It appears that, such a radio does exist, nonetheless it just isn’t extensively commercially obtainable. Based on 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”.
Fundamentally, WiFi, being a comms format, basically isn’t as dependable during a emergency as a good old-fashioned two way radio or walkie talkie. In fact, Walkie Talkie’s (like the Motorola DP3400 series), are generally practical, reliable, high performance and cost effective. They also work right away, without boot up or load time.
A WiFi comparable would possibly be more costly and doubtless not nearly consistent enough. Put basically, there just does not look to be a marketplace for it right now. In my opinion, I doubt that you will have one in the foreseeable future, but you never know.
Also, even though it is not, 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 buying a WiFi walkie talkie, then this site is advertising a smartphone/walkie-talkie hybrid. The Runbo X5 runs on Android, has a chat time of around 6 and 10 hours and operates a dual core CPU, it’s also highly water resistant. we have never reviewed this product, so we cannot say much more than that, but the stats look quite extraordinary. It even has 4G.
Generally, you are probably better off sticking to a standard 2 way radio or two way radio in your business (or personal) needs. There is a variety of support and help online for the use of walkie talkies, also as the variety of detailed product reviews (several of that are contributed by yours truly) that will help you make an informed and cost effective decision.
WiFi may be a technology that is still improving, but we’ve all seen connectivity troubles with our cellphones, laptops, tablet pc’s and whatnot. The last thing you will want would be to suffer the same difficulties when encountering an emergency situation.
Perhaps at some point someone will make a WiFi walkie talkie, but it will only become a viable alternative of the present versions when it can be proved to be safer and present better service, which is something that I just do not see happening. Sorry.
As I have said on this blog, I’m far from an expert in these things, so if you feel like grabbing another opinion along with your morning coffee, then by all means, do some research and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk