wifi baby monitors use FHSS which uses a sequence that allows signals to hop from one sub-frequency to another using a pseudo-random sequence making it almost impossible to get access to the signal. Simply put, it is almost impossible to hack a non-wifi baby monitor
Is there a Motorola non-wifi baby monitor
Motorola has a FHSS baby monitor that does not use Wifi. Motorola MBP36XL is a non-wifi baby monitor that uses the 2.4 GHz FHSS technology. It has a 5-inch color display unit and can support up to 4 cameras in a range of up to 1000 ft.
How does a non-wifi baby monitor works?
Non-wifi baby monitors generate their own signal and send it from the transmitter unit to the receiver/parent unit instead of depending on Wifi or internet connectivity. A non-wifi baby monitor uses radio frequency, similar to the wifi baby monitors but their connectivity is localized. Analogue baby monitors use lower radio frequency, 49 MHz or 900 MHz while other digital non-wifi baby monitors use higher frequency from 900 MHz to 5 GHz. L