One year after presenting the connected weather station and a week after Netatmo thermostat test, our attention is once again on the French startup acquired in December 2018 by the Legrand group, and in particular on their Netatmo Welcome camera. A model not really new, it is true, but which has recently been integrated into a intelligent video alarm system. Since we had not been able to test the sensors and the alarm, we acquired the camera in order to test its effectiveness. After numerous tests of compatible IP cameras Alexa, our expectations are all the greater as this camera is far from being the most affordable. Let's see if its price is justified ...
Netatmo Welcome: a pleasant and coherent design
Unboxing and presentation
If you are familiar with Netatmo solutions, you will not be surprised by the packaging. Using the brand's codes, it presents on the front a visual of the product qualified as "Smart indoor camera" and a smartphone to show us its connected character. Good news, this product is without subscription, which probably justifies its price a little higher than the average.
The other faces tell us a little more about the camera and in particular about a feature not very common in consumer products: the face detection and recognition, but also animals to avoid "false positives", or even fire and security alarms. Moreover, the Welcome camera comes with a micro-SD card allowing you to store the recordings locally and its 45/10 Mbits RJ100 Ethernet port of the save via Dropbox or FTP. Not bad !
In terms of compatibility, precisely, this camera is with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT and obviously Amazon Alexa via the Netatmo skill which allows you to view the stream live on Echo Show 2, Echo Show 5 or even Echo Spot. Images that you can of course consult directly via theNetatmo Security application and even via a web app on the fact my.netatmo.com as for the thermostat or the weather station.
At the opening, we immediately notice the family link with the weather station which made the reputation of the brand. Presenting the same one-piece aluminum tubular design, it is adorned with a golden dress and barely measures a small millimeter longer with 14,5 cm high for 4,5 cm in diameter.
Fan of design and decoration, there is a good chance that this product will catch your eye! The Alexians
It is therefore abouta connected object as compact as it is elegant and perfectly matched with the weather modules. Fan of design and decoration, there is a good chance that this product will catch your eye!
The camera is logically accompanied by a USB cable and a AC adapter, two Netatmo Security stickers to scare away unwanted people and obviously from the traditional technical documentation, the main elements of which are here ...
Netatmo Welcome: surveillance with elegance
- Connect your Smart Indoor Camera to the sector,
- Activate geolocation on your smartphone if necessary,
- Flip the camera until a light flashes,
- Wait the time it takes to configure the camera,
- Select your Wi-Fi network (attention, 2.4 GHz only),
- Enter your identifiers,
- Flip your camera : it is done !
- Enter a name for your camera. Choose it well, it is the one that will allow you to invoke it to display it on your Echo Show ou Echo Spot and that your voice assistant will search for,
As you can see, it was not very complicated!
Natatmo then gives you some basic advice on how to best position your camera and explains how to facial recognition may have a few misses at first and requires a learning phase. Indeed, you will see it, the Netatmo Welcome camera is able to isolate a face and identify it thanks to a good dose ofartificial intelligence and, in particular, of "Machine learning".
As with the brand's other applications, Netatmo Security is ergonomic and easy to handle. When opening, you face a screen presenting the recently detected faces and camera stream down. a swipe up gives you access to a timeline listing all events recorded by the camera (known or unknown faces, sounds and movements detected, animals - or robot vacuum cleaners - recorded and other events). Thanks to the three small dots at the top right, you can also quickly tell your camera that the house is empty. We would have liked a shortcut on the front, but yes, let's move on ... Netatmo still had the brilliant idea of slipping us a shortcut to the Android notifications specific to the application, and that's good, because it will save us from searching everywhere the adequate menu.
As with the brand's other applications, Netatmo Security is ergonomic and easy to use. The Alexians
In the parameters, there are many options and it is easy to fine-tune the alerts. They are grouped into two main categories: "When no one is home" et "When famous people are at home". The switch is done either alone after a period of time during which the camera has not detected any face, or on demand by activating an "away" mode to indicate to the device that everyone is gone. Each category offers five situations: unfamiliar faces, people, animals, other movements and alarms. Each can trigger video recording, notification, or both.
- At home : it is the home screen that allows you to know who is present in your home and to view the live stream,
- Elsewhere : the application tells you who has been away from the accommodation and for how long,
- Mermaid : alarms linked to the intelligent siren which can work together with the indoor camera,
- Smoke detector : same as for the siren.
Same story for web application ! Once again, the interface is simple, efficient and pleasant to use. A real “dashboard” of your Neatmo products, feeds displayed in the second following the click, the possibility of detaching the video to always keep an eye on it… No complaints, it's a good job!
A real “dashboard” of your Neatmo products, feeds displayed in the second following the click, the possibility of detaching the video to always keep an eye on it… No complaints, it's a good job! The Alexians
And with Alexa ?
One more time, Netatmo shines with its inability to provide us with truly comprehensive functionality with our dear voice assistant. A lack of consideration for users ofAlexa ? It is to believe, but know that it is not better in the others… Netatmo would she be missing the turn of the voice assistance? The future will tell us, but following our Netatmo connected thermostat test, we hope to see one day bloom a skill worthy of the name for cameras as for weather Channel - for which it is even worse besides.
Ok, we can visualize the flow from our camera, but it stops there ... And it is very regrettable. Alexians will therefore probably prefer to turn to Blink solutions or Ring. However, if you do not expect much moreAlexa than to allow you to visualize the flow of your Netatmo Welcome, note that its display on Echo Show 2, Echo Show 5 et Echo Spot remains the most reactive that we have been given to test so far. We therefore regret just the impossibility of arming and disarming the cameras by voice, or even using them in our routines. Alexa… Without having to put your hands in IFTTT.
We just regret the inability to arm and disarm the cameras by voice, or to use them in our routines Alexa. The Alexians
IFTTT, the savior!
This is the good news, IFTTT will allow us to overcome the shortcomings of the Netatmo skill. A large number ofNetatmo Security applets are indeed available ... Unfortunately, there again only two will be able to serve us in our routines Alexa. It's not much, but it's always better than nothing, right?
To do this, you will need create a custom IFTTT recipe with a specific phrase Alexa in IF and two types of THAT will be offered to you: the first allows you toactivate the "away" mode for all, the second ofactivate "away" mode for a specific person. In other words, you will be able to arm the monitoring and alarms of your Netatmo Welcome using a routine Alexa. Phew, that's it already!
We therefore invite you to find our IFTTT tutorial as well as our ideas for create IFTTT applets for Amazon Alexa. As for blink cameras, we can indeed create a starting routine that will arm our Netatmo security system.
Netatmo Welcome - smart indoor camera195 € (excluding promo)
- Neat and compact design to match the weather station
- Discreet camera
- Very effective facial recognition
- Easy to install and use
- Very well designed applications
- Disappointing image quality
- Fixed focal length with a simple digital zoom
- No two-way audio
- Tendency to heat and therefore to consume
- High price