The small, incomplete TP-Link Casa Spot KC100 produces superb daytime video and one-way audio, but its night-vision video is just enough.
THE BOTTOM LINE
TP-Link Casa Spot KC100 Camera DCS-8300LH is a relatively affordable home security camera that features local storage, free cloud recording, speed and sound alert and integration with other connected devices.
If you’re in the market for a home security camera, you’ll need to click around for a few minutes on the web to get a wealth of options. Many, different make and models are available at all kinds of price points. This is taken from our TP-Link at the Casa Spot KC100: If you want the basics on price, it is worth considering the weeks we have spent on everything that happened in our archive.
By basics we mean speed detection alerts sent to your phone, short recordings of said events and the ability to tap into a live feed through the Android and iOS apps no matter where you are in the world, even though the price is compromised: it’s just an indoor camera, so no attack from the weather. Will not resist and the video quality peaks at 1080p HD.
There really is a lot to like though. Consider two-way audio and 3-degree viewing areas and night vision (apparently more than 20 feet or six meters, which seems to us to be accurate). You can set up four custom motion zones for alerts – so you can, for example, get a Casa spot for alerting you to speed around the window not on the television screen. It’s sometimes extra money with security cameras, so it’s nice to see it’s available for free here.
Speaking of extra money, here’s usually a subscription package: Extra a 4 months or $ 40 a year (roughly a 3.20 a month or £ 32 a year) You can keep your recordings for 14 days instead of the usual two, 14GB for a given plan. And up to the 1GB limit for the free plan, it’s worth noting that CasaCare hasn’t launched in the UK yet, and it’s still unclear when Not to mention – install Casa Spot in the UK today and you can get the premium package bin until the add-on
TP-LINK KASA SPOT REVIEW: SETUP AND DESIGN
TP-Link Casa Spot is a breeze to set up: plug it in, install the app on your phone and follow the instructions. It took us about five minutes to get the hardware up and running, and there is no point connecting to your router. Regardless of your level of smart home skills, you will not have a problem with it.
It’s a dirty, very nicely designed device, and it rotates around 360 degrees on its base plate for some extra flexibility. The USB power cable (which is attached to a mains adapter) needs to be attached vertically to the bottom of the camera – it’s an individual choice which is somewhat but a neat design minor It may not win any industrial design awards but it works.
As an app, TP-Link is not particularly known for its software capabilities, but the Casa App is truly polished and responsive. The camera and its feed can be accessed in just one or two, and they also appear in the app if you’ve got other compatible TP-Link Casa devices. Settings and options (like the quality of the video feed) are readily available.
We were just testing a camera here, but if you have multiple casa cameras installed, you can manage them in the same app: a live view is displayed on each device page, and there is a recently captured motion alert recording. Notifications can be easily turned on or off for each camera, or set to access a custom time window (such as office hours).
TP-LINK KASA SPOT REVIEW: FEATURES AND PERFORMANCE
We have no complaints with Casa Spot’s motion detection or live feed capabilities. The motion detection was probably a bit on the sensitive side, but keep in mind that you can take advantage of the four custom motion zones if you need to.
It’s really easy to connect to a video feed through the app, accessing features like two-way audio so you can talk to pets or an older relative if needed. The quality of the 1080p HD video is great during the day, and very good at night – the night vision capability doesn’t pull you away but will do very nicely.
With Casa Spot you get more features than you think you’ll ever pay for: high video quality, night vision, custom activity zones, two-way audio, 3-degree viewing areas and even a rotating base to whichever aspect you prefer. You can quickly turn the camera to face-to-face.
Casa Spot is compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, which means your video feed can be sent to a Chromecast with an echo show or a simple voice command. This is not something we can imagine using ourselves often but it does provide at least some integrations with your other TP-Link devices.
TP-LINK KASA SPOT REVIEW: VERDICT
The TP-Link Casa Spot is a great fine security camera for indoor use. Bundled in two days (or 1GB) of video quality, motion detection sensitivity, app interface and cloud recording, you all add to the very budget package if you’re shopping on a budget.
Okay, you won’t get as many unique features as some of the Casa Spot’s competitors, like the ability to recognize individual people, but it’s a great deal for the price you pay. Keep in mind that the more expensive options often come with pricey subscription packages, and the Casa Spot subscription is a lot more expensive – or will be when it launches in the UK.
Applications and software can often reduce cheap hardware, but this is not the case with Casa Spot: The bundle app here is polished and intuitive, and integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant is a definite bonus.
For instant, easy and inexpensive video monitoring of your home, without the need for a hub or ongoing subscription, the TP-Link casa spot ticks plenty of boxes. Even better if you already have some smart home kit installed by TP-Link.