It appears that, such a radio does exist, but it isn’t widely commercially offered. 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”.
Essentially, WiFi, being a communications format, basically isn’t as trustworthy during a emergency as a good old-fashioned 2 way radio or walkie talkie. Actually, Walkie Talkie’s (such as Motorola DP3400 series), are normally practical, dependable, high performance and cost effective. They also work instantly, without boot up or load time.
A WiFi correspondent would possibly be more expensive and doubtless not nearly reliable enough. Put simply, there just doesn’t seem to be a marketplace for it right now. In my opinion, I doubt that there will be one in the foreseeable future, but you never know.
Also, although it isn’t, strictly speaking, a ‘walkie talkie’, an Android app also exists that performs the exact same function as the two way radio 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”.
In case you’re in reality into the idea of owning a WiFi 2 way radio, then this site is selling a smartphone/walkie-talkie cross. The Runbo X5 runs on Android, has a talk time of between 6 and 10 hours and operates a dual core CPU, it is also highly water resilient. we have never reviewed this product, so we cannot say much more than that, but the stats look pretty extraordinary. It even has 4G.
Largely, you’re possibly better off sticking to a standard 2 way radio or two way radio in your business (or personal) needs. There is a wealth of support and help online for use of walkie talkies, also as the variety of thorough product reviews (some of which are contributed by yours truly) which will help you make an informed and cost effective choice.
WiFi is a technology that is still improving, but we have all heard of connectivity problems 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 disaster situation.
Perhaps in the future someone will make a WiFi two way radio, but it will only become a viable alternative to the present versions when it can be proved to be safer and offer better service, which are a few things that I just don’t see occouring. Regretful.
As I’ve said on this blog, I’m far from an authority in these matters, so if you feel like grabbing a second opinion together with your morning coffee, then by all means, do a little analysis and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk