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Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell review: Posh design, privacy, and no subscription fees

Added 03-05-21 06:15:02am EST - “You'll also get partial HomeKit support, but some other features are missing from this premium-priced smart home device.” - Techhive.com

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The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is the latest from one of Europe’s biggest smart home security product makers. It was first shown at CES 2019, so it’s been a long time coming. The product is now available in the U.S. for $300. That makes it much more expensive up front than many of its competitors, but it could easily work out cheaper over time because you don’t need to pay any subscription charges for cloud-based video storage or other services.

Netatmo’s device is larger than some competitors, but it has a smart design with the facia split evenly into three sections: the top is the camera, the center is the speaker, and the lower third is the doorbell button.

Netatmo’s Smart Video Doorbell has a distinctly European design flair and is larger than many of its competitors.

The Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell wasn’t the easiest to install. I don’t know if it’s because it accepts household electricity supply (as in common in some European countries), but installation requires feeding a couple of wires through the back of the bracket and then into a connector block. The connector block then attaches to the bracket. Why it isn’t a single piece isn’t clear.

The electrical wires from your home connect to this plastic block, which connects in turn to the doorbell’s base plate.

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