Neos Smart Home Review with camera, leak & motion sensor for smart home security on the cheap

Neos is a relatively new company to the smart home scene being established just four years ago. Targeting the UK market, they appear to have been quite successful garnering a significant number of positive reviews on the likes of Amazon and Trustpilot.

They even have a well-reviewed Android app, which is quite rare for new and affordable companies.

The SmartCam has been their main device for a while now, but you can now buy a smart home kit which includes the camera and several sensors for motion, doors, and leaks. You get all this for £100, allowing you to create a super affordable smart home security solution.

What’s in the box? Neos Smart Home Specifications

SmartCam

This is the main device on the system where the smart bridge connects to, it offers  1080p Full HD recording with a 2.8mm focal length. There is also a buit-in microphone and speaker with two-way audio. You can then use this for motion and noise alerts, and you can have it auto-arm when you leave the house using geofencing with your phone.

Smart Motion Sensor x1

When movement is detected, you’ll receive notifications to your Neos SmartHome app. So you can make sure your little ones aren’t wandering up or down the stairs or sneaking into your home office.

Neos Smart Contact Sensor x2

Pop it on any entry point in your home and get notified if a window or door is opened so you always know that your home is secured. Simply check your sensor’s status in your Neos App.

Neos Smart Leak Kit x3

The Leak sensor is designed to detect even a single drop of water,  preventing small leaks from turning into big problems. It also alerts you to unexpected changes to your home with the built-in temperature and humidity sensors. The sensors are small and discrete meaning you can fit them almost anywhere, and they can be installed in minutes.

Smart Bridge

The Smart Bridge is the best way to create a hub in your home – simply insert the Smart Bridge into the SmartCam, and you’re ready to connect up to 100 wireless Neos devices!

Limited Free Cloud Recording – £2.49 per month for 1-minute recording or MicroSD

Neos SmartCam comes with free 14-day cloud storage as standard. When your Neos SmartHome app is armed (and notifications enabled), your SmartCam will automatically record 12-second video clips when triggered by either a motion or a loud noise. All recorded video clips will be stored on your SmartHome app to view for 14 days. After 14 days, all clips are permanently deleted and cannot be recovered. Within the 14 days, you can save any clip to your phone’s storage if you would like to retain it.

You can then optionally pay for Neos Boost which bumps up the recordings to 1 minute and reduces the cooldown time between clips from 5 minutes to 1 minute. You then gain access to activity zones and security scheduling.

You can also record 24/7 to a microSD slot

The Neos Boost sounds like very poor value for money, being the same price as Arlo and Ring per camera, but they are far superior platforms. This is the caveat of buying a cheap system upfront, you get stung on the monthly, but it is not a requirement so not too much of an issue.

Neos vs WYZE – Is Neos the same as WYZE?

One immediate thing that struck me with the Neos system was the familiarity of the camera. I am sure I have reviewed an identical piece of hardware myself, but can’t find it on the site. A little rooting around shows the Neos is identical to Wyze, and a little more research indicates the hardware is based on the Xiaomi Xiaofang camera.

There is nothing specifically wrong with this, but it helps explain why you may see other companies using very similar cameras.

Set-Up

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Maikel Du

I worked in many technical fields, but I always resort to blogging which has become an addiction to me
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