Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is finally going on sale

HomeKit compatible doorbell was first announced at CES 2019

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell finally on sale
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The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell, which was announced way back in January 2019 at CES, is finally going on sale.

The French brand has announced that its rival to the likes of Nest Hello and the Arlo Video Doorbell will start shipping on 28 September.

Like those smart video doorbell rivals, the Netatmo is a wired doorbell offering. Netatmo tells us that it is compatible with most electrical installations, from 8-24 volts up to 230 volts. There's an online tool if you want to check if your current setup would be compatible.

Need more help? Read this: Smart Home Wiring 101

When it was first announced - almost 2 years ago now - the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell had the honor of being the first HomeKit compatible doorbell but in the many months that have passed, the likes of the Yobi Video B3 and the Robin ProLine have gone live; the latter boasting full HomeKit Secure Video features, as well (which, Netatmo assures us, is incoming for its doorbell soon, too).

So it's still an attractive option for HomeKit enthusiasts, even if the price-tag (£270 in the UK, US price still to be confirmed) is on the high-side for a video doorbell.

Netatmo's video doorbell can be controlled via the Home app or using Siri - you can ask Apple's assistant to show you who's at your door. You'll be able to see a live video feed on your phone if someone comes ringing, while the doorbell will send you an alert if it detects people loitering around your home.

HomeKit compatibility also means that users can create custom scenarios to connect their Doorbell to other smart home device. For example, you could have a HomeKit automation set for when the Smart Video Doorbell detects a person and the outdoor lights switch on to deter a potential intruder.

The weatherproof doorbell has a 1080p Full HD camera with a 140-degree wide angle lens, so you should get a decent picture out of it. The HDR function also adjusts to lighting, and Netatmo says you'll be able to see faces clearly even with bright sunlight behind them. And at night, there's infrared vision.

The lack of a subscription plan will also be music to many people's ears. Everything is in the box, and all footage is stored locally on an internal microSD card. Alternatively this can all be transferred to a Dropbox account or FTP server (Netatmo promises end-to-end encryption).

As mentioned, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell will start shipping on 28 September. It costs £269.99. We'll update this story as soon as we hear about US pricing and availability.




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