The Panasonic Home Monitoring & Control Kit, or the KX-HN6012EW, is an entry level smart home kit with an accent on security. Out of the box, the Home Monitoring kit supplies one indoor camera, two window/door sensors, a smart plug and Panasonic’s central smart home hub.
The hub, camera and window/door sensors can all be screwed to the walls. The process isn’t difficult, even though you should check that there are not any cables or wires running behind the wall before drilling. The 130 x 130 x 42-mm hub and 75 x 75 x 102-mm camera can also be left freestanding.
Next you have to sync the monitoring system’s collective parts using the hub. This is easy too. Simply connect the hub to your mains and WiFi, then install the Panasonic Home Networking app to your Android, iOS or Windows device.
Nonetheless, the brief setup process is in part due to the starter kit not including adequate tech to fully secure even a reasonably sized flat. It wasn’t expected much by considering the pack’s modest £230 price, the fact that you get only two window/door sensors and one camera is an issue.
Recorded footage is stored on a microSD card in the main hub meaning it is a good idea to place it out of reach or hide it, in case tech apprehension burglars spot it and steal the microSD. You can also set the app to alert you when the sensors are triggered. The app characteristics sub menus for every connected device, which, when clicked, offer a variety of commands.
The camera records at a maximum of 6fps at a 640 x 480 VGA resolution. This is disappointing when you consider that the majority of smart home systems record at 720p. For starters, while eight mobile devices can be registered to the hub, only the first four can be used to control the system. This could be problem for people living in shared houses or with large families.
The Panasonic Home Monitoring & Control Kit is a barebones starter pack more suited for child and pet monitoring than home security.