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VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981

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The VTech VM981 Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi allows you to check in on your little one from virtually anywhere at home or remotely on your smart device. The HD camera uses your home's Wi-Fi connection to capture movements and sounds. See and hear your child on a large, 5-inch parent unit with touch screen technology. Or, watch what's happening in real-time on the My VTech Baby app. When viewing at home on the parent unit, or remotely on your iOS or Android device, experience crystal-clear, high-definition video. You'll love the peace of mind during naptime, or when you're away and the babysitter's in charge. The VTech VM981 Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi offers you the convenience and portability you've been looking for. Night vision will come in handy when you want to see what's happening in the dark. As your family grows, you can expand this system up to 10 cameras for even more coverage of your home.

Features

  • Free live remote access via smartphone and tablet
  • 5-inch touch screen on parent unit
  • High-definition video
  • Secure and encrypted local and remote video transmissions
  • Smart remote alerts keep you informed of activity

Additional Info

279340

0702E39C

735078034410

VM981

1 LI_POLY batteries are required (not included)

1.6 pounds

10.1 x 8.5 x 3.3

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Average Customer Rating:

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Vtech 1001126VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981
 
3.5

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

63%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to setup (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (27), No (9)

Most Helpful Positive Review

 

Great Features & Remote Access!

I was really excited to get the opportunity to try this monitor as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel. As a mom of two children- a toddler and an infant, it was important...Read complete review

I was really excited to get the opportunity to try this monitor as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel. As a mom of two children- a toddler and an infant, it was important to me to have an expandable monitor with WiFi access- the VTech Safe&Sound® VM981 did not disappoint!

The monitor is fairly easy to setup; a series of settings (ex: date/time) and configuring WiFi access should take no more than 10 minutes. The monitor itself is perfect to access the camera, but the best feature for our family was the remote access. I could leave the monitor in my bedroom and connect via my smartphone to check on the baby during nap time without disturbing him, and my husband could connect while he was at work using the MyVTech Baby app (requires password to be configured) for access to see the baby too. The monitor has a great battery life, as well as additional features such as pinch zoom, photo snapshots and video. A lot of excellent features not found in a lot of monitors.

The camera setup is very simple. Plug into a wall and point towards the area you want to monitor and you're ready to go. The camera itself is good quality- it doesn't have the option to pan around the room, but it does have a motion detection feature, which is great. I found the night vision to be a little bright on the monitor, but it doesn't interfere with the ability to monitor the baby.

I REALLY love the MyVTech Baby App. The quality of the video was just as good (if not better) than the monitor, while giving you all of the same options (access to all cameras, camera settings, zoom, photo, video, mute/unmute, and night vision). The app will also alert you if you are not connected to WiFi (since most carriers have a data limit).

Overall, I really liked this product. It has a lot of great features, while not missing the basics- consistent connectivity, clear photo/sound, and good battery life.

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Most Helpful Critical Review

 

Nicely Designed

When I receive new technological products, I am a little overwhelmed on how to get the item set-up. Luckily the quick start guide directions with the VTech Wi-Fi HD Video Monitor were very straightforward...Read complete review

When I receive new technological products, I am a little overwhelmed on how to get the item set-up. Luckily the quick start guide directions with the VTech Wi-Fi HD Video Monitor were very straightforward and included clear, simple pictures in color. Once I was able to get to the last part of the directions of setup, I did have trouble getting the touch screen to connect to the wireless camera. I tried several times to pair the devices and was able to connect them once. When they were paired, the screen showed a very pixilated screen with a slight delay. I'm not sure if my wireless connection wasn't fast enough (30mbps) or if my router is too old, but the quality wasn't what I was expecting. If I could have paired the monitor and camera, I would have tried to pair it with my smartphone. Other than not being able to pair the devices, I was very impressed with the quality of the touch screen monitor and the precautions the company helps you take with connecting to the internet and placing a password on the camera to prevent hacking. Going through the quick setup, the monitor was very clear and appealing. A neat feature is the digital zoom on the camera, which can zoom in 10x and you can purchase more cameras for other areas of the house. Plus infrared night vision is way cool! Motion detection was also a great option for the monitor. You can choose how sensitive you would like the detection to be, and it was spot on. Thank you weeSpring Parent Panel for the opportunity to try this monitor!

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4.0

User Friendly with great quality images

By Rachel

from Port Orange Florida

Pros

  • great image quality
  • user friendly

Cons

  • hard to find a place to put the camera

Best Uses

    Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

    When originally looking at baby monitors I saw no point in getting a video monitor and purchased an audio monitor only. I was thrilled to be able to try this monitor as a part of the weespring parent panel after many a night tiptoeing into my son's room to check on him if he was too quiet or trying to decide if he really needed me if he was fussing. This monitor saved me! The easy to follow directions with step by step images were a breeze and set up took no time at all. The picture quality is fantastic and I can see clearly my son's whole room. Even night vision is a fairly clear image. I haven't tried it on my smartphone yet but its a great feature if I want to check in on him while I am out. The parent unit is easy to use and see and I like that I can take snapshots. The real downside for me was finding a place to put the camera in his room. I don't have any shelves at the right height to see down into his crib. I really wish this came with a mounting device so that it can be attached to the wall easily instead of only placed on a counter top or shelf.

     
    2.0

    I'm so sad that it freezes!

    By Wagsette

    from Bismarck, ND

    Pros

    • Ability to add cameras
    • Ability to take snapshots from live feed
    • App compatibility
    • Night vision

    Cons

    • The image freezes often.

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

      I love so many features of this video monitor: the ability to add more cameras, use it with an app, and take snapshots from the live video feed. But, the feed freezes sometimes, and I need a monitor that will reliably let me know what is happening with my son. For that reason, I just can't recommend it. Thanks to the weeSpring Parent Panel for sending me this monitor!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      1.0

      Not reliable

      By New mom

      from Syracuse, NY

      Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

      We had an audio only baby monitor previously that we received for a baby shower present. It let us know when the baby was upset and awake but with SIDS I still worried when I didn't hear her and would go to check up on her anyway. I was so excited to be able to test the monitor as part of the weeSpring Parent Panel. With the video I would be able to see her and that she's breathing fine from the other room.

      We are not overly tech savvy but I would say it was fairly easy to set up; required a little reading/ understanding the device. More complicated than the audio only version we had, but also has more features so it's understandable why. A little concerned about hacking even though it says there's digital transmission so it should be private and secure. These days with all the computer hacking, you just never know.

      The connection to the display from the camera was pretty irritating. We have good internet service and other devices connected to wifi work and function properly. This however, would spin forever looking for a connection. Once we had a visual it seemed to keep freezing and delayed frequently. I had the audio monitor I already had on as a backup when I was doing dishes and put the baby to sleep. The vtech screen popped up that there was movement but showed the baby sleeping soundly. My other monitor I could hear her crying. The vtech monitor froze. I even downloaded the apps on our smart phones and tablets to see if that was the issue but there was still a lag and keeps freezing. The picture quality is alright. I couldn't really make out if she was breathing but then again it could've been frozen. It would have been nice if there was a clip on the camera so you could mount on the crib. We had to set up a table near the crib to view the baby. Overall I would say I didn't really like the product and would not recommend it. What good is a visual that isn't accurate.

       
      5.0

      Great video camera

      By Karina

      from El cerrito, Ca

      Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

      Great camera! The device is small and sleek. The directions for setup are very clear and easy to use. I love the touchscreen and the clarity of the image is very clear. The app for my iPhone was also very easy to install and navigate. I am able to check in on my son from remote access to make sure he's ok. Having the remote access really puts me at ease and makes me feel as if I were at home with him. I am very grateful to WeeSpring Parent Panel for sending me this monitor, I highly recommend it.

       
      4.0

      Cool system

      By Nece

      from Pa

      Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

      Thanks to WeeSpring Parent panel, I received this unit to review for free. The setup is seamless and quick. Thanks in part to the easy instructions and clearly marked components and wirings. I must say the handheld for the system is a little wonky. The lighting glitches while the handheld is off, the picture quality isn't great, and there is no working mic function, although the symbol appears and engages when pushed, but doesn't work. The downloadable app helps though. The app works great. The picture quality is better and you can view it remotely. The nighttime camera works Greta on both the handheld and the app. You can also zoom in, take pics, and videos with this system. It's pretty cool to have.

       
      4.0

      Great and dependable product

      By Christine

      from NJ

      Pros

      • Clear monitor
      • Clear sound
      • Easy Setup
      • Long battery life

      Cons

      • Cannot pan or tilt from parent unit
      • Long time to charge fully

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

        I received this monitor as a gift from the weeSpring Parent Panel. Setup and direction were clear and easy to understand. The camera and monitor were set up and synced within minutes. The picture quality is clear, I would give it a 7 out of 10. It gets a bit grainy when you zoom in. Viewing remotely from your phone was also easy and the picture quality was equally good. The parent unit is very user friendly. Unfortunately you can't pan or tilt from the parent unit. The adjustable camera lens works really well, giving you the ability to point the camera in whatever direction you need it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes
         
        3.0

        Nice camera, poor Wifi out of home

        By AWagner

        from Colorado Springs, CO

        Pros

        • Good touch screen, with some issues
        • Great camera angles
        • Great HD picture
        • Great sound
        • Great zoon feature

        Cons

        • Cannot move camera electronically
        • very slow connecting at times
        • Wifi did not work outside of our home

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

          We received this product for free through the WeeSpring parent panel and were very excited to have a Wifi enabled camera for our nursery. Set up was somewhat complicated since the instruction manual included wasn't very helpful. I found what I needed from the VTech website - which was helpful.
          We liked the HD and touch screen. The video was very clear and had a great zoom function. I like that we could potentially add another monitor if we had another child and could see them both on the same parent unit.
          It worked pretty good at home, however when we were on vacation - at both a hotel and at my parents home - we could not enable to Wifi function and could NOT use the monitor... AT ALL! It was so disappointing, and we had to check on the baby the old school way - going into the room, and potentially waking her up, several times a day.
          Also, the app never worked for me, even though I set it up properly.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Gets the job done

          By Jessrod

          from South Carolina

          Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

          Overall this is a good camera. The size of the camera and monitor are compact. This also is great for traveling because it doesn't take up much space. The sound quality is great. The night vision makes seeing baby at night very easy. The motion sensor and alerts are handy and effective. The adjustable camera lens is helpful to see baby at various angles. Set up was a little bit tedious because the parent unit doesn't automatically pick up the camera. Also anytime the camera is unplugged, it has to be reset even if it's on the same WiFi connection. This monitor does not work on a 5G network. The picture quality could be better and sometimes the screen freezes. The zoom works well but can get a little blurry. The screen is very bright at night even on the lowest setting. Even though there are some cons, this monitor gets the job done of watching over baby. Thanks to the weeSpring Parent Panel for sending me this monitor!

           
          2.0

          Easy to use but poor quality

          By Felicia

          from Hilo, Hi.

          Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

          I recently received a Vtech VM981 video monitor. I was extremely excited to try it. It was packaged very nicely, I even kept the box which makes the monitor easy to travel with! The set up for the Vtech VM981 video monitor was very easy. The directions were very clear & I had the video monitor parental unit and my phone set up within 15 minutes. I loved that I was able to use the monitor remotely. It very easy to do, you just have to set up the app. The app (and the parental unit, but I preferred using my phone) even allows you to take screen shots and record videos. The parental unit was easy to use & set up. It battery only last about 2 hours per charge. I found that to be frustrating because my daughter naps for 2-3hours. The camera itself was not the best quality; it does have an adjustable lense but if the cord attached to the monitor is bent it will not relay the video. The camera has to be attached to cord to function. It was hard to find a place to but the camera without bending the cord but I like that the camera had an adjustable lens, it allowed me to see what I actually wanted. The most disappointing thing about the monitor was the quality of the video. The video quality is pretty fuzzy & delayed. If I tucked my daughter in, left the room & then checked the monitor I could see myself leaving the room. It gets the job done but I would not recommend this particular unit unless it was a great deal because of the video quality. I do love the convince of the video monitor & would definitely recommend buying some type of video monitor to all mothers. Thank you WeeSpring Parent Panel for sending me this monitor!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          3.0

          Just OK

          By daniela0984

          from Chicago, IL

          Pros

          • Adjustable camera lens
          • Available phone/tablet app
          • Easy set up
          • Option to view 2 cameras on parent panel screen

          Cons

          • Cheap design
          • No extra features
          • Poor picture quality
          • Pricey

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vtech 1001126 VTech 5 inch Touch Screen Expandable HD Video Baby Monitor with Wi-Fi Camera - VM981:

            The monitor is ok....not great....but not bad. It connects via wifi which is great as it has an available app you can use on your phone or tablet if you are away from home or don't want to use the touchscreen included with the monitor. I tended to use the app at home more than the provided screen as the parent panel often froze but the app did not. The touchscreen parent panel feels cheap and has poor picture quality. The color on the screen has a purple hue to everything. The night vision is actually better than the daytime screen. For the cost, I would expect a few extra "frills" like room temperature or two-way microphones so you could talk to your baby through the monitor.
            Overall, the monitor is ok...it works and is easy to use. However, for the price I feel let down. Thanks to the weeSpring Parent Panel for sending me this monitor!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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