The Nest Security Pack provides a warm welcome for newcomers to the home security arena. The six piece set provides all the essential components for an entry level home security system in a single box provided you have a smartphone to operate the Nest app, which handles just about everything else.While the physical equipment is a near perfect primer for home security rookies, there are a few pitfalls that potential buyers need to keep in mind.
No matter who you are or your walk of life, you’re more than likely going to want to protect yourself, your loved ones and most importantly – your stuff. Yea, there are plenty of reactive options to consider once the damage has occurred such as insurance of the renter or homeowner variety and you can always turn to property insurance if your budget is tight and you seek a more thrifty option. Regardless of which avenue you pursue for your insurance, they’re all relatively inexpensive, especially when you take into account the investment you’ve made in your gadgets, hobbies and the rest of your belongings.
Home security is a no brainer no matter your current living situation and ignorance is anything but bliss when it comes to the well being of those you care about and your physical property. Here’s a look at the Nest Security Pack and why it’s a solid option to consider for those unfamiliar with the home security landscape.
Nest Basics & Cost of Protecting Your Nest
Inside each Nest Security Pack you’ll find six (6) components: a Nest Guard base station, two Nest Tag Sensors, two Nest Detect Sensors and a Nest Cam. Nest sweetened the deal by including all the necessary hardware and trinkets you’ll need to attach any of the Nest devices to a wall. The full package will set you back $399 if you go through the Nest store with the option to purchase add-on items such as the Nest Cam Outdoor ($99), additional Nest Detects ($49/unit) and Nest Security Yard Signs ($19).
In addition to the Nest hardware you can expect to pay $20 down and $20 per month for cellular backup via T-Mobile or $10/month for the Nest Aware, which includes 10-day history, 24/7 non-stop recording, clips and timelapses of the footage captured via your Nest Cam. If you plan on having the pros monitor your property, you’re looking at an additional $29/month on a month-to-month basis, or $684 for a 3-year contract at $19/month for professional monitoring via Brinks Home Security. Check out this post if you’re in the market for a more thrifty alternative.
The Nest Guard is the nexus of each Nest home security system since it features the actual alarm, keypad, and serves as a motion sensor – in short, it’s basically the brains of the operation. About to head out for the day? Just tap the Nest Guard with your Nest Tag and Nest envelopes your home with digital web of security.
Once you’ve plugged in your Nest Guard and installed the Nest app it’s time to add the peripheral devices, which includes two Tag Sensors and Two Detect Sensors when dealing with the Nest Starter Pack. Adding each device is pretty simple – pick up the first device you wish to add, scan the QR code and follow the prompts provided by the Nest app on your phone.
While the Nest Guard has your primary entrance covered the Nest Detect is a versatile doodad that monitors the rest of your domain…or at least as many points that you can afford to cover at $49/unit if you require more than two units. If you place a Detect unit on a window, then you’ll know when it opens. Place it on a wall and it’ll sense any motion within its field of view. Slap it on a door and it’ll do both – let you know when the door opens and monitor the room for motion. Check out this clip that outlines and showcases all that the Nest Detect has to offer.
There is a nifty built in feature called “Quiet Open” which allows users to open a door while the system is armed without setting off the alarm. This is a great feature if you have older children who may come home at later hours. On the contrary, this is an awful feature since it ultimately defeats the purpose of a home security system if you turn it on by mistake or forget to disengage it.
These nifty little NFC empowered discs are quite literally the keys the kingdom. You can certainly punch in your key code on the Nest Guard unit or tap through the Nest app to disarm your system, but there is a far more sleek way to lower the figurative drawbridge to your abode – your Nest Tag. Simply wave your Nest Tag over your Nest Guard and you’ve just armed or disarmed your system!
The aesthetically appealing eyeball-on-a-stick that provides 24/7 live streaming, painless setup and no dead batteries…it also helps you look after your home and family too! The 130-degree wide view area covers a decent chunk of real estate and has the ability to send a notification to your smartphone if there is any unexpected and/or unwelcomed motion when there shouldn’t be any whatsoever. Here’s a quick eighty-four second clip that highlights the perks of the Nest Cam.One of the major drawbacks to the Nest Cam is that it is completely stationary – ie it does not have the capability of panning or zooming, so make sure you place it in an ideal vantage point.
When all is said and done, the Nest Security Pack is a sound introductory option for newcomers to the wide world of home security. Set-up is relatively painless, there are not any mind boggling technology obstacles in need of conquering and the overall system works as promised. The Nest Cam provides a real-time look at whats happening in your abode while the Nest Detect and Tag units do their job too. If you are interested in a comparable alternative, make sure to check out Protect America and their extensive collection of DIY home security offerings with professional monitoring starting at $19.99/month.