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Not the reliable pet feeder I'd hoped for

A serious design issue with Petnet's $149 SmartFeeder holds it back from greatness.

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Meet Petnet's $149 US-only SmartFeeder.

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This Wi-Fi device automatically dispenses portioned meals on a schedule of your choosing.

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The Petnet SmartFeeder is designed for cats or dogs at or under 50 pounds.

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A related Android and iPhone app gives you access to scheduling and receiving alerts when your pet's food dispenses.

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Petnet stipulates that the dry food should measure between 1/8 and 5/8 inches in diameter; the SmartFeeder can dispense between 1/16- and 1 1/2-cup portions per meal.

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Press the button on the feeder to feed your dog manually.

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Two tabs lock the food reservoir's lid in place.

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Petnet's connected feeder can hold up to 7 pounds of dry dog or cat food.

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The SmartFeeder comes with a power adapter, but it also has a rechargeable battery that last for up to 7 hours.

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