Nest Secure Alarm System Tested

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Nov 16, 2017

Google's expansion continues, this time into home security with their Nest subsidiary's move into alarm systems.

They paid more than a half-billion dollars to get into consumer video surveillance, with Dropcam. Then they damaged it severely, stumbled for a few years, and now are pushing into the large and lucrative alarm system market.

Nest Secure claims:

A whole new kind of security. Most security systems are designed around intruders. But you’re not an intruder. Nest Secure is easy to live with. And it’s only tough when you need it to be.

But how well does it actually work?

We bought and tested Nest Secure, and inside you will find the following insights:

  • What are the Pros and Cons of the System?
  • The Nest Detect Combo Sensor Has Both Benefits and Weaknesses
  • The Wireless Nest Tags Are Not Like Access Fobs
  • 3rd Party Monitoring Is Limited To One Option
  • The Nest App is Good, but Web Browser is Weak
  • How Nest Secure Compares Price-wise To Simplisafe and other DIY offerings
  • Should Total Connect And Alarm.com Be Worried?

Inside read our test findings complete with four detailed video segments.

******'* ********* *********, **** time **** **** ******** with ***** **** **********'* move **** ***** *******.

******** **** **** * half-billion ********* *** **** ******** video ************, **** *******. Then **** ******* ** ********, ******** *** * few *****, *** *** are ******* **** *** large *** ********* ***** system ******.

**** ****** ******:

* ***** *** **** of security. **** ******** ******* are ******** ****** *********. But ***’** *** ** intruder. **** ****** ** easy ** **** ****. And **’* **** ***** when *** **** ** to be.

*** *** **** **** it ******** ****?

** ****** *** ****** Nest ******, *** ****** you **** **** *** following ********:

  • **** *** *** **** and **** ** *** System?
  • *** **** ****** ***** Sensor *** **** ******** and **********
  • *** ******** **** **** Are *** **** ****** Fobs
  • *** ***** ********** ** Limited ** *** ******
  • *** **** *** ** Good, *** *** ******* is ****
  • *** **** ****** ******** Price-wise ** ********** *** ***** DIY *********
  • ****** ***** ******* *** Alarm.com ** *******?

****** **** *** **** findings ******** **** **** detailed ***** ********.

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Pros ** **** ******

******* ****** *********** ** good, **** ** ****** or ***** ***** ******, nor ************ ***** ** a **** ** * common *********** ******* ** a ******-***** ******** **** no ****** ********** ***** exceeding **** **** ** feet.  

***** *** ****** **** Secure **** ****:

  • ***** ******** ********: **** ******'* ******** ** ******* flimsy *** ******* *****, and *** ****, *******, and **** *** ****** enough ** ********* ******** use. **** *********** '***' installation ******, ******* *** strong ****** ** ****** magnetic ****** ****** ******* than *" ****, ******** steady ******** ************* **** 60' ********* **** ** easy-to-use ***.
  • **** ******, ***, *** Fob *******: **** ****** ***** options ** ********* **** the ******, *** **** done ** ** * reliable ******, **** ************ coded ****, ****, *** app *****.
  • **** ****** ******: ** ****** ** special ******** ** ************* to **** ****** *** were **** ** ********* with *** ****** **** fully ****** ********* *** free, ****** ***** ********* that ******* ********** ************* or ****** ************ **** to **** **** ******.
  • **** ********** *****: **** ****** ***** can ********* ****** **** video, *** ** **** force *** ** *** cameras ** ****** **** intrusion ***** ****** *****.

Negatives ** **** ******

*******, **** ** ***** to **** **** *** issues ****** ******* ** the *** ****** *** to ******* **********:

  • **** ****** *******: *** ****** ***** sensor ** *** * good ****** ******, **** weak ***** **** **** modest **** *** *** outperform.  *** ****** ********* band ** ~**' ******** the ****** **** ***** generally ****** *** ***** and ****** ** ** ***** immediately ** ***** ** doors ** ********, ******** positions *** ********* *******.
  • ***** *****:****'* ***** ***** *********** is ***** ** ** dBs, ***** ** *** loud ****** ** ** distractingly ***** ** ******* rooms ** ********* ******, and *** ****** **** not ******* ******** ******.
  • *** ****** *********** *******: *** ****** ****** uses * *** **** includes ** ********** ****** detector. *******, ***** *** limited ***** *** ******* positioning ** *** *** for *** ** * keypad *** ******** **, users *** ** ****** to ********* ******** *** unit ** *** *** have * ******** ***** for **, *********** *** 'all-in-one' *********** ** *** device.
  • ******* ******* ******: **** **** ******** one ******** ****** ****, and ****** ******** **** recessed ********, **** ***** PIRs, *** *****-****** *** not *********.
  • ** *** ******* *******: ****'* *** ****** offers ****** ********** ****, but **** *** ***** interfaced ********. ***** **** need *** *** ** local ******** ** ******** or ****** *** ******.

Expensive *** **** ** ********

*******, **** ****** ** expensive *** **** *** offer *** ******* ** exceptional ******** ** ******* the ****** *****. ******** to ***** *** *******, Nest ****** ** ** the *** *** ** the ******* ***** ***** at ~$***, *** ********** Nest ******** **** **** cameras, ***** *********, ** thermostats *** ***** ***** with ********** ******* *-**** or ****** *******.

System ******** ********

*** ****** ** ******** of ***** ******** **********:

  • **** *****: *** **** base ******* **** ******** a ****** ******, ********** siren, ******, ***** ******, and ****** *******.
  • **** ******: *** ******'***** ****** **** ** a ***** ************* ***** ******** ******** and ****** ** ***.  See *** ******* ***** where ** ******* ** depth.
  • **** ***: ** ******** to *** *****-** ****** and ********** *** *******, Secure **** ******** *********** keyfobs ** ***/****** *** system.

*** ***** *** ******* $499 ***** **** *** Guard, *** *******, *** two ****. **** ***** will **** ** ******** at ***** *** ** two ********** ******* ** monitor ******* ******, ** the ***** *** (***** below) ** ***** *** small ********** ** *****:

*** ***** ***** ********* these ********** *** *** they ****** ** ***:

Siren ****

*** *** ******** ** integrated ******, *****-***** *** ring, ******* ******, *** integrated ***** *** ***** alarm ************. *******, *** siren ** ***** ** a ****** ** **, and **** **** **** alarm ****** **** ********, it *** ******* *** hard ** **** *** in ******** *****. *** siren's ********* ** ****** sufficient *** ***** *****, but ****** ****** ** multi-floor ********* ***** ****** miss * ***** *****.

Nest ****** ***** ******

*** ** ******'* ******** features ** * *****-******** sensor ********** ******. ** ** *** only **** ********* ** Nest ****** *******, *** it ******** ******** ****** technologies ** *** ******. ****** is **** * ******* mount ******** ***-***** ****/****** contact *** ** ********* based ****** ******:

*** **** ***** **** ****** works ******** ** * split ******* *** ****** ** a ****** ******.  ** more **** *** ****/***** events, ****** ********** ******** magnetic ******* ******** ***% of *** ****, *** as * ****** ****** it *** ******* ********* motion ****** ** **** in * ****** **** of ~**' - **' wide ** ***** ** the ****.

** ******** ******* ** the ****** ** *** onboard *** *** ** used ** * **********, casting ***** ***** **** the **** ***** **** the ****** ****** ******* movement; *********** ***** * big **** *** ******* out **** ** *****, or ******* **** ****** in * **** ****. However, *** ******** **** has ** ******** ***** size *******, ** **** ******** use ** * ********** will ***** ******** ********* faster *** *** ******* is ******** ** *******.

*******, ******* *********** ** roughly ***** ** ***** wireless ******** ********, *** far ******** ** ***** PIR ****** *******. *** video ***** ********* *** combo ****** ** ****** in ******:

*** ***** ***** ******** a ******** ** **** and ***** ******* ******* PIRs *** ******:

***** **** **** ****** PIRs ***** **' ****** and ***** **** **** than $** ****, *** fact * ****** ****** can **** ******** ******** movement **' *** **** $60 ****, ********** ***** and **** ***** **** likely ******* ******** ******* costing ** **** ****, significantly increasing ****'* ****.

Improved ****** ******* ****** 

***** **** ****** ******* are **** *** ***** contacts, **** ****** **** need ** ***** ** sensor ******* *** *********** types ** ******** ****** effectiveness.

***** *** ***** ********* routinely ***** * ** more ******** ****** ***** for ******** ************. *************'* *********** *** ******** observes **** ****, *** ***** ****'* substantial '**** *******' **********, adding **********/****** ********** ******* should ** * **** priority.

Integrated **** ***** ** ******

****** ********* ****'* ******** camera **** **** *** featureset, ******** *** ***** to **** ****** ********** to ***** ******. *** granularity ** *** ******* is ******, *********** ****** an ****** ** ****** on ***** ** ***, but ** *********** ***** can ** *******. (*.*.: Record ******* ******* **** after * **)

*** *** ************* ****** is **** *****:

** ***** ** *** or ******* *********** ** video **** *********, **** shows *** ******* ***** of ****** ****** ******* as ***** ***** ***** under *** ****:

***** **** **** ***** will **** *** ******* in * ******* **** system, *** *** **** is ********* ** *** difficult ** ********, *** larger ******* **** **** alarm ****** *** **** cameras ***** ******* **** the **** ** ******** alerting (*.*.: ******* *** alarmed ****** ** *** top) ***********.

Nest **** **** *** **** ** ****

*** ** *** ******* ways ***** *** ** disarm *** ****** ** via **** ****, * fob ******** ** ******** users. ***** **** ***** system ******* ** ******** with * ***, ** were ******* ** **** out ** ****** ********** copiers ***** ** **** to **** *** ***** tags, ********* ** * major ******** ***** *********** for **** ******** *******.

** ***** *** ********** card ******* ** ***, using **** *** $** *** ****** **** Copier *** *** ****-******** **.***** ********* ****** ** **** *** ****, but ********** **** **** are *** ********** ** either.  *** ***** **** below ***** *** ***** test *******:

***** *** **** **** not ********* **** *** common ******* ** *****, they *** ***** ********** to ******, *** **** makes ** ******* ****** **** are ********* ** *******. Our ******* **** **** the **** ****** ** not *** ****** ** frequencies.

Browser ******** *******

****** ****** **** * local ******, * ********** app, *** *** ******* interface. ** ***** *******, the *** ******* ** least ****** ******* ** does *** *** ** disarm ******** **** *** portal, ******** ***** **** products **** *********** *** cameras *** ******* ********.

** *******, **** ***** will **** *** *** best *** *******, ** it ****** *** **** mix ** ****** *******, integrated ****** **********, *** convenience. *** ***** ***** contrasts ***** *******:

Moni ********** ****

**** ***** *** *******, ****** does *** ******* ******* station ********** *** *** be ****-********* ** ***** via **** ***** ** via *** *************. *******, a ****** **** *** **** *********** **** ***** ***** * ~$50/ ***** ******* ******* option *** ************ ********** that **** ******* * cellular ****** ** *** Guard ***.

***** *** ********, ***** Moni *** *** ***** monitoring **** ** *** only ****** *** ****** users.

*************, ****** ****'* ****** ********* ********** **** * ********** wireless ****** *** ***** ****** only ~$*** (~$*** **** than **** ******) **** the **** ~$** ******* monitoring ****.

Nest ******** ** *** *** ****** ******

** *** *****-*********** *** alarms ******, **** ****** is ***** *** **** expensive *********, **** ** exceptional ******** **** *********** it **** *** ***********. For *******, ***** **** ****** runs $*** **** $**/***** if *********, **********'* ***** system (with ** ********** ******** contact *** **** ***) runs ~$*** **** $** per ***** ** *********. 

*** ***** ***** ***** that ******** ** ******* *** systems **** ********** *** Canary, *** ~$*** **** system ** *** **** expensive, **** ****** **** account ******* **** *** $169 ****** ***** ***** be ****** ** ***** the **** ****** ******* and ***** ****** ** the **** ********:

****** ****, *********** ****** a ***** ** ****** types, ********* ******** ********, PIR ******, ** *******, Smoke *********, *** ******** sirens. ** ***** ** monitoring '******* **********', **** lacks *** *********** ** detect ****** ***** *********, but ********** *** ********* often ** ****.

Versus *** *** ***** *******

**** ** *** ********** with *-**** ** ****** alarm *******, **********, ** thermostats, a *** ********** ******** to ****** ******* ***-***** automation ********* **** ***** Connect ** *****.***. 

*******, **** ** ********** with *** *** ***** of ********* *******, ********* Cameras, ***** *********, *** WiFi ***********.

**** ********** ** *****.*** ****** *** ********* ***** ******* *.* Tested, ****'* ****** ******** is ****, **** *********** adds *** ***** ***** storage, ****** *** $** - $**/***** ***** ******* fee ** *** '*********' platforms. *******, ***** *** higher ******* **** ** Nest ***** ********, *.*.:$*** **** ********** ******$** *-**** ****), *** ******* *** Nest ******* ******** ** not ********.

Comments (6)

*******, ******* *********** ** roughly ***** ** ***** wireless ******** ********, *** far ******** ** ***** PIR ****** *******.

*** ** ** * PIR ****** *****, **** if * ******* ***** one, **?

**** **** *** *** for ****, *** ** certainly **** ** *** heat ** ****** ******.

** ******** **** ***** on *** ****** **** are *****, *** **********'* **** ***** *** the ************** **** *** ****** part ***** **** ***** the *******:

*****.  ******! 

**** **** ** “********” and ********** ** *** same **** :)

 

* *** **** ****** the ****** **** * human *** "*****" ****.  ****** do * **** ******** with **** *** **** shown ** *** ***** ******** a ****** ********, ********** when ****'** ****** ******* through * ****.  **** border ****** ***** *** and *****, *** ** ***** of ***** ******, ** might ** *****. *** when * *** ** running *** ******* **'* quite *********. **** *** the ******* ******* **** pet ****** *********.  * will ***  ********* * motion ******** **** * cat ** **** *** going ** ** **** alone in *** **** **** the ****** *****. 

**** ************ ******* *** ****** will ***** ***** ****. DIY ********* ***** *** ***** marketing ******** ** * green ***** ** *** this ***** ****** ***** leaving **** ** ****.  * think ****'** ** ************.

****, ** *** **** to **** **** ********* of *** ******'* ********, you'll **** ** ******* it ** * **** conspicuous ********.  * *** ** make ******** ******* ********* if ******** *** ********* that ***** ********** **** low ******* **** **** or ****** ****** ********.  With **** ****** *** may *** **** **** options.

*** **** ***** ** disturbing ** **** ** may *** ******** ** intruder ** ***** *** premises ***** ****, *** with *** ******** **** of *** *********** ***** becoming ******, * ***** this **** ***** ****** a ***** ***** ** security.

***, **** ** ***, so **'* **** * would ****** ** ***.  I ***** *** ******* something **** **** ** my *** **** ** a **** ** * loved ***.

*** ******** ** **** solution ** *** ******* *********** support ****** *** ****** Google/Nest *********.  **** ******* are **** ********* ******* for ****** ***** *******.  This *********** ** *** long **** ****** ** the ******** *********** *** market.

*** $** ****** ******* are **** ***** *******.  This *** ***** ******** for ** ********* ** small **** ****.  **** anyone **** **** ** freq ** ****?  *** of *** *** *.**** kit ** ******* ** our ****** ******* ** our ***** **** *** cinderblock **** ************.  **'* ruled *** ********** ***** for **.

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