We've been using motorola's monitor system for some time, which comes with both monitors and cameras, and can be expanded with their proprietary devices. (You can add another camera and see both on the same monitor, etc.) We're trying alternatives because that line has a crazy-high failure rate for the speaker in the monitor.
We're considering systems like Dropcam, where it's just a camera, and you use your existing devices (iPad, iPhone, etc. as the screen/speakers).
Setting aside brand-specific features, my question is this:
What are the pros and cons of a setup with a dedicated monitoring screen vs. a one that uses your mobile devices?
- We use it for both audio and video monitoring
- We need it on all night, and to let us hear any noises when we're in bed
- We also run it while we're up and about in other rooms in the evening or at nap time, when the kids are up, but we're not.
- Ease of initial setup is not a consideration, as I'd be using a system I'm confident I can get set up over wi-fi or whatever in any case.