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Easy Home Security in a Box - Great EcoSystemPosted
I've been a long time customer of Nest Products (even when they used be DropCam) so I'm pretty well versed in how good and easy to operate their products are - but I was still blown away by this new Nest Secure Alarm system. Straight out of the box, one of the nicest things is the way it slots into the Nest Ecosystem and apps. If like me you're already using Nest Cameras, Nest Protect and Nest Thermostats then its pretty seamless to setup and operate the alarm. The kit comes with the Nest base station which operates as both the control center, but also has a motion sensor built in. You can either set or disable the alarm from the base with a key code or one of the RFID fobs included in the pack - but of course you more often than not will do it directly in the app (which sends a popup if you're close to home offering to automatically disable the alarm - neat! @@@@@@@ . If like me you're wondering how it maintains against tampering - the unit has a 12hr battery built in, so once the alarm is set or triggered it'll run and operate normally for up to 12hrs even if you pull the plug. The control and messaging leverages your in-home wifi and internet connection, but again for an additional $5 per month, you can add a cellular backup option to keep you alerted even if someone pulls your internet connection. Theres some magic built into the sensors (check my pictures for a sense of scale against an iPhone). They are pretty minimal in size can be either screwed or stuck (using the affixed adhesive pads) to either door or windows, along with their magnet 'buddy' - and when the alarm is armed , will trigger a countdown before it sounds. Pretty obvious I know - but you can also install these WITHOUT the magnet as they also include a motion sensor in each one! So you can mount the sensor on any wall and you have a nifty motion detector which will set off the alarm when armed, but also display a nifty 'path light' in the dark to help you around. Each one runs on a replaceable battery so I'll see how long they last (I've one with the path light on , one without to test). I set them whole thing up in under 30 mins - and within another couple of hours had already headed back to the local BestBut to pick up another 3 or 4 of these sensors (Nest Detect as they are branded standalone). They really are that good, and do exactly what they say on the tin. Couple of minor things I'd note - the motion detector is only recorded in the system logs when the alarm is armed. With the Nest Camera you can get a push alert when it detects motion, but the only alerts you get from the Nest Secure are when the alarm is going off. Same goes for the doors opening and closing - its recorded in a log, but there's no way to just get a simple push notification. You can arm the alarm in one of 2 ways; Firstly fully armed, and when it detects motion either at the base or on any of the sensors, or if any of the monitored doors are opened you get the countdown before the alarm sounds. The second option is 'guarding' which is useful if like me you have 2 young kids who can open doors to the street- in this mode it'll sounds the alarm if any of the doors or windows are opened, but it'll ignore any motion. @@@@@@@@ On each of the motion sensors you can enable an option to ignore motion of things like pets under 40lbs which again is a nice feature) As I say I'd like a halfway house, where I could arm it as 'guarding' and just get a notification rather than sounding the alarm , but its a small gripe when you consider how fully functioned, well thought out and easy to operate this item is. Anyone looking for a home security system can't go wrong with this - especially if you're already bought into the Nest product line. I initially received this item in exchange for my evaluation and review, but as I mentioned I've already invested further in the additional sensors and key fobs to fully integrate it into my everyday life around the house.
I would recommend this to a friend
Simple setup yet great features and peace of mindPosted
Very happy that I choose best secure as the setup was very simple with clear instructions and the system was setup and running in less that's 30 minutes with 4 nest sensors (I purchased 2 extra in addition to 2 that come in the box). I have been contemplating ring secure vs nest secure for long and finally the $100 price drop on nest secure made me pull the trigger. The geo tracking feature of neat secure is my favorite. When u leave home in a hurry, you forget to set the alarm. When you have set up geo location enable in the near secure setup - as soon as your phone is out of proximity of your home it will prompt / remind you to set the alarm.
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Easy to Install with No Monitoring FeePosted
This Security system by Nest was a pleasure to install. The directions were very easy and concise within it's app, even while installing the motion detectors and other peripherals. I was not sure this unit would provide ample coverage without needing to purchase more motion detectors. We have several entrance points on our main level. But with it's sensitivity, everything with this unit was enough to cover our entry points. This unit came with one Nest base unit. two Nest sensors(for door/window open or motion) and two Nest tags. I love that the tags can arm or disarm without having to enter a code. To my knowledge there are no monitoring options for this unit, but that is to come in the future, which means there are no monthly fees for it to work, and work well. The moment it does not see motion for a period it notifies you that it looks like no one is home, and asks if you would like to arm the system. I appreciate the fact that it's pet friendly, or at least dog friendly, our 15 pound Bichon/Poodle mutt has not set it off yet. I am a little disappointed that there is not more integration into the Google Home interface. I found several things that interface with the Nest thermostat, but not the Nest Secure??? If you are looking for this unit to alert you that a door or a window has opened immediately, this is not the unit you need. The shortest option for notification of a breach is 30 seconds. I am not sure why they would not include a night feature to enable instant notification. If I were installing this in my daughters home, or my parents home, I would want that type of a feature to be available. I may be missing something, in the software, but I feel I have seen other complaints about this. Why I would recommend it: Easy to install, and no monitoring fee. This unit's one I would recommend to a friend with certain security needs, but this does not fulfill every security need.
I would recommend this to a friend
We’re releasing an update soon so that Nest Secure will offer Open tones. When the system is disarmed, you can have Nest Guard play a sound when a window or door is opened.
You’ll also be able to set Nest Secure's alarm to go off without any delay. Set the alarm countdown to 'No delay' (0 seconds) when coming home. This can be set for both when you are in Home and Guarding or Away and Guarding.
It should be finished rolling out to all customers over the next week or so.
Works well in smaller homes / apartmentsPosted
Quick thoughts: Nest Secure is extremely easy to install and use. The Nest application walks you through the install and verifies each sensor is installed correctly. Nest app also gives pointers as to where to install each sensor. Tech know how isn't needed. All mounting hardware is included and easy to use. The system is quite expensive, however. This is especially true if you have a larger home or area to cover with lots of doors and opening windows. I'd recommend this alarm for a smaller home or apartment but would look at other options for larger areas. I ended up with the Ring alarm in the end. Read on to learn why. Okay, so here's the more in-depth review. The Nest Secure feels very well made and of the quality one expects from the price paid. The same goes for the sensors that go with the base station. Install: Set up starts with downloading the Nest app. If you have a Nest camera or smoke detector then you already have the app as they use the same one. The app will literally walk you through the install. First you plug in the base station. Included with Nest Secure is a mount that secures the plug to the outlet with a screw, so it cannot be unplugged by accident. From there all you do is scan the QR code for the base station and it activates it. Then you set up the base station to connect to your home WIFI so it works on it can talk to the Nest app. During this process you'll also choose an alarm code that is typed onto the top of the base (there are buttons that light up with numbers on them). You'll also set up if you want the base to act as a motion sensor which is great. This means that if anyone walks past the base while it is armed then it will set off the alarm. Once that is complete you scan the QR code on one sensor at a time and install that sensor. Then move to the next one. Nest app verifies placement and function prior to finalizing the install of the sensor. Part of this includes having to open and close the window / door that the sensor is placed on. You can also make the sensor sensitive to motion if it is placed on a door. The sensor can also be used for only sensing motion if you want to place it on a wall as a motion detector. When choosing where the sensor is being mounted the app will give you options on using motion or not. The app also asks how the door / window opens to ensure the sensor work correctly. Again, it is super easy to install. The mounting hardware included give you two choices. One is to use the included screws and brackets. The other is to use the included adhesive strips. I chose the adhesive and it is incredibly strong! I never felt as though the sensor would ever fall off. Each sensor includes extra adhesive strips that are pre cut for the sensor size so if you mess up or move you don't have to buy more adhesive. Once all of the sensors are installed then your done. Nice. Use: First, a quick bit of info that I wanted to know when I bought this alarm. The alarm can be set to go off immediately when a sensor is triggered. This is great as when your sleeping at night you don't want to hear a countdown of time to disarm the alarm, you just want it to go off. The same is true if someone tries to break in to your home. The alarm going off is what will hopefully deter the intruder. This is only available if you self-monitor though. If you pay for monitoring you must have a delay, I think of 30 seconds, before the alarm will sound. You can pay for cellular back up and keep the zero delay function though. On to use now. The alarm is easy to use, just as all Nest products are. You can use the alarm without paying for monitoring if you want. If the alarm goes off it will alert you via the Nest app and show you video from your Nest cam nearest the sensor that set the alarm off. If you don't have a Nest cam then the app tells you what sensor set the alarm off. From there you can disarm the alarm within the app or use the alarm code and input it directly on the base. Nest also includes two Keychains that can be used to arm and disarm the alarm. However, they must be placed physically on the base to work. The base has a battery backup as well so if the power goes out it will still work locally. Keep in mind that if you don't pay for cellular backup or monitored service then you won't be alerted via the app if the alarm goes off. It will still work locally though so the siren will sound if set off. You can pay for cellular backup and still monitor the alarm yourself if you want. You can also pay for alarm monitoring which includes cellular backup. Nest will tell you if your base has cell service where you are prior to you signing up for it so you don't pay for something you cannot use. Is it loud: Kind of. The alarm base is the only thing that will make noise and there aren't any remote sirens available. The sound is loud enough to startle someone but not unbearable. It could certainly be louder. When alarming there will be a siren and every few seconds the base will announce which sensor set off the alarm. Is it secure: I don't feel as though the base would be easily hacked or anything. However, the oddly shaped base makes it difficult to mount it inconspicuously. It's designed to be set on a table or counter. The base does have sensors so if someone moves it while it is armed it will go off. The battery backup also means it will off even if unplugged. I still prefer being able to mount an alarm base on a wall though which you cannot do with this. It's one of the few things I don't like. Notable flaw: I had a sensor that kept going off line randomly. This means that the sensor would not alert if the window it was attached to were opened. The Nest app never alerted me to this. I happened to be reviewing the sensor history data within the app and saw that the sensor kept going off line. I removed and reinstalled the sensor from the window and the base station. Same issue occurred. The sensor was 25 feet from the base so proximity wasn't the issue. The sensor may have been defective. However, I don't feel like the app should ignore a sensor that goes off line and not alert the user. This instability caused me to return this alarm for a different model. This may be resolved in a future update. Who's it for: I'd say this is a great alarm for those looking for monitor a smaller home or apartment. It's also great for those that aren't tech savvy as it is so easy to install. How does it compare to the Ring alarm: I have used both in my own home. The Nest feels more premium but that isn't important long term as you don't feel the alarm after install. Both alarms function in a similar fashion and install easily. I did have a Nest sensor that stopped working as mentioned above. That is why I have the Ring alarm now. The major difference with the Ring is the expandability of it. You can mount the alarm base on a wall, I have mine hidden so an intruder cannot easily locate it and visitors don't know I have an alarm. There are keypads that can be mounted anywhere (rechargeable) to arm and disarm the alarm. The sensors are much cheaper and functional reliably. Overall I'd choose the Ring alarm if given the option from the start. It was a bit harder to install but still not difficult. The alarm siren is also a bit louder and you can add remote sirens if you need them outside or further from the base. If you have a lot invested already in the Nest eco system then it makes sense to add the Nest alarm. But don't think you have to.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great system! Easy to use and install.Posted
What makes me a fan of Nest is that their products are so easy to use and install. And they work great! Which is why of all the new home security systems coming out, I decided to go with the Nest Secure. The starter system is pretty expensive and it comes with the base, two sensors, and 2 fobs that can be programmed to enable and disable the alarm by holding it up to the base. Other than mounting hardware, that's all you get. And if you want additional sensors, that will cost you $59 each. Additional fobs will cost $25 each. The Nest Secure may only come with 2 sensors, but unlike traditional door and motion sensors, the sensor for the Nest is both a door and motion sensor. These sensors have other functions while you're home. You can press a button on one of them to disable it if you have to open a door while the rest of the system stays armed. After a minute, it's rearmed. Another cool function is the pathlight. In the dark, the sensors can light up when it senses motion. Pretty useful to help you find your way around the house without turning the lights on. The base station also has a motion sensor built in. So it can do just as much as other systems with less to install. The fobs are easy to program and use. You can also buy and program more and disable them if you needed to. The Nest app is easy to use and if you already own other Nest products, the alarm will join the rest of the Nest devices all within the app. And like with other Nest products, the alarm works together with other Nest devices such as the Nest Cam. Just like other Nest devices, the installation was simple and the setup process was flawless thanks to the in app step by step directions. Depending on how you configure your system, you can have the whole system up and running in as little as 20 minutes. After that, you have the ability to configure the system to your liking such as how much time you can be given to leave when you arm the system. You can arm the system on the app and the app will notify you if any of the sensors are triggered and let you know if the alarm sounds. You will even be notified if you happen to leave the house and forget to arm it. It think overall, it's a great system. It's very easy to use, it's a great design, great quality, and it's another shining example of how Nest thinks differently how a product should work in your home. But everyone's needs are different when it comes to an alarm system. There are lots of things to consider. One example is that while the starter system can do the job for a small home or an apartment, if you own a large home and have a lot of family members living there, you can expand the system to meet those needs but it will cost you. Definitely do your research before getting any alarm system. Because of Nest's reputation and my experience with their other devices, it was worth paying extra to get this.
I would recommend this to a friend
Easy to setup, easy to maintainPosted
When I bought my first house, it had a security system.or at least, an alarm panel by the door and in the bedroom. It was never an active security system, didn't really do much for us other than tell us when the doors were opened and closed. We also had a few panic buttons on the wall that I never had the courage to test out, for fear of terrifying my kids. Over the years, we grew to love the "bee-boop" noise when the doors would open, and the "boo-beep" when they closed; and aside from learning that the previous homeowners had a gun closet (because it was so labeled on the alarm panel), it never did much to enhance our lives.especially the night that the power had been out, and when it came back on in the middle of the night, so too did the alarm. @@@@@@@@ Side note: That night, I learned that my son can sleep through anything. @@@@@@@ We didn't live in a particularly bad neighborhood, but it wasn't a particularly great one either. Still, we entertained on multiple occasions getting a new security system, or at least activating our existing one, with monitoring and the works. But, it never happened: we were either driven away by a price tag (installation, monitoring, etc.), or by the mere fact that we didn't really know what was best and who we could trust. Compared to what's on the market now, security systems from 10 or 15 years ago are so incredibly archaic. I just stumbled across an indiegogo campaign for a $9 security system based on social operation instead of traditional monitoring companies. And while that's on the more extreme side of the shift, it seems as if the security market (to some extent) is headed in a new direction like Uber did a handful of years ago: the notion that we already have the infrastructure and the resources to complete the job, all we need is a new way of looking at it. Enter the Nest Secure, a product of "what if's." The idea for Nest here is a simple one: create an easy to use product that basically manages itself, is easy to set up, isn't confusing, and fits into your life in a way that competitive products don't or can't. I'll be honest: my experience with home security bee-boops and middle-of-the-night alarms jaded me from setting the Nest Secure up when I got it. I assumed I was in for a long installation process-after all, they pay professionals to install security systems! Well, installation (if you can call it that) wasn't much different than unboxing a new wireless router, except with less wires. The Secure is a totally wireless solution that utilizes your existing home wi-fi and an optional cellular backup to make sure that you'ren'tified of any activity that's out of the ordinary. The main panel, the Nest Guard, has only a power cord--and the most difficult part of setup was finding the QR code to scan from my Nest app to get the device added. From there, the app took care of all the other settings with a simple wizard. Also included in the package were two sensors, which can be used three different ways: as a traditional door sensor, as a window sensor (open-close, not break), or as a motion sensor. And, when it's used as a door or window sensor, it also doubles as a motion sensor. These small sensors can be installed virtually anywhere with mounting hardware or the included adhesive strips, and adding them to the system involves scanning the QR code on the back and following the instructions on the app. The final piece of the Nest Secure starter pack is a pair of key fobs, designed to make arming and disarming the system simple. Again, scan the QR, assign the fob to a user, and you're done. "BUT I LOVE MY SECURITY CODE," you might say. Well, you get that too, if you want it-up to 8 digits, and a unique code for each member of your household, which enables you to see who is coming and going, and when. That's basically it. Including watching the instructional videos that the app offers, it took me about an hour to set everything up and train my family how to use it. My kids really enjoyed testing it by trying to sneak past the motion sensors, and my wife didn't [seem to] get totally overwhelmed at having to remember something else when she leaves or comes home. I admit, there'sn'thing mind-blowing here in terms of product, and I think that's at least in part what Nest was going for. It's simple, straight forward security.but it's also got some really cool things that shouldn't go unmentioned: The app is a really great experience; it's easy to use and if you already have another Nest product, your setup time will be reduced. The customizations of home/away, duration between entry/exit and alarm, and notifications are at a Goldilocks level of not too much, not too little. The whole system is completely modular. This isn't too much of a shock in 2017, but it's nice to be able to build your own "package" based upon the entry points and size of your home. Two Nest Detect sensors are most likely not going to be enough for most people, but it's a good starting point. The components aren't cheap, but safety is always something worth investing in, and you can add more over time very easily. Speaking of modular, there's a component that I'ven't mentioned yet-the Nest Connect. The Connect's job is to extend the range of your existing Nest network using a newer wireless protocol called a thread network, which is designed with the Internet of Things in mind. Right now, it's just a range extender-but this thread router can have many other uses as Smart Home adoption increases, with only a software update required. Every component the system comes with is a multi-tasker. The base is the brains of the operation, but has a built in motion sensor; it also has an onboard battery that protects you if the device is unplugged during a breach. The window and door sensors have built-in motion sensors, as well as lights that can help you see in the dark; they also can be deactivated individually if you need to let the dog out or want to get the mail, without turning off the entire system. The tags can arm AND disarm the panel, and the already mentioned Nest Connect helps future-proof the whole system by allowing a virtually limitless secure platform (with no single point of failure) for adding more devices. In spite of all the cool, 2017-ness of these system, it has some traditional stuff that you can pay for optionally. Out of the box, there's no "monitoring" component aside from alerts and notifications; however, if you want a more traditional monitoring experience, you can pay $25-$35 per month depending on contract so that someone else can keep an eye on your system and dispatch police if necessary. And, if your wireless network goes down, you can purchase a cellular backup service for $5 per month or $50 per year that ensures you can always receive notifications regardless of your home wi-fi connection. But security comes at a price. At $499 for the starter kit, $25 for extra fobs and $59 for extra sensors, large homes with many entry points can cost you upwards of $1000 to fully equip. Then again, security is one of those things that's easier to justify spending on, especially if you have kids. And, more traditional (read: archaic) security systems can cost around $1000, most of which is subsidized by the monthly monitoring fee, save for some small installation charge. So it'sn't outlandish, but it's certainly not cheap. I've been satisfied with the system thus far; it's easy to setup, easy to maintain, and has all the flexibility to add or remove components over time when I need to. The price is a hard pill to swallow at first, but for me the extra sense of comfort is enough to justify the price tag.
I would recommend this to a friend
Easy to set up and use, with lots of features.Posted
The Nest Secure Alarm system is a nice way to secure your home easily and without having to call a big company installer. In the box you get the Nest Guard main unit, 2 of the Nest Detect sensors (with the option to buy more if you need separately), 2 Nest tag keyfobs, power cable and adapter, and installation items for the Nest Guard and Nest detect. The Nest Guard main unit is the brains of the system. It has the motion sensor, keypad, and alarm. The detect sensors are what you use on your doors or windows for detection. The keyfobs tags are used to alarm and disarm. These can also be bought separately if you need more. One star deducted because I think it should have come with more of the detects. Even in a small apartment the majority of people will have more than 2 doors or windows they want to secure. I know its called the starter system, but 4 would have made more sense. But as I said at least you can buy more, but at $60 each its a bit steep in my opinion. Set up and installation is fairly easy. Starting with downloading the app just add the Nest guard, then the detects and tags. Then install the detects on the doors and/ or windows you want to guard. Since it only comes with 2 as a starter pack most houses will need more if you want to fully guard all your windows and doors. You can also install the detects on a wall and it will detect when someone passes by. For me its just the front and rear doors for now. If you want to extend your system in a larger house there is also the optional Nest Connect. This will help the alarm and motion sensors work correctly when the devices are further apart in larger houses. Once setup the system has lots of built in features like tamper detect and "Quiet open" which allows you to be able to open or close a door or window without the alarm going off. After tapping the device it gives you 10 seconds to open or close a door or window, then rearms when you close the door or window. It also has a built in light that will light up when you walk by to help in the dark which is a cool feature. And for the dog owners there is a sensitivity setting you can change to avoid false alarms. But this is only intended for dogs under 40lbs. If you have people like cleaners, maintenance workers, etc. that come over at scheduled times you can set it up for them to have access at specific times. So this thing is feature packed despite being so simple. Overall Id say this is a great, relatively cheap full house alarm system. It may cost a bit more if you need extra tags, or detects, but in comparison to some of the house alarms out there Id say its a great deal. Simplicity of use, lots of features, the ability to increase security and/ or coverage with extra detects or the Nest "Connect" device makes this a great way to secure your home without breaking the entire bank.
I would recommend this to a friend
The Nest Secure is my first foray into DIY home security. In the past I have had systems from Rollins, ADT, and Monitronics. They were all professionally installed and I paid a monthly fee for monitoring. Overall, I was happy with the service provided, but admittedly hated the fees. When we moved into our new house I decided to take a different approach. The Nest Secure'starter' package got me almost to where I needed to be. I did need to pick up one more Detect sensor to cover my basement, but I knew that going in. The system is incredibly easy to install and setup. Once the app is installed on your phone or tablet it is pretty much a guided process. The Detect sensors work as both magnetic door sensor and/or motion sensor. It's a pretty ingenious idea really to use one sensor to accomplish both tactics. The entire system is wireless so aside from plugging in the base, aka The Guard, the rest is a matter of sticking on or screwing in the sensors. I opted to use the sticky back and I haven't had any problems with them falling off. The package also includes two key fobs to make disarming the system a piece of cake as you don't have to enter your PIN when you walk through the door. I should also point out that the Guard has a motion sensor in it as well which means it can be placed to act as another means of protection in the house as well. Overall, the app works great and allows you to place the system in the off, home, and away states easily. If you are away and the alarm is triggered you will receive a notification and you can decide whether to call the police or simply disarm and rearm. In my case it is always the latter as I have a few cats and a dog, but I am pretty sure it is the cats being naughty that is causing the problem. I have the sensors mounted at about 5 1/2' and I am pretty sure the cats are jumping on the counter in the kitchen which is setting off the rear motion sensor. Fortunately, mounted that high the dog is not factor as the motion sensors don't look down, but more of an upward arc from where they are installed. My only real complaints are that you can't set a door chime that doesn't require the system armed in 'Home' mode and the lack of LTE connectivity (for now). When armed in Home mode the alarms will still trigger unless a button on the door sensor is pressed to then open it. With young kids it is super fun to reset the alarm every five minutes because they forget to hit the button. As for the LTE it is a feature being promised and would require a monthly service fee, but as of right now someone could break in and set the alarm off and I would potentially not know if they cut my service coming into the house from outside. On the plus side, the Guard does have a battery backup so killing the power will not stop it from squawking at the intruder... I just wouldn't get any notification since neither my router or modem are on battery backup. As a whole it is a pretty neat system and while I am still unsure about placing me in control of the monitoring aspect it certainly beats needing a security permit (which IS required where I live), having the cops standing at my house when I arrive to only discover it was a false alarm, or paying the monthly fee for having someone else handling the monitoring. I would certainly recommend the Nest for those looking for a simpler security solution.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Build Quality, but ExpensivePosted
I wanted to take my time to throughly use the Nest Secure system before I wrote my review. Nest makes some great products. Their build quality is always great and the devices they make are very intuitive to use. With the Secure system, Nest entered a market that has some competition from big players like ADT to cheaper solutions like SimpliSafe. Below are what I feel are the Pros and Cons of the system. Pros: -Easy to use Base Station (Guard) with ability to add different codes for family -Cool keychain attachment (Tag) to disarm the system without a code -Included sensors (Detect) have motion sensing and a little light built in, as well as sensing if the windows or doors are opened -Ease of installing system and adding devices using the Nest app. -Ability to monitor home while away for free, without any monthly fee -Loud siren Cons: -Expensive: This bundle only comes with 2 Nest Detect sensors. I have 3 doors that lead outside and 12 windows (15 total, 2 secured with included Detects) that need monitoring. Each Nest Detect costs $59. I understand that it is expensive because it packs motion sensing and a light into such a small device, but if I wanted to secure the other 13 entry points into my home, it would cost me around $767. If you want your home fully covered in Nest, then prepare to pay quite a bit of money on top of the base bundle. -System Software: As of now, Nest Secure seems to be in a beta period. There seems to be no connection to any smart home system (Google Assistant, HomeKit, SmartThings). So if you'd like to set up something that turns on the light when you open the front door, it is not available here. -Volume: Although it has a loud siren, when the Nest Guard speaks, the voice volume is pretty low. It would be nice to somehow connect the Nest Guard to a smart speaker (Google Home) that you can hear throughout the house. Nest Secure is a good, basic system with a couple of cool features. Expanding your system gets very expensive. If Nest allowed 3rd party sensors to interact with the Nest Secure, it would make it remarkably better. For example, I do not need a motion sensor on my window that is covered with blinds. Nest should consider a separate door and window sensor for a cheaper price or allow for 3rd party device integration. The software in the app will improve over time and hopefully add new features to the system. If you already have Nest devices, then Nest Secure will fit wonderfully into your home as it uses the same app and you have control of all your devices on one screen.
I would recommend this to a friend
Great Starter Bundle for DIY Home SecurityPosted
The Nest Secure is a great option for adding an audible security alarm to your home that's quick to set up and easy to use. I had my system up and running in around 20 minutes, total. I already had the Nest app on my phone, but if you don't, that will be your first step. From there, you just tap the "Add Product" button, scan the QR code on each component, and follow the instructions on screen. The first item from the bundle that I got running was the Nest Guard base station. This serves as the brains of the operation, as well as the speaker and number keypad. It also includes a motion sensor. The app guided me through setting it up near my main entry door. This is the only wired item, and really just uses a wall outlet for power. That seemed a bit vulnerable at first, but there's a bracket to help prevent the plug from being yanked from the wall outlet, and a battery backup that keeps the system running even if someone cuts the cord. The app guided me through setup. This included positioning the Nest Guard, creating a PIN, and inviting other family members (who then downloaded the app and created their own PINs). Next, I added the two Next Detect sensors to my doors. These are great since they are open/close sensors if you put them on a window, motion sensors if you put them on a wall, and both if you put them on a door. The app lets you select which installation mode you're using for each one, and they took about 5 minutes to setup. Mounting is either via adhesive or screw-in brackets. Finally, I used the app to add the Nest Tag key fobs and assign them to family members. These can be used in place of the PIN when arming/disarming the system by tapping them to the top of the Nest Guard. In under a half hour, I had a simple alarm system that allows three modes: Off (disarmed), Home and Guarding (motion sensors disabled, open/close sensors enabled), or Away and Guarding (all sensors enabled). The speaker in the Nest Guard loudly announces when a sensor has been triggered and then again before sounding the alarm. When the alarm goes off, it's quite loud, and all family members receive mobile app notifications with details and a one-touch call button for the local police department (I entered this number during setup). Smart features built into the app provide an option to disarm the system from my phone as I pull into my driveway, or remind me to arm it if it appears nobody is home. Subscription services are available for cellular backup (in case power takes out home Wi-Fi) and professional monitoring. Overall, I'm very happy with the Nest Secure product. The level of instruction given in the app along the way. There was helpful text, informative pictures, and even a few videos to follow. The whole experience felt very intuitive and thought-out. The hardware itself feels well-built to last. The audible alarm seems sufficient to make someone think twice before proceeding with a break-in, and the mobile phone alerts give me some ability to know what's going on and take appropriate action.
I would recommend this to a friend
Security without the usual annoyancesPosted
The Nest Secure is an easy to use product that basically manages itself, is easy to set up, it doesn't annoy you when people enter and leave throughout the day, and when armed will notify you immediately if anything happens in it's monitored area. Installation is a breeze, the system is completely wireless with the exception of the power cord for the Nest Guard unit. The whole system is added expanded and added to your already existing WiFi system simply by scanning the QR codes on all the items which you would like to add to the security system and adding additional items is just as easy. The two included sensors have multiple uses depending on how you would like to use them. They can be used as a traditional door sensor, as a window sensor (open-close, not break), or as a motion sensor. And, when it's used as a door or window sensor, it also doubles as a motion sensor. The sensors are easy to mount, either by using the included mounting hardware or the included adhesive strips. The Nest Secure starter pack also includes a pair of key fobs, designed to make arming and disarming the system simple. They are added just like everything else on the system by just scanning the QR codes on the fobs. You are also able to use up to an 8 digit code for arming and disarming the system and can assign individual codes to everyone in the household so that it's easy for them to remember and you can track who is coming and going based of of their codes or key fob. The app is simple to use and if you already have another Nest product, your setup time will be reduced. You are able to customize your settings for home/away, duration between entry/exit and alarm, and notifications In addition to the included features you are also able to add 24/7 home monitoring like a traditional alarm system as well as cellular backup in case your system loses WiFi for any reason. Overall this is a very simple to use, easy to setup, and easy to add to system that can be used as your one and only alarm system without the usual annoyances of older systems and with the ease of use and monitoring of newer systems.
I would recommend this to a friend
Sleek and easy to use, at a premium price pointPosted
The Nest Secure is the first entry in the wireless home alarm system market from Nest. As a user of multiple Nest products, I expected a system that was easy to use and looked good at the same time. I was not disappointed in either aspect. But first, let me begin by saying that I am familiar with wireless home alarm systems, having installed a few systems myself. The systems I installed include 24/7 monitoring for a monthly fee; the Nest Secure does offer professional monitoring as an option. I found that the Nest Secure Starter Kit was as easy or easier to install. Everything was included to mount the two included sensors (Nest Detect). The Nest Detect sensors actually function as door/window switches as well as motion detectors, which is handy. The base (Nest Guard) is modern looking but can still easily blend into a room. Even though you can punch in a code to disarm, two included fobs (Nest Tag) make it easier. Being a Nest product, the mobile app is a critical piece to getting the most out of the system. The Nest app is used to control all the various Nest products, and is updated pretty frequently. With the Nest app, you can arm/disarm the Nest Secure and even have it automatically arm/disarm using geofencing. Again, comparing to other wireless home security systems, the siren is indoors so is primarily designed to be heard by an intruder, versus the whole neighborhood. In that regard, it works as well as I would expect it to. The Nest app also is valuable for getting notified in the event of alarm activity, and if you have other Nest products (such as Nest Cam), you can potentially see what's going on all in the same app. Overall, the Nest Secure met my expectations although I have to admit at a premium price. I would have preferred a little lower price, or perhaps two more Nest Detect sensors to be included. If you're already a Nest product owner however, the price could be worth it for the consideration, as opposed to having to jump from one app to another.
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DIY No-Contract Security SystemPosted
I'm not too thrilled how everything has a subscription cost these days, so I was excited to find this security system you can install yourself and not pay a subscription. The Nest Secure system was super easy to install and get working. Once you install the Nest app on your phone, you just add the Guard and other devices by scanning their QR codes. I had the Guard, fobs, and two sensors installed within about 20 minutes. The Guard, or base unit, looks good and is easy to use. When you walk up to it, it detects your motion and lights up the appropriate lights. If it's unlocked, you can select one of the three security levels. If not, it lights up the keypad so you can enter the code or tap it with one of the tags. The built-in battery backup for the Guard worked extremely well. When I unplugged it I immediately got a notification on my phone. The documentation says it should last at least 12 hours, but it went a full 36 hours when I tried it. Now, unless you have the cellular/subscription option you'll be limited to how long your home network will stay powered up. My UPS for those devices will only last about an hour. Still, it's nice to get an immediate notification if the power goes out and for short blips the Guard won't have to reboot or experience any outage. There are only two things I don't like about the Nest Secure. One is it's relatively expensive for both the starter system and add-on sensors. Unless you live in a tiny apartment, you'll probably want more than just two sensors. The other negative to keep in mind is pets. It does have a sensitivity setting to allow smaller (<40 lb) dogs to roam around without setting off the alarm. However, if you have cats they will definitely set off the motion alarm when they jump up to get a closer look, something a dog won't do. And the 85 dB siren is not pleasant for people or pets when it goes off. If you don't have pets and live in a small apartment or house, though, I think you'll like this system.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nest Secure Protects Your NestPosted
The Nest Secure is a simple to install, easy to use, and effective security alarm system. What's in the Box? The starter kit comes with the Nest Guard, 2 Nest Detect sensors, 2 Nest Tags, some mounting brackets and screws, the Quick Start Guide, and User's Guide. The mounting screws and brackets may not be necessary if you decide to use the pre-installed adhesive backings. The brackets are used if you decide to mount the Nest detect sensors at the corners of walls. The Nest Guard is the base unit and is the central hub that manages all the communication with your home wifi network, the optional subscription base cellular network, the optional professional monitoring service, your smartphone app, and the Nest detector sensors and tags. The Nest Guard also has a built-in keypad, siren, and motion sensor. The Nest detect sensors are the motion and open/close sensing devices. The Nest tags are the wireless electronic switches that you use to turn on and off the security system by tagging/touching it to the Nest Guard. Installation One of the great features of the Nest Secure is the ease of installation. You don't have to be tech savvy at all. You simply download the Nest app and create an account. After that you follow the direction on the app and use your smartphone's camera to read the QR codes on the Nest Guard, Nest Tags, and Nest Detect sensors to set up the system. Except for the power cord for the Nest Guard, the whole system is wireless. Each of the Nest Detects comes with a pre-installed CR123 battery which can last up to two years. The entire installation is painlessly quick. The hardest part is deciding where you want to place the two Nest detect sensors that come with the starter kit. The app enables you to label each of the sensors for easy reference such as "entry way", "front door", etc. Standout Performance Features -There are three ways to activate and deactivate the security system: using the Nest app on your smartphone, tagging in and out using the Nest tag, and punching in a security code on the Nest Guard keypad. -There are three security levels: alarm off, home and guarding, and away and guarding. -The Nest detectors can sense motion, detect when a door is open and closed, and can be used in the dark to provide temporary illumination for pathways. -You can select the alarm countdown for how long you have to turn off the alarm after you open a door or turn on the alarm when you leave the home. Options are 30s, 45s, 1 min, 3 min, and 5 min. -The security siren emits an 85dB high pitch piercing sound. -The security system is linked to your wifi network, but has the option for a monthly subscription based cellular back up in case your home network is disabled. -You have options for monitoring. You can self monitor through the Nest app which sends you a notification when the Nest detect is triggered or when the alarm is activated. Or you can subscribe to the 24/7 professional monitoring service from a third party company called MONI. My thoughts after using it... I thought the Nest Secure system is an easy to use, intuitive, and effective security system. By itself, the security system does not differentiate itself too much from its competitors. After all it is a basic wireless security system. What I thought is great about Nest Secure and what ultimately made me decide to give Nest Secure a try is that it allows you to manage and monitor your home security system remotely using the Nest app on your smartphone. This applies whether or not you subscribe to the professional monitoring service. The Nest app will send you immediate notifications when door/window/motion sensors are triggered or when the alarm is activated. The ability to self monitor and to make a decision whether or not to call law enforcement without necessarily needing to hire a professional monitoring service is an excellent feature, and I applaud Nest for making this feature available. With other competing security systems, the app is disabled unless you subscribe to the professional monitoring service, meaning that you have to pay monthly fees otherwise your security system is useless. Where Nest Secure really outshines the competition is the ability to tap into its vast Nest home resources. When you integrate your Nest Secure with the Nest Outdoor/Indoor cameras, the Nest video doorbell, and other smart home devices such as turning on the lights when an intruder is sensed, you really get a powerful all encompassing security system. However, when you consider the professional monitoring service, the Nest Secure's monitoring fees are more expensive than those from some competiting products. In summary, by providing its users the ability to self-monitor and the ability to integrate the entire suite of Nest home security products (Nest Cams, video doorbells, lights) the Nest Secure has the edge over the competition. I wholeheartedly recommend the Nest Secure Alarm system.
I would recommend this to a friend
Super easy install and works great!Posted
I recently dropped my old security company and am very happy with the move to Nest. I'm using the Secure system to cover three doors and have it linked to my outdoor IQ cams, doorbell cam and thermostat. It's great having it all in one app. It's much easier to set up since everything is battery powered (door sensors) or a wall outlet (actual Secure base). I have only had the system for about 6-7 weeks, so I can't say how long the batteries will last in the sensors yet. I did have one of my door sensors lose connection for some reason after a few days. . I replaced battery but had to delete the item from my app and re-install. Since then, no issues with the system. Each door sensor and the main Secure base all have built in motion sensors on top of the actual door sensor itself. So it picks up motion around the door and whether the door is open/closed. It's also a bonus having the Nest/Yale smart locks...which I have set to automatically disarm my alarm when our door code is entered outside (eliminating us from having to use the key fob or alarm code on the Secure base). The Secure base also has battery backup in case it loses power or is unplugged, it stays connected to the sensors and internet (provided your router doesn't lose power as well).
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Easy to install, simple to configurePosted
The Nest starter security system is a great beginning entry into securing your home. It comes with the basic essentials: a Nest hub, two sensors to protect doors, windows, or other entryways, and two tags for arming and disarming alarms on the fly without a password needed. Power cables and mounting equipment are included as well. You also have the option of adding more to the system as needed. The sensors act as both a binary alarm (open/close detection) as well as a sort of motion detector, as the sensors illuminate when it detects movement - a nice little extra when navigating in the dark. These sensors can be adjusted for sensitivity too, so my cat wandering in the night didn't constantly cause alerts. Setup was fairly simple after installation and downloading the free app. You can also temporarily disable single alarms using the tags. It provides a short timeframe to access a protected area without triggering the alarm while keeping other areas armed. I'm surprised at how often this function was utilized and it was very convenient to access with the tags and with the app. Currently, the provided equipment only covers the front and kitchen rear entrance of the house, but I'm confident in it enough to add more Nest sensors to the system going forward. Coupling the minimal design with a user-friendly, no-frills app creates a product that is both accessible and customizable. I really like this product as a starter to a bigger, more robust security system. Get this product with the intent of investing into it more in the future and you will enjoy the safety and security it provides.
I would recommend this to a friend
Easy Installation / Not ready for prime time.Posted
The installation was quick and simple, adding and configuring new sensors is done completely through the app, which instructs you every step of the way. Installation took about 30 minutes from unboxing to completion. No permanent mounting is required during the install, making this system perfect for those concerned with damaging their property/apartment. This system is by far the least intrusive home security system I have seen, unfortunately, this comes at a cost. The biggest flaw is that the system waits 30 seconds before sounding an alarm. This is very concerning, as it gives intruders more than enough time to effectively disable the system with a hammer. Because of the drawbacks noted below, I am unable to recommend this product. Pros: ~Nice sleek design ~Easy setup - Setup took about 30 minutes, everything is done through the Nest App. ~Setting the system to "Away and Guarding" also sets Nest thermostats to eco mode. Cons: ~No option for immediate alarm activation ~Inconsistant reminders. The system is unreliable in notifying you that you've forgotten to set the alarm, as well as asking if you would like to disable when arriving at home. This is an advertised feature, yet fails to work as expected. ~No integration with Google assistant. Which is very surprising, since Google is the parent company. I would like to be able to ask the assistant to set the alarm, rather than having to open the Next app. ~Very little customization - I would like to be able to set the system so it announces that a door or window was opened, even when the system is disarmed. ~Price - Rather expensive, once you add additional sensors, monitoring, and cellular backup. Other systems offer this functionality at a much lower cost. ~Minimal integration with other Nest products - it should connect to the next protect smoke detectors, using them as additional motion sensors, or as a remote speaker/alarm.
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
*UPDATED* We’re releasing an update soon so that Nest Secure will offer Open tones. When the system is disarmed, you can have Nest Guard play a sound when a window or door is opened. You’ll also be able to set Nest Secure's alarm to go off without any delay. Set the alarm countdown to 'No delay' (0 seconds) when coming home. This can be set for both when you are in Home and Guarding or Away and Guarding. It should be finished rolling out to all customers over the next week or so.