Secure Your Home With Nest
Nest has entered the world of home security. Branching out from thermostats, they have released a range of new products including alarm systems, security cameras and doorbells.
Guide price $499 - available for pre-order in the US only (expected in UK in 2019)
The Nest Secure is an alarm system designed to make home security simple and easy. The bundle includes one Nest Guard, two Nest Detects and two Nest Tags. All products have a sleek, white design which would look both modern and discreet in your home.
The Nest Guard is a small puck-shaped device which is placed near your front door and acts as the hub of the Nest Secure alarm system. It has an alarm, keypad and motion sensor as well as a speaker which can inform you with a friendly voice when the system is armed or disarmed (much nicer than a stressful beeping countdown). When leaving the house, you can arm your system by using a Nest Tag, a password on the keypad or via the Nest app on your phone. You can also select a No Rush option and choose how long you have to get out of the house before the alarm is set - you'll never need to panic and run out of the house again.
The alarm siren itself outputs 85 decibels, loud enough to deter or scare off intruders, but it may not necessarily be loud enough to alert your neighbours (most external burglar alarms output approximately 100-120 decibels).
The Nest Tag is a small fob which can be attached to your keys. Using NFC (Near Field Communication), you can arm or disarm your security system by simply placing the Tag near the Nest Guard. It is easy to use, family-friendly and you won't have the hassle of remembering and entering a code. The package comes with two Nest Tags, but you can buy extras to give to family members or trusted friends. If you are prone to losing your keys, don't panic! You can disable a lost Tag so you won't have any unwelcome visitors.
The Nest Detect is a small, battery-powered device with two pieces that are magnetically attracted to each other. If you place one on a window or door, you will receive an alert when the magnetic attraction is broken and the door or window is opened. Alternatively, you can stick a Detect onto a wall in your house and, using motion sensors, it will alert you if there is any movement in the room.
You will only be alerted when the system is armed - it won't alert you everytime you move around your house or open a window!! However, if you do have the alarm system on but want to pop out the back door, you can deactivate one of the Detects without disarming the whole Nest Secure system. Simply press a button on the device to trigger the Quiet Open function and you can leave the house quietly, without triggering any alarms. Another great feature is Pathlight. Rather than fumbling about looking for a light switch in the middle of the night, the Nest Detect will light the way for you when you walk past.
The Nest App lets you control your security system from your phone. You will receive security alerts when any motion is detected or when a door or window is opened. You will then have the option to call an emergency contact or the police. The app also identifies when you leave the house and will send you a 'Remind Me' notification if you have forgotten to set the alarm. What's more, you can arm the system from the app to save you going back!
Nest Cam IQ
The Nest Secure alarm system is brilliant for detecting intruders but doesn't enable you to see who has been in your home. Therefore, you may want to invest in either the Nest Cam IQ Indoor or Outdoor. Both offer 24/7 live streaming which can be accessed via the Nest App and when used in conjunction with the Nest Secure, you can check what has triggered your system.
Guide price £299 (available now)
The Nest Cam IQ Indoor is a standing camera which can be placed anywhere in your home. It is very easy to install, simply plug it in and set it up via the app on your phone and it is ready to go. Its sleek design will blend into your home while still looking stylish and its presence alone may be enough to deter a potential intruder. Compared to the original indoor camera, the IQ has specific person alerts for free; this notifies you when a person enters the room. The new model also has a much better camera, it has a 4K sensor and can record video in HDR (High Dynamic Range) meaning your images will be sharper and you can detect people easier. You don't have to worry about image quality at night either, with brighter infrared LEDs, you will still be able to spot someone in your home. The camera also has a 130-degree lens so you will have a great view, and a new tracking feature lets the device zoom in and track a person around the room. All of this ensures that you will get the best possible image of whoever is in your house. Via the Nest App, you can access live footage, 24 hours a day as well as a three-day snapshot history where you can check any images taken during a period of 'activity'.
The cameras also have improved the 'Talk and Listen' feature with a more powerful speaker, more microphones, noise cancellation and echo suppression so you can listen to and communicate with anyone in the vicinity of the camera. This may be as simple as telling your dog to get off the sofa or scaring away an intruder.
Guide price £330 (available now)
The Nest Cam IQ Outdoor is currently only available for pre-order in the US and Canada for a whopping $349. However, they will probably be available for UK customers at some point in 2018. The cameras are waterproof and tamperproof with a more secure mount which also hides your cable. As they are connected to the mains system, you'll never need to worry about changing batteries or the camera dying when you are away.
The IQ Outdoor has all the same, improved features as the IQ Indoor including; better 'Talk and Listen' and improved camera quality and tracking technology. What's more, the Outdoor camera can detect someone up to 15 meters away and can zoom in and capture an image, so you know when someone is approaching the property. The camera will also light up when it senses someone approaching which may act as enough of a deterrent for a potential intruder.
Familiar Face Recognition
One of the main selling points of the IQ Indoor and Outdoor cameras is familiar face recognition. Taking technology from their sister company Google, Nest has added FaceNet to their cameras - an intelligence system which can identify different people in images. This technology enables the cameras to scan a person's face and recognize if they are a familiar face or a stranger and alert you via the Nest app. Unfortunately, you will need to subscribe to Nest Aware to access this feature (see below for more information).
Guide price £230
The Nest Hello doorbell is a combination of a doorbell and a security camera which will give you another level of protection in your home. As well as being a functional, wired doorbell, the Hello is also fitted with a camera, two-way audio and one-way video so you can see and communicate with anyone at your front door. This can be great if you are out of the house when a delivery arrives so you can tell them the best place to leave your parcel. The device also has motion sensors which will alert you via the Nest app when someone is outside your house, even if they don't press the doorbell. The Hello also has SightLine, a feature which lets you flick through footage from that day to quickly check any activity. Like the IQ cameras, a Nest Aware subscription will give you access to more features which will further enhance the security of your home (see below)
Click here to read our complete guide to the Nest Hello.
Nest Aware is a subscription-based service which offers enhanced features to further improve the security measures in your home. These are the options for both the IQ cameras and the Nest Hello:
- Standard pack: £8 a month or £80 a year
This pack offers a 10-day video history that is stored securely in the Cloud.
- Extended pack: £24 a month or £240 a year
This pack offers a 30-day video history that is stored securely in the Cloud.
Both subscriptions also offer intelligent alerts and the ability to turn your footage into a short clip or time lapse so you can share a funny video of your dog on social media. One of the intelligent features is the ability to detect a 'familiar face'. As mentioned above, the cameras can scan a face and alert you if it is someone you know or a stranger. Although it is an additional cost, a Nest Aware subscription does give you access to extra security features and lets you watch all the footage captured over a longer period.
Nest products are designed to make life a little bit easier for you. Simple to set up, simple to control. Unlike other security systems, they are sleek and modern in appearance and will look great in your home. That being said, their products do have a premium price tag. If you are going to invest in a Nest Secure system, we think you would benefit from adding at least one camera, but this adds to the cost. Nest do offer a bundle package of the Nest Secure with a Nest Cam Outdoor for $598 but this isn't the new IQ camera and therefore won't have the additional features mentioned above. If you can afford their prices, we like the mesh element of Nest. It gives you the ability to add to your collection and all the devices will work harmoniously together. If you are serious about making your home more secure and have a healthy budget, Nest's range of products is certainly worth considering.