Nest Security System

  • Simple to install and easy to use
  • Google Home automation features
  • A range of no-contract plans

Nest Secure is a widely-respected option that is part of the Google home security and home automation systems. In fact, Nest started the whole home automation revolution with their smart thermostats by making the concept mainstream and not just for techno-geeks. Nest offers a wide variety of their own equipment, as well as being compatible with a full range of third-party home security and automation products.

The Nest Secure alarm systems are high-quality; however, they are a bit pricey when compared to other similar offerings. For those who have already invested in Nest products and want to expand their home security/automation ecosystem, then Nest is definitely the way to go. Probably the best aspect of the Nest products is that they are learning systems which means, for the most part, they can detect your lifestyle, schedules, and other daily routines and will automatically readjust the associated equipment to match your family’s specific lifestyle. So, you no longer have to manually reset timers or anything else for that matter.

Next, let’s talk about Nest’s most popular features.

Features

Nest Guard and Nest Detect

The Nest Guard is the main hub and it has a motion sensor and Google Assistant already built into the unit. And the Nest Detect are the sensors that look out for your doors, windows, and rooms.

Four Easy Ways to Arm and Disarm

With the Nest Tag key fob and its associated app, you can arm and disarm your security system from anywhere. You simply tap the Nest Tag on the Nest Guard when you enter and exit your home. Alternatively, you can use voice commands by asking the Google Assistant to do it for you. If you prefer using a more traditional method, Nest also has the ability to accept passcodes on the Nest Guard keypad. So, you can use the Nest Tag, Nest App, Google Assistant, or a passcode to arm or disarm your security system.

Customized No Rush Arm and Disarm Feature

Nest has a feature that enables you to customize and schedule how much time you need to arm and/or disarm your alarm before it goes off (up to five minutes). You can also set up and schedule the timing for each door differently. Additionally, your system will send reminder alerts to your phone if you ever forget to arm your system when you leave. In that case, you can use the app to remotely set the alarm.

Nest Tag Convenience

You can give anyone in your family a Nest Tag so they never have to remember any alarm codes. Additionally, a Nest Tag can be given to babysitters, housekeepers, dog walkers, or anyone else who frequents your home. If a Nest Tag is ever lost or you no longer need it, you can simply disable it in the Nest app. Every Nest Tag can be scheduled to let someone in at any given time.

Intelligent Learning Alerts

With the Nest Aware subscription, your system learns your schedules and daily routines and automatically adjusts its functions accordingly. The recognition feature works for audio and video as well. And, it will learn to tell the difference between a family member and a stranger. This feature helps reduce false alarms so you aren’t bombarded with irrelevant notifications.

24/7 Professional Monitoring

Nest uses Brinks Home Security to provide you with professional 24/7 monitoring. You can choose a month-to-month plan or one of their longer plan options.

Cellular Backup

The Nest Secure system comes with a cellular backup so you and the monitoring center will still be able to receive alerts if your Wi-Fi goes down.

Easy Integration

One of the most popular features of Nest Secure is how easily it can be integrated with other Nest or third-party components.

Encrypted Cloud Video Storage

With Nest, all your recordings are saved on a cloud-based video service that uses 128-bit encryption, as well as two-factor authentication. And, with the Nest Aware subscription option, you will receive 24/7 continuous recording for your video feeds with up to 30 days available for review when needed.

Quiet Open

This feature is something not generally found on other security systems. The quiet open feature can be programmed to be silent when the door is opened.

Pathlight

Pathlight is another convenient feature. The Nest Protect uses the smoke detector and the Nest Detect sensors to sense motion in the dark. They will then light up so you can find your way around at night.

Dog Pass

The Dog Pass feature helps keep your small pets from setting off the alarm.

Costs

Here are some of the costs you can expect with Nest Secure.

Monitoring Plans

Nest uses Brinks Home Security for their 24/7 monitoring service. They offer two different monitoring plans. The first option is $19/mo. if you sign a 3-year contract. The second option is $29/mo. if you decide to go month-to-month. You also have the option of self-monitoring your Nest security system at no charge if you prefer.

Nest Secure Monitoring Plan Pricing

Monitoring PlansCostTerm
Contract Option$19/mo.Three-Year Contract
No Contract Option$29/mo.Month-to-Month
Self-Monitoring OptionNo ChargeMonth-to-Month

Equipment Packages

Nest Secure offers four equipment packages. The Nest Secure Alarm System basic package is $399 and comes with a control panel, two Nest Detect sensors for your walls, windows, and your doors, and two Nest Tags which are the key fobs that allow you to automatically arm and disarm your system. The second Nest equipment package is $498 and comes with everything in the basic package plus an outdoor camera. The third Nest equipment package is $548 and comes with everything in the basic package plus a video doorbell. The fourth and final Nest equipment package is $633 and comes with everything in the basic package plus a smart lock.

Nest Secure Equipment Packages

EquipmentPackage #1 (basic)Package #2Package #3Package #4
Control PanelIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Two Nest Detect SensorsIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Two Nest TagsIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
One Nest Outdoor CameraNot IncludedIncludedNot IncludedNot Included
One Nest Video DoorbellNot IncludedNot IncludedIncludedNot Included
One Smart Door LockNot IncludedNot IncludedNot IncludedIncluded
Cost$399.00$498.00$548.00$633.00

Nest Aware Cloud Storage Options

Nest Aware is their cloud storage, which has several cloud video recording options that save and store your video recordings. A 5-day 24/7 continuous recording option is $5/mo. or $50/yr. A 10-day 24/7 continuous recording option is $10/mo. or $100/yr. Or a 30-day 24/7 continuous recording option which is $30/mo. or $300/yr.

Nest Aware Cloud Storage Options

Option5-Day10-Day30-Day
24-7 Continuous RecordingIncludedIncludedIncluded
Intelligent AlertsIncludedIncludedIncluded
Clips and TimelapsesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Activity ZonesIncludedIncludedIncluded
Cost$5/mo.- $50/yr.$10/mo. – $100/yr.$30/mo. – $300/yr.

Add-On Equipment

Nest Secure has a variety of add-on equipment available.  The Nest thermostats range from $169 to $249. The Nest Indoor and Outdoor Cameras range from $199 to $349. The Nest Video Doorbell is $229. The Nest Smart Yale Door Lock is $249. The Nest Connect (bridges the base unit and the Nest Detect sensors) is $69. The Nest Protect Smoke and CO Detectors are $119 for one unit, $329 for two units, and $614 for six units.

Nest Secure Add-On Equipment

Add-On EquipmentCost
Thermostats$169-$249
Indoor/Outdoor Cameras$199-$249
Video Doorbell$229
Smart Yale Door Lock$249
Nest Connect$69
Nest Protect (smoke/co)$119 – $614

Summary

Home security and automation features are becoming more mainstream than in previous years. Having both of these options installed in and around your home and property is not only convenient, but it also adds additional layers of security that are needed to protect you, your family, and your belongings against the growing number of property crimes and violent criminals.