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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to Install with No Monitoring Fee

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    bryanhill
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    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 is 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 is 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

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      Nest Support

      *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. Nest

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well in smaller homes / apartments

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    MisterE
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    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 is not 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 would 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 is 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 would 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to set up and use, with lots of features.

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    Nate34
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    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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Integration is great...

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    JerryB
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    This system is great when it comes to integration. It is all managed through Google Home or the Nest app. The core system is easy to install. The Nest app walks you through the installation. The Nest app knows when you’re home or not, and will make recommendations on the alarm system. There are some quirks. Sometimes when the power go off, you have to do a reboot of the system. You can’t control the volume. There is no panic code. You can’t use the keypad in multiple locations. We have the door lock which integrates nicely and will manage the security system from that keypad. Other than that, it looks good and seems to be good quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Flexible Security

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    Balthazar2k4
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    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 do not 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

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was louder

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    jaredstein21
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    When the alarm actually goes off it is very loud. Just wish there was somehow to make it louder when a door opens. Maybe make it so Google home can ding too when a door is open. Other than that it is great. I love how it reminds you to set the alarm on your phone when you leave home and when you get home there is a notification to turn it off.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sleek and easy to use, at a premium price point

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    RonM
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    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system

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    This is a great productions but I think it should come with more sensors then just the two that it has. If you do buy this product you are probably going to buy at least two more of the sensors to use around your home.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beware of cats

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    GAHokie
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    I like the system but really wish they would have gone with, or also offered, a wall mountable keypad. Arming the system is dead easy, maybe too easy…see below. Adding sensors is simple and much like any other device you want to add to your Nest ecosystem. The sensors are expensive but at least they serve as open/close and motion detection, plus a path light if needed. The integration with an alarm notification and the video timeline is awesome. I like that there’s no monthly fee unless you want cellular backup. That’s important for it to be free if you’re already paying for multiple cameras. Professional monitoring is also available should you prefer the piece of mind to have a third party get involved to notify the proper authorities. Corner mounts for the sensors would be nice so you can take full advantage of the field of view. No back to my wish. We are pet owners, cats in particular. Having this setup on the counter, it wasn’t long before a cat found a flaw. While prowling around on the counter, the cat stepped on the keypad and managed to arm it. Of course, when he later decided to move, the motion was detected and the alarm went off. My wife thought the system was faulty but that handy timeline integration revealed what truly happened. If there was an option to require you to enter your code before entering into armed, that might help minimize false alarms. I think ultimately though, I would prefer a wall mounted unit as an option, even if it was a secondary keypad and then I could put the main unit in our bedroom that remains closed off to cats.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    DIY No-Contract Security System

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    FlyingC
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    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 will like this system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A linchpin for entry control

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    disctraffic
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    Intelligent design with plenty of accessibility options. Sensitive, but customizable and monitors movements well!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good system

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    Lugnut
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    Bought the equipment as a full system works great very happy with purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great addition to the expanding Nest Family

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    First off let me say I am a huge fan of Nest, it started with my thermostats in the house, then expanded to the smoke / co2 alarms in the house and now this great addition to the suite of expanding products Nest offers. Installation is fairly easy by launching the Nest App and scanning the QR code, starting with the hub and then to the sensors etc The app is intuitive to use and integrates all very nicely. You can arm and disarm the system with the app or with the included “Tag”s. You can add a Nest Cam and professional monitoring of you System will be available some time in 2018 which will come at a cost but is not necessary. If you already have invested in the Nest ecosystem as many folks have, this system builds well on that foundation, as a stand alone system it’s a bit pricey but the great thing about Nest is it just works and there isn’t enough that can be said about not having to worry about quirky electronics. Overall it’s a great addition to any smart home, I only gave it 4 stars as it’s a bit pricey.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

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    vanguard
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    It definitely helps with peace of mind, but I think it would be better if there were other motion sensors available instead of the one on the base station.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Not as comprehensive as the competion

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    Set up was easy to understand and didn’t take too much time to complete. Videos were helpful and provided a good overview of the product. Tags a good option to using a PIN on the keypad. What’s really cool is how I get a notification on my Nexus 6 when no one is detected @ my condo, so I can decide to arm the alarm remotely. Door and windows sensors and interior motion sensors give U a good idea of what’s happening to UR property and an app allows control of the system when UR not present. Be sure to go over all the different components to get the best coverage and convenience for UR needs. Product not as comprehensive as the Samsung/ADT one, but OK for a lot of people IMHO. Seems strange that these products don’t work with the Google Home Mini. Mini does work with other Nest products such as the T-Stat tho. Just so U know Nest does sell exterior and interior cameras too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy set up alarm system

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    JJVh
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    Bought the system because generally nest products are easy to set up and easy to use. The secure system does not disappoint.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy to install

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    Apishke
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    I had this installed in my condo it definitely has its pros and cons so I'll start with the pros. - PROS: universal will fit 99% of doors and windows on homes old or new. Super easy to install. If you have a lot of doors and windows, have all products ready. It also pays off if you also have the thermostat and the smoke detectors to install ALL at the same time. Every piece even the keypad has a motion sensor. Works great even with my dog at home just follow the instructions and install the sensors properly you will be just fine even with dogs at home. I have not tried it with pet cats they tent to jump on furniture higher than 3 feet, and it may interfere with motion sensors. -CONS: I also opted in for the Cellular option, so when my internet is down it can still send the alarm; however I don't think that cellular chip helps if you have a power out because the main unit turns off within seconds of unplugging it. Unit comes with two sensors; each sensor can be used for window/door open/ close sensor AND/OR Motion Sensor. Each additional sensor cost $29-39 my man cave condo od 1600sqft has nine doors and windows so it will get pricey if you are securing every window. Also, the downside of having the contact and motion sensor combined at that price is that the ones installed on the windows will not work as motion sensor especially if you have curtains or simple blinds. Even the APP asks you to what kind of window it is so it will turn off the motion sensor to conserve energy from a 1X AA battery. Although combining the contact and motion sensors; I think they should come out with a smaller window only contact sensor at a lower price.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great security system

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    Fredward
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    Very user friendly and easy set up. Nest secure has a good battery back up just in case the power goes out. Detects are nice due to multi functionality. However I do wish Nest had a glass break sensor for rooms with windows.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great system, Extremely easy to set up

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    JoeBlow25
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    Great system, very easy to set up and configure. Once you download the Nest App and setup an account (using e-mail address and password), you can add devices by simply scanning the QR codes on the Nest Guard, Nest Detects and Nest Tags. Overall design is very slick from the use of different color LED rings for status to minimalist design philosophy to not be intrusive in your home. The Nest Guard - This is the Hub of the whole system. From here (or from your phone) you can set the system to Home, Away or unarmed. In home mode, the motion detectors are disabled so you can move around the home, but if a window or door is opened that is equipped with a Nest Detect, the alarm will still be triggered. The away mode is the same as the home mode except detected motion will also trigger the alarm. The Nest Detect devices (if placed on a door) and the Nest Guard itself both have motion detection. The Nest Guard device is meant to be placed on a table or shelf where you normally enter the home. The Nest Detect - the kit includes 2 of these devices. These are pretty versatile and can be placed on doors, windows or the wall. They have simple adhesive strips for installation. If they are placed on the wall or doors, they have motion sensing up to 15 ft away. This makes is easy to detect unauthorized activity over a large area without having to have magnets on every window or door. The Nest Tag - the kit includes 2 of these Key fobs and allow for disarming the system with a simple tap of the tag on the guard unit. One issue I have with this is that the guard unit is meant to be placed where you enter the home, however, for me and I imagine many other people, this is also where I drop my keys off. So if an unauthorized person enters the home, they could easily grab my keys and disable the alarm. So I am debating if I will actually be able to use the Key Fobs and may opt to use a pin code every time instead. It's great that this integrates with other nest products, especially their cameras. As I use this more and decide whether or not it is going to be my final home security solution, I will likely invest in one or more of the cameras as well. Top marks for ease of set up and use, but not sure the convenience of the tags is worth the compromise in security.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice alarm, speaker not loud enough

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    mjur0
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    The Nest Secure alarm system is mostly good, with a few drawbacks. Strengths include: 1) Design (excellent, fits in very well with most homes), 2) Activation and Installation (extremely easy due to the step by step instructions provided in the Nest app). 3) Customization and Options via the Nest app (for the most part, very strong). Weaknesses include: 1) Speaker sound. Though it's rated at 85 decibels, it's simply not loud enough. It cannot be heard very well outside to alert neighbors, and if you live in a multi level home, it's not loud enough to be heard loudly throughout the home. It can be heard in most places, but again, if you have a TV on or something, you probably won't be able to hear it in certain parts of your house. This could easily be fixed however if Nest/Google would allow the Nest Protect smoke detectors to act as a speaker extension to the Nest Guard when the alarm is sounding. We have 7 Protects in our home covering all 3 levels. For those who also use Protects as part of the Nest ecosystem, this would be an excellent fix to what I view as the biggest drawback of the product. 2) Lack of a Night Time/Sleep mode. Google this to understand more about what I'm referring to.

    I would recommend this to a friend