The Nest Secure alarm system starter pack, full with one Guard hub, two Tag key fobs and two Detect door/window/movement sensors, prices $499.
Existing and upcoming DIY dwelling safety techniques from Abode, Scout, iSmartAlarm, SimpliSafe, Honeywell and Wink are all cheaper. Only the $550 SmartIssues equipment developed collectively with skilled safety agency ADT is dearer.
Nest wanted to do one thing fairly spectacular to make us need to spend this a lot. In some methods it succeeded. The system is responsive, the Tag fobs make arming and disarming easy and the flexibility to quickly disarm the Detect sensors at one door or window is really progressive. Open a window, take the canine out or step exterior to speak to a neighbor with out sending the home right into a frenzy of alerts, accompanied by the Guard’s blaring 85-decibel siren.
Is that sufficient to make it value shopping for? Maybe… if you already personal (or plan to purchase) Nest-branded thermostats, smoke detectors and locks for a totally built-in Google/Nest sensible dwelling. But when you’re merely on the lookout for a good DIY dwelling safety system, take into account Abode, or stay up for the brand new Honeywell, Wink and SmartIssues techniques (and possibly Ring’s, if it will get previous its ADT lawsuit).
Note: The Nest Secure system is at present solely out there within the United States. At the present change charge, $499 converts to roughly £380 and AU$650.
Installing Nest Secure is (kinda) straightforward
White plastic equipment are commonplace within the DIY dwelling safety market. I perceive why producers go for white relatively than, say, brilliant pink (aw, bear in mind the Revolv hub?). Going for fundamental white is a relatively discreet method so as to add sensors and different monitoring gadgets to a house. But as soon as, simply as soon as, I would prefer to see one thing that is nonetheless impartial however a bit much less boring — possibly a matte grey?
Unfortunately, Nest did not stray from the white plastic accent paradigm right here, however I’ll say its feels extra sturdy than iSmartAlarm and SimpliSafe hubs and sensors.
Connecting the gadgets to the app is straightforward (with one probably important caveat). Download/open the Nest app in your Android or iOS system, create an account/login to your present account and choose “Add product” from the settings menu. Scan the QR code on every system, beginning with the Guard hub and observe the directions to attach all the pieces.
Secure’s installs simply, due to sturdy adhesive backings and simple in-app directions. The wired Guard hub ought to sit on a flat floor close to the door you employ most frequently (entrance door, storage entrance); Tags ought to go on key chains/purses/backpacks; Detects set up on doorways, home windows or partitions.
This ought to take lower than 10 minutes in concept, however sure routers should not suitable with Nest Secure. I first examined Secure on the CNET Smart Apartment, the place we’ve got an Asus RT-AC88U router. The Guard and Tags paired in just some minutes, however each of the Detect sensors persistently returned the identical error (see the screenshot to the appropriate).
After trying each doable troubleshooting technique with Nest, I attempted a second Nest Secure equipment on the similar location with the very same consequence. I deserted the primary system on the residence and tried the second system at my home on an Apple AirPort Time Capsule, and on the with an Asus RT-AC87U. At each places the entire Secure system put in with out the NS030 error message in roughly 5 minutes.
Of course, not each router on the market will work with each sensible dwelling system and Nest publishes the record of routers it has points with to supply steering. But our Asus RT-AC88U is not on the record. Basically, Nest informed me new potential incompatibilities may come up with a brand new system like Nest Secure.