How to Enable Remote Access on Neat Devices

Last updated on January 17, 2023

Neat’s Remote access feature allows administrators to log in to Neat’s web admin via a web browser and access/retrieve useful information. From this server you can collect logs, upload certificates, view general system information, and configure audio & video settings.

1. Enable Remote access

On Neat Pad, Neat Board, or Neat Frame:

Step 1: First navigate to Neat’s System Settings.

Using Zoom: Click on Zoom Settings -> General -> System Settings -> Enter passcode* -> you will now enter Neat’s System Settings. (*Zoom Room passcode is 00000 or 01234 by default; alternatively go to Zoom admin portal, navigate to Room management -> Zoom Rooms-> find your Zoom room and click ‘Edit’ next to its name -> Rooms profile and search for ‘Room Passcode’. Some users may not be required to enter a passcode.)

Using Microsoft Teams: Click on Microsoft settings (More) -> Settings -> Device Settings -> you will now enter Neat’s System settings.

Step 2: From Neat’s System Settings, navigate to System -> Remote access -> toggle the option to enable it.

Step 3: You will now need to enter a password and it must be at least 8 characters long. The default username is admin.

Step 4: Once you have set the password, you will see the following messages on the Neat Pad (a similar message will be displayed on the Neat Board/Frame):

  • Neat Pad https://<ipaddress_of_NeatPad>
  • Neat Bar https://<ipaddress_of_NeatBar>

Step 5: Now you can open your computer’s web browser and navigate to https://<ip_address> (where ip_address is the Neat device’s IP address).

Note: Your browser will most likely report the website to be untrusted as Neat will provide its self-certified root certificate. You can accept this warning and move forward on the webpage. Some browsers will not allow you to bypass the error and in that case, please use a different web browser.

Step 6: You will now see the following login prompt on your browser. Enter the credentials you have set up in Step 3 (default username is admin).

Figure 1: Remote access: Login prompt

2. Remote access: Status page

Once you log in, you will see the following Status page. This page will provide you with details about the device, such as its MAC address, serial number, firmware version and IP address. On the left side, you can choose between the Status, Time & language, Audio & video, and System pages. In the bottom left corner, you can view your Access Settings or Logout from the remote access web server.

Figure 2: Remote access: Status page for Neat Bar

The Status page (Figure 2) allows you to download logs and view general system information, such as MAC addresses, IP address, serial number, firmware version, NTP server, etc.

2.1 Downloading logs:

On the Status page, you can download the logs from the device by clicking the Get logs button. When downloading logs from Neat Bar/Bar Pro, please make sure you download logs from both Bar and Pad.

IMPORTANT: Rebooting removes the previous log from the device. If you have been asked to provide logs, please reproduce the issue and download the logs before rebooting.

Note: It is not possible to view the downloaded log as it will be in an encrypted format (file extension .p7m). 

3. Remote Access: Time & language page

On the Time & language page (Figure 3) you can edit the time and language settings on your Neat device.

Note: Time & language settings are only available via the web admin server on the Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro, Neat Board, and Neat Frame. These options are not available on the Neat Pad’s web admin server.

Figure 3: Remote access: Time & language settings for Neat Bar/Neat Bar Pro/Neat Board/Neat Frame

3. Remote Access: Audio & video page

On the Audio & video page (Figure 4) you can edit the audio and video settings on your Neat device. Music mode can only be enabled and disabled from the web admin server. Any changes made to these settings while the device is in a meeting will take place after the meeting ends.

Note: Audio & video settings are only available via the web admin server on the Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro, Neat Board, and Neat Frame. These options are not available on the Neat Pad’s web admin server.

Figure 4: Remote access: Audio & video settings for Neat Bar/Neat Bar Pro/Neat Board/Neat Frame

4. Remote access: System

On the System page (Figure 5) you can update your device, opt to share analytics, enable and disable Auto wake up, and upload certificates and reboot the device. Certificates can only be uploaded to the device from the web admin server.

Note: Settings on this page aside from “Certificates” are only available via the web admin server on the Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro, Neat Board, and Neat Frame. These options are not available on the Neat Pad’s web admin server.

Figure 5: Remote access: System settings for Neat Bar/Neat Bar Pro/Neat Board/Neat Frame

4.1 Uploading certificates:

You can upload a Certificate Authority’s (CA) X.509 certificate to Neat’s trust store. For more information, see the Neat February 2021 release notes.

On Neat device’s web admin, click on ‘System’ and you will be able to add and view certificates in Neat’s trust store (see Figure 4).

Neat supports .pem/.der/.cer/.cert/.crt file formats. 

IMPORTANT: Once you upload a certificate, please reboot your Neat device. If you have a paired Neat Bar/Bar Pro and Neat Pad, you will need to upload the CA certificate to both Neat Bar and Neat Pad’s trust stores and reboot both devices.

5. Remote access: Access settings and password management

On the Access settings page (Figure 5) you can manage your remote access password and lock remote access settings on your device.

Figure 5: Access Settings for Neat Bar/Neat Bar Pro/Neat Board/Neat Frame

5.1 Manage remote access password

You can remotely change the Remote access password from the Neat Bar, Neat Bar Pro, Neat Board and Neat Frame’s web admin server. In addition, it is also possible to ‘Lock remote access settings on device’ so that it is not possible to change the password or turn remote access off from the device (this option is disabled by default). 

Please navigate to the Neat Bar/Bar Pro, Neat Board or Neat Frame’s web admin and once you log in, click on the ‘Access settings’ on the lower-left corner. You can then change the password as well as lock remote access settings on the device. 

5.2 Hide remote access password 

After enabling remote access for the first time, you are able to lock the settings on the device so the password can no longer be changed. Once you enable lock remote access settings, the Neat Pad, Neat Board, or Neat Frame’s Remote access settings will no longer show a password field and instead advise the user to sign in from the web browser to make any changes.

Figure 6: Remote access settings on Neat Pad after ‘Lock remote access settings on device’ has been enabled