Reolink Baby Monitor
You can use Reolink as a baby monitor and relay videos and audio signals to your phone although you’ll have the challenge of dealing with bright LEDs used for the night vision which may make it hard for your baby to sleep at night. Similar to Ring Cam baby monitor which also has a bright LED light for night visions, you can have a Reolink baby monitor but may not be great for using it at night.
Reolink Argus Baby Monitor
Below is feedback from a parent who used Reolink Argus 2 as a baby monitor and liked it except for the bright night-time LED light for night vision.
Reolink is designed as a security camera but can be turned into a baby monitor with a few adjustments to make a Reolink baby monitor. One great thing about it is that it is rated for indoor use making it perfect to be mounted anywhere inside your house, including your baby’s nursery. In 2017, Reolink raised $1,034,206 from over 6,412 backers on Indiegogo when it fund-raised for the wire-free Reolink Argus.
Reolink E1 Baby Monitor:
Similar to Reolink Argus, Reolink E1 can be turned as a baby monitor but also has the bright LED light for night vision which can interrupt your baby’s sleep. Other than that, it is a great wifi baby monitor with 2-way talk and relays video and audio to the smartphone app. It also allows you to pan and tilt the camera remotely using your phone. It also integrates with smart home ecosystems such as Google Home with Google Assistant and with Alexa Home.
As you turn your Reolink wireless camera into a baby monitor, remember that it has a default user account with admin as the username with no password. This presents a significant security risk and we’ve detailed in this site how this makes it easy for hackers to get access to the signal using such default accounts.
You should take precautions and ensure you disable the default user account by creating a new user account, using a strong password that cannot be easily hacked.
We have not reviewed several IP cameras here at MotherhoodHQ that can be used as baby monitors as we always advise parents to stick with the traditional baby monitor brands. We, however, found features that made us consider Reolink IP camera and have added it to our list of security baby monitors. When you purchase Reolink C1 baby monitor, you get a full mounting kit including the mounting bracket shown below, making it easy to install it on the wall
Reolink Features to consider before using as baby monitor :
- Two-way audio
- 355 degrees pan and 105 degrees pan
- 8 LED infrared lights
- Night vision of up to 40 feet
- Built-in micro-USD slot
- HD video resolution
- Uses dual-band, either the 2.4 GHz or the 5 GHz technology
Video review of Reolink wireless baby monitor:
The C1 Pro has a low light sensor that essentially turns on the night vision LED lights (infrared) when there is low light/at night. The low light sensor is shown in the diagram below. A dependable night vision camera like Reolink makes a great baby monitor as it also has an extended range of up to 40 feet. This range is better than most security camera ranges such as Arlo baby and Nest.
Great App – Reolink App on Playstore and Appstore:
As of July 2019, Reolink App on Google Playstore is rated 3.8/5 by over 2,900 users and 3.2/5 by less than 500 iOS users. It is clear that Reolink baby monitor would be great if you are using an Android device. That aside, the app is great as it is very easy and can rely on it to stream HD videos of your baby from the baby’s nursery. This Reolink baby monitor wifi camera’s app is comparable to some of the greatest baby monitor apps we’ve reviewed here at BMC such as iBaby M7.
Below is a snapshot of the Reolink App
Reolink Vs Arlo
Reolink and Arlo are security cameras that can be turned into baby monitors. While both have some similarities, Reolink has a super wide-range field of view of up to 355 degrees while Arlo has only 130 degrees, less than half of Reolink’s view.
The table below shows a comparison of Reolink and Arlo
|2.4 GHz||2.4 GHz or 5 GHz frequency|
|40 feet night vision||15 feet night vision|
|355 degrees pan||130 degrees pan|
|105 degrees tilt||<90 degrees tilt|
|Has a micro-SD slot||Allows local storage|
|Does not require a subscription||There is a subscription to access cloud storage but you can choose to store your video feeds locally.|
|Not compatible with Google Home||Compatible with Google Home Hub, Alexa home and Homekit|
|1440p HD video quality||1080p HD video quality|
|2-way communication||2-way communication|
|Indoor use only||Arlo baby and Arlo Q rated for indoor use, Arlo Pro, Pro 2 rated for indoor and outdoor|
|Has pan and tilt||No pan and tilt|
|Check Price of Reolink Argus and Reolink Go||Check Price of Arlo baby monitor, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2 and Arlo Q.|
The video below describes the difference between Reolink Argus and Arlo Pro 2
Reolink Vs Nest
Reolink has some similarities with Nest such as 1080p HD videos. However, Reolink has a very wide field of view of up to 355 degrees similar to few wifi baby monitors such as iBaby M7 which has 360 degrees field of view. On the other hand, Nest has a very low field of view of only 130 degrees, less than half of Reolink’s field of view.
Unlike Nest, Reolink only uses a 2.4 GHz frequency band and does not work with 5 GHz frequency band which may be difficult if you want to shift to another band to avoid interference in the 2.4 GHz band. Reolink cameras such as Argos or Go do not require subscriptions and this is the main reason I prefer Reolink to Nest Cameras. Nest cameras require you to subscribe to a data plan to access the video footage of your baby and it will cost you up to $30 per month.
The table below shows the similarities and differences between Reolink and Nest Cam baby monitors.
|355 degrees pan||130 degrees pan|
|No night light||No night light|
|Does not require a subscription||Require subscription|
|Indoor use only||Indoor use only|
|Not compatible with Google Home Hub||Compatible with Google Home Hub|
|Check Price of Reolink Argus 2and ReoLink Go||Check Price of Nest Cam Indoor|
You can check out the price of Reolink baby monitor on Amazon here.
Comparison of Reolink Argus and Argus
Reolink Default Password
If you forgot the Reolink password, the only way you can get to stream Reolink videos again is by resetting your Reolink camera to its default factory setting. You can do this by following the steps Reolink has laid out on their support website here and by using the Reolink default password below:
- The default username is “admin”
- The default password is blank (no password).
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at Motherhood HQ (formerly 10BabyGear). I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at email@example.com.