Nest: The Company
Nest is focused on making simple and thoughtful home automation products for the home. The company, which is owned by Google (Alphabet, Inc.) produces self-learning, Wi-Fi enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras, doorbells, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and a host of other products that connect to these devices. In 2011, the company introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat as its first product and it was met with tremendous success.
Nest Secure Alarm System
The Nest Secure alarm system is designed around the needs of the user. In addition to providing top-notch security for your home and family, it actually makes your life easier.
Following are the primary components of the system:
Guard – The Guard equipment includes the keypad, alarm and motion sensor and serves as the brains of the overall system. Users entering or leaving the home or business can enter a pass code on the keypad or they can use the Tag device (described below) to simply tag in our out.
Detect – The Detect equipment includes sensors that are attached to doors, windows and rooms. Once the sensors are attached to doors and windows, the alarm lets you know when specific doors and windows are opened or closed. The Detect equipment can also be attached to a wall to serve as a motion sensor. You can buy and configure as many sensors as needed for your home or business. If you need to go out the door, say to take out the trash, you can push the button on the door and go out, but the system stays armed.
Most people buy a unit for each exterior door, windows at ground level, and multiple units to identify movement in key areas of the building.
The Detect devices come with a feature called PathLight, that light up as you walk by. A helpful feature if you need to see in the dark.
Tag – The Tag is a key fob that allows users to arm and disarm the system without entering a passcode. Just tap the Tag on the Guard keypad (described above) to enable and disable the system. You can buy as many Tag devices as needed, just in case you need to provide other people with access to your home or business. If a particular Tag is lost or is no longer needed, you can disable it so it stops working. In addition, you can setup schedules, just in case you need to let someone in at a particular time.
Nest App – The App allows you control all aspects of the security system remotely from your phone. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play store and the Apple IOS Store. The app can be used to:
- Arm and disarm remotely
- Configure how much time you need to get in and out, a voice reminder tells you how much time you have left
- Setup reminders in case you forget to arm things
- Check the status of your home or business and look at the history
- Provide others with access
- View and control other Nest products
Nest Cam – The package doesn’t include Cams, but the alarm system can be easily setup to work with Cams throughout your home and property. This will allows you to actually see what is going on. If it is something of concern, you can quickly call the police. With a subscription to their Aware service, you can even send a video clip to the police to let them know what is going on to help them be prepared for what they will find on scene. The video clips could also be used as proof.
Battery Backup – The package includes a battery backup, so everything will continue working even in the event of a power loss.
Cellular Backup – The system uses a wifi connection. A cellular backup system is available at an additional cost in case the wireless connection is lost.
The equipment is designed to be easy to install and configure. Most people can handle the installation themselves using the instructions included in the box. There are also helpful videos available online and at the company website. If you’d prefer not to go it alone, certified professionals can handle the setup on your behalf. Visit https://nest.com/nest-pro-installation/ to hire a local pro today.
Professional monitoring services are available from Moni Smart Security to keep an eye on your home while your away. Professional monitoring is not required to setup and use the equipment. With easy installation and built-in monitoring features, you really can do it all yourself. If you feel safer with the additional eyes on your property, it is worth the extra money and is pretty much in line with pricing from other services. Moni offers two different plans:
- No Long Term Agreement: $34.99 per month
- 3 Year Agreement: $24.99 per month
There prices were current as of the date we wrote this article, so check the website for the most current pricing.
Where to Buy the Equipment
If you’re interested in buying the system, go to https://store.nest.com/product/nest-secure/H1500ES. The total cost for the starter package is $499. This includes Includes 1 Nest Guard, 2 Nest Detects, 2 Nest Tags. Additional Detects and Tags can be added as needed. Detects are currently $59 and Tags are $25. There is also a Connect product that helps keep everything connected if they are placed far apart. Think of it as a bridge between devices.
The costs can add up if you have a large home, but these are one-time costs and you can’t really put a price on your family’s safety.
The equipment can also be purchased at a number of retail stores, including Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart and many others. Prices and optional equipment may vary, depending on the store.
The Nest Secure alarm system works with Indoor Cams, Outdoor Cams, Hello, and Yale Lock. In addition, a new product that will work in conjunction with the alarm system is the Nest Hello. The Nest Hello is a hardwired smart video doorbell with facial recognition. It is similar to the popular Rink doorbell that is currently on the market. The device will be available in early 2018.