Nest Secure Alarm System Review

Nest Secure Alarm System
Photo of the Nest Secure Alarm System, courtesy of Nest.

The Company

The Nest Secure Alarm System is a product developed and distributed by a Nest company. Nest makes simple and thoughtful home automation products for the home. The company, owned by Google (Alphabet, Inc.), produces self-learning, Wi-Fi-enabled thermostats, smoke detectors, cameras, doorbells, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and many other products that connect to these devices.

In 2011, the company introduced the Nest Learning Thermostat as its first product, which was met with tremendous success.

Nest Secure Alarm System

The company’s secure alarm system is designed around the user’s needs. In addition, the system provides top-notch security for your home and family. As a result, it makes your life easier.

The following are the primary components of the Alarm Security System:


The Guard equipment includes the keypad, alarm, and motion sensor and serves as the brains of the overall system. Users entering or leaving home or business can enter a passcode on the keypad or use the Tag device (described below) to tag in or out.


The Detect equipment includes sensors that you attach 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 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 critical areas of the building. In addition, the Detect devices come with a feature called PathLight, which lights up as you walk by. It’s a helpful feature if you need to see in the dark.

Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit – home security system with 30-day free Ring Protect Pro subscription
  • A great fit for condos and apartments, this Alarm Kit includes one Base Station, one Keypad, one Contact Sensor, one Motion Detector, and one Range Extender.
  • Includes an intuitive Keypad that can arm and disarm your Alarm and Contact Sensors that detect when doors or windows open.
  • Choose the Ring Alarm Kit that fits your needs and detect even more with additional Alarm Sensors and accessories (sold separately) at any time.
  • With a Ring Protect Plan (subscription required, sold separately), receive mobile notifications when your system is triggered, change your Alarm modes, and monitor all your Ring devices allthrough the Ring app.
  • Level-up your protection. Get 24/7 emergency police, fire and medical response with optional Alarm Professional Monitoring, keep your Ring Alarm online during a power outage, and more, for $20/month with a Ring Protect Pro Plan (subscriptions required, sold separately).


The Tag is a key fob that allows users to arm and disarm the system without entering a passcode. Tap the key fob 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 access to your home or business.

If a particular fob is lost or is no longer needed, you can disable it so it stops working. In addition, you can set up schedules just in case you need to let someone in at a particular time.


The App allows you to remotely control all aspects of the security system from your phone. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play store and the Apple IOS Store. The app can:

  • Arm and disarm the security system remotely
  • Configure how much time you need to get in and out; a voice reminder tells you how much time you have left
  • Set up 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


The security package doesn’t include Cams, but the alarm system can easily work with Cams throughout your home and property. This will allow you actually to 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 happening to help prepare them for what they find on the scene. In addition, the video clips serve as proof.

Other Features

Battery Backup – The package includes a battery backup, so everything will continue working even during a power loss.

Cellular Backup – The equipment package uses a wifi connection. A cellular backup system is available at an additional cost if the wireless connection is lost.

How to Install the Nest Secure Alarm System

The equipment is 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 on the company website.

If you’d prefer not to go it alone, certified professionals can handle the setup. Visit the website to hire a local pro today.

Monitoring Services

Moni Smart Security provides professional monitoring services to monitor your home while you are away. You don’t need professional monitoring to set up and use the equipment. You can do it all yourself with easy installation and built-in monitoring features.

If you feel safer with the other eyes on your property, it is worth the extra money and is 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

Their prices were current as we wrote this article, so check the website for the most current pricing.

Where to Buy the Nest Secure Alarm System Equipment

If you want to buy a home security system, go to the website. The total cost for the starter package is $499. This includes Includes 1 Guard, 2 Detects, and 2 Tags.

You can always add additional Detects and Tags depending on your personal needs. Detects are currently $59, and Tags are $25. A Connect product also connects all components, even if you place them 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 put a price on your family’s safety.

Purchase the equipment at several retail stores, including Best Buy, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Walmart, etc. Prices and optional equipment may vary, depending on the store.

Compatible Equipment

The Nest Secure alarm system works with Indoor Cams, Outdoor Cams, Hello, and Yale Locks. In addition, a new product that will work in conjunction with the alarm system is the Nest Hello. The Hello is a hardwired intelligent video doorbell with facial recognition. It is similar to the famous Ring doorbell currently on the market. The device will be available in early 2018.

If you have any questions about the Nest Secure Alarm System, please comment below. Also, learn about other Home Security Systems.

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