DECT Baby Monitors

Baby Monitors - Digital vs. Analog

Baby monitors send images and sounds from the baby (transmitter) unit to the parent (receiver) unit over a designated radio frequency in either an analog or digital format. When choosing a baby monitor, compare the advantages and disadvantages of analog and digital wireless systems to determine which format best meets yours needs and expectations.

Analog and digital systems vary in three primary areas:

  • Price
  • Performance
  • Privacy

Analog Wireless Technology

Analog technology converts voice and images to electronic pulses that travel on a designated radio frequency. The signal travels between the transmitter and receiver, but it is not a secure connection. Anyone in the area can listen in or view your signal if they happen to have a baby monitor, cordless telephone, or radio scanner that is set to the same frequency.

Analog Baby Monitors
Advantages
  • More affordable
  • Adequate range
  • Good voice quality
Disadvantages
  • Susceptible to interference from household electronics
  • Risk of eavesdropping as signal is not encrypted

Top Rated Analog Audio Baby Monitors

Brand & Model Technology Frequency Max Range Channels Parent Units List Price Shop Now
Analog baby monitors are more affordable, but signal is susceptible to static and eavesdropping.
Angelcare
Baby Sound (AC420)
Analog 927 MHz 820 ft 8 1 $59 more
Sony
BabyCall (NTM-910)
Analog 900 MHz 800 ft 27 1 $49 more
Sony
BabyCall (NTM-910DUAL)
Analog 900 MHz 800 ft 27 2 $69 more
Levana
Wireless Audio (LV-TW100)
Analog 40 MHz 300 ft 2 1 $29 more
Safety 1st
Crystal Clear (8026)
Analog 49 MHz 600 ft 2 1 $32 more

Digital Wireless Technology

Digital technology converts voice and image analog signals into digital packets using binary code, a machine language that represents information in ones and zeros. This format effectively scrambles the signal as it travels on a designated radio frequency between the transmitter unit and receiver unit. Since the transmission is encoded, it is nearly impossible for the sounds and images to be intercepted by others. Digital technology offer greater privacy and security as well as an increased range of transmission and higher-quality signals.


Analog Baby Monitors
Advantages
  • High-quality audio and video
  • Increased range of transmission
  • Less susceptible to interference from other electronics
  • Secure signal eliminates chance of accidental eavesdropping
Disadvantages
  • Usually more expensive than analog wireless

Top Rated Digital Audio Baby Monitors

Brand & Model Technology Frequency Max Range Channels Parent Units List Price Shop Now
Digital format offers superior signal clarity and privacy.
Philips Avent Basic
(SCD510)
DECT 1.9 GHz 1000 ft 120 1 $119 more
Philips Avent w/Screen
(SCD525/00)
DECT 1.9 GHz 1000 ft 120 1 $149 more
Graco Secure Coverage
(1773028)
Digital 900 MHz 2000 ft 1 $44 more
Motorola Digital Audio w/Temp (MBP15L) Digital 950 ft 1 $69 more
The First Years
True Choice (P400)
Digital 2.45 GHz 1000 ft 16 2 $84 more

Digital Baby Monitors & Radio Frequency

Digital baby monitors scramble the signal to provide a secure connection, but operate across the same radio frequencies as analog monitors. Although digital baby monitors are less susceptible to static and interference than comparable analog models, there is still the potential for conflict with other wireless devices that operate across the same frequency.

Most wireless baby monitors operate on a 49 MHz, 900 MHz, or 2.4 GHz frequency, but this does not pre-determine whether or not the signal format is being transmitted as analog or digital.

Only the newer baby monitors that use 1.9 GHz frequency, also called DECT (digitally enhanced cordless telecommunications) technology, are digital formats that are resistant to interference.

Newest Option: DECT Baby Monitors

Philips DECT Baby Monitor

Philips SCD510 DECT

DECT technology is the latest platform available for wireless devices, including baby monitors. DECT, which is an acronym for “digitally enhanced cordless telecommunications,” refers to the new 1.9 GHz frequency that was approved by the FCC in 2007 for voice-only communications.

Baby monitors using DECT technology are digital systems that provide superior sound quality and enhanced security. Since they operate across the newer, less-crowded 1.9 GHz bandwidth, they offer zero interference from other wireless systems. The digital format encrypts the audio and video transmissions, providing a secure and private connection between the baby and parent units.

Get Rid of Static

Summer Infant Complete Coverage Video Monitor

If you use other wireless electronics in your home, such as a cordless phone or computer network, choose a baby monitor that operates on a different frequency band to minimize the possibility of static and interference.

Video Baby Monitors

Summer-Infant-BestView-Video-Monitor

Video baby monitors let you view your baby without disturbing sleep or play.