It appears that, such a radio does exist, however it isn’t generally 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”.
Basically, WiFi, being a communications format, basically is not as reliable during a emergency as the good old-fashioned 2 way radio or walkie talkie. In reality, Walkie Talkie’s (such as Motorola DP3400 series), are normally practical, dependable, high performance and cost effective. They also work immediately, without boot up or load time.
A WiFi equivalent would possibly be more costly and probably not nearly dependable 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, even though it is not, strictly speaking, a ‘walkie talkie’, an Android app also exists that performs the exact same function as a two way radio and operates via WiFi. It’s 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 really into the idea of owning a WiFi two way radio, then this site is selling a smartphone/walkie-talkie hybrid. 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 highly water resistant. we have never reviewed this product, so we cannot say much more than that, however the stats look pretty outstanding. It even has 4G.
Largely, you’re almost certainly better off sticking to a ordinary 2 way radio or radio in your business (or personal) needs. There’s a plethora of support and help online for use of two way radios, as well as the variety of thorough product reviews (a number of which are contributed by yours truly) that may help you make an knowledgeable and cost effective decision.
WiFi can be a technology that’s still improving, but we’ve all had connectivity troubles with our smart phones, laptops, tablet pc’s and whatnot. The last thing you will want is to suffer the same difficulties when encountering an emergency situation.
Perhaps in the future someone will make a WiFi walkie talkie, but it’ll only become a viable choice to the present versions when it may be proved being safer and offer better service, which are some things that I just do not see happening. Regretful.
As We all have said somewhere else, I’m faraway from a guru in these things, so if you feel like grabbing a second opinion together with your morning coffee, then definately, do a little analysis and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk