Nest announces slew of home security products including a connected doorbell

Nest has dipped into home safety before with its carbon monoxide detectors and home-monitoring cameras, but today, it's upping its game to new levels. The Nest Security event debuted several new products that want to help you keep your home secure and safe. From newer, tougher cameras to a complete home security system, Nest had plenty of eggs hatching onstage, and each has its own purpose.

There was a lot to unpack in today's announcement, so let's get started:

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The Nest CamIQ Outdoor is a more rugged, weather-proof, and tamper-resistant security camera that can help alert you to intruders. The HDR camera adapts to changing lighting conditions and the camera has face-recognition software to help you tell if that's your kid playing in the backyard or someone looking for some new toys in the tool shed. The IP66 rated camera retails at $350 by itself or $598 for a two-pack.

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Nest Hello is a smart doorbell that lets Nest take clear aim at Ring's little corner of the connected camera market. With 160 degrees of vision and a wedge to help set it according to your front door and front steps configuration, the Nest Hello can also ping you with photos of whoever walks up to your door, and if you subscribe to Nest's subscription, it can send even more alerts with constant monitoring. Nest Hello will be available in 2018 for an unreleased price.

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Then we have the Nest Secure alarm system, with Nest Tag alarm disabler, Nest Detect home sensors for your windows and doors, and of course the Nest Guard alarm hub, which features the number pad for your alarm codes and motion sensors. The starter system (one Guard, two Tags, two Detects) costs $500, with additional Nest Tags and Nest Detect sensors being sold individually at $25 and $59 respectively. you can also bundle a CamIQ with the Nest Secure starter pack for $598. The whole system can also be controlled through the Nest app, and you can pay for a subscription for professional home monitoring through Moni, so that when your alarm triggers, it alerts more than just you.

Nest is making a serious push for home security with this system, and if you're looking to keep your home and the people who live there safe, the Nest system sounds like a relatively easy-to-use, easy-to-control system.

Ara Wagoner

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  • Oh man, I was literally about to get a Ring, now I gotta decide if I should wait for Nest
  • This is awesome news. I have the Ring Pro now. It's good, but has a few quirks. Depending on the details/specifics of how Hello works, there is a good chance I'll be looking closely at this. Good stuff!
  • Can never get my ring pro to work. May have to cut my losses and get this one.
  • Mine works, but for a long time now I can't live view the person after they ring the bell. It records, and I can view it later, but not at the time they are ringing. Makes it not very worth it. I can do a live view fine, I can view past events fine, I just continue to have problems with seeing the live view when the bell is rung ..
  • Same problem I had and is not my internet connections.
  • Again, their products are great but for the price they need to offer better cloud storage options.
  • ^^ THIS!! ^^
  • And allow home storage if you aren't subscribing. I bought original nest cam and couildnt do this, maybe it's chnaged?
  • No, their storage options are perfect
  • Good for you
  • Their storage options are good, and I've heard nothing but good things about how well they work, but they're so expensive. With three cameras, between the initial cost and then cloud service, you hit the cost of a wired security camera system (including installation) after like three years.
  • $349 for the Nest CamIQ Outdoor? Get real Nest .. Jeez. I love my existing outdoor Nestcam, but man ..
  • 350?! I'll go with Arlo instead
  • The nice thing with Arlo Pro is you can attach a USB hard drive to the base station and add local recording.
  • I bought a ring... yesterday. But the hello won't be available till next year and I think ring has very reasonable prices. $2.50 a month if you pay for the whole year is a steal.
  • Not only that but there software has been around for a while and includes integration with other smart products.
  • It's about time Google!
  • Nothing a decent sized rock can't take care of......
    I'm not a fan of all things "smart". There are a couple, but imo a lot of them enable you to become lazier, or they're providing an answer to an issue that doesn't exist.
    I love tech, but tech that really provides something for lack of better words.
    Oh, and the astronomical prices don't help their case either, imo
  • I just took advantage of an upgrade deal with Ring to get a Pro. For now I will probably stick with it until Nest Hello gets refined. First Gen doorbell on new software. Might even be best to wait for second or third Gen. I didn't get Nest Protect 1st Gen because of the problems and poor detection. Nest got it right with Gen 2 but those built in microphones all through the house would be just beg to be hacked by someone.