May 23, 2015
The confluence of mobility and connected devices is alive and well, and home security is a big portion of this. Another minor problem are all those spare smartphones.
Neposmart a looks to zap these concerns with one solution: a connected camera that can be controlled and monitored from a smartphone.
The review package we received was a bit fuller than expected: the camera, ethernet cable, power adapter, mounting materials, documentation, bell wire and magnetic switch (the last two for intelligent garage setup).
The documentation provided is heavy with details, and gives several platform-specific sets of instructions. The basic idea is to connect the Neposmart camera physically to an internet ready source via ethernet cable, and then facilitate control via the companion Neposmart app, which is available on Google Play. In practice, it was fairly easy to get it all going; after downloading the app and finding the specific hardware, signing in (and changing the password for good measure), one needs to sign into local wifi, and then the the ethernet cable can be temporarily retired.
With that, one should get a live feed, and the fun stuff can then begin.
The app is an interesting software hub; as noted, it’s primary purpose it to display the camera, but it also functions as part of the wireless setup, and can also physically control the camera; it’s possible to zoom, scroll up, down and sideways. In practice, there is some lag during movement operations, but nothing unmanageable.
One feature that is pretty interesting is the ability to set zones, such that one can get the device to focus on pre-assigned zones. It gives the unit a commercial flair, and after spending a career setting stuff up, I was surprised at how comprehensive the solution is.
The system is customizable, transferable and can be used in a number of ways. It breathes life into old devices (that can be used as handheld monitoring stations) and is easy to set up.
What’s not to love?