Nest Secure Review (1 year in!)

Nest Secure Review (1 year in!)


– So the first rule for do it yourself home security, maybe is this, okay. Don’t tell the entire world about your own home do it yourself security. I’m about to do that now, obviously. So this brings us to
the third in the series that has been sponsored
by Lowes Home Improvement. You know Lowes, we all know
Lowes, we all love Lowes. You know how this works, right? They sponsor the video,
I review the thing, just like I always would
and everybody’s happy. So the first two videos in the series, Google Home Hub, you’ve
seen it, you know it, you love it, highly recommend it. And yes, the Nest Thermostat,
I use it everyday. And now it’s time for some do it yourself home security with Nest Secure. I’ve been using this
thing for a long time now and it’s finally time to talk about it. Ready? Let’s go. So this is the Nest Secure. The basic system, which costs
$400, comes with three parts. So first, there’s the Nest Guard. It’s exactly what it looks like, okay. It’s a keypad for arming and disarming the Nest Secure system and it also serves as a motion detector, which is kinda cool. So you plug it into a wall and need to keep it in a
relatively central location. As you’re coming and
going, this is the main way you’ll probably be arming
and disarming the system. We’ll talk a little more
about this in a minute, but know that it also has a
backup battery tucked inside so if the power does go out,
you’ve got 12 hours of use. You also get two Nest
Detect wireless sensors. These things are battery
powered and they’re pretty cool. And you’ve got a few options with them. You can stick them on a door or window and once they’re up there, it’ll monitor either whether the door or
windows open and closed. Or, if you want, you can stick them on a wall and it turns
into a motion detector. Really easy, really cool. And finally, it comes with two Nest tags. So these are little keyring
fobs that make it super easy to arm and disarm the system,
just tap it to the keypad. So that’s everything that’s here in the Nest Secure starter pack. You can absolutely buy
more if you need to, I had to buy a little extra. But you can pick and choose as you go, so you’re not spending a whole lotta money on things you don’t actually need. That let’s you be strategic
about things, right? Do I really need to have sensors on every door and every window? Maybe, maybe not, it really
depends on where you live and your situation and
exactly what you want. The setup for this kind
of thing is really easy. If you’ve ever used
another Nest device before, you pretty much know what you’re in for. Everything has a key or a code on it that you’ll scan with your
phone, each Nest Guard, each Nest Detect Sensor, every Nest tag. So figure out where you
want the Nest Detect sensors to go and then follow the
instructions as you stick em to the wall or the door
or the window or wherever. As you’re setting things up in the app, they’ll all be registered
with a Nest Guard base unit and start talking to each other. That actually brings up a
really interesting question. So this all ties into your Wifi, so you can control it with your phone and check on it when you’re
not in the house and all that. But what happens if your Wifi goes down? Does everything just stop working? No, actually it doesn’t. And there’s a really cool reason why. Nest Secure uses something that’s relatively new, called Weave. Now, that’s nerd protocol for a thing called a thread network. Here’s the plain English version, okay. So, instead of each sensor
having to talk to the internet and then coming back and
talking to your phone, they all actually talk
individually to each other. So the Nest Detect in the garage talks to the Nest Guard keypad over here and it doesn’t have to go
through the internet first. That way, if the internet goes out, everything keeps working. Someone breaks in and there’s still power to the whole system, we’re good to go. So, what’s Nest Secure
actually like to use? Alright, to be fair, this is
the only alarm system I’ve ever actually used, but I have
been more than happy with it. Let’s talk about arming the system. There are two modes here. There’s away and guarding and that’s what you’re gonna use when you
actually leave the house and it arms the doors,
it arms the windows, it arms all the motion sensors. Or, there’s home and guarding and that will turn on the
doors and the windows, but leave the motion detectors off so you can still roam around the house. Now Nest is really cool
in that it can tell when you’re home and when you’re away. It uses your phone and talks
to the app and all that stuff. If you’re gone and you forgot
to turn the alarm on, it’ll actually remind you and say,
hey do you wanna turn it on. It takes one touch, turn on
the alarm, you’re good to go. Same thing for when you return home. It’ll say, oh looks like he just got home. And you might not even be in the door yet when you get the little notification. You can turn the alarm off
before you even go inside. Or, if you prefer, you
can just turn things off at the Nest Guard keypad,
either with your passcode or with the Nest tag, totally up to you. But, maybe my favorite, is that I actually have mine rigged up into a Google routine. So, at the end of the night,
I say, “Hey Google, go to bed” and it turns off all the
lights in my house and sets the alarm automatically all
in one fail swoop, very cool. So if the alarm does go
off, a couple things happen. First, it’ll turn on any Nest cameras you might also have in the house. That’s really cool and
it helps you figure out, maybe it was a false alarm, it happens. If that happens, you can turn it off right here, from your phone. In the meantime, an 85 decibel siren is going off from the Nest Guard itself. It’s pretty loud and it’ll keep going for 10 minutes or until you turn it off or until the cops show up,
whichever happens first. So those are actually kinda just the basics of Nest’s Secure. What about kinda the random stuff? So if you’ve got pets who
weigh less than 40 pounds, there’s an option in here for that and that should keep them
from setting off the alarm when the motion detectors are turned on. You’re gonna have to kinda play with that though and figure it out yourself. The door and window sensors
have bypass buttons, if you wanna open them up but not
actually turn off the alarm. Just push it, it turns green, you can open the door
without setting things off. Now there’s also the
option to hook Nest Secure into professional monitoring from Brinks. That costs $19 a month with
a three year commitment or $29 a month if you just
wanna play things by ear. That also activates a cellular backup so they’ll be notified even
if the internet goes out. Again, that’s all optional though. Totally up to you
whether you wanna use it. If you just wanna rock things
on your own, go for it. Oh, one more thing okay and
this is maybe my favorite thing. If you have a Nest Yale lock on a door, typing in your passcode on the door lock can actually shut off the
alarm at the same time. I love this for my kids. They don’t have to carry keys anymore. They just have to know their passcode and then they don’t
even have to worry about turning the alarm off when
they get home from school. So that’s it for Nest Secure. I tell ya, I’ve been using it for a long time now, I love it. And it really expands as
much as you need it to. Only buy the parts you need. This has been a pretty high
level look, I get that. So if you’ve got anymore questions, hit me up on the comments,
hit me up on the socials. I’d be happy to answer them for ya. Thanks again to Lowes for
sponsoring this video. I’ve got links down below
to buy things from them. Be sure to go watch the other
videos in this series as well. That’s it for now. Thanks for
watching, we’ll see ya later.

55 Replies to “Nest Secure Review (1 year in!)”

  1. I'm waiting for my Vivint contract to end, and I'll definitely switch to this! I'm also waiting for my DirecTV contract to end, so I'm definitely watching all your cord cutting videos. Right now, I'm waiting to see if DirecTV Now gets an Xbox One app.

  2. Good thing I didn't have my headphones any louder than I did. Would love to see a comparison review with it's competitors like Ring and SimpliSafe.

  3. I'm close to convincing the CEO (my wife) to invest in this. Two questions: When you say "mess around with the pet sensor" does that mean you've had false alarms? And how exactly does it notify you of an alarm if the internet/WiFi is down?

  4. I would like to have the Nest Smoke + CO alarm integrated with the Nest Secue for the monitoring service. That is the only thing holding me back.

  5. I wish Google would just certify Z wave door devices so I am not just tied in to the yale lock. I wouldn't want to get rid of the one I have now with my Vivint.

  6. I would like to use Nest products but Yesterday the temperature was -30 and Nest products are only rated to 15. So until they make an adjustment to their hardware I will use Ring.

  7. Great video as always Phil. Have you ever had false alarms with any of the sensors? And no ridiculous Nest Aware subscription needed?

  8. Phil: great video. Some questions:

    1. Can you change the volume of the alarm? or the sound?
    2. How do you feel this compares to SimpliSafe?

  9. I love the nest ecosystem but this product just feels rushed to market. Just drop the product in a bucket of water, tell google to open the garage door and watch the video of your valuables heading for a popular fence.

  10. I would like to know how many sensors your using in your house and are they motion sensors or die sensors. I'm looking to replace my smart things and I have a sensors on every die and window.

  11. How many false alarms have you had with it saying to for was open when it really wasn't? Hopefully none, just curious if it's happened.

  12. Are there any systems you know about that does have an adjustable siren? Like I want to know if a door or window is tripped while in my bedroom at night but I don't need 150db in my ear

  13. How does the "Away" feature of Nest work if there are more than 1 person in the house. If my wife and I are both connected to the Nest account, does it know when one of us is still home, and only activates "Away" if we have both left?

  14. It should disarm automatically when it sees you in the driveway and arm automatically when you leave like the home and away modes automatically activating with the thermostat. That would be a cool set it and forget it setup that the other alarms don't have. No need for a key tag to carry around or having to whip out your phone to arm or disarm as it knows automatically and can even turn on the lights and unlock the door as you approach via bluetooth and facial recognition.

  15. It's decent, but there's better out there, and the sensors are rip off. Not everybody needs window sensors with the cost off built-in motion sensors that can't be used on windows.

  16. Been using this product as well shortly after it initially released. Love it!

    So do you use the additional monitoring and cellular service?

  17. Does Nest Secure support door chiming? Whereas the system is not armed but you are alerted if any door (with sensor) is opened.

  18. Have they fixed the entry delay on home mode? I remember reading that there was no option to set it for instant trigger when armed in home mode which is a big deal breaker.

  19. Idiot, really your an idiot!  Google implanted a hidden microphone in it, to allow the Google Nazi Youth to listen and spy on customers, and sheeple don't take time to do their research on this crap, sad!

  20. Great review. One question… did you subscribe to the Brinks monitoring service? If so, how was/is the experience with that service?

  21. One hugely important thing to me is how the nest alarm integrates with the rest of the already existing infrastructure in my house. For example can the alarm use the already existing motion sensors in my fire alarms or does the voice in the alarm come through my fire alarms. This video largely misses the mark on how it integrates with other nest pieces. Personally, I would not not buy the alarm until they figure out how to use my existing nest infrastructure. Currently I have the thermostat, the doorbell, and 8 fire alarms.

  22. Great video as usual.. Can you bypass a window with home and guarding? Started to install mine yesterday.

  23. Great video. Can I use other RFID tags or must I use nest tags? Also, can I hook up an external siren that is placed outside on my house wall?

  24. Thank you. is it possible to put an alarm under a carport outside where it might snow or rain? In case of vehicle break-ins-in?

  25. Very important too…

    Make sure the police in your area will respond to a just a home alarm sounding. Some cities or jurisdictions will not.

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