Nest is a big name in the home automation game, but what about home security? Now that Nest offers its own home security system – with optional monitoring – it’s time to take a closer look at do-it-yourself security as a viable option. Nest Secure works with Google Assistant and can integrate dozens of different smart devices throughout your home and life, but it’s not necessarily the right choice for every homeowner.

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So, what are the advantages and disadvantages of Nest Secure? Here are some of the most important things to know about Nest Secure and its network of compatible home security features:

Pro: Sensors and Cameras are Sophisticated, Intuitive

Perhaps the most obvious reason to invest in Nest: the quality of its technology. Nest Secure is an alarm system that relies on sensors, cameras, and other equipment to keep your home monitored and your alarms armed. While cameras don’t come with the Nest Secure, your compatible Nest camera options include HD outdoor and indoor cameras that can actually recognize faces and monitor specific, customized areas for you.

Con: You Have to Invest in Pricy Equipment

When you choose Nest, you don’t get any included home security equipment – or even included installation. Instead, you pay a hefty upfront price – $499 – for the Nest Secure starter kit. This isn’t an optional investment, and you don’t get any discounts or incentives for signing up for a services. You also don’t get any cameras, extra sensors, or other useful security equipment like smart locks. That means your initial cost could just be the tip of the iceberg in building a whole smart home.

Here’s what you do get with the Nest Secure starter kit:

  • Nest Guard – This “hub” triples as a keypad, motion sensor, and smart alarm that receives and carries out all your household security tasks
  • Nest Tag – Two key fobs come with each starter kit, allowing you to arm and disarm your system without a password or even your smart device
  • Nest Detect – Two Detect sensors are responsible for monitoring movement

Of course, these products offer more features the more equipment you synchronize. The Nest Hello, for example, is a smart video doorbell that integrates with indoor cameras and can recognize faces too. And as Nest continues to release more smart home products, your security system may get even more expensive.

Pro: Your Security is at Your Fingertips

Many homeowners prefer the security and peace of mind that comes with leaving everything to the home security professionals. However, whether or not you want to invest in Nest’s optional monitoring services, Nest will give you some pretty cool ways to customize and control your own home security too. The Nest app is designed to give notifications that make your life a lot easier, like warning you how much time you have to leave before the alarm system is armed. It also gives you the ability to customize your own settings and reminders. For example, you can use your Nest app to set a schedule for a Tag key fob, so that its owner – for example, a babysitter or dog walker – can only access your home at certain times of day.

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Con: You’re Tied to Google and Nest

Google and Nest make a lot of popular, high-quality equipment for the home, and their user software is designed to be as simple and intuitive as possible. Home security is just one of many things the company can handle – for starters, their popular Nest thermostats give homeowners more control over their comfort and energy use. However, when you decide to rely on Nest Secure, you also sign up for some serious limitations. Unless you’re ready to turn your house into a Google smart home or stick to Nest locks, cameras, and other smart devices, you may want more flexibility – and more affordable home security options – than Nest Secure can provide.

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