Apparently, such a device does exist, but it is not widely commercially available. According 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, as a comms format, basically is not as reliable in a disaster as the good old-fashioned radio or walkie talkie. Actually, Walkie Talkie’s (such as Motorola DP3400 series), are usually practical, dependable, high performance and cost effective. Additionally they work right away, without boot up or load time.
A WiFi comparable might be more costly and doubtless not near reliable enough. Put basically, there just does not seem to be a marketplace for it right now. Personally, I doubt that theres’s going to be one in the foreseeable future, but you never know.
Also, even though it isn’t, strictly speaking, a ‘two way radio’, an Android app also exists that performs the exact same function as a walkie talkie and operates via WiFi. It is called, appropriately enough, ‘WiFi walkie talkie’. To cite 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 concept of owning a WiFi walkie talkie, then this site is selling a smartphone/walkie-talkie fusion. The Runbo X5 runs on Android, has a chat time of between 6 and 10 hrs and operates a dual core CPU, it’s also extremely water resistant. we have never reviewed this product, so we can’t say much more than that, however the stats look pretty impressive. It even has 4G.
Overall, you are probably better off sticking to a regular 2 way radio or radio for your business (or personal) needs. There is a wealth of support and help online for the use of two way radios, as well as a quantity of comprehensive product reviews (some of which are contributed by yours truly) that may help you create an knowledgeable and cost effective decision.
WiFi is a technology that’s still evolving, but we’ve all heard of connectivity problems with our cellphones, laptops, tablet pc’s and whatnot. The last thing you will want would be to suffer exactly the same difficulties when encountering an disaster situation.
Perhaps one day someone can make a WiFi 2 way radio, but it’s going to only become a viable option of the existing versions when it can be proved to be safer and present superior service, which are a few things that I just do not see happening. Regretful.
As We all have said on this blog, I’m faraway from an authority in these matters, so if you are feeling like grabbing another opinion with your morning coffee, then definately, do some research and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk