It seems that, such a radio does exist, but it is not widely commercially obtainable. 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”.
Fundamentally, WiFi, being a communications format, plainly isn’t as dependable in a disaster as a good old-fashioned two way radio or walkie talkie. Actually, Walkie Talkie’s (like the Motorola DP3400 series), are in general practical, reliable, high performance and cost effective. Additionally they work right away, with no boot up or load time.
A WiFi equivalent may be more costly and possibly not nearly reliable enough. Put basically, there just doesn’t look to be a market for it right now. In my opinion, I doubt that theres’s going to be one in the foreseeable future, and you never know.
Also, although it isn’t, strictly speaking, a ‘walkie talkie’, an Android app also exists that performs the 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”.
In case you’re in reality into the idea of buying a WiFi walkie talkie, then this site is selling a smartphone/walkie-talkie hybrid. The Runbo X5 runs on Android, has a talk time of between 6 and 10 hours and operates a dual core CPU, it’s also extremely water resistant. we have never reviewed this one, so we cannot say much more than that, but the stats look quite outstanding. It even has 4G.
Largely, you are probably better off sticking to a regular 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, also as the variety of detailed product reviews (a number of that are contributed by yours truly) which will help you create an informed and cost effective verdict.
WiFi is a technology which is still improving, but we’ve all had connectivity problems with our phones, laptops, tablet pc’s and whatnot. The last thing you’ll need is to suffer the same difficulties when encountering an disaster situation.
Perhaps in the future someone can make a WiFi walkie talkie, but it’s going to only become a viable option to the existing versions when it may be proved being safer and offer superior service, which is something that I just do not see happening. Regretful.
As I have said somewhere else, I’m far from a guru in these matters, so if you are feeling like grabbing a second opinion with your morning coffee, then by all means, do a little analysis and get back to me on 2wayradionline.co.uk