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Neat Bar

The mounting instructions of Neat Bar can be found on your Neat Pad during setup. They are also located here: https://neat.no/bar/?neat-bar-installation-guides=intro

Neat Bar is a simple and elegant, highly capable meeting room device in a compact design. It’s perfect for bringing superior-quality audio and video to your meeting, huddle or focus rooms for up to ten people. You can mount Neat Bar above or below one or two monitors, and it comes with Neat Pad, our dynamic touch screen, that allows you to control all the meeting room functions. Together Neat Bar and Neat Pad can provide you with a complete Zoom Room experience second to none.

When you purchase a Neat Bar, you get a Neat Pad with it to use as a Zoom Room controller. You are also able to buy additional Neat Pad(s) to work as either a Zoom Room Controller or Zoom Room Schedular for your meeting room.

Detailed specifications for Neat Bar and Neat Pad can be found on our website on Neat Bar Specifications.

You can also find more information through the Explore the technology in Neat Bar interactive menu.

Neat Bars are deployed in most Zoom office locations around the world so they can be seen in many Zoom meeting rooms once offices reopen and we all get back to the office.

In the meantime, you can try the Neat Bar risk free in your home workspace and then give it a spin in the meeting room when you head back to the office. That’s because we’ve extended our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee for the Neat Bar to 100 Days for a limited time. If you love it, keep it. If it’s not the right fit, we’ll gladly accept your return and credit you for the full amount of your order.

Neat Bar ships with wall mount, screen mount and table stand so it’s easy for anyone to install and set-up, above or below one or two screens.

Neat Bar mounting options
Neat mounting guides

Neat Bar and Neat Pad need to be on the same subnet to be able to find each other and pair together. In most cases, pairing problems occur because the Bar and Pad are not connected to the same subnet (and are unable to send/receive multicast packets between each other). For example, if you have connected your Bar to wired network, but Pad on Wi-Fi network, it is possible they are on two different networks in your company.

Please see Neat’s network and firewall requirements guide for further understanding of this topic.

A quick way to find out if you are in the same network is by finding the IP address and subnet mask of both Neat Pad (through the Pad settings) and Neat Bar (press the reset button once at the back of the Bar). If you are not familiar with IP addressing, please reach out to your Network administrator for confirmation, or email Neat’s technical support team at support@neat.no.

Yes. The Neat Bar ships with a Neat Pad and both will need to be paired together to operate as a complete Zoom Room device.

When installing a Neat Bar with its dedicated Neat Pad, choose the setup: ‘Set up Neat Bar with controller’.

You can also buy additional Neat Pads to work as either extra Zoom Room Controller or Zoom Room Schedular (however, these do not need to be paired with a Neat Bar at the Neat level). If you are using the Neat Pad as an extra controller either for a Neat Bar/Neat Board or a 3rd party Zoom Room system, choose the setup ‘Add a controller’. To use Neat Pad as a Schedular, choose the ‘Add a schedular’ option.

Neat Bar is perfect for bringing superior-quality audio and video to your huddle, focus and meeting spaces with up to 10 participants.

Neat Bar is optimized for up to 16 feet (5 meters), but no two rooms are ever really alike and there are many nuances to every room environment which is why we recommend you try Neat Bar in your meeting space.

Neat Bar can be connected to one or two screens. When connecting to only one TV screen, you must connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI 1 port of the Neat Bar. The HDMI 2 port should be used for the additional screen.

Neat can use any standard flat panel display with HDMI inputs. In general, thinner displays with standard VESA mounting attachment points are most compatible with our mounting hardware.

All Neat devices run Neat OS, a hardened and secure firmware that is locked to Zoom Room and the Zoom cloud. All management of Neat devices happens in the Zoom portal.

Yes! All Neat devices support Wi-Fi and are compatible with both 2.4 and 5 Ghz networks. Users can choose the Wi-Fi option during the setup process. For more information, please see the article Wi-Fi support on Neat devices.

All Neat devices support Wi-Fi, and are compatible with both 2.4 and 5 Ghz networks. Users can choose the Wi-Fi option during the setup process. For Neat Bar and Neat Pad, the Wi-Fi configuration is done through the Neat Pad during the initial setup and pairing process. For a step-by-step guide on how to configure Wi-Fi on a Bar and Pad, please see the article: How to connect Neat Bar and Neat Pad over Wi-Fi

The Zoom software and Neat firmware versions for both Neat Bar and Neat Pad can be viewed from the Neat Pad.

On your Neat Pad, navigate to Settings (lower left corner) -> About. The Zoom software version numbers will be displayed on the right (e.g. “5.5.0”). In most circumstances the Neat firmware versions (called “Controller Firmware Version” for the Pad and “Zoom Rooms Firmware Version” for the Bar) will be displayed in a format like “NFA1.20210213.0033”.

To check Neat firmware and serial numbers, go to Settings -> General on your Neat Pad. Next to it, there will be an option called ‘System Settings’. Click on this and enter the Room’s passcode*. Then navigate to Systems Settings -> System -> About -> Neat Pad and Neat Bar serial numbers and firmware versions.  (If you do not see Neat Bar listed here, it is quite likely your Neat Bar and Neat Pad are not paired)

*Note: The room passcode is configured in the Zoom portal. To access it, login to Zoom portal using Administrator’s account and navigate to Room management -> Zoom Rooms-> find your Zoom room and click ‘Edit’ next to its name -> Rooms profile and search for ‘Room Passcode’. By default, this is set to 00000.

Once you launch Zoom Room software on Neat, the Bar and Pad should auto-pair and present you with a sign-in screen. Click on ‘Sign in’ and you can either ‘Enter activation code’ or sign-in to your Zoom account and select a Zoom room (or create a new Zoom Room). You will need a Zoom administrator account to obtain the ‘Activation key’ from the Zoom portal.

Neat Bar has five built in microphones angled in an end-fire array and three sensor mics, to enable advanced differential beamforming and optimize audio pick up for up to 16 feet (5 meters).

Neat Bar pairs with our Neat Pad controller, which has two built-in microphones as well. When we enable these mics in a future software release, the audio pick up will be further enhanced to support even larger meeting rooms.

Neat Bar pairs with our Neat Pad controller, which has two built-in microphones. When we enable these mics in a future software release, the controller will function as an external table microphone. At this time, you can not add an external microphone to the Neat Bar, but we will evaluate this capability in the future.

Neat Bar has an HDMI in port and supports sharing screen content with audio via an HDMI cable. Note that this only supports 1080p30 resolution for content sharing and therefore you should connect a laptop that is capable of supporting this resolution.

Additionally, you can use ‘direct sharing’ (no cables required) offered by Zoom. There are two options for direct sharing:

  • Ultrasound proximity sharing: you just bring your laptop running Zoom desktop client near the Neat Bar and press the ‘Share screen’ button your laptop.
  • If proximity detection doesn’t work, you can activate direct sharing by entering a Sharing Key or Meeting ID. Click on Neat Pad’s ‘Share content’ button and you will see a Sharing code/Meeting ID. Now on your Zoom desktop client -> Home -> click on ‘Share screen’ and you’ll be asked to enter either Sharing Key or Meeting ID.

Neat Bar’s camera supports 4x digital zoom based on a 4056*3040 (12 MP) capture resolution. The 120 degrees horizontal field of view enables automatic zooming and framing of people in the meeting room.

Please go to the Zoom administrator page and navigate to ‘Rooms’. Once you have chosen your specific room to edit, you can find the option ‘Start HDMI content share manually on controller’. Enabling this setting will prevent automatic sharing of content in the meeting.

Yes it can! The Neat Bar supports a standard called CEC (Consumer Electronics Control), which allows it to send control signals to the screen via the HDMI cable and put the screen to sleep when not in use. Please note that the TV screen will need to have support for CEC. If you enable the ‘Auto wake up’ option (on Neat Pad, go to Settings -> General -> System Settings -> System -> Auto wake up), the Neat Bar will automatically wake up the screen when it detects people in the room.

The default volume can be set on Neat Pad: Go to ‘Settings’ – ‘Speaker’ – ‘Volume’.

You can change your video layout by clicking on the ‘Change View option shown on your Neat Pad Zoom Room Controller. The options are ‘Speaker’, ‘Gallery’ or ‘Thumbnail’. If you would like to see multiple participants, you can choose the Gallery view.

However, if this is not working as expected, it is possible you have your TV screen connected to the incorrect HDMI port of your Neat Bar. Please ensure that when using a single TV screen, you are connected to the HDMI 1 port of your Neat Bar to your TV monitor. If you have a second screen, you can use HDMI 2 port of your Neat Bar.

Yes, Neat devices support full Zoom digital signage functionality. Please see here for more info: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360000030683-Zoom-Rooms-digital-signage

Yes. Neat Bar’s Kensington Security Slot is located on the bottom of the device and is integrated into the venting holes.

Neat Bar offers an impressive range of features and we’ll continue to enhance its capabilities with frequent software updates. The following features are planned for upcoming over-the-air updates:

  1. Support for environmental sensors (sensors are built in, but monitoring and reporting is coming).
  2. Support for Neat Pad microphones to provide extended audio pickup range in larger rooms (Neat Bar is optimized for audio pick up of up to 16 feet/5 meters).

Often referred to as Neat Symmetry, Individual auto framing is an innovation that aims to restore visual balance between remote home workers and meeting-room participants.

With Individual auto framing, we can now dynamically frame individuals in the meeting room and join the frames together, eliminating the distance between them. The result is a single frame with multiple meeting participants, all roughly at the same size.

For more details, please read Neat’s February 2021 software release notes.

Support, warranty & returns

Neat will provide support for Neat devices running current released software version and the previous released software version.

  • By current released software, we mean software available through both ‘stable’ and ‘preview’ channels. Although, please note that the ‘preview’ channel software should be used for testing purposes only and not for wider production use.
  • By prior released software, we mean the last ‘stable’ software release before the current ‘stable’ was promoted.

If you have opted out of ‘Automatic updates’ on your Neat device (an option available from February 2021 release), you will become responsible for manually upgrading all your Neat devices using the Zoom Room administrator portal.

To ensure you can always get support from Neat’s technical team, please make sure you keep your devices on a supported software release. If you encounter an issue with older software (outside our support policy), when you reach out to us for technical support, we will ask you to upgrade to a supported software release first.

For any questions or concerns, or if you need Neat’s technical team, please email us at support@neat.no.

If you are experiencing issues specific to your Neat device, please reach out to us at support@neat.no. If the issue you are encountering is a Zoom-specific issue, then please reach out to Zoom team (you will need to raise Zoom support ticket with a Zoom administrator’s account).
If in doubt, you can contact us at support@neat.no and we can direct you to the right place!

Neat devices are sold with a 1-year warranty included. We also offer additional 1 or 2 year extended warranties at the time of purchase. Extended warranty prices are listed on neat.no.

View our complete warranty statement here.

For a limited time, Neat has extended our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee to 100 days. This enables you to try the Neat Bar risk free for 3 months. This means you can try the Neat Bar now in your home workspace, and then give it a spin in the meeting room when you head back to the office. If you love it, keep it. If it’s not the right fit, we’ll gladly accept your return and credit you for the full amount of your order, including shipping upon receipt of the returned unit at our warehouse. For more information on Neat’s purchasing or return policies, email orders@neat.no.

Try Neat Bar and Neat Pad risk free for 100 days. If you love it, keep it. If it’s not the right fit, we’ll gladly accept your return and credit you for the full amount of your order, including standard ground shipping upon receipt of the returned unit at our warehouse. For more information on Neat Bar and Neat Pad purchasing or return policy, email orders@neat.no.

We want you to be satisfied with your purchase of Neat Board.  If for some reason it’s not the right fit, just return it within 100 days of purchase.  Neat will gladly accept your return and credit you the amount of your order minus a restocking fee of US$ 1000 which covers packing, transportation, and handling. For more information on Neat Board purchasing or return policy, email orders@neat.no

Support for Microsoft Teams

Neat and Microsoft have announced a partnership that will make Neat devices available to Microsoft customers worldwide. As part of this announcement, Neat’s complete range of devices will be certified by Microsoft and will natively run Microsoft Teams for Android.

Neat is quickly becoming a distinctive player as we continue to lead the market in delivering critical innovations that are driving the future of video collaboration. For several months, we’ve continued to field requests from Microsoft customers for Neat devices that support Teams. Neat’s broad portfolio of devices, unique feature set and proven track record for ground breaking innovations makes Neat an important addition to the existing ecosystem of Microsoft Teams devices to support hybrid work. Together, Microsoft and Neat intend to further drive innovation across meeting spaces.

From the start, Neat has focused on solving challenges in the meeting space through delightful experiences. The use of video collaboration across businesses of all sizes has exploded over the past 15 months. It’s now accessible to the masses, with hybrid work set to become the new normal. Zoom and Microsoft have emerged as the dominant platform leaders. Although some businesses have chosen one platform over the other, many companies want the option to deploy both Teams and Zoom across their organization. Supporting Teams and Zoom enables Neat to deliver our unique experiences across a broader market to more businesses globally.

Neat designs simple and elegant video devices that make virtual meetings feel almost as real as meeting face-to-face. They bring rich and meaningful experiences to people’s work, interactions and lives across any meeting space and have crystal-clear audio and video, plus advanced capabilities that support an enhanced, engaging and safer hybrid working and learning environment. A wide range of Zoom customers of all sizes and across all industries have enjoyed these exceptional experiences. These same advanced capabilities and experiences will now be available for Microsoft Teams customers as well.

All Neat devices will natively support Microsoft Teams. They include Neat Bar, Neat Pad and Neat Board which are currently shipping, and Neat Bar Pro, Neat Frame and Neat One, which will begin shipping this fall.

The product development teams at Neat and Microsoft Teams Rooms are currently working on a joint roadmap for Neat devices to natively support Microsoft Teams for Android in Q4 2021. We will announce further details soon. For information contact hello@neat.no.

Yes. Neat fully intends to make all of our rich experiences available to Microsoft Teams customers. Together with Microsoft, our R&D teams are hard at work developing the plan to ensure customers experience robust Neat Teams spaces that take advantage of features including:

  • Neat Symmetry, which restores the balance between people in a meeting room and those who are remote by individually auto framing each in-room participant and instinctively following them as if they have their own camera person. That way, everyone’s always seen and heard, and people get the most natural feeling yet of being physically all in the same room together.
  • Neat Sense, pending Microsoft support, monitors noise, light, people presence and the number of people in a room. Also, environmental factors, including air quality, humidity, CO2 and VOCs (organic chemicals, odors, scents, etc.). All of which ensure the safest and healthiest room environment possible.
  • Neat Audio, which enables fluid conversations without any interruptions or double talk issues, where a participant’s audio is cut off if two people speak at the same time.
  • Neat Bubble, a patent-pending capability that reduces background noise and external voices by only picking up sounds from within the camera view. It removes unwanted noises from open plan office areas, including other people who may be meeting nearby. In short, what you see is what you hear!
  • The simple and delightful Neat out-of-the-box experience that allows people to equip any room with video in no time at all, thanks to Neat’s quick and easy-to-understand online set-up and installation guides.
  • Fast and secure worldwide shipping with full before and after-sales customer support.

No. Neat devices will natively run Microsoft Teams. All customers have to do when they get their device is plug it in. Then they can jump right into a Teams call.

Neat has always made it super easy for customers to purchase Neat devices in a way that’s most convenient for them. That includes buying directly from Neat via neat.no or through our ecosystem of value-added resellers. Please contact hello@neat.no for more information.

Yes. Neat devices are available for Microsoft customers to purchase directly from neat.no.

Yes. Providing all customers with the flexibility to purchase Neat devices in whatever way suits them best, Neat will offer Microsoft teams customers the opportunity to leverage its versatile and affordable subscription service. Thus, people can subscribe to Neat devices for a reasonable monthly or annual cost. Neat as a Service will be available to Microsoft Teams customers beginning Q4 2021.

All you have to do is just power it up, and your Neat device will automatically pair with your Neat Pad controller. Then, simply sign into your Microsoft Teams account and start your meeting.

Neat devices for Microsoft Teams will be managed through the Microsoft Teams Admin Center (TAC), with help and assistance provided by Neat’s global support team.

Yes. The Microsoft Teams Admin Center (TAC) will enable you to fully manage all Neat devices, which means you’ll have complete centralized control over your entire Neat video deployment.

Yes, that will be possible. You can purchase your Neat device now if you like. Once Microsoft Teams is supported in Q4, you can factory reset your Neat device and provision it as a Teams device.

No. As strategic allies and in close partnership, Zoom and Neat remain committed to making the Zoom meeting experience the best it can be. Through joint development and an aligned roadmap, our teams continue to work closely to deliver an advanced set of capabilities that provides Zoom customers with rich and meaningful collaboration experiences throughout the hybrid workplace.

No. Neat was created to solve the challenges Zoom customers were facing in the meeting space, and we remain 100 % committed to addressing those needs globally. We will continue our rapid innovation of devices and features to deliver exceptional experiences for Zoom customers and Microsoft customers alike across all of their meeting spaces in the new hybrid workplace.

We will ship Neat devices to all the same countries for Microsoft Teams, as we do for Zoom customers.

Yes. As a Neat Partner, you now have the expanded capability to offer Neat devices to your Zoom customers as well as Microsoft customers. Neat devices will support Teams beginning Q4 2021.

Becoming a Neat Reseller Partner is by Neat invitation only. Partners are selected after meeting a set criteria which includes a proven successful track record of meeting the needs of Neat and Microsoft customers, as well as an investment and commitment into the Partner Program. For more information on becoming a Neat Reseller Partner, contact partners@neat.no.