In fact, such a radio does exist, nonetheless it isn’t extensively commercially available. In response to Brandon Gregg, a poster on Quora.com,
“There actually are “WiFi walkie talkies” for people in the security industry. Most are connected to security officer patrol verification systems that track officer movements, check ins, status reports, etc”.
Principally, WiFi, being a communications format, basically isn’t as consistent during a crisis as the good old-fashioned radio or RF format. Actually, Walkie Talkie’s (such as Motorola DP3400 series), are in general useful, reliable, high performance and cost effective. They also work instantly, with no boot up or load time.
A WiFi correspondent would possibly be more costly and possibly not nearly consistent enough. Put basically, there just doesn’t seem to be a market for it right now. Personally, I doubt that there will be one in the foreseeable future, and you never know.
Also, although it isn’t, strictly speaking, a ‘two way radio’, an Android app also exists that performs the same function as the walkie talkie and operates via WiFi. It is called, appropriately enough, ‘WiFi walkie talkie’. To quote the app’s write-up on ‘appszoom.com’,
“WiFi Walkie Talkie is a Push-to-Talk application, which allows you to talk for free over wireless networks. With this application, you can transmit your voice data to all devices that are on the same network, or to any (other) device (if) you know its IP address”.
At any time you’re actually into the idea of owning a WiFi walkie talkie, then this site is selling a smartphone/walkie-talkie hybrid. The Runbo X5 runs on Android, has a chat time of around 6 and 10 hrs and operates a dual core CPU, it is also highly water resilient. we have never reviewed this one, so we can’t say much more than that, however the stats look quite outstanding. It even has 4G.
Largely, you’re almost certainly better off sticking to the regular 2 way radio or radio in your company (or personal) needs. There’s a variety of support and help online for the use of walkie talkies, as well as a variety of comprehensive product reviews (a number of which are contributed by yours truly) which will help you make an knowledgeable and cost effective choice.
WiFi is a technology which is still evolving, but we have all had connectivity troubles with our smart phones, laptops, tablet pc’s and whatnot. The last thing you will want is to suffer exactly the same difficulties when encountering an disaster situation.
Perhaps in the future someone will make a WiFi 2 way radio, but it will only become a viable alternative of the existing versions when it may be proved to be safer and present better service, which are some things that I just do not see occouring. Regretful.
As We all have said on this blog, I’m far from a guru in these things, so if you are feeling like grabbing a second opinion together with your morning coffee, then by all means, do a little research and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk